James Berardinelli
Select another critic »
For 2,778 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Il Postino: The Postman
Lowest review score: 0 Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
Score distribution:
2,778 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Things might have been okay if this film had gone someplace, anyplace, but it stalls early, then coasts through an hour of minimally-amusing material before screeching to an amazingly improbable stop.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's all about eye candy and the quick tease. It's not over fast enough.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This is sloppy filmmaking, and it's likely to wipe away whatever luster still remains to Shyamalan's reputation.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    LaBute has transformed the eerie, disturbing psychological thriller into an unintentional comedy. At times, The Wicker Man is hilariously bad.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Tideland is, by turns, a complete bore and a creepy experience. And I don't mean "creepy" in a positive sense.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Three adjectives spring to mind when describing Marie Antoinette: odd, irritating, and tedious.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's hard to imagine anyone having the patience to sit through this movie except perhaps a handful of 11-year old boys seeking vicarious wish fulfillment.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This is a mechanical gore-fest that offers preposterous stunts in place of escalating tension and waxwork mannequins in place of marginally interesting characters.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Horror fans will be disgusted by the lack of gore. Romance fans will be disgusted by the presence of gore. One is tempted to applaud the filmmakers for trying something this daring, but the result isn't good enough to warrant any acclaim, however lukewarm it might be.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's a little sad that The Messengers is ultimately a good candidate for burial in a toxic waste dump because there are some good elements contained herein.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Wild Hogs is more tired, worn out, and sagging than its protagonists - an arthritic comedy whose humor is below mediocre and whose drama is cringe-worthy.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's hard to say what is more responsible for the film's utter failure: Hopkins direction, the editing, or the screenplay. The result is such a muddle that one assumes each aspect deserves part of the blame.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A movie so inane that it fails to rise to the level of "good trash."
    • 23 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    There are stretches when it becomes tedious and insufferably self important. There's even a late scene in which the movie turns preachy.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Yes, this film is worse than "Cliffhanger," Stallone's last venture into chaos.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The problem with Hostel Part II is the same flaw that afflicted Hostel: no tension.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    For all of its existential posturing, Being Human ends up being a rather shallow motion picture.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A tedious, incoherent bore.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Louder, flashier, and more hollow than anything else out there.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It stands alongside this year's other werewolf disaster, "Blood and Chocolate," in illustrating why the moon should set on the werewolf movie.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Dull, uninspired, and redundant.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    By any standards, Silk is a bad movie: pretentious, stillborn, devoid of emotion.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's a depressing experience to view something like Saw IV. It's not just the soullessness that's dispiriting, but the lack of invention. When a movie does little more than repeat what its predecessors accomplished with grotesque effectiveness, it's past time to tip this corpse into its grave and bury it.
    • 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.

Top Trailers