James Berardinelli
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For 2,742 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 Goodfellas
Lowest review score: 0 Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
Score distribution:
2,742 movie reviews
    • 24 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Uninspired and painfully familiar.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    One doesn't expect intelligent scripting or deep characterization from Roland Emmerich, but the film's lack of energy, poor special effects, and monotonous pacing lead to an inescapable conclusion: 10,000 B.C. isn't only brain-dead, it's COMPLETELY dead. It's inert and without a heartbeat.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The Happening is a movie to walk out of, sleep through, or - best of all - not to bother with.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Humor is subjective, but this movie made me feel as if I had been subjected to something unpleasant.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Feels perfunctory and obligatory and, despite the return of several familiar characters, is more like an afterthought than an organic third piece of a trilogy puzzle.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The lackluster acting and horrendous dialogue don't help.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Most of the laughs are unintentional, but the result is absurd and laughable.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    My Best Friend's Girl isn't just a misfire; it's a misfire compounded by a chain of miscalculations, and it's hard to figure out who this could appeal to (except, perhaps, Dane Cook's fan club).
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A failure on pretty much every level, Hounddog would never have been known beyond Park City had it not been for the notoriety surrounding the rape scene.
    • 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.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The movie has little to recommend it and more than a few things to encourage those who pursue quality cinema to stay away.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The breath of fresh air, to the extent that one can be identified in the staleness of this recycled refuse, is John Cleese.
    • 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?
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Echelon Conspiracy is a more evocative title than a movie this stupid deserves.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Boring and uninspired, this movie gives ghost stories a bad name.
    • 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.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    I wonder if Gamer might make a good game; it certainly doesn't make a good movie.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    I found the most extreme material to be so tasteless that it voided all comedy.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A turd of T-Rex proportions, Land of the Lost makes one remember last summer's "Speed Racer" fondly.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The storyline is so infantile that it will appeal to young kids.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Is this a movie or a feature-length advertisement for Qwest? We're not just talking one product placement; this brand name is nearly omnipresent.
    • 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.