Jeannette Catsoulis

Jeannette Catsoulis
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T-Meter Title | Year
90% Q Ball (2019) "Q Ball" feels superficial, its positivity somewhat forced. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
100% The Proposal (2019) Detailing at once an art project and a rescue mission, a love triangle and an elaborate, outlandish bargain, the movie has a surface serenity that belies its fuming emotions. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
58% The Tomorrow Man (2019) A cloying, at times disturbing tale of two dotty seniors whose eccentricities unexpectedly mesh. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) The violence has been supercharged, and so has the virtuosity. At a certain point, though, the carnage becomes deadening, its consequences no more than soulless tableaus of damage that encourage disengagement. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
22% Perfect (2019) A woozily incoherent sci-fi nightmare that appears destined to entertain mainly the thoroughly stoned - or make you feel as if you are. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
67% All Creatures Here Below (2019) Tearing open the wounds of childhood trauma, the director, Collin Schiffli, and his writer, David Dastmalchian, immerse us in the desperate acts of a young runaway couple, then dare us to condemn them. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
72% All Is True (2019) Between them, Branagh and Elton have concocted a respectful story of loss, regret and wistful genius. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
34% Poms (2019) An uncomfortable blend of sickness and silliness, this dancing-past-the-graveyard comedy suggests that the many travails of aging can be endured if you only gather enough friends and surrender enough dignity. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
100% The River and the Wall (2019) This casually relaxed documentary is both a vivid message movie and a wonder-filled paean to a singularly beautiful and biodiverse environment. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Berlinger never fully commits. Instead, he appears as seduced by Bundy as virtually everyone else in the movie. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
No Score Yet The Convent (2019) Hyett proves more successful with atmosphere than plot. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
94% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) A movie that feels more like an encomium than a thoughtful probe of a brilliantly mutinous mind. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
80% Fast Color (2019) Rewarding despite its restraint, the movie has an elasticity that pushes the imagination in any number of directions, offering an expressive allegory for a lineage of powerful black women whose strength, unleashed, could literally shake the earth. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
29% Red Joan (2019) What should be breathless and urgent is instead polite and listless: if you can't ignite sparks from an illicit bathroom assignation, then maybe espionage just isn't your thing. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
75% Family (2019) "Family," Laura Steinel's lightweight first feature, relies on audiences buying into the old chestnut that difficult women would be happier (or just easier to be around) if forced to care for a child. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
72% Teen Spirit (2019) "Teen Spirit," Max Minghella's sweet and touching directing debut, is both proudly clichéd and refreshingly different. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
43% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2019) "Girls of the Sun," unlike the women who populate it, is weak and often corny. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
16% Hellboy (2019) "The end is coming," Hellboy's dying friend says near the beginning, and I was already thinking, "Oh yes, please." - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
100% Blowin' Up (2018) Discreetly eavesdropping on counseling sessions as clients divulge often heartbreaking personal details, the filmmakers eschew narration in favor of a more fragmented, naturalistic approach. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
80% The Wind (2019) This pioneer chiller shines a gender-specific spotlight on the ways isolation and hardship can ravage a woman's mind. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
44% The Chaperone (2019) Though Richardson is a delight, her verve and sexual confidence only highlight the dreariness around her. A light goes out whenever she's offscreen. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
93% Diane (2019) In the context of the modern multiplex, "Diane" amounts to an act of cinematic bravery, not just in its choice of tough-sell material, but in the patience with which Jones tends it. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
68% Relaxer (2019) Some may find this movie unbearable; yet there's a place for pictures that push us to the limits of forbearance. Sometimes, even the loathsome have stories worth telling. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
100% Maze (2019) Aside from one early skirmish and the rather chaotic escape itself, Burke's thoughtful script mostly unfolds without the usual prison-movie tumult. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
100% Roll Red Roll (2019) A tough but essential watch, "Roll Red Roll" documents how a sexual assault in a declining Appalachian town became an international cause célèbre. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
28% The Aftermath (2019) An old-fashioned wartime romance whose plot highlights are recognizable from outer space, this gleaming dollop of prestige comfort food is neither logically coherent nor emotionally satisfying. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
54% Yardie (2019) Elba grew up in Hackney, and also worked as a D.J., and his familiarity with the community is visible in the movie's evocation of a tumultuous world suffused with lowlife scheming and thumping tunes. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
86% Iceman (2019) We can... easily follow the unsubtitled narrative. Less clear is why the German filmmaker Felix Randau would have the imaginative idea of reconstructing the possible final days of Europe's best-preserved mummy, only to give him such a basic plot. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
45% The Kid (2019) "The Kid" feels less like an actual movie than a table-napkin idea for one. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
90% Island of the Hungry Ghosts (2018) The result is at once acutely distressing and quite lovely, transforming the island into something primitive and inscrutable. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) Approaching weighty themes with a very light touch, Benedikt Erlingsson's "Woman at War" is an environmental drama wrapped in whimsical comedy and tied with a bow of midlife soul-searching. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
85% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) Though hobbled by an obviousness that dampens any suspense, this sensitive, environmentally concerned movie is most successful when steeped in the particularities of its location. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
17% The Iron Orchard (2019) Seemingly nostalgic for a period when West Texas roughnecks settled scores with baseball bats and laid pipe with pickaxes, this lovingly made homage to avarice feels strangely limp. Instead of gushing, it trickles. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
100% Wrestle (2019) Profiling four members of an underdog high-school wrestling team in Huntsville, Alabama, "Wrestle" constructs an empathetic portrait of a mat that's anything but level. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
69% The Changeover (2019) Thanks to fine performances and a narrative that doesn't hang about to admire itself, the movie goes down as easily as a love potion at a coven. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
100% A Tuba to Cuba (2019) This joyous, wide-ranging account of a New Orleans jazz band's 2015 visit to Cuba is crammed with fascinating facts and toe-tickling tunes. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
38% Donnybrook (2019) "Donnybrook" is a movie about, among other things, bare-knuckle fighting, but it's the viewers who will feel beaten down. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
44% The Prodigy (2019) The movie's occasional chills do little to obscure the thin plotting, problematic pacing and a central mystery that's left aggravatingly vague. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
78% The Gospel of Eureka (2019) Watching people watch a stage is just lazy filmmaking, no matter how many donkeys, doves and bleating goats enliven the spectacle. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
38% Untogether (2019) There's scarcely a behavior or line reading in this exasperating relationship drama that doesn't feel like affectation. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
22% Outlaws (2019) McCallum fashions an unremittingly vicious, leather-and-ink slugfest whose women are just as distasteful as its men. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
91% The Unicorn (2019) Robert Schwartzman's direction is blah, his story labored and the supporting characters one-note. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
82% Daughter of Mine (Figlia mia) (2019) There's a wonderful wildness to "Daughter of Mine," an electricity that feels untamable. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
70% The Invisibles (2019) By smushing together two distinct styles of narrative, "The Invisibles" risks draining the power from both. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
33% King of Thieves (2019) For all its flaws - and they are legion - "King of Thieves" wraps you in a fuzzy blanket of familiarity. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
73% Adult Life Skills (2019) By the time I had finished watching the aggressively whimsical British comedy "Adult Life Skills," my eyes had rolled so far back in my head I could barely focus. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
93% Don't Come Back from the Moon (2019) The movie's emotional potency is undeniable, its slow crescendo of wounded feelings and shimmering photography leaving unexpected imprints on the eyes and heart. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
75% Pledge (2019) If you like your torture movies tight, twisty and decently executed, then "Pledge" is for you. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
40% The Upside (2019) Jon Hartmere's script has genuinely funny moments and is blessedly short on crassness: even a scene involving catheters and colon hygiene is less cringey than you might expect. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
88% Rust Creek (2019) Corfield is fine in a role that gives her little opportunity to do more than run and fight, but a woman this empowered removes the question mark from her survival - and the tension from the movie. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019