James Berardinelli

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For 3,380 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 3.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Pulp Fiction
Lowest review score: 0 The Neon Demon
Score distribution:
3380 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Passionate and magical, Forrest Gump is a tonic for the weary of spirit.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Not only is it wonderfully entertaining, but the issues it addresses, and the way it presents them, are both universal and deeply personal. And therein lies The Wizard of Oz's true magic.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    This is a high-wire thriller, full of masterfully executed twists, captivating dialogue, and a wildly entertaining narrative that gallops along at a pace to make three hours evaporate in an instant. Best film of the year? Yes.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Looper is a tremendous motion picture experience. Not merely a "very good" one, but a great one.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    The storyline is more interesting and ambitious, the characters -- little more than appealing types in the original -- are allowed to grow and develop, the special effects are more mature, and the tone is deliciously dark and downbeat. [Special Edition]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Before Sunrise speaks as much to the mind as to the heart, and much of what it says is likely to strike a responsive chord -- a rare and special accomplishment for any motion picture.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    There is something special about the production, with its brash, vivid style, indelible performances by movie icons, and bold mixture of violence and comedy, romance and tragedy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Watching this film demands two qualities that are sadly lacking in all but the most mature and sophisticated audiences: patience and a willingness to ponder the meaning of what's transpiring on screen. 2001 is awe inspiring, but it is most definitely not a "thrill ride." It is art, it is a statement, and it is indisputably a cinematic classic.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    The questions posed by Like Father, Like Son are universal in nature and the manner in which Kore-eda addresses them makes for superior drama.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    One of the best-constructed, funniest, and most clever comedies to grace motion picture screens in recent years. It's outrageous, offensive, and even a little sick -- and all the more enjoyable because of it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Jim Sheridan skillfully interweaves a myriad of subplots and themes into a fast-paced, cohesive whole.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Casablanca accomplishes that which only a truly great film can: enveloping the viewer in the story, forging an unbreakable link with the characters, and only letting go with the end credits.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    One of Scorsese's most influential and disturbing films on the big screen. [20th Anniversary Release]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    If Manhattan was only a romantic comedy, it would be a very good one, but the fact that the movie has so much more ambition than the "average" entry into the genre makes it an extraordinary example of the fusion of entertainment and art. This is Allen in peak form, deftly mastering and combining the diverse threads of romance, drama, and comedy - and all against a black-and-white backdrop that makes us wonder why color is such a coveted characteristic in modern motion pictures.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    From a shock-and-suspense point-of-view, Halloween is the rival of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho." With only a few arguable exceptions (such as "The Exorcist"), there isn't another post-1970 release that comes close to it in terms of scaring the living hell out of a viewer... A modern classic of the most horrific kind.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Offeris an exhilarating, and occasionally touching, experience that has viewers leaving the theater caught up in an afterglow of wonder. These days, heros like William Wallace are as rare as motion picture displays of this high, uncompromising quality.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    It has been said that a Monty Python movie is only successful if it offends everyone in the audience at least once. By that measuring stick as well as nearly any other, The Life of Brian is an unqualified triumph. It makes us confront our foibles and laugh at them.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    May not have much thematic depth, but it represents two hours of pure, exuberant entertainment – an epic gangster tale rendered on a grand scale.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Patton remains to this day one of Hollywood's most compelling biographical war pictures.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Blue Velvet is David Lynch in peak form, and represents (to date) his most accomplished motion picture. It is a work of fascinating scope and power that rivals any of the most subversive films to reach the screens during the '80s.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Takes a cold, unflinching look at the violence both inside and outside of the ring.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    It is a triumph, and one of 1998's few "don't miss" motion pictures.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    It demands thought, compels the attention, and refuses to be dismissed. And, for that reason, A Clockwork Orange must be considered a landmark of modern cinema.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    A charming piece of cinema that takes several comfortable formulas and expands upon them in ingenious and emotionally-satisfying ways.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Because this film touches us so deeply, the catharsis has a power that few -- if any -- other moments in film history can match. And that's what establishes this as a transcendent motion picture experience.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Like its predecessor, The Two Towers is a great motion picture, and not to be missed by anyone who appreciates fantasy adventure.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    The Best Years of Our Lives runs almost three hours, but it doesn't seem nearly that long. The film is so involving that there's no temptation to glance at a watch, nor a need to get a snack or take a bathroom break. In fact, when it's over, there's almost a sense of disappointment that there aren't a few scenes left hiding on the other side of the closing credits. The feeling of warmth and satisfaction that accompanies the conclusion is the hallmark of a great drama - a distinction that anyone who has seen The Best Years of Our Lives will apply to this landmark production.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Grabs you by the throat and digs its claws in deep. From the moment that the unwitting viewer tumbles into the realm of Lawrence Tierney's gang of eight, they are hopelessly trapped there until the final credits roll.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Represents the director at his best -- unsentimental yet powerful, funny and poignant, and, in the end, undeniably satisfying.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Like all great craftsmen, Lucas has managed to fashion this material in a manner that not only honors the original sources, but makes it uniquely his own. Hacks rip off other movies; artists synthesize and pay homage to their inspirations.

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