James Berardinelli
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For 2,796 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

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Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Untouchables
Lowest review score: 0 Feast
Score distribution:
2,796 movie reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Even children, who will be enthralled by all the puppies, may have a hard time not fidgeting for protracted portions of the running time.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Sadly, as apt as comparisons to "Underworld" might seem, I, Frankenstein can't even clear that very low bar.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Offensive because it offers little more than unleavened stupidity in the place of the family-friendly action and comedy it promises.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    At its best, Dumb and Dumber is like an Ernest movie with a scatological bent.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Things might have been okay if this film had gone someplace, anyplace, but it stalls early, then coasts through an hour of minimally-amusing material before screeching to an amazingly improbable stop.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Horror fans will be disgusted by the lack of gore. Romance fans will be disgusted by the presence of gore. One is tempted to applaud the filmmakers for trying something this daring, but the result isn't good enough to warrant any acclaim, however lukewarm it might be.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    An inferior product. It is not well written, well acted, or well directed.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    I found the most extreme material to be so tasteless that it voided all comedy.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A colossal disappointment. Not because it's superficial and shallow –- those characteristics pretty much go with the territory –- but because it's boring.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Akin to watching a bad sit-com that never ends.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Perhaps the strangest thing about 2012 is that the bad parts of the film are among the most enjoyable, because they're so over-the-top ridiculous that it's impossible not to break out laughing.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    For those looking for something positive, this is the only movie I can recall that features music from both ABBA ("Does Your Mother Know") and Handel ("Zadok the Priest"). Let's hear it for musical diversity!
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    National Treasure's storyline isn't compelling or coherent enough to warrant the term "plot."
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This is one of those nearly unwatchable movies that becomes an endurance contest for any thinking adult.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A turd of T-Rex proportions, Land of the Lost makes one remember last summer's "Speed Racer" fondly.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's the most disappointing thing to come from the brothers in years.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Season of the Witch teeters on the edge of slipping into the "so bad it's good" camp, but ultimately ends up being merely bad.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It doesn't take long for the The Signal's promising beginning to fade into a haze that leaves the viewer exhausted and irritated.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Humor is subjective, but this movie made me feel as if I had been subjected to something unpleasant.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Godsend is godawful.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    One can give Ice Cube props for attitude, but not much more.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Unappealing for children and adults alike, The King and I will likely bring families together in their mutual boredom.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The Brown Bunny is one long, self-indulgent bore topped off with a hard-core porn scene featuring Gallo and co-star Chloë Sevigny.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It stands alongside this year's other werewolf disaster, "Blood and Chocolate," in illustrating why the moon should set on the werewolf movie.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    No amount of youthful charisma can alter the fact that, in the light of "Dangerous Liaisons", Cruel Intentions is a feeble and dissatisfying shadow.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Did You Hear about the Morgans? Yes and, to be perfectly frank, I wish I had been spared the experience.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    By trying to satisfy every kind of viewer, it's possible that Sphere may end up pleasing no one.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This is film noir for the MTV generation: fast-paced, slick, flashy, gleefully mindless, and hollow to the core.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Three adjectives spring to mind when describing Marie Antoinette: odd, irritating, and tedious.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A movie so inane that it fails to rise to the level of "good trash."
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Who would have imagined that a movie about sex could be so boring? That's the bottom line when it comes to Fifty Shades of Grey.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Boring and uninspired, this movie gives ghost stories a bad name.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    With the flat characters and lifeless performances, it's a wonder that anyone in the audience can stay awake all the way through this dull and dreary production.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The Other Woman ignores dozens of potentially edgy possibilities to tell the most banal story imaginable - and to do it badly.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A huge disappointment -- the kind of motion picture that makes you actively angry at the filmmaker for subjecting you to it and stealing two hours of your life.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    There's no fun to be had here and if an action movie doesn't make the grade as escapist entertainment, what's the point?
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    For all of its existential posturing, Being Human ends up being a rather shallow motion picture.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    LaBeouf, who appeared to hit a low in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," has sunk to greater levels of incompetence here.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Sluggish. Torpid. Boring. Those three words (and more) can describe The Yellow Handkerchief, a stultifying road trip movie whose inept screenplay is only partially counterbalanced by a trio of nice performances.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Beverly Hills Ninja is essentially a one-joke film.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Those who don't understand what it means for an actor to "sleepwalk" through a performance need only watch Men in Black III; there's no shortage of examples.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The storyline is so infantile that it will appeal to young kids.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Isn't worth the time, money, or effort. For Stephen King aficionados, it's just the latest cinematic nightmare.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The breath of fresh air, to the extent that one can be identified in the staleness of this recycled refuse, is John Cleese.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The only reason any male could have for seeing The Vow is the hope of getting laid afterwards. The only reason any female could have for seeing The Vow is if she views the plots of Harlequin romance novels as the height of modern storytelling.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    As far as I'm concerned, it's official: Hollywood has lost the art of how to make horror films.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The lackluster acting and horrendous dialogue don't help.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Only for die-hard Cho fans. Everyone else will be offended, bored, or some combination of the two.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The Watch is a studio turd marinated in eau de skunk that stinks worse than week-old fish.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This is the kind of tearjerker that will cause audience members to cry, but only because they paid hard-earned money to see it.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    There is no truth to the rumor that free frontal lobotomies will be performed at the entrance to all theaters showing Eagle Eye.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    What's missing from Blended? Two key ingredients: it doesn't touch the heart and it doesn't tickle the funny bone (at least not often enough).
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Cloying and at times annoying, Life as We Know It is egregiously manipulative, whoring itself out for a few unearned tears.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    There are stretches when it becomes tedious and insufferably self important. There's even a late scene in which the movie turns preachy.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Two agonizing hours of lifeless, mind-numbing hogwash.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Yes, this film is worse than "Cliffhanger," Stallone's last venture into chaos.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Tedious and predictable, it employs obvious situations and clichés instead of genuine suspense-building elements.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A preposterous thriller where the only thing more disappointing than the ending is the 93 minutes it takes to get there.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Unfortunately, although there are a few nasty thorns here and there, The First Wives Club is a largely uninspired (and unfunny) comedy that collapses completely in the final fifteen minutes.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    "Mindless" applies, and Book of Secrets is more like a tame, endlessly repetitive amusement park ride than a motion picture.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Welcome to Mooseport's satirical edge is dull and pitted, the screenplay is overlong and uninteresting, the comedy is soft and shapeless, and the actors perform like they're on a sit com.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Newell has followed up a respectable adaptation of a Harry Potter novel with an ignominious translation of something more delicate and literate. It's hard to recommend this movie to anyone except perhaps the MST3K crew.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    By any standards, Silk is a bad movie: pretentious, stillborn, devoid of emotion.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It’s artificial, annoying, and boring.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This remake replaces suspense with boredom and witty dialogue with lame lines any self-respecting actor should be embarrassed to utter.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Unfortunately for the poor viewer trapped into sitting through this 95 minute mess, the humor is both conventional and unfunny, the script never takes any chances, and the ending is a cop-out.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Can't decide whether it wants to be a black comedy, dumb farce, or sentimental sit-com.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Twisted is a D-grade thriller with an A-list cast. It's a disappointment from start to finish...But, in the final quarter-hour, it committed the unpardonable sin of insulting my intelligence.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A failure on pretty much every level, Hounddog would never have been known beyond Park City had it not been for the notoriety surrounding the rape scene.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    An insult to anyone who has tragically and unexpectedly lost a loved-one in a similar manner.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Of course, the problem with Angels & Demons is that to get to the final 40 minutes, it's necessary to endure the first 90, and that would be defined as cruel and unusual punishment.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    One could easily argue that, like many Ed Wood-type bad movies, The Faculty might be headed for the cult classic shelf in the video store. Unfortunately, it's not campy enough, and, worse, it seems to think it's being hip when it's just being dumb.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Echelon Conspiracy is a more evocative title than a movie this stupid deserves.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's hard to imagine anyone having the patience to sit through this movie except perhaps a handful of 11-year old boys seeking vicarious wish fulfillment.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Most of the laughs are unintentional, but the result is absurd and laughable.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The 2011 version of Conan the Barbarian looks cheap and feels rushed. The few good elements are dwarfed by a generic, nonsensical plot and shoddy storytelling.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A slow, meandering misfire of a movie.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Watching a misfire like Thunderbirds illustrates how impressive the "Spy Kids" movies are.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Want to see a movie where almost everything takes place on a bus? Try "Speed." Jeepers Creepers 2 isn't even worth a peek.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A bad movie. No amount of perfume sprayed on talk show audiences by Madonna and her husband can eliminate the stench of failure emanating from this motion picture.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Meet Joe Black has the dubious distinction of being the longest film to date of 1998. It is also one of the most tedious and bombastic.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The level of humor is sit-com-ish at best and the film's dramatic elements are bland and uninvolving.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Redundant and unnecessary.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Fans of the original will end up doing shot-by-shot comparisons. On every level, The Omen isn't just bad filmmaking, it's bad storytelling.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Wild Hogs is more tired, worn out, and sagging than its protagonists - an arthritic comedy whose humor is below mediocre and whose drama is cringe-worthy.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's hard to say what is more responsible for the film's utter failure: Hopkins direction, the editing, or the screenplay. The result is such a muddle that one assumes each aspect deserves part of the blame.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The problem with Hostel Part II is the same flaw that afflicted Hostel: no tension.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Louder, flashier, and more hollow than anything else out there.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The recycling goes as deep as the dialogue, which is a mangled and blended refrain of clichés.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This unexceptional and uninteresting story of a self-pitying borderline-personality teenager verges on being unwatchable as a result of McDonald's decision to bombard the audience with extraneous images in lieu of telling the story.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A misfire in far too many meaningful aspects, The Book Thief is so bad that it's tough to decide whether it's better used as a sleep aid or watched while under the influence as an object of derision.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The Happening is a movie to walk out of, sleep through, or - best of all - not to bother with.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Stay away from Birth not because of what goes on (or doesn't) in a bathtub, but because this is not a very good movie.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The Thirteenth Floor shows what can happen when film makers fail to recognize that they need more than a concept to establish a full-length motion picture.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Dirty Deeds boasts a passably entertaining idea that is butchered in the telling.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's either a failed experiment or a movie that was rushed through production so Allen could fulfill his one project-per-year commitment.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The Informers is nihilism for nihilism's sake; a bleak and borderline-unwatchable collage of misanthropes, self-absorbed a**holes, and pathetic weaklings as they struggle to move forward during the early 1980s in Los Angeles.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Director Rick Friedberg (who made the "bad golf" videos with Leslie Nielsen) has crafted a dreadfully unfunny comedy that takes Naked Gun-like sketches and rehashes them without a whit of style or energy.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Take away the film's attitude, and you're left with "Son of Van Helsing."
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Wild Wild West isn't just a bad adaptation of a TV series; it's a bad film.

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