James Berardinelli

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For 3,194 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 Life of Brian (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Captivity
Score distribution:
3194 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    V for Vendetta represents 2006's first memorable motion picture - a visually sumptuous concoction that combines political allegory, bloody action, and a few stunning cinematic moments into a solid piece of entertainment.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is unlike any other film I have seen... it's a great romance. It's willingness to flout conventions and eschew formulas is just one of many things to celebrate about this charmingly eccentric movie.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The narrative is presented in a straightforward manner; Soderbergh doesn't employ any unusual chronologies. His style is frank, not quirky, and lends itself to a number of powerful images.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    he Celebration rips apart the placid facade of a familiar subject, leaving its audience stunned. As difficult as the film can at times be, the patient viewer will be rewarded.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Fincher eschews quick cuts in favor of long, leisurely ones. He knows what he's doing, and the proof is in the result. The suspense in Panic Room never ebbs, and that makes for a thoroughly entertaining -- if somewhat exhausting -- 108 minutes.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Fatoumata Coulibaly's peformance is striking. She plays her character with a mixture of determination and compassion.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Typically, movies aimed at teenage audiences have little concern for things like intelligent scripts, credible characters, and meaningful dialogue. Better Luck Tomorrow contains all three, making it a hugely rewarding experience.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's a dark and revealing movie, and, while the ending may not be upbeat enough for those expecting mainstream fare, it offers a measure of hope and a catharsis.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Pride will get viewers cheering while reflecting upon how far we have come in 30 years… and how far we have yet to go.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Director Stephen Daldry has fashioned an emotionally powerful cinematic testimony about that horrific late summer day.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's an ingenious premise that first-time director Jan De Bont has turned into a tremendously well-executed motion picture.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Parts of Ruby Sparks are glowing and gentle. Others are harsh. Still others are wrenching. The transitions are expertly handled, never seeming jarring or inappropriate. If the movie feels like two shorter pieces grafted at the middle, that's an intentional decision. The filmmakers give us something approaching a traditional romantic comedy before deconstructing it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    One hell of a ride. For better or for worse, it will leave you stunned and reeling.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Gone Girl is a rare movie: a delicious thriller that provides plenty of titillation and gruesome pleasure while offering a dollop of social commentary. It's smart, twisted, bloody, and almost guaranteed to satisfy anyone with a penchant for the macabre.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Mulan effortlessly blends serious, comic, and cute elements into a whole that should entertain the majority of movie-goers, regardless of race, gender, or age.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Despite an occasional narrative hiccup, this is a rich and moving motion picture.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Almodovar also manages to conclude the film on a hopeful note, and one that will have many audience members wishing that he will someday return to tell more about these characters.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Affliction is for anyone willing to take the journey into the heart and soul of a troubled man on the edge.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    What starts out as a seemingly-routine excursion into genre clichés emerges into a more complex and satisfying arena than most viewers will anticipate.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It is a rich and challenging motion picture that both affirms life and emphasizes its fragility. Eastwood touches our hearts and energizes our minds without resorting to overt manipulation.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It has the audacity that “Primary Colors” should have displayed, but was afraid to. Bulworth is willing to openly offend to get its point across. That's something that “Primary Colors” was nervous about doing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Ultimately, this is an engaging, uplifting, and life-affirming motion picture that reminds viewers that it is possible to do interesting things with a romantic comedy while still sticking to some of the conventions.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Menace II Society has a devastating impact. Few films possess the power to keep an audience sitting in stunned silence after the end credits begin rolling, but this is one of them.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    What Selma does so well is to bring to life the events of 1965, especially "Bloody Sunday" (the first march). It's one thing to read about these moments in a history book but another altogether to see them on the screen. The movie is riveting.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The pervasive aura of creepiness more than compensates for the low body count and inventive use of sharp instrumentation.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The computer-generated effects are a marvel. It's something of a bonus that the characters, dialogue, and story provide entertainment value of their own.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Not a masterpiece, but it's an example of how imagination, craftsmanship, and technological bravura can fashion superior entertainment out of something that is far from flawless.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Revolutionary Road is a fine motion picture, but it's not a good choice to lighten a burden or brighten a night. It rewards in the ways that only tragedies can.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is an offering for mature viewers thrown out amidst a sea of summer flotsam. The title, Elegy, is perfect for the material. There is much tragedy and truth in what the makers of this movie have brought to the screen.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The action scenes are, for the most part, kinetic and exciting - things that have rarely been true of fights and chases in the superhero's previous incarnations.

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