Jeannette Catsoulis

Jeannette Catsoulis
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
96% Sound of Metal (2020) Propelled by a distinctive style and a potent lead performance, Darius Marder's "Sound of Metal" builds a singular tension between silence and noise. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
91% Run (2020) A nifty little thriller whose title pleads for an exclamation point. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
No Score Yet Cemetery (2019) A movie that's both a hymn to tradition and a lament for ongoing species destruction. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
67% Ammonite (2020) "Ammonite" is only the director Francis Lee's second feature, yet already he's developing a strong visual signature, at once eloquent and elemental. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
83% Freaky (2020) Vaughn and Newton prove remarkably effective at selling the benefits of their alternate packaging. Their efforts, however, are too often diluted by the film's lazy plotting and Millie's hackneyed emotional baggage. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
44% Fatman (2020) Waffling between anger and pathos, dry humor and dead-eyed violence, "Fatman" feels tonally befuddled. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
83% Proxima (2019) Despite its visual beauty, the result is dramatically bland, with narrative threads that... simply fade from view. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
90% The Dark and the Wicked (2020) Ambiguous and allusive, "The Dark and the Wicked" feels saturated in helpless misery and nerve-clanging dread. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
82% Koko-di Koko-da (2020) Though at times tasteless and barely coherent, the story is oddly affecting, the very strangeness of Nyholm's folkloric vision and its unnerving execution pulling you in. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
68% The Artist's Wife (2020) Even Olin is unable to salvage this pulpy portrait of a onetime artist who has laid aside her own talents to enable those of her husband. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
55% Secret Society of Second-Born Royals (2020) "Second-Born Royals" doesn't know how to be kid-friendly without being dumb. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
89% Kajillionaire (2020) Before watching the oddly titled "Kajillionaire," I had thought myself immune to the appeal of Miranda July's strange and excessively whimsical movies. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
62% Blackbird (2020) A right-to-die drama so inauthentic and maudlin that the terminal illness suffered by its central character is no more than a suction device for the audience's tears. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
63% I've Got Issues (2020) Superficially timeless and apolitical, yet deeply informed by the psychic wounds of our current moment, the movie observes collective pain with endearing absurdity. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
94% Alone (2020) This minimalist survival thriller unfolds with such elegant simplicity and single-minded momentum that its irritations are easily excused. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
64% I Am Woman (2020) There's a rote quality to Emma Jensen's ultraconventional script, a ticking-off of obstacles and triumphs that feels shallow and rushed. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
79% Red, White & Wasted (2020) Distracted by Confederate flags and twerking women, the directors, Andrei Bowden Schwartz and Sam Jones, make only a halfhearted attempt to illuminate a disappearing subculture. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
56% Sibyl (2020) Whether psychological drama or sexual farce - and, really, there's no way to tell - "Sibyl" is a soapy mess. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
93% Critical Thinking (2020) This heartfelt drama about a rough-and-tumble group of high-schoolers who claw their way to a national chess tournament has a sweetness that softens its flaws. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
33% Measure for Measure (2020) Convoluted and ponderously paced, "Measure for Measure" relies too often on sentimental music and narrative shorthand. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
78% Chuck Berry (2018) Staid and conventional, this mostly chronological trot through Berry's career highs and criminal lows leaves you wondering how such a fluent talent could be so discordantly repurposed. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) A souped-up, trimmed-down adaptation so fleet and entertaining that its cleverness doesn't immediately register. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
66% Matthias & Maxime (2019) An attenuated tease, a dreary dance of will-they-or-won't-they romantic provocation. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
84% Lingua Franca (2020) The mood is meditative, the camera patient; yet the film is too dramatically shy and narratively slight to stir. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2020
78% The 24th (2020) This stultifyingly earnest movie makes its points with such a heavy hand that its horrors struggle to resonate. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
60% The Crimes That Bind (Crimenes De Familia) (2020) Apezteguia's cinematography leans appropriately cool and brittle. But Schindel struggles with his pacing, and the movie dawdles too long before breaking into a sprint in the final 20 minutes. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
48% Unhinged (2020) A psycho-killer story that will leave you feeling as beat-down as its casualties. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
95% An Easy Girl (Un Fille Facile) (2019) Sultry, but never sleazy, observant yet nonjudgmental, "An Easy Girl" is more than just a tale of innocence and experience. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
64% Spree (2020) Hideous to look at and agonizing to listen to, "Spree" must hold the record for the greatest number of annoying characters in a single movie. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
49% Made in Italy (2020) For a movie that's supposedly meant to lift us off our couches and set us down in a verdant dreamscape, this limp foreign-soil fantasy from James D'Arcy doesn't come close to getting the job done. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
19% The Tax Collector (2020) We've all seen "The Sopranos," and we won't get fooled again. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
93% Howard (2020) "Howard" is a film intimately aware that no celebration of a life can be uncoupled from the emptiness left in its wake. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
85% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Dazed but far from confused, "She Dies Tomorrow" tugs at you, nagging to be viewed more than once. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
70% A Girl Missing (Yokogao) (2020) Only by paying close attention to the lead character's changing hairstyle and wardrobe can we follow the story's convoluted crescendo of thwarted passion and unadulterated rage. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
77% Summerland (2020) A thumb to suck in troubled times, "Summerland" offers a digit of nostalgia that many viewers will latch onto with something approaching relief. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
73% Nose to Tail (2019) A resolute but finally punishing wallow in self-destructiveness and obnoxious male behavior. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
75% The Rental (2020) Whether "The Rental" will injure the Airbnb industry is debatable, but its impact on moviegoers will otherwise barely be noticed. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
72% Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful (2020) A gossipy portrait of a charmingly naughty boy whose genius is perhaps best appreciated on a second viewing with the sound off and the eyes wide open. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
94% Yes, God, Yes (2020) Burdened by a silly R rating that may deter the very youngsters who are likely to enjoy it most, "Yes, God, Yes" (written and directed by Karen Maine) fights back with an appealing lead and an overwhelmingly innocent tone. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
30% Dirt Music (2019) A strangely fascinating delivery system for so much visual beauty that its flaws scrabble to gain a purchase. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
18% Fatal Affair (2020) There is so much recycled material in "Fatal Affair" that its carbon footprint must have been zero. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
92% We Are Little Zombies (2020) Smart, noisy and flashily assured, "We Are Little Zombies" is entirely, gleefully its own thing. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
92% Widow of Silence (2020) Power, and its absence, shape the conflict-hardened heart of "Widow of Silence," a serenely beautiful tragedy about women and war. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
91% Relic (2020) "Relic" deftly merges the familiar bumps and groans of the haunted-house movie with a potent allegory for the devastation of dementia. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
100% Welcome to Chechnya (2020) "Welcome to Chechnya" is a moving and vital indictment of mass persecution. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
63% Skyman (2020) Subdued and temperate, "Skyman" refuses to lean into the mystery of Carl's claims or wind us up for a final resolution. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
63% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) More tribute than parody, this over-egged farce whips slapstick and cheese into an authentic soufflé of tastelessness. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
40% Irresistible (2020) Attacking both political affiliations with equal disgust, "Irresistible" seems disappointingly fatigued, its glossy veneer concealing a hollow core. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
95% The Ghost of Peter Sellers (2020) Neither bitter nor maudlin, "The Ghost of Peter Sellers" is a movie about filmmaking and soul-searching, a tale of two Peters and maybe the worst of times for both. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
77% Judy & Punch (2020) What's left is a baroque pantomime, a heavy-handed satire of intolerance whose fun fades faster than the livid bruises on Judy's face. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2020