James Berardinelli

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For 3,198 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 Aliens
Lowest review score: 0 The Neon Demon
Score distribution:
3198 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Election has the sharpest satire of any teen movie made in years. Like the best lampoons, it attacks by exaggerating reality ever-so-slightly and targeting a broad range of subjects.
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Although this epic romantic melodrama is undoubtedly one of the most popular and beloved motion pictures ever to grace the silver screen, it is also arguably the most overrated. Gone with the Wind is a very good movie, perhaps bordering on being great, but its subject matter and running time (which is easily 60 minutes too long) argue against its status as a masterpiece.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Wow. For those with strong constitutions, The Raid 2 offers one of the most intense motion picture experiences available; it may also be the most violent movie ever to be released into theaters.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    After the chaos of "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," it's refreshing to encounter a science fiction film that respects the intelligence and attention span of an adult.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Despite the occasional brutality of the material, Django Unchained includes some of the best laugh aloud scenes of any 2012 motion picture, regardless of the genre.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Mrs. Brown will delight and touch any viewer who seeks it out.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's funny, affecting, and appealing, and more worthy than much of what's out there. Often, coming-of-age stories rely forcefully on formulaic narrative developments but The Way Way Back remains fresh from start to finish.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The basic storyline has been done to death over the years; this is still one of the most effective and successful applications of the formula.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    McNamara has a reputation for being intelligent and belligerent. The Fog of War validates the former characteristic, but not necessarily the latter.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Balances character development with plot, and that's crucial to its success.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    I wouldn't go so far as to classify Jacob's Ladder as a masterpiece, but it is smart and compelling and unquestionably worth a first or second look.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    A compelling contemporary thriller with the added benefit of also being an engrossing character study.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The best superhero movie since "The Dark Knight" (and far less serious in tone or approach), Kick-Ass earns its name in every way.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Still Alice is undoubtedly a tough movie; it contains life-affirming moments but its perspective is what makes it unique.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The versatile actor brings the full weight of his talent to bear on a difficult role. DiCaprio has to hint at unpleasant secrets in Cobb's past while forging a bond with the audience. It's up to the performer to make Inception more about human beings than about special effects. He succeeds and that's one reason why this movie isn't only about challenging ideas and eye candy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Lincoln paints a powerful and compelling portrait of the man who has become an icon. We don't need to see more of his life to understand how rare a figure he was - this window is more than sufficient.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Not as corrosive as Russell's debut feature, "Spanking the Monkey," it's just as wild, just as strange, and even funnier.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    One of the most uplifting and delightful films to have come along this year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Begins almost as a nostalgic excursion, but quickly detours into a powerful and telling story that examines forbidden love, racial tension, and other issues that are as valid today as they were in the 1950s.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Overall, Part 2 tells a more compelling and emotionally fulfilling tale than the one related in Part 1, although that could be a result of this movie having a conclusion - something its predecessor notably lacked.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Visually, it's more impressive than Disney's “Toy Story.”
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The brilliance of Bennett's movie is that it concentrates on the characters and their interaction and never becomes a mouthpiece for one side or the other with respect to the death penalty.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Recognizing that many of the movie's elements are lifted from actual events elevates the importance of what the movie has to say.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    There's no doubt that it's a flawed movie, but it's one of the most wonderfully entertaining flawed movies made.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    In today's environment, it's a rare thing to find a movie with interesting characters in dense, intelligent storylines, but that's what Syriana offers. It is one of the best films of 2005.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    There are moments of fun and humor, to be sure, but the undercurrent is of a far more serious, "adult" nature. The Lion King is primarily about guilt and redemption.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Talk about taking things to a new level… Theaters showing Fury Road should have seat belts installed.
    • 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.

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