James Berardinelli
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For 2,781 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 5.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

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  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Life of Brian (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Captivity
Score distribution:
2,781 movie reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Movies like this usually have something interesting to say about the human condition, but not Nine Lives. It makes an insufferably obvious observation: we live boring lives, shit happens, and we die.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    As a satire on the media's infatuation with violence and murderers, Natural Born Killers hits the bullseye. The problem is, this is a one-note movie. It repeatedly hammers home the same point until the audience is bludgeoned into senselessness.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Breakdown is the latest in a seemingly endless traffic jam of thrillers that opens strong but finishes abominably.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This movie works best as a sleep tonic. Somewhere isn't just frustratingly slow-moving; it's inert.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Three adjectives spring to mind when describing Marie Antoinette: odd, irritating, and tedious.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    An inferior product. It is not well written, well acted, or well directed.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It doesn't take long for the The Signal's promising beginning to fade into a haze that leaves the viewer exhausted and irritated.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Sluggish. Torpid. Boring. Those three words (and more) can describe The Yellow Handkerchief, a stultifying road trip movie whose inept screenplay is only partially counterbalanced by a trio of nice performances.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The level of humor is sit-com-ish at best and the film's dramatic elements are bland and uninvolving.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's the most disappointing thing to come from the brothers in years.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    One could easily argue that, like many Ed Wood-type bad movies, The Faculty might be headed for the cult classic shelf in the video store. Unfortunately, it's not campy enough, and, worse, it seems to think it's being hip when it's just being dumb.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Louder, flashier, and more hollow than anything else out there.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Nothing short of a disaster -– easily one of the worst movies of the year.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Alien 3 is, simply put, a mess. The writers have no idea how to tell a coherent, entertaining story. With the exception of a surprise or two, there isn't much worthwhile here.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    An insult to anyone who has tragically and unexpectedly lost a loved-one in a similar manner.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's the kind of thing that Shakespeare might have written if he had undergone a frontal lobotomy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Sometimes, even a little gratuitous nudity can't save a movie. This is one of those occasions. Cosmopolis easily trumps "To Rome with Love" as the biggest disappointment of 2012 from an established director.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Very little of what made the written version so enjoyable has been successfully translated to the screen, and what we're left with instead is an overly-long (two hours and thirty-four minutes, to be exact), pedantic thriller.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This is the kind of tearjerker that will cause audience members to cry, but only because they paid hard-earned money to see it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Those who don't understand what it means for an actor to "sleepwalk" through a performance need only watch Men in Black III; there's no shortage of examples.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Unfortunately, although there are a few nasty thorns here and there, The First Wives Club is a largely uninspired (and unfunny) comedy that collapses completely in the final fifteen minutes.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A maudlin hack-job.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Code 46 is like "Solaris" without the psychological depth and strong acting. The movie is flat, boring, pointless, and nonsensical.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Tracey Ullman is a bright spot in an otherwise sordid, murky production.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    No amount of youthful charisma can alter the fact that, in the light of "Dangerous Liaisons", Cruel Intentions is a feeble and dissatisfying shadow.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This is the sort of movie that gives "chick flicks" a bad name. It's a cross between inept melodrama and a bad sit-com.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The resulting hodgepodge of unfunny, sophomoric humor and PG-13 T&A, frosted by a sheen of appallingly nauseous "drama," makes for such a noxious brew that it's amazing viewers stay in their seats for the entire production.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's either a failed experiment or a movie that was rushed through production so Allen could fulfill his one project-per-year commitment.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Watching Imagine That, I was beset by a feeling of intense depression. Is this what Eddie Murphy has become?
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The only worthwhile portion of Twin Dragons is the climactic action sequence, but, to get to that, it's necessary to endure more than an hour of unfunny physical comedy and excruciating verbal interaction.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This unexceptional and uninteresting story of a self-pitying borderline-personality teenager verges on being unwatchable as a result of McDonald's decision to bombard the audience with extraneous images in lieu of telling the story.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The result is an unappealing mess, made less bearable by uniformly lackluster performances and the cheesy special effects.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A misfire in far too many meaningful aspects, The Book Thief is so bad that it's tough to decide whether it's better used as a sleep aid or watched while under the influence as an object of derision.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 12 James Berardinelli
    This is a vile and reprehensible motion picture.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A shallow, transparent satire/social commentary, Palindromes lives and dies on a gimmick.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 0 James Berardinelli
    I don't often use the words "godawful" and "abomination" to describe a movie, preferring to reserve such terminology for extreme instances when I feel duped and mortally offended. Case in point: Bachelorette.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This is film noir for the MTV generation: fast-paced, slick, flashy, gleefully mindless, and hollow to the core.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    For those looking for something positive, this is the only movie I can recall that features music from both ABBA ("Does Your Mother Know") and Handel ("Zadok the Priest"). Let's hear it for musical diversity!
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Labeling The Call as "relentlessly dumb" would be an overestimation of its intelligence. This is as brain-dead as a movie can be and it assumes the audience will have the I.Q. of a rutabaga.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The Brown Bunny is one long, self-indulgent bore topped off with a hard-core porn scene featuring Gallo and co-star Chloë Sevigny.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Humor is subjective, but this movie made me feel as if I had been subjected to something unpleasant.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A slow, meandering misfire of a movie.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A muddle of a film - an overlong bore that either mistakenly thinks it's something more than a humdrum romance or has incorporated a variety of pretentions as window-dressing.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Stay away from Birth not because of what goes on (or doesn't) in a bathtub, but because this is not a very good movie.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A Perfect Murder has inexplicably managed to eliminate almost everything that was worthwhile about "Dial M for Murder," leaving behind the nearly-unwatchable wreckage of a would-be '90s thriller.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Perhaps the strangest thing about 2012 is that the bad parts of the film are among the most enjoyable, because they're so over-the-top ridiculous that it's impossible not to break out laughing.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Even children, who will be enthralled by all the puppies, may have a hard time not fidgeting for protracted portions of the running time.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    If there's one thing this motion picture proves, it's that "The Naked Gun 33 1/3" wasn't the final insult from a founding ZAZ (Zucker/Abrams/Zucker) member; this is.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Lockout is painful. Not painful in the way Uwe Boll or "Sex and the City" movies are painful. But painful enough that I kept waiting for Nicolas Cage to show up. Or Katherine Heigl. Or, god forbid, both.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Of course, the problem with Angels & Demons is that to get to the final 40 minutes, it's necessary to endure the first 90, and that would be defined as cruel and unusual punishment.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    For a strangely-titled, female-oriented drama about mothers and daughters bonding, try "The Joy Luck Club" and leave Ya-Ya as a phrase uttered by one-year olds who have yet to learn how to talk.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    "Mindless" applies, and Book of Secrets is more like a tame, endlessly repetitive amusement park ride than a motion picture.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Devoid of life, intelligence, humor, and anything else that could entertain even the most undemanding viewer, this film is a perfect example of something that should have been shipped to landfills, not multiplexes.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Jennifer's Body mixes, matches, and crosses three popular genres: horror, comedy, and teen angst. Unfortunately, it fails at all of them - and "fails" might be too kind a term.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It is a cinematic abomination -- a source of embarrassment for everyone involved.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This remake replaces suspense with boredom and witty dialogue with lame lines any self-respecting actor should be embarrassed to utter.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Redundant and unnecessary.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A soulless jumble of ineptly assembled cliches and pabulum that plays like a 95-minute commercial for NBA properties.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The movie starts cheating the audience early, and never lets up.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    There are bad movies and annoying movies, and this one contains elements of both.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's a cloying, humorless motion picture whose only assets are the work of Jim Henson's Creature Shop and a couple of good one-liners by a pair of rodents.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Too long and too full of itself to offer more than a few fleeting moments of entertainment. It doesn't take long for tediousness to triumph.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Plagued by moralizing so strident and a style so artificial that the story never has a chance to speak to an audience.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The problem with Hostel Part II is the same flaw that afflicted Hostel: no tension.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A woefully underwritten motion picture that starts out as a dumb comedy before taking an ill-advised detour into mawkish sentimentality. The last 30 minutes of Bruce Almighty is so godawful that it almost sent me screaming from the theater.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's all about eye candy and the quick tease. It's not over fast enough.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It has all the elements one would expect from a "so bad it's good" feature: cheesy dialogue, a script that could have been written by two chimpanzees, acting that would make a high school drama teacher cringe, and lots of tight female bodies poured into tiny bikinis. Despite all of that, however, I found Into the Blue to be a real trial.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A tedious, incoherent bore.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This isn't just typical, unchallenging Hollywood drek -- it's typical, unchallenging Hollywood drek made by people who don't care, for people who don't care.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It boggles the mind to consider that the fertile writing team of Alec Berg, David Mandel, and Jeff Schaffer, all of whom spent time scripting episodes of "Seinfeld," could turn out something as abysmally unfunny as Eurotrip.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    There's nothing worse than a film which mistakenly believes it's the comic event of the year. For no legitimate reason whatsoever, When Nature Calls is full of itself to the point of being offensive.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Dull, uninspired, and redundant.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Chaos Theory stumbles from one contrived circumstance to the next, and there's not a moment in this entire mess that conveys any sort of genuine human emotion or reaction.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Instead of generating a testosterone rush, the fight scenes release tryptophan. Not only are they boring, but they are choreographed in an amateurish fashion.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Calling Delivery Man a "comedy" is a bit of a stretch, because it's rarely funny. Dumb, yes, but not in a way that's worthy of more than a half-hearted chuckle.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A "Jennifer Aniston movie" has become synonymous with "derivative, lackluster mediocrity," and it's a shame. We know she has both talent and charisma but nothing on her recent resume has allowed her to display those qualities. So we're stuck with films that are at best forgettable and at worst painful.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    As far as I'm concerned, it's official: Hollywood has lost the art of how to make horror films.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Devil will do little to dispel the growing belief that Shyamalan is a one-trick pony whose horse has keeled over. The laughter during the trailer was sadly prescient; the film is a joke.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    There is no truth to the rumor that free frontal lobotomies will be performed at the entrance to all theaters showing Eagle Eye.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Fans of the original will end up doing shot-by-shot comparisons. On every level, The Omen isn't just bad filmmaking, it's bad storytelling.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The only reason any male could have for seeing The Vow is the hope of getting laid afterwards. The only reason any female could have for seeing The Vow is if she views the plots of Harlequin romance novels as the height of modern storytelling.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Watching this movie, I wished I knew how to use dental floss, a paper clip, and a crumpled movie ticket to break the projector.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    With a script that waffles between being hilariously absurd and insultingly stupid, and action scenes that won't cause anyone's pulse to skip a beat, Paycheck is less appealing than a lump of coal in a Christmas stocking.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The really disgusting thing about this movie isn't the crude jokes themselves, but how grossly unfunny they all are.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Newell has followed up a respectable adaptation of a Harry Potter novel with an ignominious translation of something more delicate and literate. It's hard to recommend this movie to anyone except perhaps the MST3K crew.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Meet Joe Black has the dubious distinction of being the longest film to date of 1998. It is also one of the most tedious and bombastic.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The worst action movie of the summer. I liked Bad Boys II a little less, but making the comparison is like distinguishing between a cow turd and a horse turd. And that pretty much sums it up nicely.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 0 James Berardinelli
    Zero-star movies are a rare and terrifying breed - films that warrant recommendation only as an alternative to physical distress.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Everything about it feels stale: the actors, the story, the comedy, everything. And, to make matters worse, that everything goes on for an interminable two hours.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    If the film is to work on any level, even a comedic one, it's necessary for the viewers to sympathize with Joanna and Walter. However, the script and scattershot performances keep them at arm's length. Nicole Kidman is in full scenery-chewing mode, and Matthew Broderick hasn't been this invisible since Ferris Bueller had to go back to school.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    LaBeouf, who appeared to hit a low in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," has sunk to greater levels of incompetence here.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Orphan is being marketed as a horror movie, but that's misdirection. It's more of a standard thriller in the "evil amongst us" mode, about a group of people who inadvertently admit a psychopath into their midst.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    John Tucker Must Die is toothless. The jokes are obvious and unfunny, the storyline goes nowhere that's interesting or unexpected, and the only chemistry happens in a science lab.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Everything in G.I. Joe: Retaliation is perfunctory - technically proficient but soulless. It's not exciting. It's boring.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Battleship has the IQ of a rutabaga and doesn't require much more intelligence than that to watch. Despite spending copious amounts of time with back story and so-called character development, it's really all about the explosions.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    This is quite possibly the most moronic motion picture I have seen thus far in 2013 and that's saying a lot.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    At its best, Dumb and Dumber is like an Ernest movie with a scatological bent.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The element of high camp that makes for enjoyable "good trash" isn't present.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    They could have called this Paranormal Inactivity.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Painfully unfunny and unnecessarily long, this movie is the antithesis of its predecessor, the delightfully raunchy "Horrible Bosses."

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