James Berardinelli

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For 3,145 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 Interstellar
Lowest review score: 0 Knock Off
Score distribution:
3145 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Besson may have misfired with The Fifth Element, but at least he does it with flair and a sense of humor.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    With a movie of this sort, the viewer expects to undergo something grueling and disturbing. Trade's inability to deliver that sort of visceral experience makes it unworthy of anyone's hard-earned dollars.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Pretty much a one-trick pony, and, after a while, that trick loses its ability to impress.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Takes the action/adventure story to new heights of preposterousness. In a way, that's not a bad thing, since it allows a certain level of guilty enjoyment.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Perhaps the thing that most surprised me is how fingernails-on-blackboard awful the music is.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Obtuse, narratively incoherent, and ultimately frustrating, it stands as another example of how hard it is to make a good mainstream movie out of a popular computer game.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The biggest flaw of the 1990 Total Recall was how disappointingly banal the endgame was. Wiseman adds some special effects and Michael Bay-style pyrotechnics, but the result is similar. It's doubly deflating because one of the great advantages of remaking a movie is being given the opportunity to correct problems - something not attempted here.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Takes things too far by leaving about 75% of its questions unanswered. This isn't an artistic choice; it's screenwriting sloppiness, and it results in a profoundly dissatisfying experience.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The movie is replete with bloody encounters, sly asides, and one-liners, but the tone is awkward and uneven. There are also some serious structural problems that we're supposed to brush aside.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The most intriguing aspects of Extraordinary Measures relate to the behind-the-scenes politicking that goes on to keep the drug development on track, although the screenplay cheats toward the end (presumably because of time constraints and a concern that too much detail might bore audiences).
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    A lot of what's intended to be funny falls flat, in part because it's too obvious and in part because director Steve Pink is clumsy when it comes to comedic timing.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Hitman: Agent 47 might offer a passable diversion for action junkies but, for everyone else, it's best avoided.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Joe Eszterhas' screenplay doesn't make sense, and he doesn't bother to hide this fact. In the end, Basic Instinct teases and screws us with the same efficiency that the film's femme fatale handles the protagonist.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The plot is straightforward and predictable to the point of painfulness.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The Sitter is sort of an "Adventures in Babysitting" with a potty mouth.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    We believe the dislike at the onset but not the romance at the payoff. And that's a major flaw.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Since the stunts are sub-par and feature considerable computer help, the movie gives the impression that it's trying too hard to be campy and silly.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    In the end, you have to possess a sweet spot for Black and his antics to find Tenacious D more than barely watchable.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    There's hardly a single aspect of this motion picture that seems more than superficially credible, and if the United States government is really run in the Keystone Cops manner depicted in Wayne Beach and David Hodgin's script, then this country is in a great deal more trouble than anyone suspects.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Relies on uncomfortable black humor and moments of sincere drama to involve viewers. But everything is encased in artifice and the movie becomes a chore to take in.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    He's still big and burly, but, at age 54, Schwarzenegger is starting to look a little too old to be involved in this kind of stuff. Action films are the province of younger stars.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Mediocre and recommended only to those who can claim a familiarity with the play.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    There's nothing in The Guardian that audiences haven't previously been exposed to ad nauseam.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The film's heart is undoubtedly in the right place, but so what? Fine ideals don't mean much when they're couched in an inert, pointless storyline.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Wassup Rockers is amateurish, but without the redeeming qualities found in "Kids" and "Bully."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Considering the talent involved and the strength of the source material, there's no way Edge of Darkness should have been this disappointing. Part of the problem is a direct result of condensation - there's no way to cram six hours of the dense mini-series upon which the movie is based into about 110 minutes without paying a penalty.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    A major misstep and a disappointment of significant proportions. It may not be a failure for Eastwood the actor, but it's a big one for Eastwood the director.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    A stillborn affair that could have been -- and should have been -- a whole lot hipper and funnier. If you've seen the two- minute theatrical trailer, you've seen nearly everything that's worthwhile in the feature.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Its failure to live up to even modest expectations is a blow. There's nothing righteous to be found here.

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