James Berardinelli
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For 2,836 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 5.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Apollo 13
Lowest review score: 0 Bachelorette
Score distribution:
2,836 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    This movie is bad from top to bottom, front to back, and start to finish.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    If there's one thing this motion picture proves, it's that "The Naked Gun 33 1/3" wasn't the final insult from a founding ZAZ (Zucker/Abrams/Zucker) member; this is.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It's not scary, it's not chilling, and it's not interesting.
    • 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
    White Noise has nothing. You'll have a better time staying home, tuning your TV to a station that doesn't carry a local signal, and staring.
    • 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."
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    A catastrophe. This motion picture is an embarrassment to all involved.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Tracey Ullman is a bright spot in an otherwise sordid, murky production.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    A dreadful, hackneyed piece of cinema.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It's badly directed, poorly edited, and features some of the most unconvincing acting this side of a soup commercial.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The element of high camp that makes for enjoyable "good trash" isn't present.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It's a wretched attempt at entertainment, ephemerally redeemed only by the appearance of several attractive girls.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    RV
    On those rare occasions when RV stumbles across a comedic moment that is legitimately funny, it drains the humor out of it by milking it dry.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The result is an atrociously unfunny, unromantic, and unpleasant product.
    • 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
    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.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    This is as witless as movies come -- an unamusing, moronic blend of horrible acting and inept screenwriting.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Doesn't have the decency to end when it should.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Isn't just bad, it's very bad.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    This feels a lot like some of the recent, unwatchable Adam Sandler offerings: boorish, unfunny comedy colliding with saccharine, quasi-dramatic filler.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    There's no evidence of craftsmanship or energy. Everything, from the plot to the execution, is plodding and obligatory.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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