James Berardinelli
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For 2,764 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 5.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Inglourious Basterds
Lowest review score: 0 Captivity
Score distribution:
2,764 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's those moments and others and the way they are tied together by Shepherd's tongue-in-cheek narration that cements A Christmas Story as one of those rare must-see holiday movies, even for those who don't celebrate Christmas.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    For those who have gotten their Harry Potter fix entirely through the cinematic incarnation, the script is lucid and fast-moving.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Haunting and disturbing, Time is the kind of motion picture that gets under your skin and doesn't let go.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Deep Water is a documentary, but it's also one part adventure film, one part Greek tragedy, and one part meditation on the role of the "hero" in modern society.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Not since "The Crying Game" has Jordan crafted as compelling a motion picture.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Into the Wild is a beautifully made motion picture and some of the segments (especially those with Hal Holbrook and those that transpire around "the magic bus" in Alaska) are powerful.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The sex is REALLY hot. Not hardcore pornographic (at least by my definition of the term) but close.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Gone Baby Gone is powerful stuff - a movie that derives its plot twists from moral conundrums rather than from narrative sleight of hand.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Emotionally challenging and honest.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It’s mostly an off-kilter road trip that accomplishes what the Coens do best - seamlessly merging drama, violence, and quirky humor into a whole.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    What a horror film SHOULD be - dark, tense, and punctuated by just enough gore to keep the viewer's flinch reflex intact.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Juno has a great heroine and is blessed by a screenplay that doesn't try to do too much and finds the perfect ending.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Atonement is effective at getting under the skin, and some audience members won't like that.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    At times brutal, at times touching, the movie stands out as one of the better "prestige" productions offered for cinematic consumption during the waning weeks of 2007.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    With its rapid pace, smart screenplay, and top-notch acting, this is one of the 2007 Oscar season's most appealing and compelling adult motion pictures.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Ultimately an uplifting movie because it is about triumph.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Despite being slow and deliberate, it is often compelling and occasionally riveting. As "The Lives of Others" was in 2007, this is the first memorable movie of 2008.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Adams shines brightly, reinforcing the image she projected in Junebug and enhanced in Enchanted and Charlie Wilson's War. At this time of the year, it's tough to find a more diverting way to spend 90 minutes in a multiplex.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    There's a wit in Segel's writing that marks him as every bit Apatow's equal in this arena.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Like nearly any thriller, no matter how intelligently and tightly plotted, it is possible to poke holes in its fabric. But, as it's unspooling in the theater, it makes for a wonderful movie house experience. Here's a sleeper worth a few extra miles' travel to see.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    When it comes to tone, Iron Man achieves something at which many of even its most celebrated predecessors have failed: it doesn't FEEL like a superhero movie. Instead, it's bigger and more inclusive.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The Edge of Heaven is marked by a number of remarkable performances.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Put simply, WALL-E is about as charming as movies get.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Wonderfully romantic and romantically bittersweet. It's not about forever; it's about now.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Body of Lies neither panders nor condescends. It involves current events and has a political viewpoint, but it overplays neither.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Howard and Morgan have transformed this story into something more than an embellished re-telling of recent history. They have shaped a tragedy that is almost Shakespearean in force.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The other actress to stand out is, unsurprisingly, Queen Latifa, whose intense screen presence makes her a force to be reckoned with even when she's simply standing in the background, not saying anything.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The result is magical and life affirming, and will enrapture those who are not scared away by the mention of "subtitles."
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Milk feels like an important picture, but not in a way that makes it tedious to watch. There's no pretentious sheen to the proceedings.

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