James Berardinelli

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For 2,911 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 5.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Life of Brian (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Captivity
Score distribution:
2911 movie reviews
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A woefully underwritten motion picture that starts out as a dumb comedy before taking an ill-advised detour into mawkish sentimentality. The last 30 minutes of Bruce Almighty is so godawful that it almost sent me screaming from the theater.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Battleship has the IQ of a rutabaga and doesn't require much more intelligence than that to watch. Despite spending copious amounts of time with back story and so-called character development, it's really all about the explosions.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's the kind of thing that Shakespeare might have written if he had undergone a frontal lobotomy.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Has some promise as a throw-away, lighthearted romance. Unfortunately, once those elements are gone, what's left only has a running time of about 13 minutes.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's not just about a disaster, it is a disaster.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This movie works best as a sleep tonic. Somewhere isn't just frustratingly slow-moving; it's inert.
    • 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.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Delpy's injection of class into an otherwise classless production raises the specter of what this film could have been with a better script and a better cast surrounding her.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    If the film is to work on any level, even a comedic one, it's necessary for the viewers to sympathize with Joanna and Walter. However, the script and scattershot performances keep them at arm's length. Nicole Kidman is in full scenery-chewing mode, and Matthew Broderick hasn't been this invisible since Ferris Bueller had to go back to school.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Monster-in-Law is appalling misfire of a comedy - a motion picture that takes a situation ripe for the blackest vein of satire and reduces it to a puerile and edgeless pile of goo
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Captures the essence of its TV inspiration, which is to say that it's not nearly as clever as it thinks it is. It also feels very, very long.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Instead of generating a testosterone rush, the fight scenes release tryptophan. Not only are they boring, but they are choreographed in an amateurish fashion.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Labeling The Call as "relentlessly dumb" would be an overestimation of its intelligence. This is as brain-dead as a movie can be and it assumes the audience will have the I.Q. of a rutabaga.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's tired and dated with too few laughs to justify the stultifying attempts at drama and the impossible-to-swallow plot contortions.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Everything about it feels stale: the actors, the story, the comedy, everything. And, to make matters worse, that everything goes on for an interminable two hours.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    To work, The Host would have required a visionary interpretation rather than the mundane telling that Niccol opts for.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    From the start, it's obvious that this is a vehicle for his comedy, and it mostly works -- for about ten to fifteen minutes. After that, Carrey's act gradually grows less humorous and more tiresome, and the laughter in the audience seems forced.
    • 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
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It's remarkably appropriate that Envy is about turds, because that's what the movie is.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It will bore you.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The sad truth about After Earth is that not only is it difficult to find things it does well, but there are numerous examples of outright incompetence dotting the landscape.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Surprise of surprises, Revolver turns out to be worse than "Swept Away" - and not just by a little bit.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The Last Airbender is an insult to anyone with a triple-digit I.Q. and a willingness to use it inside the confines of a movie theater. This is bad filmmaking and bad storytelling. It also sounds what should be the death knell to M. Night Shyamalan's career.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Hush has three very simple problems: it's incredibly dumb, it's incredibly boring, and it's incredibly predictable (at least up to the stupefying ending).
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The "special effects" employed to have the animals' mouths form words might have been state-of-the-art 20 years ago, but they're outdated today, and the gorilla looks like a guy in the monkey suit that was abandoned after the 1976 version of "King Kong." I guess CGI was too sophisticated for the technical crew.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Unfinished Business is bad - not epically bad but bad enough. Little contained in this misfire of a film works and the few successful things are dragged out to the point where they die a lingering death.

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