James Berardinelli

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For 3,221 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 3.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Crumb
Lowest review score: 0 Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
Score distribution:
3221 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Light entertainment, this is not. Unforgettable and challenging cinema, it is.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Not only is it a thrill-a-minute ride, but it has one of the best film villains in recent memory, a hero everyone can relate to, dialogue that crackles with wit, and a lot of very impressive pyrotechnics.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    An intellectually and emotionally exhausting and engrossing experience. It is drama of the highest caliber.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Watching Singin' in the Rain is an exuberant, magical experience – a journey deep into the heart of feel-good territory. Sitting through the film's 102 minutes is like ingesting a mood-altering drug. It's the perfect antidote to the blues and the blahs, and a way to bolster, enhance, and extend a natural high.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Crumb is a rare and powerful documentary that completely absorbs the viewer and leaves an impression so blindingly clear that the afterimage cannot be blinked away even when the theater is far behind.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Avatar is entertainment of the highest order. It's the best movie of 2009.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Disturbing. It is impossible to sit through Maria Full of Grace and not be affected by the circumstances of the characters. For that, the credit must go to Marston and his actors.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    There is not a false note in Cry, the Beloved Country. Every scene is an example of near-perfect composition and execution.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    This is truly a great film -- easily one of 1997's best.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    While I acknowledge that Kane is a seminal masterpiece, I don't think it's the greatest motion picture of all time. Even so, there's no denying the debt that the movie industry owes to Welles and his debut feature. Motion picture archives and collections across the world would be poorer without copies of this film, which will forever be recognized as a defining example of American cinema.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    The Western may be one of the few truly American art forms, and High Noon shows exactly how much potential it can embrace.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Perhaps the most impressive feat of this film is sustaining white-knuckle tension even though the chain of events is well-known.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    A masterpiece... The genius of Dr. Strangelove is that it's possible to laugh -- and laugh hard -- while still recognizing the intelligence and insight behind the humor.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Provocative, entertaining, and impeccably crafted.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    The original film was gritty and entertaining ("Infernal Affairs"); the new version is a masterpiece - the best effort Scorsese has brought to the screen since "Goodfellas."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Contact is that rare big-budget motion picture that places ideas, characters, and plot above everything else.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    You don't just watch Titanic, you experience it.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    The picture is a series of mini-climaxes, all building to the devastating, definitive conclusion... It was carefully and painstakingly crafted. Every major character - and more than a few minor ones - is molded into a distinct, complex individual.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Gravity isn't just a movie; it's almost transformative, and the visceral element is enhanced by the 3-D.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    United 93 is powerful not only in the way it provides hope through the actions of a few unlikely heroes, but in its ability to take us back through time to a day many of us would prefer not to remember, but will never forget.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Whether you view this film in the middle of the summer or at Christmas, Capra's greatest film represents one of the most transcendent and joyful experiences any movie-lover can hope for.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Interstellar is simultaneously a big-budget science fiction endeavor and a very simple tale of love and sacrifice. It is by turns edgy, breathtaking, hopeful, and heartbreaking.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Although Arrival is about first contact with extraterrestrials, it says more about the human experience than the creatures from another world. This is a singularly powerful movie, without question one of 2016’s best.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Bold and stirring with impeccable production values, The Last of the Mohicans is a memorable motion picture adventure, and one of the best films of the year.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Beauty and the Beast attains a nearly-perfect mix of romance, music, invention, and animation.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo can stand on its own as Fincher's valentine to goth girl power, detective stories, and the grotesqueness of the human heart.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    It's a rare and powerful thing to confront something honest and real on the big screen. It stays with you in a way that nothing else can. Before Midnight is fiction but it might as well be a documentary.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    The quality of the humor - irreverent, smart, and challenging - is one of the things that differentiates Monty Python and the Holy Grail from so many other motion picture comedies.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Tautly paced and expertly directed, this roller coaster ride of a motion picture offers a little bit of everything, all wrapped up in a tidy science fiction/action package.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Labeling this as a "movie" is almost an injustice. This is an experience of epic scope and grandeur, amazing emotional power, and relentless momentum.

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