James Berardinelli

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For 3,049 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 4.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Godfather
Lowest review score: 0 Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
Score distribution:
3049 movie reviews
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The lackluster acting and horrendous dialogue don't help.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    --- Ho, ho, ho - the joke's on anyone who pays to see this.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Movies like this usually have something interesting to say about the human condition, but not Nine Lives. It makes an insufferably obvious observation: we live boring lives, shit happens, and we die.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The storyline is so infantile that it will appeal to young kids.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    From narrative to character development to staging, every frame of Mistress America drips with artifice. It's a playground for unpleasant, self-absorbed characters - an excursion into the lifestyles of people most of us would prefer to bypass. If there's an antonym for self-awareness, it applies to nearly everyone populating this misfire.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    As a satire on the media's infatuation with violence and murderers, Natural Born Killers hits the bullseye. The problem is, this is a one-note movie. It repeatedly hammers home the same point until the audience is bludgeoned into senselessness.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Breakdown is the latest in a seemingly endless traffic jam of thrillers that opens strong but finishes abominably.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    I wonder if Gamer might make a good game; it certainly doesn't make a good movie.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This movie works best as a sleep tonic. Somewhere isn't just frustratingly slow-moving; it's inert.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Three adjectives spring to mind when describing Marie Antoinette: odd, irritating, and tedious.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    An inferior product. It is not well written, well acted, or well directed.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Regardless of whatever ephemeral entertainment this production may offer to some, it is not by any reasonable definition a good movie. It is badly written, inexpertly directed, poorly acted, erratically paced, and features music of dubious worth.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It doesn't take long for the The Signal's promising beginning to fade into a haze that leaves the viewer exhausted and irritated.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Unimaginative horror movies are a dime a dozen, but overlong, boring, unimaginative horror movies? Those are rare. However, in Split, that’s what writer/director M. Night Shyamalan has provided the early 2017 movie-going populace.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Sluggish. Torpid. Boring. Those three words (and more) can describe The Yellow Handkerchief, a stultifying road trip movie whose inept screenplay is only partially counterbalanced by a trio of nice performances.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The level of humor is sit-com-ish at best and the film's dramatic elements are bland and uninvolving.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's the most disappointing thing to come from the brothers in years.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    One could easily argue that, like many Ed Wood-type bad movies, The Faculty might be headed for the cult classic shelf in the video store. Unfortunately, it's not campy enough, and, worse, it seems to think it's being hip when it's just being dumb.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The Informers is nihilism for nihilism's sake; a bleak and borderline-unwatchable collage of misanthropes, self-absorbed a**holes, and pathetic weaklings as they struggle to move forward during the early 1980s in Los Angeles.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Louder, flashier, and more hollow than anything else out there.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    "Magic Mike" was self-contained, made with no expectation of a second chapter - and they prove unable to surmount it. Too many elements that made the first film an enjoyable experience are missing.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Nothing short of a disaster -– easily one of the worst movies of the year.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Alien 3 is, simply put, a mess. The writers have no idea how to tell a coherent, entertaining story. With the exception of a surprise or two, there isn't much worthwhile here.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    An insult to anyone who has tragically and unexpectedly lost a loved-one in a similar manner.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's the kind of thing that Shakespeare might have written if he had undergone a frontal lobotomy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Sometimes, even a little gratuitous nudity can't save a movie. This is one of those occasions. Cosmopolis easily trumps "To Rome with Love" as the biggest disappointment of 2012 from an established director.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Very little of what made the written version so enjoyable has been successfully translated to the screen, and what we're left with instead is an overly-long (two hours and thirty-four minutes, to be exact), pedantic thriller.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The follow-up proves not only to be creatively bankrupt but a disappointment on all levels and thereby tarnishes the perception of its predecessor.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This is the kind of tearjerker that will cause audience members to cry, but only because they paid hard-earned money to see it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Those who don't understand what it means for an actor to "sleepwalk" through a performance need only watch Men in Black III; there's no shortage of examples.

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