Jesse Cataldo

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For 137 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 1.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jesse Cataldo's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Museum Hours
Lowest review score: 12 The Ledge
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 95 out of 137
  2. Negative: 16 out of 137
137 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Jesse Cataldo
    It’s always clear who’s right and who’s wrong, which material interests each is representing, and who’s lying and who’s telling the truth.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Jesse Cataldo
    The film only succeeds at evoking a firm sense of place and an accompanying air of alluring grotesquerie.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    Ben Wheatley's film reduces the modus operandi of the action movie down to its starkest elements.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 88 Jesse Cataldo
    Trading on the already-resonant associations engendered by a famous face, Garrel's film responds by forging a new, deeper connection between an actress and her public, resulting in that rare moment of cinematic alchemy where the line between fact and fiction has not only blurred, but ceased to matter entirely.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Jesse Cataldo
    Martin Scorsese crafts a versatile, multifaceted work that encourages serious reflection and contemplation.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    Nocturnal Animals gets close to a double-barreled satirical thriller commenting on the historic rift between city and country.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Jesse Cataldo
    Paul Schrader's film scrambles for contemporary relevance and finds only nihilistic hollowness.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    Pedro Almodóvar’s object-oriented approach ends up blocking off the deeper emotional access that Alice Munro's stories so effortlessly attain.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    Director Craig Atkinson's documentary explicates its points with blunt but persuasive efficiency.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    Chad Hartigan's film is especially perceptive about the effect of external influence on personal development.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Jesse Cataldo
    Under the Sun's overall aesthetic identifies a willingness to settle for an easy condemnation of an obviously abysmal regime, while not doing anything challenging or enlightening with all the outstanding footage collected.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    Andrzej Zulawski's film experiment ranks somewhere between captivatingly off the wall and utterly exhausting.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    Thom Andersen attempts to establish unity by effectively bridging vast swaths of film history into one cohesive body of work.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Jesse Cataldo
    Kurosawa allows for a few brief flights of fancy, further abandoning realism for whimsical bursts of glowing color, but otherwise it's a humdrum slog of a voyage.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    Jacques Audiard's film struggles to overcome the burden of its over-simplified, moralizing setup.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    Louder Than Bombs is a parable that takes depression seriously as a condition and a state of being.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    The reworking of a tired horror trope into a transformed feminist symbol stands out as an impressive act of genre revisionism.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    Benjamin Crotty's film is content to drift free-associatively through the intricacies of group mechanics via an expressive free-form structure.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    The film's black humor is inextricably tied to serious questions about moral relativism and personal responsibility.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    It confronts the hard realities of a world in which few make it to maturity without their share of scars, and no one makes it out of adulthood alive.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    By modeling its structure so closely after "All the President's Men," Spotlight only draws closer attention to its lack of scope and ambition.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    Despite the defeated tone of Patricio Guzmán's tales, a spotlight is placed on the power of persistence.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Jesse Cataldo
    Guzmán creates an interesting dialectic between the different searchers profiles, uniting them under an umbrella of humanism and cautious hopefulness.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Jesse Cataldo
    The film carves out a rich emotional sphere concomitant to its stunning production design, finding delicate poetry in the dispassionate pursuit of revenge.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    A definitive reflection on the work of two great directors and the specific slices of cinema they so fruitfully cultivated.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    It does well in using dialogue to shape its escalating tête-à-tête, but the filmmaking is too fuzzy to expand on those ideas.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Jesse Cataldo
    It confirms the Roy Andersson universe as one of near-fossilized similitude, in which any effort or movement is disruptive, revealing new cracks in the set illusion of order.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Jesse Cataldo
    The film's images, so continually heartrending so as to never become redundant, effectively function as visual proselytizing.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Jesse Cataldo
    The lack of real analysis or consideration leaves this perilously close to a Goldilocks-style depiction of privileged female indecision.

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