James Berardinelli

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For 2,967 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 4.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Secrets & Lies
Lowest review score: 0 Captivity
Score distribution:
2967 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    From narrative to character development to staging, every frame of Mistress America drips with artifice. It's a playground for unpleasant, self-absorbed characters - an excursion into the lifestyles of people most of us would prefer to bypass. If there's an antonym for self-awareness, it applies to nearly everyone populating this misfire.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The movie starts cheating the audience early, and never lets up.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A shallow, transparent satire/social commentary, Palindromes lives and dies on a gimmick.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A maudlin hack-job.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The script isn't just "dumbed down," it's lobotomized.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The film is critic-proof and it will find an audience, but it's hard to imagine even the film's target demographic (teenage boys) being overly enthusiastic about the product. It's disposable entertainment of the worst kind.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Once again, we have a movie where the jokes are aimed at the least common denominator - meaning that to genuinely enjoy the experience of sitting through Slackers, you will need help from a controlled substance.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    However, once you realize there's no "pleasure" to be had from something this wantonly dumb and idiotically constructed, all that's left is "guilt" - guilt that you actually spent money to see this.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The movie mandates complete gullibility and vacuous attention in order to work on any level.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The Punisher isn't Frank Castle; it's Jonathan Hensleigh. And the punishee is anyone sitting in the audience.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Schumacher doesn't leave an imprint on the film -- it could be the work of any second-rate director.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Nothing short of a disaster -– easily one of the worst movies of the year.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Misses the mark.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A tedious, incoherent bore.
    • 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.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Boring and repetitive.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    I wonder if Gamer might make a good game; it certainly doesn't make a good movie.

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