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For 2,706 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 6.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Before Sunrise
Lowest review score: 0 Knock Off
Score distribution:
2,706 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Despite being a little rough around the edges (as is often the case with the work of maverick documentarians), This Film Is Not Yet Rated is more than just an angry diatribe against the MPAA.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Haggis' dialogue is virtually without clunkers, and it is delivered with the appropriate weight by a solid cast. Braff's limp performance is countered by Barrett's emotional riveting one (although he's in more scenes than she is).
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Jesus Camp is not a "hatchet job." The filmmakers did not go in with an anti-Christian agenda and use selective editing to prove their point.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Director Kevin Macdonald has fashioned a film that is at times nearly as harrowing as his previous endeavor, "Touching the Void."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Most viewers will discover this picture - and it is worth discovering - when it is released on DVD.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    "Capote" is the more intellectual of the two films; Infamous is the more emotional. They exist to complement, not eclipse, one another.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Character development is of secondary importance to narrative and theme. As a result, we never really get to know any of the film's protagonists.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The variation keeps things fresh and the relatively short running length (less than 90 minutes) ensures that Borat doesn't overstay its welcome - even though when it's all done, we wish this absurd man might have lingered a little longer.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Catch a Fire isn't edgy like some of Noyce's previous titles nor is it a big-budget endeavor with A-list stars. Instead, it's a simple and sincere tale of inspiration.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    It's better than 90% of the animated fare of the last few years. It's refreshing not to have to qualify the movie's appeal by appending the words, "for the kids."
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Although Volver has a tendency to stray too far down tangential paths, it is ultimately satisfying.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Gorgeous photography and strong acting keep the formula from becoming stale. For those who don't mind pictures that fall into predictable rhythms, A Good Year represents a pleasant diversion.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Harsh Times occasionally echoes "Taxi Driver," Ayer's own "Training Day," and even "First Blood" in the way it examines the psychological disintegration of a character and the seduction of amorality.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Happy Feet ends on an upbeat note with singing and dancing, but the weaknesses that precede it deflate the euphoria.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Despite being well made and supremely acted, Candy is a true feel-bad experience.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    For Your Consideration will not go down as one of Guest's crown jewels, but it's nevertheless engaging.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Denzel Washington plays Denzel Washington, good cop. This isn't a great performance, but Washington wasn't brought in to show off his acting chops.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Ten Items or Less is not landmark cinema nor is it deeply thought-provoking, but it's smart, funny, knowledgeable about life and people, and a crowd-pleaser.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    A lot takes place during The Painted Veil's two-hour running length, but most of what happens occurs within the hearts and minds of the leads.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Charlotte's Web has all the requisite elements that a family film needs to succeed and endure: humor, drama, pathos, and an emotionally satisfying ending.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    This is a brave movie because it addresses a subject Hollywood feels uncomfortable about.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Rocky Balboa is not as good as "Rocky," but it allows us to forget the other four sequels, none of which was memorable.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Director Zhang Yimou's ambitious attempt to blend martial arts action with Shakespearean melodrama. It's not a perfect marriage but it offers two hours of solidly over-the-top entertainment featuring incredible visuals and powerful performances by international icons Gong Li and Chow Yun Fat.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    We Are Marshall is precisely what one expects from a true sports story: it's uplifting and inspiring.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    With its lack of pretensions, Miss Potter is that rare breed of cinematic animal: a movie whose entire goal is to entertain and perhaps apply a gentle touch to the heart.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Freedom Writers delivers the expected messages about hope and the ability to change one's destiny, and does it in a manner that it is emotionally and intellectually satisfying.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Alpha Dog isn't a happy movie, but it's dramatically solid and the impressions it leaves will not be easily shaken.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Despite being rooted firmly in "chick flick" territory (with a high "cuteness" index), it has the capacity to please to viewers of both genders who appreciate the genre.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Music and Lyrics is frequently appealing, often witty, and occasionally funny, but it's not going to convert skeptics and cynics into sentimentalists.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The film uses effective acting, deft dialogue, and a sly wit to entertain, if not educate.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The Astronaut Farmer is one of those movies that makes an audience want to cheer and clap.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    What is missing in depth and philosophical intent is compensated for with humor and humanization.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Shooter does what any good thriller should accomplish - it thrills. It's fast-paced, energetic, and doesn't follow a path that seems pre-ordained from the beginning.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Knowledge is not always a good thing and observing how one individual handles this unusual fantasy-tinged situation provides enough compelling drama to make Mark Fergus' debut feature a source of suspense, intrigue, and philosophical musing.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Meet the Robinsons is a fast paced, high energy offering; it passes by in a breeze and is enjoyable enough that I'm willing to forgive the two awful songs (one near the beginning, one near the end) and recommend it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    This is a fine tale of families and secrets, and its seemingly cold exterior gives way to something unexpectedly warm and soft inside.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The kind of movie where it's necessary to put aside pretensions and enjoy the product on its terms, with all the sexiness, violence, gore, and camp as part of the parcel. This is three-plus hours of gleeful-but-guilty escapism.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The compelling and interesting aspect of Lucky You is not so much the compulsion that drives the main character but the way in which he interacts with those around him. The movie isn't a downer, but neither does it end with all loose ends nicely tied off. In this case, redemption does not equate with salvation.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    A little too long and suffers from a sagging midsection when the level of exposition becomes laborious, but the spectacularly entertaining final 30 minutes compensates for a lot of flaws.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    For the most part, this movie hits the right notes and gives its audience a dose of white-knuckle tension.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Gruesomely engaging.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Enjoyable for a movie in which pretty much nothing happens.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    A pleasant dramatic comedy that overcomes its tonal inconsistencies by presenting an engaging lead character with whom its virtually impossible not to empathize.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The result is a mature and challenging motion picture, and something that will stick with viewers after the screen has gone dark.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    A curious mix of the campy and the intelligent, of high concept and low psychology. In spite of these contradictions, or perhaps because of them, it works. This is a tense and engaging thriller.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The lack of explosions and gunfire makes this an atypical summer thriller, but its breezy brand of unforced and occasionally self-referential entertainment is a lot more fun than pirates, webslingers, and green ogres.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    If you have to see one penguin movie, this is it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    This is the most mature horror movie of the year - far more adult and sophisticated than the tedious Hostel Part II. If you like to be creeped out by movies, this is one to see. It reminds us what it's like to be scared in a theater rather than overwhelmed by buckets of blood and gore.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The film is fascinating and at times disturbing, but Winterbottom's arms-length style mutes any emotional impact.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    As a documentary, this movie has the same problems as all of those in Moore's oeuvre; as a polemic or a visual op-ed piece, it's an effective piece of filmmaking.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The strength of the screenplay and acting provide a satisfying, although not overwhelming, two hours of romance, drama, and tragedy.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    It does what all good coming of age movies do, and that makes it a worthy and welcome entry into the genre.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Christian Bale continues to amaze with his ability and range.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The film's structure is a little awkward, almost certainly as a result of its being expanded from 20 minutes to 97.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The film isn't deep or thematically rich or filled with amazing characters. Instead, it's an excursion into song and dance, and works admirably on that level.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Hard-core science fiction fans will likely greet Sunshine with a smile. Others may find this to be an odd motion picture, but there's enough going on that even those who are expecting something flashier should still be engaged.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    No Reservations may not be a modern day classic but, despite the relatively small budget, it has more heart than nearly anything currently playing in multiplexes.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The Simpsons is interested in being a family film, although this is one of those rare animated occasions when adults are the primary audience. I, for one, couldn't be happier.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    In addition to telling an involving story, This Is England is insightful and informative.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    I would classify Charlie Bartlett as a smart teen film. It's more ambitious and overall more successful than its '80s forebears even though the resemblance is unmistakable.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    There's less whimsy to be found here than in "The Princess Bride," but the film is likely to appeal to the same group of older children and adults that appreciated Rob Reiner's classic.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    While this is admittedly not lighthearted mainstream fare, the subject matter is interesting and is handled in a manner that offers a compelling and sometimes unsettling 95 minutes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The 30-minute finale, which includes a tense stand-off with Ben's gang, is masterfully executed. It's perfectly paced, suspenseful, and ends in a way that's both appropriate and satisfying.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The film is worthwhile primarily for the fun, breezy first hour. After that, it's a case of watching to find out how things turn out.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    There's more to the film than nostalgia; it also offers insight, and that's what makes it worth viewing on the big screen rather than waiting for its Discovery Channel premiere.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    It's almost unfair to make the comparison because there are so many fundamental differences, but the closest recent movie to Romance and Cigarettes is "Moulin Rouge." The key likeness is easy to spot: the characters spontaneously break into familiar pop songs.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Feast of Love's greatest strength is that it's about people and involves universal emotions. It's not great art but it is enjoyable soap opera.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Overall, the film is smart and engaging, and if it plays a little on our fears of the next big terrorist attack, it does so without feeling exploitative.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    There is an audience out there for slower, more intellectual thrillers. This is a motion picture for them to discover.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    In essence, Control is a standard order biopic of a tormented artist. What makes the film interesting, if not unique, is the style in which director Anton Corbijn has elected to present it.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Works on its own terms, which is more than can be said of most horror films these days. If this is the kind of movie you're looking for, it delivers.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Philip Seymour Hoffman is in fine form as a man teetering on the edge.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    While "quirky" is a good descriptor for the production, Lars and the Real Girl isn't so bizarre that mainstream movie goers will reject it. This is an offbeat independent production that could become one of those big little fall surprises.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    With a cast like this, one has a right to expect something amazing, so the fact that We Own the Night is merely "entertaining" might cause disappointment in some quarters.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Like in "Training Day" and "Malcolm X," where he portrayed less than perfect individuals, Washington rules the screen. His portrayal is one of many things that elevates this film to the level of being consistently entertaining and occasionally compelling.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Regardless of the medium, this is an effectively brutal story of swords, sorcery, demons, and heroes, with an Oedipal hint or two thrown in for flavor.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    While this is certainly not the first motion picture to blend drawn creations with real life actors, no movie to date has approached it quite this way.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    It's a gentle, unhurried drama about how people can connect with each other through conversation, nonverbal gestures, and writing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    As heist films go, Radford has crafted an engaging, if not especially memorable one, with Flawless.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Teeth is not only odd but it's genre-defying. The film doesn't limit its field of choice: it's a black comedy, it's a drama about teen angst, it's a romance gone bad, it's a B-grade horror film, it's an allegory about female empowerment.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    With a minimalist plot, Grace Is Gone turns its primary focus on John Cusack, giving the actor an opportunity to display both his talent and his range.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    This is not Schrader's finest work. The script is not tight, the ending disappoints, and there's a little too much drawn from "American Gigolo." But there are some great one-liners, compelling actors, and well-developed characters.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    As Tom Hanks did in "Cast Away," Will Smith pulls off this half-insane role perfectly.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The movie's sincerity helps it get over some of the most difficult hurdles and the feeling after leaving theater is one of having experienced something worthwhile albeit unremarkable.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Consider it "Free Willy" with the Loch Ness Monster. It's that kind of family-friendly movie - one that focuses on the friendship between a lonely boy and an animal.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    With Honeydripper, Sayles has done what he always does: bring together a group of characters and allow us to relish their interaction. His affection for the characters is both obvious and infectious. We like them, warts and all.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    For those who enjoy ghost stories and are willing to be patient with a movie that gradually unveils its secrets rather than uncovering them all in an orgy of violence and terror, The Orphanage fills a need. The spell it casts early does not evaporate until the epilogue is finished.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Cloverfield's gritty, in-your-face style is uncompromising. If you're looking for a nice, clean movie filmed with a steadycam, you'll have to look elsewhere.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    A drama about isolation and communication, The Band's Visit is characterized both by strongly delineated characters and low-key comedy. The movie is not lightweight but it is at times lighthearted.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Brooks' take on the ups and downs of modern romance and the unexpected turns it takes is smart, funny, and (above all) uncommon. It's not hard to recommend this on Valentine's Day or at any other time.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Not great fantasy, but it's on more solid ground than "The Golden Compass" and will seem less baffling to some. There's enough here to keep adults engaged, which is an important component of any motion picture that wants to be known as "family entertainment."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    From an historical perspective, the story is interesting because it shows a different side of the war than what we're used to observing in motion pictures.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    All-in-all, the intelligence of the approach combined with good old-fashioned zombie blood-and-gore (as opposed to the slicker, sicker torture porn variety) makes this not only the most satisfying motion picture Romero has made in a long while, but one of the best of his career.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The result is an entertainingly sudsy trip through early 16th century English history.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    A heist movie in the classic tradition - it details every aspect of the caper, from its genesis to its aftermath. The fact that there's political intrigue and espionage swirling around the edges only makes it more fascinating.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Chris Cooper, the consummate professional, has no trouble making viewers feel sympathy for a potential killer.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Paranoid Park is a rare breed: a movie about teenagers in which the characters talk like real teenagers, act like real teenagers, and are played by real teenagers.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Jim Carrey re-invents Horton much as Robin Williams did with the Genie of the Lamp in Disney's animated "Aladdin."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The strong final third counterbalances the weaknesses of the first half. I prefer films that build to something worthwhile rather than collapse short of the finish line.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Clooney and Zellweger play off each other perfectly, delivering their dialogue with the rhythm of a well-choreographed dance and falling in love in the time-honored tradition of '40s romantic comedies.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    In order to appreciate The Ruins, one has to be a die-hard fan of horror or bloody thrillers. Those in that category will discover that The Ruins delivers the goods.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Likely to bring a smile to your lips and a bounce to your step.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    This is a simple story of human drama that provides an incentive to spend a couple of hours in a movie theater during a spring that has not provided many such reasons.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    For martial arts action fans, The Forbidden Kingdom may be the best fantasy story since the genre was opened to a wider audience by "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Of the two timelines, the one featuring the teenage Diana is more involving than the one featuring the adult version. Both lead actresses give fine performances, but Thurman has less material to work with.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Overall, while not as strong in terms of plotting or character development, Prince Caspian is nevertheless a better cinematic experience than its predecessor, if only because it feels more confident and polished.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    This is one of those rare horror movies that concentrates on suspense and terror rather than on gore and a high body count.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    This is a solid family film material, although one suspects the children will get a little more out of it than their parents.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The Incredible Hulk is a more traditional superhero movie than its predecessor and should please those who want their not-so-jolly green giant served with helpings of action. This film provides less talk and more smashing.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Steve Carell's portrayal of Max is just about perfect for the material.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    There are times when the film is flat-out silly (such as the spinning car assassination), but that's part of the movie's charm. At its worst, Wanted is never boring. At its best, it can be damn close to intoxicating. One word, written without apology, describes it best: fun.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Hellboy II is solid entertainment, but it's a shame such blemishes prevent it from achieving a higher level.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    There are enough laughs to justify it being labeled as a comedy but a stronger storyline than one normally associates with this kind of film. It's an enjoyable diversion amidst the big guns of summer.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The characters in Brick Lane must define themselves and determine where "home" is before they can move forward, and that dramatic conflict lies at the heart of this motion picture.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The humor in this movie is smart enough that even a moderate level of intoxication or inebriation is not necessary to enjoy it.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    It's airheaded just like the songs it embraces but, if you enjoy them, there's every reason to believe you'll appreciate the film.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Tropic Thunder understands movies, understands the system in which they are created and, most of all, knows what it takes to make an audience roar with laughter.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Swing Vote marries mild satire with Capra-esque melodrama in a formula that works surprisingly well.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    There are times when Brideshead Revisited shows its seams. For those with an affinity for this kind of movie - and you know whether this applies to you - Brideshead Revisited is a worthy, although not superior, motion picture.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    As chick flicks go, this is one men can attend with the expectation that they might just enjoy experiencing two hours alongside these down-to-earth, appealing characters.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    An uncommonly intelligent espionage thriller that explores the moral and ethical dilemmas faced by agents who go deep undercover in the service of their country.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Ball may not have the answers but he eloquently and forcefully explores some of the potential ramifications. The ending may be too pat, but the journey to get there - bitter, spicy, and poignant - more than compensates for any last-minute fumbles.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Westerns often take themselves seriously and, while Appaloosa is no "Blazing Saddles," there's a refreshing vein of understated humor running throughout the production.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Sex Drive's first 30 minutes may lead one to suspect there's nothing new to be seen here, but it undergoes a transformation once the preliminaries have been dispensed with. John Hughes would be pleased - and so also might Judd Apatow.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    It engaged me throughout and I found the ending to be surprisingly hopeful.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Geared more toward teens, although that won't prevent older viewers with an affinity for romance from appreciating the vibes it gives off.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    City of Ember has almost anything one could want from a science fiction-based family adventure film: likeable characters, an imaginative setting, and a fast pace.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    While Ernie's on-field accomplishments were extraordinary, it was the environment in which he struggled to achieve them that makes him the worthy subject of a motion picture.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    While any or all of the events related during the course of the film might seem to form the backbone of an unendurably boring motion picture, everything comes alive because of Poppy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The movie's action largely takes place beneath the skin. The pace is slow but not glacial, yet Claudel demands patience. Ultimately, I've Loved You So Long is uplifting, although one might not expect that from the thematic material.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    For two-thirds of its running length, Zack and Miri is vintage Smith - profane humor that knows no boundaries and obeys no rules. What's most amazing about Smith's barrage of hard-R jokes isn't the range of subjects he covers, but how few of them "miss."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    There's nothing quite like watching Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac performing at a hoedown and getting into it with the audience.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The film's success or failure depends almost entirely on a viewer's ability to relate to and become involved in the lives of the characters. We are with them for less than a week and, during that short time, we come to understand the lifetime of hurt and misunderstanding that stands between them.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The Reader is closer to a near miss than a rousing success but, on balance, this is still worth seeing for those who enjoy complexity and moral ambiguity within the context of a melodrama.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The transformation undergone by Michelle Williams to play this role is nothing short of astounding.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    There are no big-name stars. Barbara Serafian, who is excellent, has a thin, eclectic resume. She looks a little like Frances McDormand.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Undemanding, light, and enjoyable.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson bring credibility to Last Chance Harvey merely by their presence. The result is a holiday parfait.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    It's an enjoyable and unpretentious perspective of life that reminds us how important and rewarding the little things can be.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Valkyrie, despite being a more straightforward thriller, is less gripping than "Downfall," the most recent film in which Hitler had significant screen time.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The battle scenes are well choreographed and contain enough uncertainty to make them genuinely exciting, but one would expect no less from a man who has overseen Civil War engagements (Glory) and Japanese strife (The Last Samurai).
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The Uninvited is a flawed production, but gratifying in the way it delivers. The interesting and unique elements of the movie effectively compensate for the formulaic way in which the plot develops.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The strength of Push is its relentlessness. The movie doesn't pause for anything and, when it provides exposition, it does so without bringing the action to a grinding halt.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    There's something old-fashioned about Everlasting Moments. Although the shots are beautifully composed, they are classically represented. Both the filmmaking methods and the storytelling are uncomplicated.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    It falls short of brilliant but it's a lot more daring than what passes for "dark comedy" these days, and it reminds us that "feel bad" comedies may not always be as funny as "feel good" ones but, when they work, they can ultimately be more satisfying.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    It requires only four words to describe Earth: glorious photography, annoying narration.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Ultimately, this may be the closest we'll ever get to understanding how Mike feels about himself, and there's value in viewing that assessment.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    It has been argued that for characters to be three-dimensional, they must have a past, a present, and a future, not to mention an arc. The Merry Gentleman offers a counter-argument for those who would dispute this.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Gripping and compelling, and doesn't make us wish we had checked our brains at the theater entrance.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Sure, there's a plot, but it's a secondary element to the lines the actors deliver. Only Oscar Wilde has the same bite. Fortunately, Elliott understands this, which makes Easy Virtue go down smoothly.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    A respectable and satisfying historical romantic melodrama.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The tendency for an actor in a role like this is to overact. The result is often disastrous, reducing a character into a caricature. Hugh Dancy, adopting an American accent as effectively as the mannerisms of someone on the moderate portion of the Asperger's spectrum, makes Adam believable and generally sympathetic.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    On balance, it's a good movie but not a great one. Probably the only reason it's getting North American distribution is because of the involvement of Liam Neeson.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Not much happens during the course of the movie but, as with all good dramas, the protagonists are richly drawn and the events of their lives become of interest.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Vintage Moore, which means that it will enthrall many and enrage an equal number of viewers.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    There's something to be said for the power of a classic, even if it has been given an imperfect makeover.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The movie carries a mild PG rating but may be too intense for younger children.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The humor gets raunchy enough to earn the "R" rating, but in some ways, it's pretty tame, especially in the wake of "The Hangover."
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Mother delights in confounding viewer expectations. In fact, just when you think it's over, a couple of plot developments remain lurking around the next corner.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The three leads provide convincing performances, with Dakota Fanning being the standout.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    A remake, done right, was not a bad idea. And, fortunately in this case, it has been accomplished with some flair. The result is a lightweight source of entertainment that maximizes humor and minimizes serious stuff.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    This is a film to be enjoyed on a psychological level for its keen understanding of the contradictory impulses that drive sexual and social intercourse.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    K-19 will not go down in the annals of cinema as one of the great submarine stories, but it is an engaging and exciting narrative of Man confronting the Demons of his own fear and paranoia.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Isn't quite good enough to elicit a purr, but it represents better-than-average movie-making that doesn't demand a dumb, distracted audience.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Taylor's approach to this material -- mixing occasional humor with undemanding drama -- works well enough that we don't care about the logical inconsistencies and plot holes. To that end, The Emperor's New Clothes ends up as a pleasant diversion.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    It is at times serious and at times very funny. But it is always perceptive, and that quality, more than any other, is what makes it worth a recommendation.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Has once again caught lightning in a bottle and unleashed it on audiences, blending humor, adventure, and a lot of nifty special effects-enabled gadgets and creatures into a movie that provides 1 1/2 hours of unfettered entertainment for children, grandparents, and everyone in between.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    A shamelessly uplifting motion picture that attains its feel-good status by forging a deep emotional connection between the undertrodden protagonist and the audience.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    What Brown Sugar lacks in originality, it makes up for in charm.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    At its heart, Harrison's Flowers is a love story, albeit a graphic and difficult one.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    This film offers a compelling scenario of what could have happened. And Burger's look back through the recent mists of time is certainly no less likely or fascinating that Oliver Stone's in "JFK."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The acting is uniformly excellent, with Kyra Sedgwick and Fairuza Balk in particular deserving to be singled out for praise.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Happenstance represents an intriguing meditation on the unseen forces that no one can escape.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    An enjoyable experience.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Like a time-travel movie, but without the time travel, The Mothman Prophecies delights in playing with cause-and-effect relationships.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    May be the best family movie of the 2002 summer film-going season. There's a simple reason for this - the picture seems to have been put together with the recognition that some members of the audience may be above the age of ten.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Not an indictment of the Catholic Church as a whole, but a thought-provoking look at what can happen when decent individuals are seduced by the power of their position.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Never pretends to be something that it isn't. Oh, there are costumes, to be sure, but that's just to facilitate the setting of the 18th century. Anyone who mistakes this for a costume drama is not aware of what kind of film they have ventured into.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Like "The Apostle," it exists off the beaten path and will not satisfy mainstream viewers. Yet, for those who do not demand a firm adherence to formulas and genre-driven expectations, this movie offers the chance to see something a little different.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    As a source of light pleasure and solid laughs, it delivers. This particular cookie may not fill the belly, but it goes down easy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    An unabashed excursion into feel good territory.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The ensemble cast is diverse and accomplished, but, because of the time constraints, no one has enough time to register much of a positive or negative impression.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    As a means to bring a classic novel to the attention of a modern audience, McGrath's Nicholas Nickleby is a success.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The core relationship is what makes the movie with this ill-advised title a well-advised choice.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Works uncommonly well because of the effective manner in which it blends together its various elements: the WW2 prison camp setting, the courtroom aspects, and the issues of honor, racism, and redemption.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    As a date movie or for a solo night out, Blast from the Past offers more than standard romantic comedy fare.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Against the backdrop represented by stark images of abandoned buildings and lost dreams, the tale that is City by the Sea emerges, with the power of the visual cues giving this film its forcefulness.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The movie does what all good thrillers should do -- provide enough shocks and surprises to keep us guessing, and never lets up on the suspense until the end credits arrive.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Only a handful of working film makers are capable of presenting the English language with the artistry and rhythm employed here (Tarantino and Mamet come to mind), and the director's approach makes apparently-banal conversations come alive.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Although the storyline is predictable, the intelligent dialogue and top-drawer acting more than make up for the possible deficiency.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Frequently funny and occasionally hilarious.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The film will almost certainly speak most strongly to those viewers whose age approximates those of the characters, but the narrative and performances are strong enough to involve anyone who gives this motion picture a chance.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Russell is the reason to go to the theater. He will continue to hold your attention when things around him -– like the storyline -– lose steam and credibility.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    "Innovative" is not a legitimate description of The Fugitive, but "entertaining" is.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The result is an entertaining and sporadically engrossing two hours.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Offers the prospect of seeing beyond the stereotypes that plague Native Americans in even the best films.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The Man Without a Past is a modern fairy tale. It certainly is divorced from reality. Despite this -– or perhaps because of it -– it's a satisfying motion picture.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    At long last, someone has crafted a worthwhile superhero spoof.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Fascinating and satisfying the way the diverse threads are knitted together into a single tapestry.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    While not stunningly original, is fresh and compelling enough to hold the viewer's attention through its entire running length.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The best pure thriller of 2003 to-date.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    A cagey, claustrophobic noir thriller highlighted by a few clever plot twists, some nicely- honed dialogue, and a half-dozen top-notch performances.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Works not primarily because it's a strange and original brew, but because it accomplishes its goals without seeming to force things. The blending of reality with dreams, memories, and imagination is done flawlessly.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The Spanish Prisoner is for anyone who likes to think and feel along with the characters.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Compelling material, especially for those who believe that the lives and loves of the dead can impact the trajectory of the existences of the living.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    A feel-good movie that offers enough comedy and romance to warm the heart without risking a sentimental overdose.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    In his long and distinguished career, only his Oscar-winning performance in 1983's “Tender Mercies” was this raw. Duvall becomes Sonny. The energy and passion of a preacher are all present.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    It's an enjoyable and occasionally thought-provoking motion picture whose viewership should not be diminished by the unfortunate and inaccurate "anti-American" label.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Not a daring film, but it is immensely likable. Every once in a while, a movie comes along that, despite traversing familiar terrain, is made with enough all-around skill that it overcomes its clichéd origins. About a Boy is such a movie.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Gets the most bang for its buck by letting the camera linger on the spectacle, and allowing tension, not flashiness, to be its hallmark.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Ana is a vivid, vibrant individual and the movie's focus upon her makes it successful and accessible.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Williams nails it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    While this outing will not challenge the likes of "The Natural" for the title of the best baseball movie ever made, it's a solid effort in its own right.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Green Dragon is Bui's recreation of Camp Pendleton, circa 1975 (filming actually took place in Camp Pendleton).
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Those for whom Spirit was made will find this to be a thoroughly enjoyable production. As a "kids' movie", Spirit is a resounding success.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    There's still quite a bit of the essence of "Dead Poets Society" in The Emperor's Club. Thankfully, however, the level of schmaltz and manipulation has been greatly reduced.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Perhaps the most impressive thing that Newell has done with Donnie Brasco is to cull an atypically low-key and introspective performance from Al Pacino, an actor known for manic, scenery-chewing efforts.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    A lighthearted, good-natured motion picture that contains enough humor to leaven the tone and keep the drama from becoming too serious.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Oscar's life has the potential to become a Greek tragedy, but Winick keeps things light enough that it resolutely stays a comedy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Does not surpass Kevin Costner's "Open Range" for the title of Best Western of 2003, but it's a worthy effort and makes for an enjoyable (if slightly overlong) two-plus hours.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    An engaging romantic comedy that would have been better if the audience wasn't constantly being distracted by mediocre video quality and jerky camera movements.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Having funny lines and amusing gags is only half the battle. The rest is in the delivery, and that's where the trio of Martin, Latifah, and Levy excel.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    From a purely visual standpoint, this may be the most impressive of all of Disney's traditionally animated features.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    As Nina, Aniston not only displays a surprising capacity for both comedy and drama, but she shines with the kind of star quality that only a handful of current performers exhibit.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Living Out Loud is not a monumental motion picture. In fact, in many ways, it's quite the opposite - a quiet, unassuming story of friendship and love that uses richly-developed characters to charm its audience.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Imagine my surprise when I discovered that not only is Life funny (and at times downright hilarious), but it also offers a light portion of sweetened social commentary and a sometime-affecting buddy element.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    With its combination of intrigue, romance, and adventure set against a World War II backdrop, the movie has an undeniable appeal. Flaws aside, Enigma is engaging and ambitious.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    With some surprisingly strong character interaction, there's a lot to like about this movie, at least for those willing to look beyond all the bloodshed.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The movie that "Mars Attacks!" wanted to be, but wasn't. This is a snappy, clever, often-funny motion picture that provides the perfect blend of science fiction-style action with comic dialogue.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    As ghost stories go, this one is handled with great subtlety and delicacy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    May not be an absolute triumph, but it's significantly better than just a good effort.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    While Muriel's Wedding has its moments of exhilarating humor, it is, as often as not, downbeat and even mean-spirited.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Crafted with flair and style, and without pretension, Confidence achieves the modest goal of being an entertaining cinematic adaptation of a B-movie script with an A-list cast.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Under the relentless glare of the Midnight Sun, the only darkness is in the hearts and actions of the characters.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Through a mixture of imaginative storytelling, impressive animatronics, and irresistible cuteness, Babe casts a spell over all viewers -- young, old, or somewhere in between.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Pi
    For anyone who wants a movie to feed their intelligence and imagination more than their eyes and ears, Pi is a solid choice.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Many times, films that combine comedy and drama do so in an uncomfortable and unwieldy manner. In Slums of Beverly Hills, the approach is natural and satisfying.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Moments of light comedy keeps the tone from becoming too heavy without sabotaging the movie's dramatic underpinning.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    A fast-paced, entertaining motion picture that replaces gritty tension with a lightly-dramatic character interaction that occasionally borders on straight comedy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The acting, especially by the male leads, is superlative.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    At times darkly funny and at other times depressingly tragic. It's safe to say there aren't any movies out there quite like this one.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Although the plot rarely excels, the actors bring enough to their roles to transform this motion picture into a satisfying weeper.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Offers two hours of solid entertainment.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Lightweight, although it exhibits enough heft for us to develop an emotional connection with the main character. I have always appreciated a smartly written motion picture, and, whatever flaws Igby Goes Down may possess, it is undeniably that.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    A deliciously nasty, dark comedy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    This movie is no masterpiece, but it is an electric, colorful production that roasts the media and those obsessed by it over an open flame.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    [The film] occasionally had me convulsed with laughter.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    When it comes to mockumentary parodies, no one does it better than Christopher Guest.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Enjoyable and inviting.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    For those who aren't offended by extreme profanity and violence, Suicide Kings offers a kinetic and surprisingly funny two hours.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    What Dreams May Come has the sensibilities of an art film placed into a big-budget feature with an A-list cast.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Scream is a rarity: a horror movie spoof that succeeds almost as well at provoking scares as laughs.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Once the initial setup has been accomplished and the film kicks into high gear, it grabs the viewer's attention and holds it for the rest of the running time.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    One of those pleasant movie-going experiences that doesn't offend, excite, or challenge anyone. There are all sorts of likable things about it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Visually, X2 is a sight to behold, with impressive special effects and a dynamic sense of place.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    May be light when it comes to psychological questions, but its detailed accounting of Glass' actions makes for fascinating viewing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    There's something almost hypnotic about the way Hard Eight develops -- even in its slowest, most tedious moments, it keeps our attention.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The result is a grim, startling motion picture.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Allen appears determined to craft a motion picture that can be laughed at without plumbing any especially deep neuroses of the human condition.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Quirky and stylish, but not in a manner that comes across as overly artsy or pretentious.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    With a cast of characters so large that Robert Altman would feel at home, Big Trouble manages to do a lot of clever little things and generate quite a few big laughs without wearing out its welcome.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The movie worked for me both as a commentary on the electoral process and as a slightly overcooked thriller.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    It is a dark, violent, sexually explicit motion picture that will surely offend timid viewers.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    This is essentially a familiar story told with consummate skill.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The best Star Trek stories are allegorical - in addition to telling an involving story, they're about something other than going into space and blowing up enemy ships. Insurrection continues that tradition.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The film doesn't have much of a narrative, and the ending is a little too mystical, but there's still plenty here to engage the attention of all but the most restless of movie-goers.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Originality may be at a premium here, but The Full Monty offers plenty of opportunities for laughter and genial smiles.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    This film is an autopsy of a family that has been sundered by the death of the father and primary care-giver.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    For the briefest of moments, someone not paying attention might mistake Lantana for a mystery. -- Lantana is actually an examination of human interaction.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Miracle is inspirational and uplifting -- qualities we are as much in need of today as we were during the winter of 1980.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Eventually, Seabiscuit settles into a nice rhythm, and, as it enters the stretch run, it exhibits all the necessary elements of a good sports movie. Like the horse it's named after, Seabiscuit has a lot of heart, and, in the end, that's what won me over.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    So jam-packed with self-referential humor, pop culture cameos, and nods to some of the greatest moments in animation, that it's almost impossible not to like it.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Perhaps the biggest surprise of all is that the film doesn't resort to an easy cheat at the end. It plays things straight, and still manages to satisfy, making this one of Sandler's most appealing outings to date.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The Italian Job isn't a masterpiece, but it gets the job done.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Although none of the characters are fleshed out much beyond the comic book level, we nevertheless find our sympathies aligning with them.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Anything Else may not be the second coming of "Annie Hall," but it has more wit and substance than almost every post-college romance that sees the inside of a projection booth.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Aside from the likable performers, Forces of Nature's greatest strength is that it flouts several established conventions of the genre.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    It is involving and entertaining, and features an intriguing, independent heroine.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    For those with the patience to sit through this kind of unhurried motion picture, Time Out offers a compelling character study of an individual under the kind of strain we can all relate to.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Seems breezier and less self-conscious than the Mike Myers franchise.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    For the most part, this is a memorable portrayal of a woman who doggedly pursued, and died for, an ideal.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    A gripping, tautly-paced action flick that outdoes most of Hollywood's similar output. This is clear evidence that film quality often has little to do with a production's budget.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Eminently watchable and consistently entertaining...It has a candor that is unexpected and refreshing in a sea of too-often generic teen-themed films.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    It offers a solid two hours of pure, escapist entertainment.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    It proves capable of doing something that many more artistically ambitious films fail at: entertaining an audience for nearly two hours.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Doesn't have any pretensions. It is what it sets out to be: an effective piece of big money, early summer entertainment designed to blow viewers away.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Neither as effective nor as ambitious as Kubrick's masterpiece, but it's still a compelling cinematic experience for those who are willing to abandon themselves to the unforced, measured rhythms of an issues-based motion picture.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Inventing the Abbotts has the cast and characters to be something special; the script just isn't ambitious enough.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    A low-key holiday drama that's refreshing not only because it lacks the big discovery melodrama of most similar movies but because it's entirely believable.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Offers a clear-eyed chronicle of a female friendship that is more complex and honest than anything represented in a Hollywood film.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Gallo's script is quirky and filled with a number of hilariously strange comic moments.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    A disturbing and compelling motion picture that depicts the forces that try to suppress the human spirit, and the strength of these girls in overcoming it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    A compelling motion picture that illustrates an American tragedy and shows the transformation of a decent family man into someone whose struggles with addiction and association with the wrong man bring him to an untimely end, with no hope of retribution.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Tomorrow Never Dies is a better film than Goldeneye. In fact, it's the best Bond film in many years.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    No matter what your opinion is of the movie, you're unlikely to be bored.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The fact that Reign of Fire does what it sets out to do is a cause for celebration amongst those who like special effects-laden action movies featuring fire-breathing monsters and mayhem.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    A courtroom drama which is sufficiently different and thought-provoking that I can recommend it with a clear conscience.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Not a great film, but it's an excuse to have an evening of pure enjoyment with a little culture painlessly mixed in.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Mamet illustrates that he can work as capably from someone else's script as he can from his own, and that his talent as a director is not eclipsed by his ability as a writer.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    It's not a great film, but it succeeds in being both tender and cathartic.