James Berardinelli

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For 2,971 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 4.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Forrest Gump
Lowest review score: 0 Feast
Score distribution:
2971 movie reviews
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This isn't just typical, unchallenging Hollywood drek -- it's typical, unchallenging Hollywood drek made by people who don't care, for people who don't care.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Speed 2 can be numbered among the worst second chapters ever made.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Everything in G.I. Joe: Retaliation is perfunctory - technically proficient but soulless. It's not exciting. It's boring.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Devil will do little to dispel the growing belief that Shyamalan is a one-trick pony whose horse has keeled over. The laughter during the trailer was sadly prescient; the film is a joke.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Breakdown is the latest in a seemingly endless traffic jam of thrillers that opens strong but finishes abominably.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A soulless jumble of ineptly assembled cliches and pabulum that plays like a 95-minute commercial for NBA properties.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Code 46 is like "Solaris" without the psychological depth and strong acting. The movie is flat, boring, pointless, and nonsensical.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    One has the sense that if the level of violence had been ratcheted up a little, Paparazzi might have been more of a guilty pleasure and less of a chore to watch.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It is now weighed down by a second half that's equal parts incoherent, tedious, and repetitive.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    If there's the kernel of a good story buried somewhere deep in Cursed, it never pops. As werewolf movies go, this one is on par with "An American Werewolf in Paris," but at least that dud had plenty of gore and Julie Delpy's bare breasts to recommend it.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Painfully unfunny and unnecessarily long, this movie is the antithesis of its predecessor, the delightfully raunchy "Horrible Bosses."
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Alien 3 is, simply put, a mess. The writers have no idea how to tell a coherent, entertaining story. With the exception of a surprise or two, there isn't much worthwhile here.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Dull, uninspired, and redundant.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Director Scott Waugh’s intention may have been to elevate my pulse, but the only thing at which he succeeded was getting me to check my watch repeatedly.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's all about eye candy and the quick tease. It's not over fast enough.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Like many genuinely awful movies, Queen of the Damned has the ingredients of a cult film.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A muddle of a film - an overlong bore that either mistakenly thinks it's something more than a humdrum romance or has incorporated a variety of pretentions as window-dressing.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This is sloppy filmmaking, and it's likely to wipe away whatever luster still remains to Shyamalan's reputation.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A "Jennifer Aniston movie" has become synonymous with "derivative, lackluster mediocrity," and it's a shame. We know she has both talent and charisma but nothing on her recent resume has allowed her to display those qualities. So we're stuck with films that are at best forgettable and at worst painful.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Clumsily incorporates elements of "Ghost," "The Sixth Sense," and "Field of Dreams."
    • 24 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Uninspired and painfully familiar.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The only arena in which Gulliver's Travels plays an adequate game is in visual effects.

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