James Berardinelli
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For 2,823 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Untouchables
Lowest review score: 0 Knock Off
Score distribution:
2,823 movie reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is a slice of life with an imperfect beginning and conclusion, but what transpires between those two endpoints is strong enough to leave an impression on anyone with the patience to commit to a movie of such unhurried temperament.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Isn't just an expose of the porn industry -- it's a provocative and involving character study, as well.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    A wonderful motion picture, even given the weaknesses of the source material.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    O'Connor gives the film a dark, moody look, which is the best choice for so many roiling emotions. This is not a traditional stand-up-and-cheer fight movie; the undercurrents are too strong and deep.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    American Splendor is deserving of accolades, not only because it tells an interesting story about a fascinating man, but because it does so with such freedom and freshness. I wish more of the comic book-inspired movies were like this.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Two and one- half hours of gripping entertainment.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The lack of family friendliness does not diminish what del Toro has achieved with this magical motion picture.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Possesses the rare ability to make an audience laugh (and laugh hard) and cry, without ever seeming manipulative or going hopelessly over-the-top.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Big
    Although Big is generally lighthearted, it rarely plays for stupid laughs. There are a few of these, but the film avoids sacrificing character integrity for the cheap guffaw.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Martha Marcy May Marlene offers a challenging, emotionally riveting experience, even if the conclusion dangles at the edge of an unresolvable cliffhanger.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's refreshing to encounter a movie with a logical, intelligent approach to the dangers of zipping through time.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The Wrath of Khan is a top-notch, fast-paced adventure that can be enjoyed equally by fans of the series and those who have never seen an episode.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    And, while there's nothing revolutionary or extraordinary about the dramatic narrative, the subtext gives Winterbottom's movie its force.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The film is so exuberant that we don't care whether we're listening to Lou Reed's off-the-cuff comments about New York, watching Mel Gorham do a sexy dance in front of a mirror, or hearing Jim Jarmusch's ramblings on the romance of the smoking culture.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is a film of tremendous scope and emotional depth that uncovers the soul of a novel and brings it to life on the screen.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    A rousing tale that combines high adventure with emotional effectiveness. This movie works because it never loses sight of the characters no matter how epic the scope becomes.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The problem with End of Watch, a gripping police drama, is director David Ayer's stylistic decision to shoot nearly the entire movie tripod-less. Or, to put it another way, there's a whole lotta shakin' going on.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Atonement is effective at getting under the skin, and some audience members won't like that.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Uncompromising, painful, and at times difficult to watch, this movie lays bare more than a few raw nerves. Some viewers will find it too real, too immediate. It's an experience, to be sure, but I wouldn't classify it as entertainment.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    In terms of power and effect, Eyes Wide Shut approaches (but does not surpass) Kubrick's vintage work - it is thought-provoking and unsettling.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    By offering opportunities to laugh, cry, and cheer, Little Voice satisfies in a big way.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The latest offering from Edward Zwick, the director of "Glory," is the kind of movie that doesn't require much effort to surrender to and enjoy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Taking advantage of the studio's breathtakingly intricate animation, directors Mike Gabriel and Eric Goldberg have breathed vitality into this, the fifth "new wave" Disney animated picture.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is no longer the James Bond we know from the '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. Welcome to the new world of MI6's most storied agent.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Anyone who watches District 9 and doesn't think of Apartheid, Nazis, and Josef Mengele needs to spend some time reading a few history books.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's not comfortable but it is engrossing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    A beautiful film, not only in the way it was photographed, but for the manner through which the characters are revealed to us.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    In a way, Fury and 1970's "Patton" could be considered companion pieces. Both deal extensively with tank warfare but from different perspectives.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is a rare, "feel good" motion picture that doesn't insult our intelligence while making its play for our emotions.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The movie is jovial without being silly; it retains the sense of adventure that characterizes the Western, but replaces the often somber mood with one that is airy and, at times, almost comedic.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Cholodenko, whose previous features include the pretentious "High Art" and the sudsy "Laurel Canyon," pitches The Kids Are All Right at right level - there's enough light comedy to leaven the melodrama and keep it from becoming overbearing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The Usual Suspects is an accomplished synthesis of noir elements and, as such, is an entertaining entry to the genre.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Truth, they say, is stranger than fiction… and also potentially more nail-biting and harder to believe. Touching the Void is an extreme example of this.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The other actress to stand out is, unsurprisingly, Queen Latifa, whose intense screen presence makes her a force to be reckoned with even when she's simply standing in the background, not saying anything.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Thematically rich, impeccably crafted, and intellectually stimulating, the only area where this movie falls a little short is in its emotional impact.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Using black humor, blood, and a pair of tremendous performances, Freeway hones in on its targets and calculatedly skewers them one-by-oneā€¦This movie is both grimly funny and thought-provoking.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Damon's prior appearances as Jason Bourne make him credible in this role.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Storaro and Bertolucci have fashioned a visual masterpiece in The Conformist, with some of the best use of light and shadow ever in a motion picture. This isn't just photography, it's art -- powerful, beautiful, and effective. (Review of 1994 Release)
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    De Niro pulls the viewer into the world he has created and holds him there, sometimes spellbound, until the story is over and the end credits roll.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is a powerful tale of crime, guilt, and punishment -- a drama that incorporates elements of whodunit mystery/thrillers and police procedurals with a richly textured three-character play.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is truly a movie that children and their parents can both enjoy for different reasons.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Downfall and Bruno Ganz are deserving of Oscars they will not get.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Draws its audience along a rarely-traveled path whose scope can only be fully appreciated in the silence of the aftermath.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Despite being slow and deliberate, it is often compelling and occasionally riveting. As "The Lives of Others" was in 2007, this is the first memorable movie of 2008.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The exceptionally strong cast showcases American, British, and Australian actresses, all of whom show an astonishing willingness to appear in physically unflattering circumstances (no makeup, hair and skin caked with drying mud).
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Hulk represents the most involving superhero motion picture since "Superman" soared skywards in 1978. By taking its time to develop characters and situations, Hulk does what so many action/adventure movies fail to do -- allow us to really feel for the protagonists.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Toy Story 3 enhances the legacy of its brand while providing exceptional entertainment value for viewers of all ages, especially for those who favor the brighter, livelier 2-D iteration over the 3-D gimmick.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is a movie to restore the faith of those who had given up on science fiction after "The Matrix Reloaded/Revolutions." By adeptly combining action and ideas, it proves that Hollywood can still produce astonishing entertainment.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The two most moving scenes require extraordinary performances from supporting players...Forster is as deserving of a supporting actor nomination as anyone I have seen this year.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    By entering such fertile, intellectually stimulating and psychologically rich territory, Estes provides us with a freshman feature that is far beyond the generic coming-of-age tale Mean Creek initially seems to be.

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