James Berardinelli

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For 3,194 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 Time Bandits
Lowest review score: 0 Captivity
Score distribution:
3194 movie reviews
    • 22 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Getaway is pretty much a 90-minute car chase. That's it.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Various subplots are given short shrift and the whole thing feels more like a Cliff's Notes version of a longer piece than an actual finished motion picture.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Those who love Robert Rodriguez's over-the-top Grindhouse-flavored spoofs will delight in this one but, ultimately, this is probably one Machete too many.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    There are problems with De Palma's version, especially in its portrayal of the key relationship between Carrie and her mother, but it's a more engaging and insightful portrayal than Kimberly Peirce's too-slick remake.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    It's not so much a bad film as it is a disappointing one. A very disappointing one.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    It has the sensibilities of a late-'80s/early-'90s forgettable big-screen sit com and probably won't find many interested viewers who aren't card-carrying AARP members.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    With more attention to detail, this could have worked, but the time travel aspects are so badly executed that the movie as a whole falters and eventually rips apart at the seams.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    While few will debate Lee's ability as a director, this isn't close to being in his wheelhouse. Oldboy cries out for a Brian DePalma, a Quentin Tarantino, or even a David Lynch. The end result bears out the suspicion that Lee isn't right for the material, nor it for him.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    On balance, I think I'd rather have seen Rocky 15.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    At its best, Ride Along is tolerable. At its worst, it borders on insulting.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    "Labor" isn't just a word in the title of Jason Reitman's new film, it's a description of what it feels like to sit through the movie.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The Long Day Closes is very much the visual equivalent of a verse or a poem: beautiful images, but no narrative.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    On a purely narrative level, Winter's Tale missteps early and often. Its earnestness is its downfall, resulting in opportunities for unintentional humor.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Pompeii is a big, glorious, cheesy mess.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    A clear case of a narrative running out of steam. Exhaustingly repetitive, this movie attempts many of the same things its predecessor did but with less succes.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Science fiction has an obligation to seduce the viewer into applying the "willing suspension of disbelief." With its plot holes and head-scratching incongruities, Transcendence fails in this arena thereby making the production as a whole feel bloated and unsatisfying.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    It takes something lackluster like The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to remind viewers why movies like "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" are considered superior.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The result is sappy, saccharine, and predictable to the point where it's almost painful.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    As far as the actors are concerned, Liam Neeson seems to be having fun hamming it up as the villain - a role he rarely gets to play.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Friday the 13th is neither tense nor frightening (although, to be fair, it is at times creepy and atmospheric, due in part to budgetary limitations that led to a low-key style).
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    As a shoot-'em-up, blast-'em-to-pieces film, it's not half bad. As a futuristic time travel movie, however, it has some very serious problems.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    This isn't a family-friendly film - anyone over the age of about 8 will immediately recognize that significant chunks of the story don't make sense.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Tammy is a road trip movie and, like many road trip movies, it embraces a meandering, aimless tone. It's often said for films of this sort that it's the journey that matters, not the destination. Unfortunately, in this case, neither is worth the price of admission.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Two fundamental problems afflict Sex Tape (aside from the fact that it's not consistently funny): a shocking ignorance about the state of modern technology and a mistaken belief that the subject matter is inherently edgy.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Director Brett Ratner has always been associated with spectacle but, even for him, this represents a misstep because the "wow!" factor is muted.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Poorly paced with a tendency to veer into the pretentious and littered with contrivances and dramatic short-cuts, I Origins fails to provide a single three-dimensional character or compelling relationship.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    For a mostly brainless movie, The Expendables 3 has a surprisingly dense plot, which is part of the problem. The 2-hour running length is unnecessarily long.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    When the Game Stands Tall is one of those cliché-riddled feel good movies that, by trying too hard to be inspirational, ends up as cloying and overly sentimental.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The November Man feels like just about every B-grade spy thriller that has ever been committed to the silver screen.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Despite a strong opening and riveting first 45 minutes, The Maze Runner devolves into one of the weakest post-apocalyptic Young Adult movies to reach theaters in recent years.

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