James Berardinelli
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For 2,790 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 The Untouchables
Lowest review score: 0 Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
Score distribution:
2,790 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It is now weighed down by a second half that's equal parts incoherent, tedious, and repetitive.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Sixteen years after her death, Princess Diana is still capable of generating interest, which is probably the only reason why this dull, pointless movie was greenlighted.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Calling Delivery Man a "comedy" is a bit of a stretch, because it's rarely funny. Dumb, yes, but not in a way that's worthy of more than a half-hearted chuckle.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Sadly, as apt as comparisons to "Underworld" might seem, I, Frankenstein can't even clear that very low bar.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It’s artificial, annoying, and boring.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The Other Woman ignores dozens of potentially edgy possibilities to tell the most banal story imaginable - and to do it badly.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    There's no fun to be had here and if an action movie doesn't make the grade as escapist entertainment, what's the point?
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    What's missing from Blended? Two key ingredients: it doesn't touch the heart and it doesn't tickle the funny bone (at least not often enough).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    Who would have imagined that a movie about sex could be so boring? That's the bottom line when it comes to Fifty Shades of Grey.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    There's just one problem: it's not scary and it's not funny...Idle Hands transcends that mundane level of badness into the realm of gross ineptitude.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    In a way, it's probably unfair to blame director Tamra Davis exclusively for this debacle. After all, she's toiling in the shadow of a would-be multi-media superstar, making her essentially a hired gun.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    This film is an absolute mess.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Devoid of life, intelligence, humor, and anything else that could entertain even the most undemanding viewer, this film is a perfect example of something that should have been shipped to landfills, not multiplexes.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The most depressing thing about this movie is not that it's such a complete waste of time, but that there are people in Hollywood who think this kind of thing is what American movie-goers are interested in seeing.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It's a wretched attempt at entertainment, ephemerally redeemed only by the appearance of several attractive girls.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    95 minutes of unrelieved tedium.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Disney has struck once again, taking a passably entertaining cartoon and turning it into a motion picture so lifeless that it's almost unwatchable.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Too much of Jason X plays it straight, and that means boredom. Murder and mayhem of this sort quickly becomes monotonous.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    If ever a romantic comedy is going to fail at the box office, this is it. The movie isn't a guy's thing, a girl's thing, or anybody else's thing.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    A lame collection of dumber-than-dumb gags, the quality of Big Fat Liar is on par with that of the worst television sit-com gorged to four times its normal size.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Fox should be paying potential viewers not to walk out of this turkey. The plot has all the depth and originality of a video game without the fun of the interactivity.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    There's no evidence of craftsmanship or energy. Everything, from the plot to the execution, is plodding and obligatory.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Defined by three characteristics. It is as stupid as a decapitated worm. It is as irritating as a mosquito buzzing around one's head. And it is as funny as "Schindler's List."

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