James Berardinelli

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For 3,161 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 3.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 It's a Wonderful Life
Lowest review score: 0 Captivity
Score distribution:
3161 movie reviews
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Clumsily incorporates elements of "Ghost," "The Sixth Sense," and "Field of Dreams."
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Schumacher doesn't leave an imprint on the film -- it could be the work of any second-rate director.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The result is an atrociously unfunny, unromantic, and unpleasant product.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    More galling and tedious than funny.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Asian horror remakes are typically not screened for critics, and Shutter is no exception. The studios know what they have: watered-down, lifeless shells of motion pictures devoid of characters, drama, or anything remotely resembling horror.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    With the flat characters and lifeless performances, it's a wonder that anyone in the audience can stay awake all the way through this dull and dreary production.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Disney has struck once again, taking a passably entertaining cartoon and turning it into a motion picture so lifeless that it's almost unwatchable.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Want to see a movie where almost everything takes place on a bus? Try "Speed." Jeepers Creepers 2 isn't even worth a peek.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    A lame collection of dumber-than-dumb gags, the quality of Big Fat Liar is on par with that of the worst television sit-com gorged to four times its normal size.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's not just about a disaster, it is a disaster.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Watching a misfire like Thunderbirds illustrates how impressive the "Spy Kids" movies are.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The only thing about Victor Frankenstein worthy of praise is the set design. Visually, the movie is impressive but pretty pictures are better left to postcards.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    LaBute has transformed the eerie, disturbing psychological thriller into an unintentional comedy. At times, The Wicker Man is hilariously bad.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The 2011 version of Conan the Barbarian looks cheap and feels rushed. The few good elements are dwarfed by a generic, nonsensical plot and shoddy storytelling.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This is sloppy filmmaking, and it's likely to wipe away whatever luster still remains to Shyamalan's reputation.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The Watch is a studio turd marinated in eau de skunk that stinks worse than week-old fish.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The Thirteenth Floor shows what can happen when film makers fail to recognize that they need more than a concept to establish a full-length motion picture.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's hard to say what is more responsible for the film's utter failure: Hopkins direction, the editing, or the screenplay. The result is such a muddle that one assumes each aspect deserves part of the blame.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The recycling goes as deep as the dialogue, which is a mangled and blended refrain of clich├ęs.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The breath of fresh air, to the extent that one can be identified in the staleness of this recycled refuse, is John Cleese.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's a depressing experience to view something like Saw IV. It's not just the soullessness that's dispiriting, but the lack of invention. When a movie does little more than repeat what its predecessors accomplished with grotesque effectiveness, it's past time to tip this corpse into its grave and bury it.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Plastic characters, chaotic camerawork, lots of things blowing up, and an incredibly dumb screenplay. In short, it represents a great time at the movies for anyone who has recently undergone a frontal lobotomy.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    By trying to satisfy every kind of viewer, it's possible that Sphere may end up pleasing no one.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Captures the essence of its TV inspiration, which is to say that it's not nearly as clever as it thinks it is. It also feels very, very long.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It is a ghastly experience, and I left the theater feeling as if I had waded neck-deep through a stream of raw sewage.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    To work, The Host would have required a visionary interpretation rather than the mundane telling that Niccol opts for.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 12 James Berardinelli
    Halloween II is an affront to Halloween and horror fans. It's the kind of cataclysmic misstep from which a franchise cannot recover. It has transformed Michael Myers from an iconic movie monster into a laughingstock.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 12 James Berardinelli
    There are quite a few unintentionally funny moments, although the overall experience was too intensely painful for me to be able to advocate it as being "so bad, it's good."
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    This feels a lot like some of the recent, unwatchable Adam Sandler offerings: boorish, unfunny comedy colliding with saccharine, quasi-dramatic filler.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It will bore you.

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