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 Jaws
Lowest review score: 0 Knock Off
Score distribution:
2,764 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    A film as rich in its visual presentation as it is in its emotional resonance.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Thematically rich, impeccably crafted, and intellectually stimulating, the only area where this movie falls a little short is in its emotional impact.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Easily the best non-Disney animated movie in recent memory, and it is good enough to rival such titles as “The Lion King” and “Aladdin.”
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    I suspect that mainstream audiences will find plenty of things to take pleasure in, even though some viewers may be bewildered by what the Coens do. But for those who share my taste in comedy, this is a must-not-miss.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Using perfectly composed shots to amplify an emotionally resonant story, the film successfully argues that "artistic" films do not have to be boring.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    In the midst of summer's cinematic thunder and lightning, this is a rare moment of tranquility.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Sayles cannily blends drama, romance, mystery, and social observation into a satisfying, if slightly overlong, whole. In the hands of a lesser film maker, this material could easily have degenerated into routine melodrama, but Sayles keeps it on a consistently high level.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Overall, it's a story of triumph and adventure - of oppression ended and freedom begun.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is a movie to restore the faith of those who had given up on science fiction after "The Matrix Reloaded/Revolutions." By adeptly combining action and ideas, it proves that Hollywood can still produce astonishing entertainment.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Mrs. Brown will delight and touch any viewer who seeks it out.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is a rare, "feel good" motion picture that doesn't insult our intelligence while making its play for our emotions.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    By entering such fertile, intellectually stimulating and psychologically rich territory, Estes provides us with a freshman feature that is far beyond the generic coming-of-age tale Mean Creek initially seems to be.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    One of the best thrillers I have seen this year: tight, taut, and unpredictable.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    That Sayles is able to say these things in the context of a compelling story with well-defined characters makes this one of the early fall triumphs of 2004.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Represents solid family entertainment, and will find a special place in the hearts of those who adore the "Godfather" movies and the TV series "The Sopranos."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The average thriller, even if it's set in a faraway or futuristic world, tends to offer visceral, ephemeral excitement, and not much else. However, while Gattaca has the energy and tautness to compare with the best of those, its thought-provoking script and thematic richness elevate it to the next level.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    For those who have the patience to become absorbed in this kind of drama, Vera Drake offers a stunningly real character portrait whose image will linger long after the movie has faded.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Fatoumata Coulibaly's peformance is striking. She plays her character with a mixture of determination and compassion.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's likely that 2004 won't offer a better movie about a mid-life crisis.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is one of Levinson's best films, and the screenplay, co-penned by noted writer David Mamet (along with Hilary Henkin), is brilliantly on-target.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is a simple story of hope and triumph, of one girl with the drive to succeed defying the odds and following her dream. It's not an original tale -- movies like this abound -- but Nava's point-of-view is fresh.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Cinematic magic.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    On the Waterfront may have baggage, but that doesn't prevent it from being one of the great American productions of the mid-20th century.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is most definitely NOT a date movie. But if you appreciate films that are more substance than style, that take challenges and don't follow formulas, and that feature Oscar-caliber performances, Closer is not to be missed.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Isn't just fine family entertainment, it's superior family entertainment.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The Sea Inside is uplifting. This is a movie that may cause viewers to both laugh and cry.

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