James Berardinelli
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For 2,764 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

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Inglourious Basterds
Lowest review score: 0 Captivity
Score distribution:
2,764 movie reviews
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A colossal disappointment. Not because it's superficial and shallow –- those characteristics pretty much go with the territory –- but because it's boring.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The movie mandates complete gullibility and vacuous attention in order to work on any level.
    • 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!
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Two agonizing hours of lifeless, mind-numbing hogwash.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A maudlin hack-job.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Boring and repetitive.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's the most disappointing thing to come from the brothers in years.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Misses the mark.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Welcome to Mooseport's satirical edge is dull and pitted, the screenplay is overlong and uninteresting, the comedy is soft and shapeless, and the actors perform like they're on a sit com.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Twisted is a D-grade thriller with an A-list cast. It's a disappointment from start to finish...But, in the final quarter-hour, it committed the unpardonable sin of insulting my intelligence.
    • 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.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Delpy's injection of class into an otherwise classless production raises the specter of what this film could have been with a better script and a better cast surrounding her.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's not just about a disaster, it is a disaster.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This is film noir for the MTV generation: fast-paced, slick, flashy, gleefully mindless, and hollow to the core.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Unfortunately for the poor viewer trapped into sitting through this 95 minute mess, the humor is both conventional and unfunny, the script never takes any chances, and the ending is a cop-out.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The result is an unappealing mess, made less bearable by uniformly lackluster performances and the cheesy special effects.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The Punisher isn't Frank Castle; it's Jonathan Hensleigh. And the punishee is anyone sitting in the audience.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Godsend is godawful.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    By trying to satisfy every kind of viewer, it's possible that Sphere may end up pleasing no one.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Redundant and unnecessary.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The only thing that distinguishes Species 2 is how awful it is.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Chase, like his Vacation movies, are things of the past. This is a series that should have died with the '80s. Instead, inexplicably, it has limped on into the '90s.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Watching a misfire like Thunderbirds illustrates how impressive the "Spy Kids" movies are.

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