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For 2,666 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 6.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Ice Storm
Lowest review score: 0 Feast
Score distribution:
2,666 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's a genuine pleasure to find a movie with such a deep and intelligent portrayal of simple human lives, with all their minor triumphs and tragedies.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    For those who have the patience to become absorbed in this kind of drama, Vera Drake offers a stunningly real character portrait whose image will linger long after the movie has faded.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This role could represent a career performance for Cheadle, whose forceful and multi-dimensional portrayal keeps Hotel Rwanda at a consistently high level.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The film is so boisterously entertaining that it's easy for the unsuspecting viewer not to realize that there's a message here.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Two and one- half hours of gripping entertainment.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The Wings of the Dove is not a happy tale, but it is a vivid and unforgettable one, featuring multi- dimensional characters, beautiful cinematography, impressive set design, and accomplished acting.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    There's no doubt that it's a flawed movie, but it's one of the most wonderfully entertaining flawed movies made.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    One of the most refreshing things about this movie is the manner in which it combines genres in unexpected ways.
    • 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).
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Despite an occasional narrative hiccup, this is a rich and moving motion picture.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    From the first scene, however, it's obvious that the writing/directing team of Andy and Larry Wachowski are aiming for something considerably higher than rudimentary titillation. And, by taking chances and twisting conventions, they have hit paydirt.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Writer/director Mangold never compromises the integrity of his painfully-intense script. There isn't one crowd-pleasing moment in the entire movie, except perhaps the last scene, which offers a flicker of hope.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    One of the best things about True Lies is that it's genuinely funny.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's an ingenious premise that first-time director Jan De Bont has turned into a tremendously well-executed motion picture.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Putting aside all the controversy, however, viewers are left with an expertly-directed and well-acted historical epic that disappoints only in its shallow perspective of the Irish/British and Irish/Irish conflicts.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Yet, even on those occasions when the screenplay falters, the actors are there to take up the slack.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Not only was I touched by the characters and engrossed by their story during the 120 minutes they were on screen, but I could have easily spent another hour or two with them.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It is Lee's job as a film maker to imbue these images with life, and that's a task he easily accomplishes.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Superman II delivers on the promise hinted at in "Superman." Which is the better film? That's a hard choice to make, since both succeed in different ways.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Mehta has created a pair of memorable characters who are easy to empathize with, and who gratifyingly are never transformed from flesh-and-blood individuals into mere symbols.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    With its rare mixture of intelligent plotting, flawless acting, and start-to- finish tension, Copycat is a force to be reckoned with.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    As embodied by Liam Neeson, Rob Roy is a tremendous protagonist -- a naive man whose belief in honor and whose love for a woman, family, and clan make him a figure to cheer for.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The movie is funny, energetic, and enjoyable -- the perfect film for a night or an afternoon out, regardless of what mood you're in. While the plot and characters don't boast any special depth, there's enough freshness to hold just about anyone's interest.
    • 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-one…This movie is both grimly funny and thought-provoking.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle is a top-notch movie. Everything is in place -- a striking lead performance, solid supporting players, a well-written script, and, above all, expert direction to merge the ingredients.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The story is timely and powerful, and the performances of Hanks and Washington assure that the characters will not immediately vanish into obscurity.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Gut-wrenching, brutal, and powerful, American Me is not enjoyable in the conventional sense, but nevertheless stands out as one of the year's most impressive purely dramatic offerings.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    An engrossing examination of the elemental forces that define human nature.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    De Niro successfully varies the tone, keeping it light and playful at times, dark and somber at others. A Bronx Tale is his triumph, and a testimony that all those years of watching the best in the business have borne fruit. If what is yet to come has any of the promise shown by this debut, we may be witnessing the birth of yet another directing talent.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The tale related here isn't all that original, but the honest presentation lends impact to a wrenching scenario.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    With its refined wit and glorious vision, The Hudsucker Proxy is certainly deserving of a wide audience.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Everything (not just the flesh) is vibrant with life.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Witness states its position about clashing cultures with eloquence.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    I wouldn't go so far as to classify Jacob's Ladder as a masterpiece, but it is smart and compelling and unquestionably worth a first or second look.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    For those who enjoy the offbeat, The City of Lost Children is worth taking the time and effort to find.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Georgia is a tour de force for Leigh, and her portrayal of the troubled, passionate Sadie lingers in the mind long after many of the movie's plot details have faded.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This film is the complete package, and offers a thoroughly satisfying two-plus hours in a darkened theater.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It delivers on everything it promises, from the modern day reverse-Cinderella fable to a fabric of low-key humor. [Review of re-release]
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is the kind of charming motion picture that can be viewed repeatedly without ever wearing out its welcome. With several triumphant musical numbers, an original villain, a smart and witty script, a cute romance, and a new, upbeat ending, this Little Shop of Horrors offers countless delights during its 94-minute running time.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is a beautifully-shot film, and director Robert Redford (who also provides the voice-over narration) has paid painstaking attention to detail.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Pump Up the Volume, in addition to presenting an engaging story, has tapped into a universal truth about rebels with causes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's those moments and others and the way they are tied together by Shepherd's tongue-in-cheek narration that cements A Christmas Story as one of those rare must-see holiday movies, even for those who don't celebrate Christmas.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The versatile actor brings the full weight of his talent to bear on a difficult role. DiCaprio has to hint at unpleasant secrets in Cobb's past while forging a bond with the audience. It's up to the performer to make Inception more about human beings than about special effects. He succeeds and that's one reason why this movie isn't only about challenging ideas and eye candy.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The best superhero movie since "The Dark Knight" (and far less serious in tone or approach), Kick-Ass earns its name in every way.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Funny Games is not entertainment but it is an experience.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Wonderfully romantic and romantically bittersweet. It's not about forever; it's about now.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The tone is perfect; this is one of those rare films that, despite being rooted firmly in the world around us, is utterly absorbing and capable of reducing the immediacies of life into abstract thoughts in the back of one's mind.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    A Nightmare on Elm Street is tailor made for those who like their gore leavened with thought-provoking ideas - something that is a rarity in this genre.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Cyrus is affecting, but not in a clean, easily recognizable way. It is funny, but in a warped manner more likely to provoke unease than unbridled laughter.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The Father of My Children is exceptional drama. Compelling and unforced, it shows sensitivity and evenhandedness in approaching a difficult subject.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The movie works not because of twists and switchbacks in the narrative, but because of the skill with which Cortés has conceived this singularly disturbing nightmare.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    A firecracker of a story - sharply written, superbly acted, and fast-paced.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is not the first time Wright has shown his understanding for such things, nor is this the first occasion in which he has displayed a strong sense of comedic timing, but Scott Pilgrim vs. the World feels fresher and more inspired than his previous outings, and that makes it an excellent source of late-summer entertainment.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Flipped is Rob Reiner's best film in 18 years, and includes echoes of two of his most accomplished efforts, "The Sure Thing" and "Stand By Me."
    • 95 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Eisenberg, one of those young actors who has existed just below the radar for several years now (he was the lead in both "Zombieland" and "Adventureland," not to be confused with one another), deserves an Oscar for this dead-on portrayal of a temperamental genius.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The cumulative experience leaves an aftertaste that, although not bitter, is too strong to be easily washed away. That's the mark of a worthwhile motion picture.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The result, bolstered by strong acting and an intriguing back story, is an unqualified success. Love and Other Drugs may be the most honest romance to grace the screens during all of 2010.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The look and feel of Black Swan, which captures the essence of a major New York ballet production, is one of Aronofsky's great successes.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Delivers solid drama with a rousing climax - a fully satisfying and uplifting period piece that achieves its dramatic potential without sacrificing historical accuracy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The Coens have fashioned one of the best Westerns in recent years - a modern reworking of a classic that never feels superfluous.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Rango is the poster child for those who are anti-3-D, and a great reminder that genuine creativity doesn't need a gimmicky crutch to appeal to audiences.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Although it would be an exaggeration to claim that Hanna "has it all," it is a richer and more compelling white-knuckler than the average roller coaster ride into tension and mystery.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The Tree of Life falls short of masterful but retains a power that far too many motion pictures lack. It's about SOMETHING and, even when it fails, it does so in a manner that is interesting and not infantile.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Overall, Part 2 tells a more compelling and emotionally fulfilling tale than the one related in Part 1, although that could be a result of this movie having a conclusion - something its predecessor notably lacked.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Super 8 is in many ways a perfect summer movie: smart, exciting, heartfelt, and suffused with nostalgia.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    From the beginning, it's clear this is not a standard-order action film. It takes its characters as seriously as its chases, shootouts, and fights.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    With Hugo, Martin Scorsese has accomplished what few in Hollywood are willing to try: make a movie for adults that arrives without sex, violence, or profanity and earns a PG-rating.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is a deeply cynical movie and, in that cynicism, it finds truth.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The movie with which it has the closest relationship may be "Glengarry Glen Ross." The same sense of desperation, the same need to make the sale, permeates Margin Call. Both films are to some degree about the dehumanizing impact of money and both are driven more by characters than plot points.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    In some ways, it's a simple character drama, but the central conundrum disallows an uncomplicated interpretation. I was never bored.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Skyfall can take its place alongside "From Russia with Love," "Goldfinger," and "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" as the best Bond can offer.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The Avengers kicks ass.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The Dark Knight Rises ultimately justifies its length (in fact, a good argument could be made for a longer cut) and the last 45 minutes is nothing short of spectacular. From the point where the narrative takes a leap of faith, it never lets up.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Moonrise Kingdom is lovingly crafted with an attention to detail that is breathtaking while, at the same time, it displays genuine affection for its young protagonists.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Hazanavicius isn't just making a "silent movie," he is attempting to enter a time warp and craft something that would fool all but the most studious and scholarly into believing it could have been a lost film from a bygone era. If his tongue is sometimes a little in his cheek, that's all part of the fun.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Despite the occasional brutality of the material, Django Unchained includes some of the best laugh aloud scenes of any 2012 motion picture, regardless of the genre.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The purpose of Bully is to educate and promote discussion. If the problem is not solved, there will be more Columbines and additional stories like Tyler and Ty's.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    A meditation on the pain suffered by a mother when her child turns out to be a monster, We Need to Talk about Kevin is the perfect tonic for holiday cheer.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Director Stephen Daldry has fashioned an emotionally powerful cinematic testimony about that horrific late summer day.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The screen translation of Catching Fire, the second volume of the series, offers its audience many of the elements that made The Hunger Games compelling, but adds to that by deepening the themes and emotional currents and traveling to darker destinations.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It is a mystery and a courtroom drama. Above all, however, it is a tale of love and sacrifice.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's neither glamorous nor erotic and director Steve McQueen has taken an unflinching and non-judgmental view of sexual addiction in Shame.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Les Miserables understandably cuts some of the stage production's numbers, but all of the major anthems are intact and wonderfully presented.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Recognizing that many of the movie's elements are lifted from actual events elevates the importance of what the movie has to say.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    12 Years a Slave is by no means light entertainment but it provides a more worthwhile cinematic experience than about 90% of what's out there and the impressions it leaves aren't easily dismissed or dispelled.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Ultimately, this is an engaging, uplifting, and life-affirming motion picture that reminds viewers that it is possible to do interesting things with a romantic comedy while still sticking to some of the conventions.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    A compelling contemporary thriller with the added benefit of also being an engrossing character study.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Captain Phillips works precisely because Hanks isn't a muscle-bound, gun-toting figure (nor does he turn into one during the course of the movie). Placed in an untenable position, he uses guile and intelligence instead of brawn and weapons to enhance his survival chances.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Even some who generally enjoy gangster films may be turned off by this one, with its focus on dialogue over action and its harsh style.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Enjoy this movie for what it is - the kind of motion picture that can cause Champaign-like giddiness - and don't obsess over how true-to-life this work of fiction is.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Parts of Ruby Sparks are glowing and gentle. Others are harsh. Still others are wrenching. The transitions are expertly handled, never seeming jarring or inappropriate. If the movie feels like two shorter pieces grafted at the middle, that's an intentional decision. The filmmakers give us something approaching a traditional romantic comedy before deconstructing it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is truly a movie that children and their parents can both enjoy for different reasons.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The truth can indeed be stranger than fiction and, in this case, were the story to have originated in the imagination of the screenwriter, it could rightfully be criticized as artificial and contrived. But, disturbing and unlikely as it may be, this stuff actually happened, and pretty much as Craig Zobel relates it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Lincoln paints a powerful and compelling portrait of the man who has become an icon. We don't need to see more of his life to understand how rare a figure he was - this window is more than sufficient.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The pervasive aura of creepiness more than compensates for the low body count and inventive use of sharp instrumentation.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This may sound depressing and, in a sense it is, but these things are part of life and Haneke conveys them with a simplicity that is heartbreaking.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The cast is remarkable. Five of the seven principal cast members own previous Oscar nominations.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Taken on its own, Saving Mr. Banks is a pleasant, crowd-pleasing endeavor. For those with a soft spot for Mary Poppins, however, it's a treasure.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The narrative is presented in a straightforward manner; Soderbergh doesn't employ any unusual chronologies. His style is frank, not quirky, and lends itself to a number of powerful images.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's not as crisply directed, and the plot holes are easier to find, but Die Hard 2 is filled with the same sense of good-natured, wisecracking fun that infused the original.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's funny, affecting, and appealing, and more worthy than much of what's out there. Often, coming-of-age stories rely forcefully on formulaic narrative developments but The Way Way Back remains fresh from start to finish.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The Spectacular Now's DNA contains elements of the John Hughes teen dramadies of the '80s. There's also a little Cameron Crowe - in fact, replace the soundtrack with something more dynamic and it might be easy to mistake this with a Crowe film.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's a compelling tale that offers the opportunity for reflection and discussion about issues that have never really gone away and continue to lurk in the cultural background.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The sophomore feature effort from director Destin Cretton (remaking and expanding upon his 2008 short), this movie avoids the numerous landmines awaiting someone venturing into this territory and, as a result, emerges triumphant.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Nebraska is a rambling affair. It's about characters and dialogue. There's not much of a narrative to speak of - this is even more minimalist than "About Schmidt" or "Sideways."
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Her
    It's audacious but also genuine. It's emotionally true and demands much from its audience not in terms of suspension of disbelief but of empathy with the main character.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Watching Blue is the Warmest Color provides viewers with that rarest of motion picture opportunities: the ability to lose oneself in the life of another for three hours and to emerge having felt something.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Despite being a low-key production, La Promesse speaks volumes about how we treat other human beings and what it means to truly grow up.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Those in search of escapism should not look to this motion picture, but anyone willing to assume the risk of facing the ugliness of Johnny's world will find a startling, gut-wrenching, eye-opening experience.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Wong infuses his films with style and energy. His hand-held camera is restless, always moving and shifting. The action sequences are punctuated with unusual shots and stop-motion jumps. By filming Chungking Express in such rich, vibrant manner, the director uses visual images to underscore his themes.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    A movie that takes the hallmarks of a great career and elevates them to new heights. In terms of tone, visual beauty, and storytelling, The Wind Rises represents Miyazaki at the apex of his abilities.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Wow. For those with strong constitutions, The Raid 2 offers one of the most intense motion picture experiences available; it may also be the most violent movie ever to be released into theaters.