James Berardinelli
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For 2,825 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 5.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Untouchables
Lowest review score: 0 Knock Off
Score distribution:
2,825 movie reviews
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Everything about it feels stale: the actors, the story, the comedy, everything. And, to make matters worse, that everything goes on for an interminable two hours.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    If the film is to work on any level, even a comedic one, it's necessary for the viewers to sympathize with Joanna and Walter. However, the script and scattershot performances keep them at arm's length. Nicole Kidman is in full scenery-chewing mode, and Matthew Broderick hasn't been this invisible since Ferris Bueller had to go back to school.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    LaBeouf, who appeared to hit a low in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," has sunk to greater levels of incompetence here.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Orphan is being marketed as a horror movie, but that's misdirection. It's more of a standard thriller in the "evil amongst us" mode, about a group of people who inadvertently admit a psychopath into their midst.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    John Tucker Must Die is toothless. The jokes are obvious and unfunny, the storyline goes nowhere that's interesting or unexpected, and the only chemistry happens in a science lab.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Everything in G.I. Joe: Retaliation is perfunctory - technically proficient but soulless. It's not exciting. It's boring.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Battleship has the IQ of a rutabaga and doesn't require much more intelligence than that to watch. Despite spending copious amounts of time with back story and so-called character development, it's really all about the explosions.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    This is quite possibly the most moronic motion picture I have seen thus far in 2013 and that's saying a lot.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    At its best, Dumb and Dumber is like an Ernest movie with a scatological bent.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The element of high camp that makes for enjoyable "good trash" isn't present.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    They could have called this Paranormal Inactivity.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Painfully unfunny and unnecessarily long, this movie is the antithesis of its predecessor, the delightfully raunchy "Horrible Bosses."
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Tedious and predictable, it employs obvious situations and clichés instead of genuine suspense-building elements.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It’s artificial, annoying, and boring.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Only for die-hard Cho fans. Everyone else will be offended, bored, or some combination of the two.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It is now weighed down by a second half that's equal parts incoherent, tedious, and repetitive.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    There's no fun to be had here and if an action movie doesn't make the grade as escapist entertainment, what's the point?
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    National Treasure's storyline isn't compelling or coherent enough to warrant the term "plot."
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Director Scott Waugh’s intention may have been to elevate my pulse, but the only thing at which he succeeded was getting me to check my watch repeatedly.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Most of the laughs are unintentional, but the result is absurd and laughable.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Cloying and at times annoying, Life as We Know It is egregiously manipulative, whoring itself out for a few unearned tears.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    By any standards, Silk is a bad movie: pretentious, stillborn, devoid of emotion.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This is one of those nearly unwatchable movies that becomes an endurance contest for any thinking adult.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A huge disappointment -- the kind of motion picture that makes you actively angry at the filmmaker for subjecting you to it and stealing two hours of your life.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The Other Woman ignores dozens of potentially edgy possibilities to tell the most banal story imaginable - and to do it badly.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Wild Wild West isn't just a bad adaptation of a TV series; it's a bad film.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's hard to imagine anyone having the patience to sit through this movie except perhaps a handful of 11-year old boys seeking vicarious wish fulfillment.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 12 James Berardinelli
    The only thing as bad as bad comedy is bad action. Bad Boys II has plenty of both.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It has been a long time since I came as close to walking out of a movie as I did with Confessions of a Shopaholic. Not only did I find this production to be irritating, unfunny, and lacking in entertainment value, but I found its underlying slavishness to a culture of consumption to be morally repugnant.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    One has the sense that if the level of violence had been ratcheted up a little, Paparazzi might have been more of a guilty pleasure and less of a chore to watch.

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