James Berardinelli

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For 3,034 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 4.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Sweet Hereafter
Lowest review score: 0 Captivity
Score distribution:
3034 movie reviews
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Sixteen years after her death, Princess Diana is still capable of generating interest, which is probably the only reason why this dull, pointless movie was greenlighted.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Feels perfunctory and obligatory and, despite the return of several familiar characters, is more like an afterthought than an organic third piece of a trilogy puzzle.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Everything about it feels stale: the actors, the story, the comedy, everything. And, to make matters worse, that everything goes on for an interminable two hours.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Calling Delivery Man a "comedy" is a bit of a stretch, because it's rarely funny. Dumb, yes, but not in a way that's worthy of more than a half-hearted chuckle.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    To work, The Host would have required a visionary interpretation rather than the mundane telling that Niccol opts for.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    From the start, it's obvious that this is a vehicle for his comedy, and it mostly works -- for about ten to fifteen minutes. After that, Carrey's act gradually grows less humorous and more tiresome, and the laughter in the audience seems forced.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Chaos Theory stumbles from one contrived circumstance to the next, and there's not a moment in this entire mess that conveys any sort of genuine human emotion or reaction.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It's remarkably appropriate that Envy is about turds, because that's what the movie is.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It will bore you.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The sad truth about After Earth is that not only is it difficult to find things it does well, but there are numerous examples of outright incompetence dotting the landscape.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Surprise of surprises, Revolver turns out to be worse than "Swept Away" - and not just by a little bit.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The Last Airbender is an insult to anyone with a triple-digit I.Q. and a willingness to use it inside the confines of a movie theater. This is bad filmmaking and bad storytelling. It also sounds what should be the death knell to M. Night Shyamalan's career.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Hush has three very simple problems: it's incredibly dumb, it's incredibly boring, and it's incredibly predictable (at least up to the stupefying ending).
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The "special effects" employed to have the animals' mouths form words might have been state-of-the-art 20 years ago, but they're outdated today, and the gorilla looks like a guy in the monkey suit that was abandoned after the 1976 version of "King Kong." I guess CGI was too sophisticated for the technical crew.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Unfinished Business is bad - not epically bad but bad enough. Little contained in this misfire of a film works and the few successful things are dragged out to the point where they die a lingering death.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It's astounding how a movie this long could accomplish so little.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    --- Ho, ho, ho - the joke's on anyone who pays to see this.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    If you've gone to Kung Pow for the plot, you have made a mistake. Come to think of it, if you have gone for the comedy, you've also made a mistake. In fact, if you've gone at all, you've made a mistake.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    This film is unable to involve, entertain, or titillate. Basically, it stinks.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The Pink Panther is supposed to use humor to uplift. Instead, I departed this movie feeling depressed.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    A bunch of IQ-challenged characters traipsing through a laughably bad scenario brought to life using silly dialogue, banal direction, and questionable special effects.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    This a neutered Garfield, one part tomcat and three parts pussy, recognizable only by his orange coat and love of lasagna. This feline's got a serious case of mange.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    There are bad movies and annoying movies, and this one contains elements of both.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The resulting hodgepodge of unfunny, sophomoric humor and PG-13 T&A, frosted by a sheen of appallingly nauseous "drama," makes for such a noxious brew that it's amazing viewers stay in their seats for the entire production.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    When it comes to comedy, Deck the Halls is remarkably tedious.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The most depressing thing about this movie is not that it's such a complete waste of time, but that there are people in Hollywood who think this kind of thing is what American movie-goers are interested in seeing.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Sometimes, even a little gratuitous nudity can't save a movie. This is one of those occasions. Cosmopolis easily trumps "To Rome with Love" as the biggest disappointment of 2012 from an established director.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Devoid of life, intelligence, humor, and anything else that could entertain even the most undemanding viewer, this film is a perfect example of something that should have been shipped to landfills, not multiplexes.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Epic Movie is a waste of time. It's like a bad issue of "Cracked Magazine" come to life. It's not so much painful as it is sleep inducing.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It boggles the mind to consider that the fertile writing team of Alec Berg, David Mandel, and Jeff Schaffer, all of whom spent time scripting episodes of "Seinfeld," could turn out something as abysmally unfunny as Eurotrip.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    August Rush isn't just a bad movie - it's an aggressively bad movie.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    By the end of the film, I was hoping everyone on two legs would die, preferably suffering as much on screen as I was in the audience.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    One of the dumbest thrillers to arrive it theaters in a long time.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The worst action movie of the summer. I liked Bad Boys II a little less, but making the comparison is like distinguishing between a cow turd and a horse turd. And that pretty much sums it up nicely.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Watching this movie, I wished I knew how to use dental floss, a paper clip, and a crumpled movie ticket to break the projector.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It is a ghastly experience, and I left the theater feeling as if I had waded neck-deep through a stream of raw sewage.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The funniest movie of the year - a true laugh riot. Viewers will be holding their sides to contain the laughter. Forget Borat - if you're looking for something hilarious, this is the movie to see. What's that? It's not supposed to be a comedy. Oops.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    This film is an absolute mess.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    If there's anything to like about The Bounty Hunter, it's Christine Baranski doing a Joan Rivers impersonation.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    This is quite possibly the most moronic motion picture I have seen thus far in 2013 and that's saying a lot.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    This is a sit com. An ‘80s-style sit-com. A bad ‘80s-style sit-com.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    You may find sperm jokes hilarious, but it's doubtful you'll find them hilarious in The Babymakers, which has serious composition problems.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The only thing about Victor Frankenstein worthy of praise is the set design. Visually, the movie is impressive but pretty pictures are better left to postcards.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    There's nothing worse than a film which mistakenly believes it's the comic event of the year. For no legitimate reason whatsoever, When Nature Calls is full of itself to the point of being offensive.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It has all the elements one would expect from a "so bad it's good" feature: cheesy dialogue, a script that could have been written by two chimpanzees, acting that would make a high school drama teacher cringe, and lots of tight female bodies poured into tiny bikinis. Despite all of that, however, I found Into the Blue to be a real trial.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    95 minutes of unrelieved tedium.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Watching Imagine That, I was beset by a feeling of intense depression. Is this what Eddie Murphy has become?
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    There's just one problem: it's not scary and it's not funny...Idle Hands transcends that mundane level of badness into the realm of gross ineptitude.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Aside from Snipes' well-tuned performance and a few clever scenes detailing superstar marketing, this picture is a veritable wasteland. Even watching the horror show that the real Giants have become during the 1996 season is more fun than this. The advertising slogan may be "fear strikes soon", but, when it comes to The Fan, fear, like the movie, strikes out.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    This is another one of those pointless action superhero movies that unfolds like a video game in which the viewer is unable to participate.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Unless you derive pleasure from watching Lohan being tortured, there's no reason to subject yourself to this movie. Besides, if that's your goal, all you have to do is turn on tabloid TV. There's Lindsay's living hell of a life, being broadcast 24/7.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It's crass, cruel, and borderline offensive, but the laughs that could redeem all of that are missing. Material as bad as the tripe that comprises Norbit can be endured only if there's a payoff. In this case, the point seems to be that some actors will do anything for a buck.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It has been a long time since I came as close to walking out of a movie as I did with Confessions of a Shopaholic. Not only did I find this production to be irritating, unfunny, and lacking in entertainment value, but I found its underlying slavishness to a culture of consumption to be morally repugnant.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    This movie is bad from top to bottom, front to back, and start to finish.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    If there's one thing this motion picture proves, it's that "The Naked Gun 33 1/3" wasn't the final insult from a founding ZAZ (Zucker/Abrams/Zucker) member; this is.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It's not scary, it's not chilling, and it's not interesting.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The gore is so badly done that it's borderline comical and poor lighting passes for "atmosphere."
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    White Noise has nothing. You'll have a better time staying home, tuning your TV to a station that doesn't carry a local signal, and staring.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Maybe approaching The Unborn as horror is the wrong approach. Perhaps this should be seen as a comedy. It is quite possibly the most egregiously laughable high-profile supernatural tale since Roman Polanski and Johnny Depp impaled themselves on "The Ninth Gate."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    With its canned, predictable action sequences and mirthless attempts at humor, it displays an ineptitude that is frankly shocking considering the talent involved.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    A catastrophe. This motion picture is an embarrassment to all involved.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Tracey Ullman is a bright spot in an otherwise sordid, murky production.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    A dreadful, hackneyed piece of cinema.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It's badly directed, poorly edited, and features some of the most unconvincing acting this side of a soup commercial.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The element of high camp that makes for enjoyable "good trash" isn't present.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It's a wretched attempt at entertainment, ephemerally redeemed only by the appearance of several attractive girls.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    A lame collection of dumber-than-dumb gags, the quality of Big Fat Liar is on par with that of the worst television sit-com gorged to four times its normal size.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    RV
    On those rare occasions when RV stumbles across a comedic moment that is legitimately funny, it drains the humor out of it by milking it dry.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The result is an atrociously unfunny, unromantic, and unpleasant product.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Disney has struck once again, taking a passably entertaining cartoon and turning it into a motion picture so lifeless that it's almost unwatchable.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Perhaps the only way to approach Abduction that will not result in a 105-minute boredom-induced coma is to think of it as a comedy, preferably with a drinking game attached. There are laughs to be had, although none of them are intentional.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    This is as witless as movies come -- an unamusing, moronic blend of horrible acting and inept screenwriting.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Doesn't have the decency to end when it should.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    In a way, it's probably unfair to blame director Tamra Davis exclusively for this debacle. After all, she's toiling in the shadow of a would-be multi-media superstar, making her essentially a hired gun.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Too much of Jason X plays it straight, and that means boredom. Murder and mayhem of this sort quickly becomes monotonous.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    If ever a romantic comedy is going to fail at the box office, this is it. The movie isn't a guy's thing, a girl's thing, or anybody else's thing.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Defined by three characteristics. It is as stupid as a decapitated worm. It is as irritating as a mosquito buzzing around one's head. And it is as funny as "Schindler's List."
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Isn't just bad, it's very bad.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    This feels a lot like some of the recent, unwatchable Adam Sandler offerings: boorish, unfunny comedy colliding with saccharine, quasi-dramatic filler.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    There's no evidence of craftsmanship or energy. Everything, from the plot to the execution, is plodding and obligatory.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Regardless of how low your expectations are regarding Fired Up!, it will still surprise you, and not in a good way.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Despite having the same title and a similar premise to a 1980 Jamie Lee Curtis flick (kids getting slaughtered on prom night), this is NOT a remake. In fact, it really doesn't have much of a plot. It's basically "The O.C." with a body count.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Jennifer's Body mixes, matches, and crosses three popular genres: horror, comedy, and teen angst. Unfortunately, it fails at all of them - and "fails" might be too kind a term.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    They could have called this Paranormal Inactivity.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    For acting to be this bad in movie not directed by Michael Bay or George Lucas, it has to be intentional.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Asian horror remakes are typically not screened for critics, and Shutter is no exception. The studios know what they have: watered-down, lifeless shells of motion pictures devoid of characters, drama, or anything remotely resembling horror.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    This is as excruciating a movie as is likely to be experienced by anyone, anywhere. It isn't merely that the story is insulting, the characters are bland, the action is dull, and the CGI is everywhere - it's that all this goes on for nearly three hours. That's three hours of your life you'll never get back.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The ineptitude of the movie's drama is matched only by the failure of its humor.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Fox should be paying potential viewers not to walk out of this turkey. The plot has all the depth and originality of a video game without the fun of the interactivity.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    After this disgrace, it's time to shut the hills' eyes for good.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    12 Rounds is the unholy stepchild of "Die Hard with a Vengeance" and "Speed," starring a man whose lack of range makes Steven Seagal seem nuanced by comparison.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It is a cinematic abomination -- a source of embarrassment for everyone involved.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    There's hardly an area in which Hot Pursuit is not found lacking. The comedy is unfunny with joke after joke falling painfully flat.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The "characters" vary from slightly annoying to unbearable - this is a film in which a viewer can be forgiven for rooting for the old video game icons to annihilate humanity. God help us if the best savior we can muster is Sandler.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    If there's a blessing, it's that the sequel isn't appreciably worse than the original - but that's slim praise considering how bad the first one was.

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