James Berardinelli

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For 3,198 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 3.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Life of Brian (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 A Hole in My Heart
Score distribution:
3198 movie reviews
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    A tepid affair, distinguished by bland character development, uninspired and insipid dialogue, and a nonexistent plot.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    A clumsy motion picture that strives so hard for the perfect romantic ending that it triggers a gag reflex along the way.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Entirely inoffensive, so it makes for perfect family fare -– but only if the children are young enough to be indiscriminating about what they're seeing.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The film has two highlights -- a profanity-laced monologue by Peter Falk about boxing and the one-on-one confrontation between Monroe and Chambers in the ring.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The screenplay stretches the viewer's credulity far beyond the breaking point, asking us to accept dozens of absurd contrivances and coincidences.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    CQ
    Pretentious and self-indulgent -- those two words come to mind when considering CQ.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    In crafting an insider's perspective, Jaglom has done an effective job. It's too bad that nearly everything else fails.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    He's still big and burly, but, at age 54, Schwarzenegger is starting to look a little too old to be involved in this kind of stuff. Action films are the province of younger stars.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    We're stuck with contrived plot contortions, dull interpersonal interaction, and unconvincing dialogue.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The chief pleasure of High Crimes (and it's a limited one) comes from watching Morgan Freeman, who can bring a sense of integrity to even the silliest thriller.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    An inelegant combination of two unrelated shorts that falls far short of the director's previous work in terms of both thematic content and narrative strength.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    This new interpretation does few things better than the original, and many things worse.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Instead of bringing intriguing characters with real problems and interesting dialogue to the bash, Kaplan and Elfont take the lazy approach of pulling generic stereotypes off the shelf and throwing them into a formulaic plot that doesn't offer one genuine surprise or meaningful moment.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The Time Machine is stupid -- too stupid for the impressive special effects or the competently directed action sequences to wash away the bitter taste.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Because of the potential of the idea and Cronenberg's reputation as a film maker, it's a real disappointment to watch eXistenZ fall apart the way it does.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    This is the kind of movie that isn't even worth renting when it comes out on video because, with the possible exception of Michael Lerner and Omar Epps dancing to show tunes, you've seen it all before.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    This latest version, made with the MTV generation in mind, is arguably the least impressive of the filmed Counts.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    As high camp, Willard might have something going for it, but not as a horror movie.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    A script that, at its best, is inconsistent, and, at its worst, is laughably implausible and riddled with obvious flaws.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    As good as the lead actor is, he's not enough to save this picture from landing on the scrap-heap of uninspired, derivative, and grotesquely distasteful character studies. Ferrara is definitely no Martin Scorsese.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Once it gets beyond a hard-to-swallow setup and into the meat of its story, Boxing Helena is surprisingly involving...The movie discloses its terms early, and expects the audience to buy into them, making no apologies for what it is or intends to be.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Chris Elliott is appallingly bad as the title character. Although his role cries out for an over-the- top performance, Elliott's grating personae cancels out any positive contributions he can offer in that area.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    While there's no denying that young actress Lindsay Lohan has spunk, she's not terribly effective in the dual role. Her performance is awkward and unsubtle -- she relies on an unconvincing British accent to cue us in to which girl she's playing at any given moment.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The best way to sum up Freddy Vs. Jason is: good concept, mediocre execution.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The story's entire foundation is based upon a plot hole so gargantuan that anyone not suffering a brain cramp will identify it at once.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Saying bad things about Never Been Kissed, an unapologetic crowd-pleaser, makes me feel like the Grinch stealing Christmas, but there are some things that can't be ignored.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    A mediocre diversion -– a movie better watched at home where the remote control can be used (if necessary) to fast forward to the film's best part: the obligatory end credit outtakes.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Since the stunts are sub-par and feature considerable computer help, the movie gives the impression that it's trying too hard to be campy and silly.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Despite high production standards and a slick advertising campaign, Primal Fear is as trite and routine as any made-for-TV courtroom drama.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Mr. Deeds is flat, except on those rare occasions when Sandler reverts to form or when John Turturro steals one of many scenes.

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