James Berardinelli, ReelViews
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For 2,664 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 6.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Minority Report
Lowest review score: 0 Feast
Score distribution:
2,664 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Visually, X2 is a sight to behold, with impressive special effects and a dynamic sense of place.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Offers a clear-eyed chronicle of a female friendship that is more complex and honest than anything represented in a Hollywood film.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Williams nails it.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Unlike in many thrillers, the movie doesn't sandbag us with one last, cheap twist at the end. The Salton Sea contains its share of surprises, but none of them feels forced or artificial.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Nicely paced and fits the bill for those in search of two hours of spy-based action and martial arts. The movie has credibility issues, but none are insurmountable in the name of entertainment.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    As a means to bring a classic novel to the attention of a modern audience, McGrath's Nicholas Nickleby is a success.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The acting, especially by the male leads, is superlative.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    A touching, well-made motion picture whose only real flaw lies in the overfamiliar storyline.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Pi
    For anyone who wants a movie to feed their intelligence and imagination more than their eyes and ears, Pi is a solid choice.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Under the relentless glare of the Midnight Sun, the only darkness is in the hearts and actions of the characters.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The biggest weakness of the novel is characterization, and the same flaw is fully evident in the screen adaptation.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Through a mixture of imaginative storytelling, impressive animatronics, and irresistible cuteness, Babe casts a spell over all viewers -- young, old, or somewhere in between.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The Italian Job isn't a masterpiece, but it gets the job done.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Never pretends to be something that it isn't. Oh, there are costumes, to be sure, but that's just to facilitate the setting of the 18th century. Anyone who mistakes this for a costume drama is not aware of what kind of film they have ventured into.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Pumpkin's two greatest strengths: the majority of the film is original and engaging, and Christina Ricci turns in another fine performance. This pair of assets alone is worth the price of admission.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Eminently watchable and consistently entertaining...It has a candor that is unexpected and refreshing in a sea of too-often generic teen-themed films.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The Man Without a Past is a modern fairy tale. It certainly is divorced from reality. Despite this -– or perhaps because of it -– it's a satisfying motion picture.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Scream is a rarity: a horror movie spoof that succeeds almost as well at provoking scares as laughs.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Those for whom Spirit was made will find this to be a thoroughly enjoyable production. As a "kids' movie", Spirit is a resounding success.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The best Star Trek stories are allegorical - in addition to telling an involving story, they're about something other than going into space and blowing up enemy ships. Insurrection continues that tradition.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    An infectious celebration of life and love.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    An agreeable, albeit uneven, experience. Parker should take note, however, that, in some things, size doesn't matter and bigger doesn't mean better.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    It's smart, strange, unpredictable, and defies the formulas that typically define this sort of motion picture.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The picture is neither flawless nor foolproof, but it's smart and tight enough to keep audiences off-balance and entertained for the running length.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The film doesn't have much of a narrative, and the ending is a little too mystical, but there's still plenty here to engage the attention of all but the most restless of movie-goers.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Neither as effective nor as ambitious as Kubrick's masterpiece, but it's still a compelling cinematic experience for those who are willing to abandon themselves to the unforced, measured rhythms of an issues-based motion picture.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    This is a pure popcorn movie -- the kind of film one can unabashedly enjoy for what it is. There's plenty of visual flash and dizzying action, but not at the expense of the other qualities that make for a complete motion picture experience.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Quirky and stylish, but not in a manner that comes across as overly artsy or pretentious.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The Spanish Prisoner is for anyone who likes to think and feel along with the characters.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Mamet illustrates that he can work as capably from someone else's script as he can from his own, and that his talent as a director is not eclipsed by his ability as a writer.