James Berardinelli

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For 2,977 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 4.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Maria Full of Grace
Lowest review score: 0 Feast
Score distribution:
2977 movie reviews
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    It's an orgy for disaster porn devotees.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    This is a rare time when young ones will get more out of a Sandler movie than their parents, who may have grown up with him when he was on "Saturday Night Live."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    At its best, this could have been a passable distraction and at its worst, it could have been unwatchable. Barrymore manages to bring it in somewhere in between those extremes.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    In the end, Conspiracy Theory fails to work as an action film, a romance, or a mystery -- all of which it aspires to be.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Unfortunately, the final act (the Mexico sequences) illustrate where to take a ghost story if you want to exchange old-fashioned horror for a grilled cheese sandwich.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The movie doesn't come close to the family-friendly comedic pseudo-incest flirted with in "Back to the Future." That, apparently, is deemed too unsettling for today's audiences. So 17 Again none-too-cleverly tap dances around these issues.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The Lazarus Effect begins with an intriguing premise then proceeds to squander all the early goodwill through a slow, inexorable descent into cheap horror gimmicks.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The film's main problems are script-related. Most of the stories aren't merely perfunctory; they're superficial.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    On balance, I think I'd rather have seen Rocky 15.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    In the final analysis, The Expendables is little more than an ordinary, uninspired action feature.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    One of Mindhunters' strengths is that it's difficult to guess who the culprit is because Harlin and his screenwriters don't play fair with the audience.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    With a cast featuring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Robin Williams, and Ricky Gervais, one has a right to expect something amusing from Night at the Museum. Oddly, not only is the movie unfunny, but it rarely tries for laughs.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Perhaps it's the lack of sex or perhaps it's the incessant, banal chattering of the characters, but this movie is more likely to inspire sleep than interest. Breillat has done something I never expected from her: made a boring film.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Actually, the more distance the studio places between the two films, the better, because the 1997 production can't hold a candle to the 1973 release, and an attempted comparison only makes the new Bruce Willis/Richard Gere vehicle look worse.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Why bother with wit, intelligence, and emotion when children will be equally entertained by pretty images, colorful action, and the obligatory poop joke?
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The movie is uneven in the extreme, to the extent that it feels like two imperfectly wed pictures. The first, while not extraordinary, at least contains some interesting ideas. The second borders on embarrassing: an overblown melodrama complete with coincidence building upon coincidence and plot threads that are left unresolved.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Overlong and at times tedious; the taste is gritty and lingers unpleasantly.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The content is actually pretty bland -- it's not incisive, it's not daring, it's not uproarious, and it's not very good.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Contraband is the kind of thriller that offers just enough in the way of effective elements to assemble a two-minute trailer. When it comes to a 110-minute feature, however, the sketchiness of the plotting and the director's lack of sure-handedness sink the project.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The film provides ample opportunity to attack the MPAA's hypocrisy. Max Payne is a bloodbath, yet it manages a PG-13 rating by keeping the explicitness of the killings just a whisker shy of what would be necessary for an R.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Okay, Wanderlust has its moments. It's sporadically funny - funny enough to deliver a good laugh or two. The problem is, it doesn't do more than that, and the comedy is inconsistent.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The movie isn't so much bad as it is formulaic and uninspired. In some ways, that might almost be a worse sin.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The mismatched blending of Hirschbiegel's low-key horror and the Wachowski Brothers' anything-but-low-key action sequences results in a cinematic dud.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Evans' goal is to do for high school baseball what "Hoosiers" did for high school basketball, but to mention both titles in one sentence is almost an insult to a picture that many rank as the first or second all-time sports film.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    A cheesy production with underdeveloped characters that feels more like a TV pilot than a self-contained motion picture.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The film clearly wants to be more than just a run-of-the-mill horror-thriller but the allegorical aspects are half-baked and the attempts to mimic Kubrick’s "A Clockwork Orange" and "Eyes Wide Shut" feel more like campy satire than an homage.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Swing Kids has a multitude of problems, the most glaring of which is its loose treatment of history and the Nazis.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    This time around, however, the magic has fizzled. Based solely on merit, Now You See Me 2 is a sequel that should never have been made.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    It's easily the weakest entry into this ever-expanding category and is inferior to its subtitled source material. Quarantine implies "stay away" and that's not bad advice.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    It would be disingenuous for me to claim that Ted 2 isn't funny. Although I was often bored by the plodding direction of the story, I laughed from time-to-time.

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