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 Beauty and the Beast
Lowest review score: 0 Bachelorette
Score distribution:
3198 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Like much of what transpires during the course of this production, it’s just crass.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Amusing in pieces but, taken as a whole, it offers little, and the morality lesson is galling.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Generic and forgettable.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    At an exceedingly long 135 minutes, the film needs more than what might result from the explosion of a Crayola factory, and Speed Racer has nothing extra to offer - no heart, no excitement, no moments to cherish.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    "Entertainment" is in the eye of the beholder. For me, watching Fast & Furious 6 was more work than fun.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    This is a dull, lifeless production that will find favor only with those with an insider's perspective or who feel compelled to praise the acclaimed director's every film, no matter how out-of-touch and pretentious it may be.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Ultimately, as things develop, this becomes less about revenge than it does about escaping a set-up. A successful production of this sort needs to constantly elevate the stakes as it builds suspense. Seeking Justice fails and that failure makes it a dubious movie-going choice best suited to the low expectations of a video release.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The problem is, while the thriller aspects of the movie are serviceable, they aren't good enough to form the basis of anything more serious than a sit-com, and by spending as much time on them as Code Name: The Cleaner does, it makes the film at times seem drawn-out and tedious.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    A plot that insults, betrays, and cheats every member of the audience. Stupidity to a degree can sometimes be forgiven. Stupidity to this degree can not and should not.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Probably best skipped - unless you have a penchant for shallow, "comfortable" foreign films that offer obvious messages and never attempt to challenge the viewer.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    On the whole, Star Trek V is a highly forgettable motion picture, regardless of whether you're looking at it from the perspective of a Trek lover or a movie-goer.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    A lackluster melodrama with only a few inspired moments.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    After a promising beginning, this movie crashes and burns.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The delicate air of romance that often makes this sort of film worthwhile is absent. French Kiss does it by the numbers, not from the heart.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Sleeping Beauty is one of those self-consciously artsy motion picture that promises more than it delivers.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    A shift in tone to something like "Kingsman" might have made this a more entertaining experience.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The movie feels like a vanity production, although it's difficult to determine whose ego is being stroked by this expensive adaptation.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    A mess of conflicting tones and missed opportunities. The only one to emerge unscathed is Kate Hudson, who exhibits qualities she has rarely shown since her breakthrough role in "Almost Famous."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    This is not a story that cries out to be remade every 15-20 years. And, while the special effects and acting are getting better, the story isn't.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Whatever small pleasures it may offer are wiped out by the frustrating sense of incompleteness that accompanies the arrival of the end credits.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    As punchy and energetic as the first few moments are, the rest of the film quickly falls back into mediocrity.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    This is a lame psychological thriller with an obvious story trajectory. It's a wannabe film noir with no atmosphere whatsoever.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Despite being largely uninspired, the dialogue is peppered with enough profanity and salacious comments to keep the undiscriminating interested.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The biggest problem with Law Abiding Citizen, however, is that the plot is just plain dumb.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Isn't much better or worse than the average James Bond movie, except, of course, that it doesn't have the cars, the gadgets, the girls, or Bond himself.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Not without humor, but it lacks the explosive spontaneity of "The Hangover."

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