James Berardinelli

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For 3,161 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 3.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Wolf of Wall Street
Lowest review score: 0 Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
Score distribution:
3161 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The movie is frequently incomprehensible and, on those occasions when it makes sense, the viewer may wish it didn’t.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This is a bad film - at times it’s nigh unwatchable - but that doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things.
    • 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.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    In R.I.P.D., we have a legitimate train wreck of a motion picture: a film that doesn't work on any level. It's not funny. It's not exciting. It's not engaging. It's a waste of time and money.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This is a tedious and insulting motion picture. The only ones likely to be surprised by the payoff are those who understandably dozed off fifteen minutes into the proceedings.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Movies like this usually have something interesting to say about the human condition, but not Nine Lives. It makes an insufferably obvious observation: we live boring lives, shit happens, and we die.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It represents a missed opportunity on every level. As a black comedy, it fails. As a satire of the bloated wedding industry, it fails. As a drama about friendship triumphing over all, it fails.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    "The Hangover" was high octane fun. "The Hangover Part II," despite its repetitive nature, was enjoyable. The Hangover Part III is some kind of hideous experiment in mass consumer torture.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Orphan is being marketed as a horror movie, but that's misdirection. It's more of a standard thriller in the "evil amongst us" mode, about a group of people who inadvertently admit a psychopath into their midst.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Very little of what made the written version so enjoyable has been successfully translated to the screen, and what we're left with instead is an overly-long (two hours and thirty-four minutes, to be exact), pedantic thriller.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The result is an unappealing mess, made less bearable by uniformly lackluster performances and the cheesy special effects.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This is as dreadful a holiday offering as you're likely to find this year. A lump of coal would be more welcome.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Regardless of whatever ephemeral entertainment this production may offer to some, it is not by any reasonable definition a good movie. It is badly written, inexpertly directed, poorly acted, erratically paced, and features music of dubious worth.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Plagued by moralizing so strident and a style so artificial that the story never has a chance to speak to an audience.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    If all you're looking for is breasts, blood, and gore, this film hits pay dirt. None of the killings are terribly inventive, but they are plentiful, and why bother being devious when axes, machetes, knives, and pointed sticks will do the job just as well?
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles doesn't so much provide brainless enjoyment as it pummels the viewer into submission. "Shell-shocked" is a reasonable description of the experience.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    To succeed, Deception requires viewers to be both inattentive and stupid. There's not a twist in this flimsy and moth-eaten plot that isn't both contrived and transparent and not a character who hasn't been hopelessly manipulated by the needs of the narrative.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This movie isn't bad in the way some incompetently made movies are bad; this is bad because there's much skill evident in a pointless endeavor.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Unremarkable. A more honest description would be to label it as mirthless, pointless, and banal.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Unimaginative horror movies are a dime a dozen, but overlong, boring, unimaginative horror movies? Those are rare. However, in Split, that’s what writer/director M. Night Shyamalan has provided the early 2017 movie-going populace.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The only thing that distinguishes Species 2 is how awful it is.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    With a script that waffles between being hilariously absurd and insultingly stupid, and action scenes that won't cause anyone's pulse to skip a beat, Paycheck is less appealing than a lump of coal in a Christmas stocking.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A Perfect Murder has inexplicably managed to eliminate almost everything that was worthwhile about "Dial M for Murder," leaving behind the nearly-unwatchable wreckage of a would-be '90s thriller.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    From narrative to character development to staging, every frame of Mistress America drips with artifice. It's a playground for unpleasant, self-absorbed characters - an excursion into the lifestyles of people most of us would prefer to bypass. If there's an antonym for self-awareness, it applies to nearly everyone populating this misfire.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The movie starts cheating the audience early, and never lets up.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A shallow, transparent satire/social commentary, Palindromes lives and dies on a gimmick.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A maudlin hack-job.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    For better or worse (emphasis on the latter), it was unlike anything else on the multiplex landscape. In 2017, it’s becoming difficult for Bay to distinguish his brand of brain-dead spectacle from the brain-dead spectacle of many other sequels, prequels, and remakes.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The only worthwhile portion of Twin Dragons is the climactic action sequence, but, to get to that, it's necessary to endure more than an hour of unfunny physical comedy and excruciating verbal interaction.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    My Best Friend's Girl isn't just a misfire; it's a misfire compounded by a chain of miscalculations, and it's hard to figure out who this could appeal to (except, perhaps, Dane Cook's fan club).
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Unfortunately, as with too many films being made with the international market in mind, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is a jumble of overhyped action scenes, trite dialogue, painfully bad “character development”, and awful writing.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The script isn't just "dumbed down," it's lobotomized.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The film is critic-proof and it will find an audience, but it's hard to imagine even the film's target demographic (teenage boys) being overly enthusiastic about the product. It's disposable entertainment of the worst kind.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Once again, we have a movie where the jokes are aimed at the least common denominator - meaning that to genuinely enjoy the experience of sitting through Slackers, you will need help from a controlled substance.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    However, once you realize there's no "pleasure" to be had from something this wantonly dumb and idiotically constructed, all that's left is "guilt" - guilt that you actually spent money to see this.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's a cloying, humorless motion picture whose only assets are the work of Jim Henson's Creature Shop and a couple of good one-liners by a pair of rodents.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The movie mandates complete gullibility and vacuous attention in order to work on any level.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The Punisher isn't Frank Castle; it's Jonathan Hensleigh. And the punishee is anyone sitting in the audience.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    For a strangely-titled, female-oriented drama about mothers and daughters bonding, try "The Joy Luck Club" and leave Ya-Ya as a phrase uttered by one-year olds who have yet to learn how to talk.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Schumacher doesn't leave an imprint on the film -- it could be the work of any second-rate director.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Lockout is painful. Not painful in the way Uwe Boll or "Sex and the City" movies are painful. But painful enough that I kept waiting for Nicolas Cage to show up. Or Katherine Heigl. Or, god forbid, both.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Nothing short of a disaster -– easily one of the worst movies of the year.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Misses the mark.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This is a mechanical gore-fest that offers preposterous stunts in place of escalating tension and waxwork mannequins in place of marginally interesting characters.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    One doesn't expect intelligent scripting or deep characterization from Roland Emmerich, but the film's lack of energy, poor special effects, and monotonous pacing lead to an inescapable conclusion: 10,000 B.C. isn't only brain-dead, it's COMPLETELY dead. It's inert and without a heartbeat.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A tedious, incoherent bore.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The movie has little to recommend it and more than a few things to encourage those who pursue quality cinema to stay away.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Boring and repetitive.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    I wonder if Gamer might make a good game; it certainly doesn't make a good movie.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This isn't just typical, unchallenging Hollywood drek -- it's typical, unchallenging Hollywood drek made by people who don't care, for people who don't care.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Speed 2 can be numbered among the worst second chapters ever made.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Is this a movie or a feature-length advertisement for Qwest? We're not just talking one product placement; this brand name is nearly omnipresent.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Everything in G.I. Joe: Retaliation is perfunctory - technically proficient but soulless. It's not exciting. It's boring.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    John Tucker Must Die is toothless. The jokes are obvious and unfunny, the storyline goes nowhere that's interesting or unexpected, and the only chemistry happens in a science lab.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Devil will do little to dispel the growing belief that Shyamalan is a one-trick pony whose horse has keeled over. The laughter during the trailer was sadly prescient; the film is a joke.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Chase, like his Vacation movies, are things of the past. This is a series that should have died with the '80s. Instead, inexplicably, it has limped on into the '90s.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Breakdown is the latest in a seemingly endless traffic jam of thrillers that opens strong but finishes abominably.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A soulless jumble of ineptly assembled cliches and pabulum that plays like a 95-minute commercial for NBA properties.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Code 46 is like "Solaris" without the psychological depth and strong acting. The movie is flat, boring, pointless, and nonsensical.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    One has the sense that if the level of violence had been ratcheted up a little, Paparazzi might have been more of a guilty pleasure and less of a chore to watch.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It is now weighed down by a second half that's equal parts incoherent, tedious, and repetitive.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    If there's the kernel of a good story buried somewhere deep in Cursed, it never pops. As werewolf movies go, this one is on par with "An American Werewolf in Paris," but at least that dud had plenty of gore and Julie Delpy's bare breasts to recommend it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    As a satire on the media's infatuation with violence and murderers, Natural Born Killers hits the bullseye. The problem is, this is a one-note movie. It repeatedly hammers home the same point until the audience is bludgeoned into senselessness.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Painfully unfunny and unnecessarily long, this movie is the antithesis of its predecessor, the delightfully raunchy "Horrible Bosses."
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Too long and too full of itself to offer more than a few fleeting moments of entertainment. It doesn't take long for tediousness to triumph.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Alien 3 is, simply put, a mess. The writers have no idea how to tell a coherent, entertaining story. With the exception of a surprise or two, there isn't much worthwhile here.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Dull, uninspired, and redundant.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's a depressing experience to view something like Saw IV. It's not just the soullessness that's dispiriting, but the lack of invention. When a movie does little more than repeat what its predecessors accomplished with grotesque effectiveness, it's past time to tip this corpse into its grave and bury it.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Director Scott Waugh’s intention may have been to elevate my pulse, but the only thing at which he succeeded was getting me to check my watch repeatedly.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's all about eye candy and the quick tease. It's not over fast enough.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Like many genuinely awful movies, Queen of the Damned has the ingredients of a cult film.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A muddle of a film - an overlong bore that either mistakenly thinks it's something more than a humdrum romance or has incorporated a variety of pretentions as window-dressing.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This is sloppy filmmaking, and it's likely to wipe away whatever luster still remains to Shyamalan's reputation.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A "Jennifer Aniston movie" has become synonymous with "derivative, lackluster mediocrity," and it's a shame. We know she has both talent and charisma but nothing on her recent resume has allowed her to display those qualities. So we're stuck with films that are at best forgettable and at worst painful.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's a little sad that The Messengers is ultimately a good candidate for burial in a toxic waste dump because there are some good elements contained herein.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Clumsily incorporates elements of "Ghost," "The Sixth Sense," and "Field of Dreams."
    • 24 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Uninspired and painfully familiar.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    LaBute has transformed the eerie, disturbing psychological thriller into an unintentional comedy. At times, The Wicker Man is hilariously bad.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The only arena in which Gulliver's Travels plays an adequate game is in visual effects.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Trespass is a home invasion movie, but not a clever, taut one; it's sloppy and obvious, with curves so un-serpentine they might as well be straightaways.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The really disgusting thing about this movie isn't the crude jokes themselves, but how grossly unfunny they all are.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Plastic characters, chaotic camerawork, lots of things blowing up, and an incredibly dumb screenplay. In short, it represents a great time at the movies for anyone who has recently undergone a frontal lobotomy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A woefully underwritten motion picture that starts out as a dumb comedy before taking an ill-advised detour into mawkish sentimentality. The last 30 minutes of Bruce Almighty is so godawful that it almost sent me screaming from the theater.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Battleship has the IQ of a rutabaga and doesn't require much more intelligence than that to watch. Despite spending copious amounts of time with back story and so-called character development, it's really all about the explosions.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's the kind of thing that Shakespeare might have written if he had undergone a frontal lobotomy.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Has some promise as a throw-away, lighthearted romance. Unfortunately, once those elements are gone, what's left only has a running time of about 13 minutes.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's not just about a disaster, it is a disaster.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This movie works best as a sleep tonic. Somewhere isn't just frustratingly slow-moving; it's inert.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Tideland is, by turns, a complete bore and a creepy experience. And I don't mean "creepy" in a positive sense.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Delpy's injection of class into an otherwise classless production raises the specter of what this film could have been with a better script and a better cast surrounding her.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    If the film is to work on any level, even a comedic one, it's necessary for the viewers to sympathize with Joanna and Walter. However, the script and scattershot performances keep them at arm's length. Nicole Kidman is in full scenery-chewing mode, and Matthew Broderick hasn't been this invisible since Ferris Bueller had to go back to school.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Monster-in-Law is appalling misfire of a comedy - a motion picture that takes a situation ripe for the blackest vein of satire and reduces it to a puerile and edgeless pile of goo

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