James Berardinelli

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For 3,116 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 3.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Life of Brian (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
Score distribution:
3116 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    It has impeccable production values but feels like a "Masterpiece Theater" production of a Harlequin romance novel.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    It has an interesting subtext. I'm referring to the way the lives and friendships of these four individuals crumble in the wake of their accident.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The best segments of the film occur early, as the setting is established with a dose of "Friday Night Lights" normalcy followed by an invasion that recalls "Independence Day."
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    It's only possible to have the time of your life once, and, for this franchise, that was in 1987.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Die-hard fans are advised to wait for the video. Everyone else would be better off pretending that this movie doesn't exist. In the long run, you'll have a higher opinion of everyone involved.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Despite a promising premise and effective "Shyamalan twist", this low-budget horror film still underwhelms. "The Sixth Sense" writer/director is his own worst enemy in the choices he makes bringing The Visit to the screen.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Entirely inoffensive, so it makes for perfect family fare -– but only if the children are young enough to be indiscriminating about what they're seeing.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Too much in Nacho Libre doesn't work to enable me to recommend it to anyone except a card-carrying member of the Jack Black fan club.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Saying bad things about Never Been Kissed, an unapologetic crowd-pleaser, makes me feel like the Grinch stealing Christmas, but there are some things that can't be ignored.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    It's tough to make a good tearjerker - one need look no further than this misfire to understand why.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    A little like watching an episode of the TV show of which Adam Sandler is an alum: "Saturday Night Live." Zohan feels like an extended collection of skits tied together by a flimsy umbrella story.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    With its cheesy special effects and blasphemously imbecilic storyline, one wonders whether the celluloid version of Ghost Rider will find an audience.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The movie's central flaw: it's not funny enough to be worth the price of admission.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The acting is a big part of Baghead's problem. Three of the four protagonists are played by performers who do little to distinguish themselves.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Starts out as an effective little horror movie before devolving into an incoherent mess during its final 30 minutes.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The only time Sparkle evidences energy is during the song performances, of which there are too few. The half-baked melodrama provides an unappealing and overlong buffer between them that fails to justify the nearly two-hour running time.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Coscarelli's screenplay introduces an abundance of intriguing concepts but never goes very far with any of them. The characters are paper thin and the special effects are laughably bad.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    A profoundly unsatisfying experience - and that doesn't consider the derivative nature of the plot and a lackluster performance by the lead actor.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Although Sinister 2 continues the story begun in Scott Derrickson's creepily effective "Sinister," it feels more like an unnecessary retread than an organic extension of the original.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Insurgent is more clumsy than bad, but it disappoints because it wastes the world-building of Divergent, which set the stage for something more momentous than what the sequel delivers.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    This is a charmless, lifeless affair that had me leaving the theater in a mood more appropriate to a funeral than a wedding.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Inept storytelling is one of Lords of Dogtown's great frustrations.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    This sloppy mess also pales in comparison to the better-paced, taut "Olympus Has Fallen," which represents 2013's better White House invasion story.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    There's some potential in this storyline, but the movie doesn't do much with it besides giving Martin Short an opportunity to put on the fat suit.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The film has energy but isn't well paced. Nothing about it quite gels.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Laws of Attraction is a standard-issue romantic comedy that's missing a key ingredient: the attraction.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The sloppiness of the ending doesn't only damage The Black Dahlia, it sinks the project.

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