Jeannette Catsoulis

Jeannette Catsoulis
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
41% Halloween Kills (2021) An indolent, narratively impoverished mess that substitutes corpses for characters and slogans for dialogue. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2021
85% Lamb (2021) Plays like a folk tale and thrums like a horror movie. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2021
49% There's Someone Inside Your House (2021) In trying to have it both ways, Brice has created a messy, overstuffed parody of moral policing that squanders the promise of its cleverly executed opening. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2021
62% Bingo Hell (2021) When the action gets creaky, Byron Werner's photography gooses things along: He's especially effective with low-to-the-ground shots that add a creepy surreality to simple setups. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2021
75% Black as Night (2021) The special effects are fine, if unremarkable, but the actors are into it and the script manages to be thoughtful without dampening the fun. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2021
72% The Guilty (2021) [Gyllenhaal] builds to an all-caps-plus-exclamation-point performance; that he does so without losing his grip - on us or the character - is some kind of miracle. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2021
61% Birds of Paradise (2021) Structured around a countdown to the ultimate prize, the story is a soapy slog of sabotage and betrayal. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2021
30% Dear Evan Hansen (2021) Treacly and manipulative, "Dear Evan Hansen" turns villain into victim and grief into an exploitable vulnerability. It made me cringe. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2021
96% I'm Your Man (2021) Edging now and then into the surreal, this unusual and tender little movie gingerly interrogates the gulf between digital and biological wiring. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2021
65% Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) Sono's visuals, sizzlingly realized by the cinematographer Sohei Tanikawa, lack neither brio nor imagination. But the ludicrousness of the plot severs any emotional connection... - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
75% Blue Bayou (2021) Beautifully relaxed family scenes help us forgive the ponderous direction... - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
75% Malignant (2021) None of this is especially scary, but, if you're patient, Wan delivers the kind of hilariously sick climax that only a sadist would spoil. Or envisage. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2021
47% Queenpins (2021) "Queenpins" scampers toward its ludicrous conclusion with less concern for logic than for ensuring that everyone gets what he or she wants. With the possible exception of the audience. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2021
93% Lily Topples the World (2021) "Lily Topples the World" aims to enlighten you; but this undisciplined, curiously shallow documentary from Jeremy Workman might leave you with more questions than answers. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2021
70% Together (2021) An awkward and uncomfortable experiment, "Together" unfolds with a staginess that rebuffs our involvement. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2021
62% Mosquito State (2021) Borne along on the whine of insects and a lead performance of surpassing strangeness, "Mosquito State" is a disquieting merger of body horror and social commentary. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2021
62% The Protégé (2021) The silliness in Richard Wenk's script is epic. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
41% Flag Day (2021) "Flag Day" feels as much a love letter from Penn to his own daughter as the story of someone else's. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2021
87% The Night House (2021) The scares land like blows and the eeriness is pervasive in "The Night House," David Bruckner's hyper-focused, unnervingly sure follow-up to his 2018 wilderness frightener, "The Ritual." - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2021
96% CODA (2021) The actors work together seamlessly, the blue-collar coastal setting is richly realized and the family's cohesiveness solidly established. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2021
88% Ema (2021) Whether a melodramatic comment on art and anarchy, or a wild experiment in toxic maternalism, the film feels like a fever that just won't break. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2021
No Score Yet Usedom: A Clear View of the Sea (2021) Shaping personal and geographical history into sun-drenched dollops, the director Heinz Brinkmann fashions a charmingly quirky guide to his island home. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2021
15% Lucky (2011) Mr. Hanks performs with customary blankness and a woeful lack of chemistry with his hardworking co-star. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2021
59% John and the Hole (2021) Constructed with an artfulness that suggests ideological complexity, the movie is finally too withholding and ambiguous to fully engage. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2021
83% The Last Matinee (Red Screening) (2021) I may never look at a jar of pickles the same way again. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2021
29% Naked Singularity (2021) "Naked Singularity" welds legal drama and science fiction into a misshapen crime caper. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2021
59% The Last Mercenary (2021) The fight scenes have wit and Van Damme delivers his lines with just the right amount of weary good humor. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
62% Jungle Cruise (2021) Like Vogon poetry, the plot of Disney's "Jungle Cruise" is mostly unintelligible and wants to beat you into submission. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
39% Joe Bell (2021) A droopy drama with its feet on the blacktop and its heart set on redemption. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
91% Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021) With immense perceptiveness, Neville shows us both the empath and the narcissist: The man who refused to turn the suffering he saw in war zones into a bland televisual package, and the one who would betray longtime colleagues to please a new lover. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
97% Pig (2021) While "Pig" can at times feel engulfed by its own sullenness, there's a rigor to the filmmaking and a surreal beauty to Pat Scola's images that seal our investment in Robin's fate. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
86% The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 52 (2021) Neither slick nor propulsive, "The Loneliest Whale" gently combines aquatic adventure and bobbing meditation on our own species's environmental arrogance. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
52% The Tomorrow War (2021) Clichés rain as fast and as furiously as bullets. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
20% Let Us In (2020) Apparent delight seeps into almost every frame, giving the film a guileless warmth that drew my good will. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
100% Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story (2021) The dishiness is fun, but "Lady Boss" is most penetrating when it lifts the carapace of glamour Collins had constructed, both as alter ego and as armor against her critics. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2021
42% The Ice Road (2021) Sadly, Neeson's dander is no match for a hackneyed plot, poorly visualized stunts and characters whose behavior can defy common sense. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
97% I Carry You with Me (2021) Turning time and memory into an elliptical portrait of what it means when borders become barriers, "I Carry You With Me," the first narrative feature from the documentary filmmaker Heidi Ewing, trades distance for empathy. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
23% The Birthday Cake (2021) Giannopoulos might be inexperienced, but he's canny with mood and unafraid to experiment with the rhythms of violence. I, for one, am keen to see what he does next. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
27% The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard" is loud, lazy, profane and well nigh incoherent. It's also at times quite funny, with a goofy vulgarity that made me giggle. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
19% The Misfits (2021) Equally insulting to Arabic dialects and the Muslim Brotherhood, "The Misfits" is inarguably awful, its grandiose muddle of a plot unimproved by bored camels and barely clothed women. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
89% Censor (2021) "Censor" gazes on movie history with style and commitment, but little apparent purpose beyond simulation. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
56% Edge of the World (2021) "Edge of the World" plugs its narrative gaps with corn and cliché. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2021
No Score Yet Grace and Grit (2021) If you can make it through the first ten minutes of "Grace and Grit" without groaning, then your tolerance for New Age folderols, saccharin voice-overs and seraphic gazes is higher than mine. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2021
91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Faster, coarser and far noisier, "Part II" sacrifices emotional depth for thriller setups that do less to advance the plot than grow the younger characters. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
70% Blue Miracle (2021) Based on a true story, "Blue Miracle" suffers mightily from slapdash plotting and superficial moralizing. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
75% When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (Als Hitler das rosa Kaninchen stahl) (2019) The film strains to inject even a modicum of drama. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
67% Army Of The Dead (2021) Its grim images of quarantined refugees and rotting hordes summon a bleakness at odds with its most fun creation: An elite zombie power couple with functioning brains. Snyder should probably have given them final cut. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
77% Percy vs Goliath (2020) The result is a movie that's unlikely to raise your pulse, but it might just heighten your interest in what goes into your mouth. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
88% Lucy the Human Chimp (2021) By turns alarming and poignant, Alex Parkinson's infuriatingly deferential film recounts how Carter - passionately attached to Lucy and admittedly clueless about how to facilitate her adjustment - abandoned her life to live with Lucy on a remote island. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
90% Together Together (2021) Sweet, sensitive and surprisingly insightful, Nikole Beckwith's "Together Together" fashions the signposts of the romantic comedy - the meet-cute, the misunderstanding, the mutual acceptance - into a wry examination of a very different relationship. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021