James Berardinelli

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For 3,048 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 Raging Bull
Lowest review score: 0 Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
Score distribution:
3048 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This unexceptional and uninteresting story of a self-pitying borderline-personality teenager verges on being unwatchable as a result of McDonald's decision to bombard the audience with extraneous images in lieu of telling the story.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The result is an unappealing mess, made less bearable by uniformly lackluster performances and the cheesy special effects.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A misfire in far too many meaningful aspects, The Book Thief is so bad that it's tough to decide whether it's better used as a sleep aid or watched while under the influence as an object of derision.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 12 James Berardinelli
    This is a vile and reprehensible motion picture.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A shallow, transparent satire/social commentary, Palindromes lives and dies on a gimmick.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 0 James Berardinelli
    I don't often use the words "godawful" and "abomination" to describe a movie, preferring to reserve such terminology for extreme instances when I feel duped and mortally offended. Case in point: Bachelorette.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    With its canned, predictable action sequences and mirthless attempts at humor, it displays an ineptitude that is frankly shocking considering the talent involved.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This is film noir for the MTV generation: fast-paced, slick, flashy, gleefully mindless, and hollow to the core.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 0 James Berardinelli
    Horror fans will be so bored by the first 90 minutes that they will have either walked out or fallen into a coma by the time the blood starts flowing.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    A horrifically bad romantic comedy that serves as a celebration of entitlement, consumerism, and shallow behavior.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    For those looking for something positive, this is the only movie I can recall that features music from both ABBA ("Does Your Mother Know") and Handel ("Zadok the Priest"). Let's hear it for musical diversity!
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Labeling The Call as "relentlessly dumb" would be an overestimation of its intelligence. This is as brain-dead as a movie can be and it assumes the audience will have the I.Q. of a rutabaga.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The Brown Bunny is one long, self-indulgent bore topped off with a hard-core porn scene featuring Gallo and co-star Chloë Sevigny.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Humor is subjective, but this movie made me feel as if I had been subjected to something unpleasant.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A slow, meandering misfire of a movie.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A muddle of a film - an overlong bore that either mistakenly thinks it's something more than a humdrum romance or has incorporated a variety of pretentions as window-dressing.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Stay away from Birth not because of what goes on (or doesn't) in a bathtub, but because this is not a very good movie.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A Perfect Murder has inexplicably managed to eliminate almost everything that was worthwhile about "Dial M for Murder," leaving behind the nearly-unwatchable wreckage of a would-be '90s thriller.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Demolition founders and its overt symbolism feels forced instead of organic. The production is uncomfortable and artificial, lacking internal logic and tonal consistency.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Perhaps the strangest thing about 2012 is that the bad parts of the film are among the most enjoyable, because they're so over-the-top ridiculous that it's impossible not to break out laughing.

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