James Berardinelli
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For 2,742 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 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Lowest review score: 0 A Hole in My Heart
Score distribution:
2,742 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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
    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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Louder, flashier, and more hollow than anything else out there.
    • 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
    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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Unfortunately, although there are a few nasty thorns here and there, The First Wives Club is a largely uninspired (and unfunny) comedy that collapses completely in the final fifteen minutes.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A maudlin hack-job.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Code 46 is like "Solaris" without the psychological depth and strong acting. The movie is flat, boring, pointless, and nonsensical.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Tracey Ullman is a bright spot in an otherwise sordid, murky production.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    No amount of youthful charisma can alter the fact that, in the light of "Dangerous Liaisons", Cruel Intentions is a feeble and dissatisfying shadow.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This is the sort of movie that gives "chick flicks" a bad name. It's a cross between inept melodrama and a bad sit-com.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The resulting hodgepodge of unfunny, sophomoric humor and PG-13 T&A, frosted by a sheen of appallingly nauseous "drama," makes for such a noxious brew that it's amazing viewers stay in their seats for the entire production.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's either a failed experiment or a movie that was rushed through production so Allen could fulfill his one project-per-year commitment.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Watching Imagine That, I was beset by a feeling of intense depression. Is this what Eddie Murphy has become?
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The only worthwhile portion of Twin Dragons is the climactic action sequence, but, to get to that, it's necessary to endure more than an hour of unfunny physical comedy and excruciating verbal interaction.