James Berardinelli
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For 2,721 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 5.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Dark Knight
Lowest review score: 0 Captivity
Score distribution:
2,721 movie reviews
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The funniest movie of the year - a true laugh riot. Viewers will be holding their sides to contain the laughter. Forget Borat - if you're looking for something hilarious, this is the movie to see. What's that? It's not supposed to be a comedy. Oops.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It's crass, cruel, and borderline offensive, but the laughs that could redeem all of that are missing. Material as bad as the tripe that comprises Norbit can be endured only if there's a payoff. In this case, the point seems to be that some actors will do anything for a buck.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    After this disgrace, it's time to shut the hills' eyes for good.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The ineptitude of the movie's drama is matched only by the failure of its humor.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Aside from Snipes' well-tuned performance and a few clever scenes detailing superstar marketing, this picture is a veritable wasteland. Even watching the horror show that the real Giants have become during the 1996 season is more fun than this. The advertising slogan may be "fear strikes soon", but, when it comes to The Fan, fear, like the movie, strikes out.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    This movie is bad from top to bottom, front to back, and start to finish.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Unless you derive pleasure from watching Lohan being tortured, there's no reason to subject yourself to this movie. Besides, if that's your goal, all you have to do is turn on tabloid TV. There's Lindsay's living hell of a life, being broadcast 24/7.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    August Rush isn't just a bad movie - it's an aggressively bad movie.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Surprise of surprises, Revolver turns out to be worse than "Swept Away" - and not just by a little bit.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    --- Ho, ho, ho - the joke's on anyone who pays to see this.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Asian horror remakes are typically not screened for critics, and Shutter is no exception. The studios know what they have: watered-down, lifeless shells of motion pictures devoid of characters, drama, or anything remotely resembling horror.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Despite having the same title and a similar premise to a 1980 Jamie Lee Curtis flick (kids getting slaughtered on prom night), this is NOT a remake. In fact, it really doesn't have much of a plot. It's basically "The O.C." with a body count.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    One of the dumbest thrillers to arrive it theaters in a long time.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The resulting hodgepodge of unfunny, sophomoric humor and PG-13 T&A, frosted by a sheen of appallingly nauseous "drama," makes for such a noxious brew that it's amazing viewers stay in their seats for the entire production.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The gore is so badly done that it's borderline comical and poor lighting passes for "atmosphere."
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Maybe approaching The Unborn as horror is the wrong approach. Perhaps this should be seen as a comedy. It is quite possibly the most egregiously laughable high-profile supernatural tale since Roman Polanski and Johnny Depp impaled themselves on "The Ninth Gate."
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It has been a long time since I came as close to walking out of a movie as I did with Confessions of a Shopaholic. Not only did I find this production to be irritating, unfunny, and lacking in entertainment value, but I found its underlying slavishness to a culture of consumption to be morally repugnant.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Regardless of how low your expectations are regarding Fired Up!, it will still surprise you, and not in a good way.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    12 Rounds is the unholy stepchild of "Die Hard with a Vengeance" and "Speed," starring a man whose lack of range makes Steven Seagal seem nuanced by comparison.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Watching Imagine That, I was beset by a feeling of intense depression. Is this what Eddie Murphy has become?
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Jennifer's Body mixes, matches, and crosses three popular genres: horror, comedy, and teen angst. Unfortunately, it fails at all of them - and "fails" might be too kind a term.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    If there's anything to like about The Bounty Hunter, it's Christine Baranski doing a Joan Rivers impersonation.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It's astounding how a movie this long could accomplish so little.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Watching this movie, I wished I knew how to use dental floss, a paper clip, and a crumpled movie ticket to break the projector.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Perhaps the only way to approach Abduction that will not result in a 105-minute boredom-induced coma is to think of it as a comedy, preferably with a drinking game attached. There are laughs to be had, although none of them are intentional.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    For acting to be this bad in movie not directed by Michael Bay or George Lucas, it has to be intentional.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    You may find sperm jokes hilarious, but it's doubtful you'll find them hilarious in The Babymakers, which has serious composition problems.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Sometimes, even a little gratuitous nudity can't save a movie. This is one of those occasions. Cosmopolis easily trumps "To Rome with Love" as the biggest disappointment of 2012 from an established director.