James Berardinelli

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For 3,264 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 3.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Contact
Lowest review score: 0 Captivity
Score distribution:
3264 movie reviews
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
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    For Vin Diesel, starring in XXX is a wonderfully smart career move. Too bad neither "wonderful" nor "smart" are applicable adjectives to describe this film.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    It's a muddled, meandering affair without a thesis or a point to prove.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Just because it's not boring, that doesn't mean it's worth plunking down the price of admission.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Contains multiple ax murders, lesbianism, incest, a hanging, and a storm at sea -- yet, despite all of this seemingly enticing material, it's a bore.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Too much of what The Spy Who Shagged Me has to offer is tired and derivative, and, when the various jokes and gags are tallied, there are many more misses than hits.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Isn't terrible. It's just disappointingly superficial -- a movie that has all the elements necessary to be a fascinating, involving character study, but never does more than scratch the surface.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    This grim, joyless motion picture is anything but fun. It’s a chore to sit through, with all the blazing, noisy pyrotechnics proving unable to lighten the mood.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Lawrence is often more irritating than funny, and it doesn't help that the direction is pedestrian and the screenplay dismal.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Enough is Apted at his most commercial, and, unfortunately, his least compelling.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    This is a train wreck of an action film -– a stupefying attempt by the filmmakers to force-feed James Bond into the mindless "XXX" mold and throw 40 years of cinematic history down the toilet in favor of bright flashes and loud bangs.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    There's only so far a movie can go on loud music, nicely-framed shots, testosterone, and adrenaline. Bad Boys takes the often-traveled road, and leads the audience to a dead end.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Takes things too far by leaving about 75% of its questions unanswered. This isn't an artistic choice; it's screenwriting sloppiness, and it results in a profoundly dissatisfying experience.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    If you're desperate to give something up for Lent, make it movies like this one.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Other than a high cuteness factor, there's not much here. This is a warmed-over, low-end recycling of director Rob Reiner's own "When Harry Met Sally."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Were it not for the high profile names of "Hanks" and "Kasdan", this would be a perfect candidate for a direct-to-video release.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    You know you're in trouble when 50% of the running length is devoted to plot exposition, and the movie still doesn't make any sense.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    It is possible to make an engaging action/adventure picture of this sort, but The Scorpion King isn't it. The movie isn't godawful, but it's far from inspired, and, as I sat through its 90 minute running length, I found my mind wandering.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Deliver us from directors who think that asking cast members to overact is the only way he can cover us the numerous ludicrous weaknesses of his screenplay.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    This lame animated fable, despite having "direct-to-video" written all over it, was released by Disney, in an act of unparalleled greed and desperation, into multiplexes.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Comes across as a cheesy, fundamentally unsatisfying experience.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    What Linklater does exceptionally well is open the door on an era seventeen years in the past. This is 1976, from the music and cars...to the people and their attitudes. You'd have to climb into a time machine to get a better view...However, this is light entertainment -- nothing groundbreaking or even especially noteworthy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    I lost track of how many times I checked my watch during the nearly three interminable hours it took Heat to play itself to a predictable conclusion of a chase scene and a shoot-out.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Offers slim pickings for viewers, regardless of whether they're fans of Woody Allen or not. And I'm sure the French will love it.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    There's nothing remotely memorable about this walk.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Although Ford does not exactly mail in his performance, this is a lazy job, and far from his best work. On top of that, he has no chemistry with co-star (and heartthrob of the moment) Josh Hartnett.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Turns out to be hopelessly mediocre -- a poorly scripted, preachy fable that forgets about unfolding a coherent, believable story in its zeal to spread propaganda.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Quickly causes viewers to lose patience, then interest.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Likely won't please fans of the original TV series, but the movie hasn't been made for them.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    This is schlock -– by-the-numbers action that ignores character development to the point where we find it hard to care whether L.T. catches Hallam.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    A somewhat lackluster cop buddy movie that goes wrong in two big ways: (1) it fails to utilize Chan's full range of skills, relegating him to the role of a kickboxing action hero and virtually ignoring his comedic aptitude, and (2) it saddles him with a partner, played by the irritating Chris Tucker.

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