Jesse Cataldo

Jesse Cataldo
Jesse Cataldo's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slant Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 No Score Yet Duett för kannibaler (Duet for Cannibals) (1969) Susan Sontag's debut film serves as an intriguing cinematic extension of her more well-known written work. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
2/4 71% At War (En guerre) (2019) The film is content to bluntly affirm that corporate attempts at compassion are always secondary to providing profit to shareholders. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
2/4 84% Dogman (2019) The film only succeeds at evoking a firm sense of place and an accompanying air of alluring grotesquerie. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2019
67% Sleepless Nights Stories (2011) It proves that Mekas is still very much awake, contemplating the broad gulfs of the past and future, the little life that, as Shakespeare put it, "is rounded with a sleep." - MUBI EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
3/4 95% Tempestad (2016) This is a heartfelt essay film that digs into several instances of trauma occasioned by Mexico's drug war. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2017
3/4 100% Funeral Parade of Roses (1970) The film is caught somewhere between freeform sketch comedy, gonzo documentary, and irony-soaked Warholian melodrama. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2017
3/4 69% Free Fire (2017) Ben Wheatley's film reduces the modus operandi of the action movie down to its starkest elements. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
3.5/4 No Score Yet Les Hautes Solitudes (1974) The limitations of black and white both point to Philippe Garrel's silent-era influences and identify a way forward. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
3.5/4 83% Silence (2017) Martin Scorsese crafts a versatile, multifaceted work that encourages serious reflection and contemplation. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
2.5/4 74% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Tom Ford remains too reliant on overwrought imagery, residual prestige affectations, and conventional rhythms to break free of either genre the film experiments with. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
1.5/4 51% Dog Eat Dog (2016) Paul Schrader's film scrambles for contemporary relevance and finds only nihilistic hollowness. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
2.5/4 84% Julieta (2016) Pedro Almodóvar's object-oriented approach ends up blocking off the deeper emotional access that Alice Munro's stories so effortlessly attain. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/4 90% Do Not Resist (2016) Director Craig Atkinson's film explicates its points with blunt but persuasive efficiency. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2016
3/4 88% Morris from America (2016) Chad Hartigan's film is especially perceptive about the effect of external influence on personal development. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2016
2/4 93% Under The Sun (2016) The film's primary effect is to substantiate gossip, while satisfying the perverse human desire to gander at misery. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2016
2.5/4 81% Cosmos (2016) Andrzej Zulawski's film experiment ranks somewhere between captivatingly off the wall and utterly exhausting. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
2.5/4 87% Dheepan (2016) Jacques Audiard's film struggles to overcome the burden of its over-simplified, moralizing setup. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2016
3/4 73% Louder Than Bombs (2016) Louder Than Bombs is a parable that takes depression seriously as a condition and a state of being. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2016
3/4 90% The Witch (2016) The reworking of a tired horror trope into a transformed feminist symbol stands out as an impressive act of genre revisionism. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2016
3/4 85% Stinking Heaven (2015) As in Nathan Silver's previous work, what could have been a rote retread of Pasolini's Teorema blossoms into a study of factional identity and power dynamics. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2015
3/4 92% James White (2015) 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. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2015
2.5/4 97% Spotlight (2015) By modeling its structure so closely after All the President's Men, Spotlight only draws closer attention to its lack of scope and ambition. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2015
3/4 93% The Pearl Button (El botón de nácar) (2015) Despite the defeated tone of Patricio Guzmán's tales, a spotlight is placed on the power of persistence. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2015
2/4 57% Journey To The Shore (Kishibe No Tabi) (2015) The film remains too pallid and diffuse, the development of its mood and characters suffering as a result. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2015
3.5/4 80% The Assassin (2015) The film carves out a rich emotional sphere concomitant to its stunning production design, finding delicate poetry in the dispassionate pursuit of revenge. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2015
3/4 98% Aferim! (2016) The film's black humor is inextricably tied to serious questions about moral relativism and personal responsibility. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/4 100% How to Smell a Rose: A Visit with Ricky Leacock at his Farm in Normandy (2015) A definitive reflection on the work of two great directors and the specific slices of cinema they so fruitfully cultivated. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2015
2.5/4 91% The End Of The Tour (2015) It does well in using dialogue to shape its escalating tête-à-tête, but the filmmaking is too fuzzy to expand on those ideas. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2015
3/4 89% A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2015) 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. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2015
2.5/4 85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) The lack of real analysis or consideration leaves this perilously close to a Goldilocks-style depiction of privileged female indecision. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2015
1.5/4 16% Aloft (2015) The film's worst quality is its underhanded attempt to convey a complex recounting of one family's ordeal while fudging all the pertinent details. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2015
3/4 80% Fort Buchanan (2014) The film is content to drift free-associatively through a tangle of linked relationships, considering the intricacies of group mechanics via an expressive free-form structure. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2015
2/4 88% White God (2015) 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. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2015
3/4 88% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) It settles firmly into the perspective of a lost soul who finds solace in the swaddling security of fantasy. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2015
1.5/4 72% The Salvation (2015) The film achieves nothing more than hollow caricature, too caught up in dumb dress-up pageantry to accomplish anything else. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2015
3.5/4 33% Blackhat (2015) Michael Mann's camera elegantly collapses the spaces between bodies and objects without sacrificing spatial coherence. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2015
3/4 82% Joy of Man's Desiring (2015) A chronicle the act of labor as both a universal function of life and a spectacle in itself. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2015
3.5/4 86% Winter Sleep (2014) Nuri Bilge Ceylan again exhibits his gift for making interesting stories out of predetermined plots, locating small eddies of change in the midst of eternally fixed dynamics. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2014
3/4 80% Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2014) Refusing to mourn anything, displaying a Futurist-style disdain for the past, Sion Sono imagines a world in which static adherence to old ideas leads directly to doom. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2014
2/4 76% Fury (2014) 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. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2014
2/4 No Score Yet Two Shots Fired (Dos disparos) (2015) The lack of tangible dramatic follow-through leaves the film feeling incomplete, indistinguishable from so much other undercooked festival fare. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2014
2.5/4 89% The Drop (2014) With its optimistic ending, the film muddies its previous statements regarding the danger of unthinkingly hanging on to totems of the past. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2014
2.5/4 60% Bird People (2014) Pascale Ferran's film isn't daring enough to fully embrace the narrative fragmentation that it sporadically assumes. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2014
3.5/4 No Score Yet The Naked Room (2014) By eschewing even basic B-roll footage, it ends up feeling even more stripped down than Frederick Wiseman's patient inquisitions, yet nearly as complex overall. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2014
2.5/4 93% Love Is Strange (2014) Ira Sachs's push for heartrending poetry makes it clear that the film is putting too fine a gloss on the acute pains of one small tragedy. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2014
3/4 87% A Most Wanted Man (2014) Anton Corbijn constructs a stifling world of shadowy surveillance and intersecting national interests, building on John Le Carré's sense of moral and emotional exhaustion. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2014
2/4 61% L'écume des jours (Mood Indigo) (2014) Michel Gondry bungles his adaptation of the Boris Vian novel by indulging in homespun craftwork at the expense of plot and character detail. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2014
3.5/4 91% Closed Curtain (2014) The next step in Jafar Panahi's personal cinema of captivity, a fully fictionalized, wildly bewildering work which imagines a man at war with his own creative impulse. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2014
3/4 68% They Came Together (2014) What results is chaotic but ultimately focused, bound by an intense devotion to disassembling genre and narrative standards. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2014
2.5/4 80% Dormant Beauty (2014) The film puts too many elements into play, which means it ends up darting hopelessly between a series of underdeveloped storylines. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2014