James Berardinelli
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For 2,825 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:
2,825 movie reviews
    • 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
    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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The Happening is a movie to walk out of, sleep through, or - best of all - not to bother with.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The Thirteenth Floor shows what can happen when film makers fail to recognize that they need more than a concept to establish a full-length motion picture.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Dirty Deeds boasts a passably entertaining idea that is butchered in the telling.
    • 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.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The Informers is nihilism for nihilism's sake; a bleak and borderline-unwatchable collage of misanthropes, self-absorbed a**holes, and pathetic weaklings as they struggle to move forward during the early 1980s in Los Angeles.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Director Rick Friedberg (who made the "bad golf" videos with Leslie Nielsen) has crafted a dreadfully unfunny comedy that takes Naked Gun-like sketches and rehashes them without a whit of style or energy.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Take away the film's attitude, and you're left with "Son of Van Helsing."
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Wild Wild West isn't just a bad adaptation of a TV series; it's a bad film.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    In R.I.P.D., we have a legitimate train wreck of a motion picture: a film that doesn't work on any level. It's not funny. It's not exciting. It's not engaging. It's a waste of time and money.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This is a tedious and insulting motion picture. The only ones likely to be surprised by the payoff are those who understandably dozed off fifteen minutes into the proceedings.
    • 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.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It represents a missed opportunity on every level. As a black comedy, it fails. As a satire of the bloated wedding industry, it fails. As a drama about friendship triumphing over all, it fails.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    "The Hangover" was high octane fun. "The Hangover Part II," despite its repetitive nature, was enjoyable. The Hangover Part III is some kind of hideous experiment in mass consumer torture.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The result is an unappealing mess, made less bearable by uniformly lackluster performances and the cheesy special effects.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This is as dreadful a holiday offering as you're likely to find this year. A lump of coal would be more welcome.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Regardless of whatever ephemeral entertainment this production may offer to some, it is not by any reasonable definition a good movie. It is badly written, inexpertly directed, poorly acted, erratically paced, and features music of dubious worth.
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    If all you're looking for is breasts, blood, and gore, this film hits pay dirt. None of the killings are terribly inventive, but they are plentiful, and why bother being devious when axes, machetes, knives, and pointed sticks will do the job just as well?
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles doesn't so much provide brainless enjoyment as it pummels the viewer into submission. "Shell-shocked" is a reasonable description of the experience.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    To succeed, Deception requires viewers to be both inattentive and stupid. There's not a twist in this flimsy and moth-eaten plot that isn't both contrived and transparent and not a character who hasn't been hopelessly manipulated by the needs of the narrative.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This movie isn't bad in the way some incompetently made movies are bad; this is bad because there's much skill evident in a pointless endeavor.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Unremarkable. A more honest description would be to label it as mirthless, pointless, and banal.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The only thing that distinguishes Species 2 is how awful it is.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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