Jesse Cataldo

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For 117 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 35% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 63% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jesse Cataldo's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Almayer's Folly
Lowest review score: 12 The Ledge
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 117
  2. Negative: 15 out of 117
117 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Jesse Cataldo
    The whole thing comes out feeling kind of featureless, beaten flat by its own sense of fairness.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jesse Cataldo
    Like its sad-sack main character, whose closed-off personality makes him hard to fully understand or sympathize with, The Happy Poet is too reservedly rough around the edges.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Jesse Cataldo
    It's disheartening that, despite some half-hearted overtures toward shifting the comedy paradigm, the filmmakers make little attempt to expand their comedic palette.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Jesse Cataldo
    A human-interest story that claims spite for human-interest stories, the film has some pretty divisive issues at its core that leave it torn between contrasting approaches.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Jesse Cataldo
    The film is eventually revealed as less interested in subverting or playing off its influences than rigorously retracing them.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jesse Cataldo
    If Takeshi Kitano does go forward with the rumored third volume, hopefully he'll conceive of some fresh angle on this increasingly dry material.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Jesse Cataldo
    George Clooney's film boils a big, messy maelstrom of theft and uncertainty down to a digestible, faintly appetizing mush.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Jesse Cataldo
    It presents little that wasn't already done better in "Myth of the American Sleepover," an equally evocative tale of longing that was far more successful at matching teen tropes with atmospheric naturalism.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Jesse Cataldo
    Michel Gondry bungles his adaptation of the Boris Vian novel by indulging in homespun craftwork at the expense of plot and character detail.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Jesse Cataldo
    The film itself is a lumbering tank of a movie, chunky, loud, and clumsy, mulching down men into meat as proof of its dramatic seriousness and gloomy worldview.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Jesse Cataldo
    It affects a general air of artistically inclined realism, but it's mostly concerned with building tension via a steady accumulation of flatly conceived misery.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Jesse Cataldo
    The lack of tangible dramatic follow-through leaves the film feeling incomplete, indistinguishable from so much other undercooked festival fare.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Jesse Cataldo
    Although it fancies itself as rigidly complex as a well-played chess match, Nick Tomnay's The Perfect Host is really a game without any rules, one where characters and situations exist in total thrall of the next shocking twist.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Jesse Cataldo
    Despite gestures toward modernity and clumsy humanism, the film feels regressive, presenting a version of modern China that's as much of an anesthetized fairy tale as its costume-drama past.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Jesse Cataldo
    Glomming conceits and situations from a vast range of similarly themed films, it ambles along in a lethargic, good-natured manner, fitfully amusing but never approaching substantial.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 38 Jesse Cataldo
    Covered in tattoos and clinging to wisps of their outsider status, the men profiled here seem assured of the novelty of their dilemma, as if they were the first generation to settle into a middle-class existence after a youth spent on the fringes.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Jesse Cataldo
    Rather than organically develop its characters, it charts their evolution via silly outfit changes, treating the early '80s as a costume bin for flavor-of-the-week aping gags, with the band going from Gary Numan style shirts and skinny ties to lavish glam-rock costumes.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Jesse Cataldo
    Unfortunately, there's little sympathy granted to these people, and the revelation of their hidden vices comes across like an increasingly mean series of punchlines.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Jesse Cataldo
    While his classic hyperbolic visual style is back in force, Stone can't bother to muster any of his usual righteous anger, instead mischanneling his discontent into a kind of zen acceptance of these perpetually tiresome main characters.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Jesse Cataldo
    It certainly suffers from the staleness of its off-the-cuff, improv-inspired mode of comedy, which prizes free-form riffing over organically constructed comedic scenarios.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Jesse Cataldo
    The film takes on high-concept ideas that it can't sustain, and which only make its other problems more obvious.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Jesse Cataldo
    While Atiq Rahimi's film may peel away the many layers of its female lead like an onion, the end result is still just an onion.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Jesse Cataldo
    Spike Lee's version loses the one thing that really worked in the original, the sense of moral complication emerging out of the intertwined action of two men hell-bent on retribution.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Jesse Cataldo
    The film achieves nothing more than hollow caricature, too caught up in dumb dress-up pageantry to accomplish anything else.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Jesse Cataldo
    The film's images, so continually heartrending so as to never become redundant, effectively function as visual proselytizing.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Jesse Cataldo
    A film whose only distinguishing characteristic is how big a mess it makes of its already meager ambitions.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 12 Jesse Cataldo
    There's nothing wrong with establishing a field of unlikable characters, but The Ledge not only relies on paper-thin stereotypes, it keeps its allegiances clear from the beginning.

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