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
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The best thing I can say about Apocalypto is that, despite belonging to an overpopulated genre, it's unlike any other movie to reach theaters this year and, because it is as visual an experience as it is visceral, it is best seen on a large screen.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Dreamgirls is good and at times it touches greatness.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    De Niro pulls the viewer into the world he has created and holds him there, sometimes spellbound, until the story is over and the end credits roll.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The lack of family friendliness does not diminish what del Toro has achieved with this magical motion picture.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is easily the best family feature of the early year.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Ricci's performance is brave and effective - the most provocative in a career that has rejected Hollywood norms.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Using black humor, blood, and a pair of tremendous performances, Freeway hones in on its targets and calculatedly skewers them one-by-oneā€¦This movie is both grimly funny and thought-provoking.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The acting is uniformly excellent. For the roles of Ashoke and Ashima, Nair has employed prolific Bollywood stars Tabu and Irfan Khan, both of whom give performances of great range and empathy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle is a top-notch movie. Everything is in place -- a striking lead performance, solid supporting players, a well-written script, and, above all, expert direction to merge the ingredients.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The story is timely and powerful, and the performances of Hanks and Washington assure that the characters will not immediately vanish into obscurity.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Gut-wrenching, brutal, and powerful, American Me is not enjoyable in the conventional sense, but nevertheless stands out as one of the year's most impressive purely dramatic offerings.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Black Book possesses a taut, exciting script that throws surprises at the viewer on a regular basis.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    An engrossing examination of the elemental forces that define human nature.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    De Niro successfully varies the tone, keeping it light and playful at times, dark and somber at others. A Bronx Tale is his triumph, and a testimony that all those years of watching the best in the business have borne fruit. If what is yet to come has any of the promise shown by this debut, we may be witnessing the birth of yet another directing talent.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is a film of tremendous scope and emotional depth that uncovers the soul of a novel and brings it to life on the screen.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The tale related here isn't all that original, but the honest presentation lends impact to a wrenching scenario.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    With its refined wit and glorious vision, The Hudsucker Proxy is certainly deserving of a wide audience.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Everything (not just the flesh) is vibrant with life.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Witness states its position about clashing cultures with eloquence.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    For those who enjoy the offbeat, The City of Lost Children is worth taking the time and effort to find.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Georgia is a tour de force for Leigh, and her portrayal of the troubled, passionate Sadie lingers in the mind long after many of the movie's plot details have faded.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This film is the complete package, and offers a thoroughly satisfying two-plus hours in a darkened theater.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It delivers on everything it promises, from the modern day reverse-Cinderella fable to a fabric of low-key humor. [Review of re-release]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Knocked Up could be one of the summer of 2007's sleeper hits. It certainly deserves the distinction.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The movie is jovial without being silly; it retains the sense of adventure that characterizes the Western, but replaces the often somber mood with one that is airy and, at times, almost comedic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is the kind of charming motion picture that can be viewed repeatedly without ever wearing out its welcome. With several triumphant musical numbers, an original villain, a smart and witty script, a cute romance, and a new, upbeat ending, this Little Shop of Horrors offers countless delights during its 94-minute running time.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is a beautifully-shot film, and director Robert Redford (who also provides the voice-over narration) has paid painstaking attention to detail.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The latest offering from Edward Zwick, the director of "Glory," is the kind of movie that doesn't require much effort to surrender to and enjoy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Pump Up the Volume, in addition to presenting an engaging story, has tapped into a universal truth about rebels with causes.

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