James Berardinelli
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For 2,769 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 Inglourious Basterds
Lowest review score: 0 Knock Off
Score distribution:
2,769 movie reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    A fascinating time capsule: a combination of talking-head interviews, actual footage, and re-creations that evokes a kinder, gentler world and provides insight into one of the most audacious stunts of the 20th century.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The tone is perfect; this is one of those rare films that, despite being rooted firmly in the world around us, is utterly absorbing and capable of reducing the immediacies of life into abstract thoughts in the back of one's mind.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The variation keeps things fresh and the relatively short running length (less than 90 minutes) ensures that Borat doesn't overstay its welcome - even though when it's all done, we wish this absurd man might have lingered a little longer.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The movie is punctuated by comedy that at times verges on slapstick but there's an underlying anger in evidence - anger at the popular mindset that allows movies like "Transformers" to flourish while artistic endeavors fail.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Ultimately, Goodbye Solo works because the screenplay, actors, and director combine to craft honest, compelling individuals.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Hazanavicius isn't just making a "silent movie," he is attempting to enter a time warp and craft something that would fool all but the most studious and scholarly into believing it could have been a lost film from a bygone era. If his tongue is sometimes a little in his cheek, that's all part of the fun.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    A solid motion picture with a universal message and occasional splashes of genius, but it is remarkable only as Holly Hunter's performance is concerned.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    With patience, care, and strict attention to detail, Scorsese has staked out an impregnable position in the history of motion pictures.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is unlike any other film I have seen... it's a great romance. It's willingness to flout conventions and eschew formulas is just one of many things to celebrate about this charmingly eccentric movie.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    The Western may be one of the few truly American art forms, and High Noon shows exactly how much potential it can embrace.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Letters from Iwo Jima is a unique American-made war movie for at least two reasons: it depicts the battle from the perspective of the losers and it represents the United States as the "enemy."
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    This isn't a perfect motion picture but, in the midst of summer's vapid pursuit of spectacle, a movie that provides real heart and emotion is a rare find.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    It's often diverting and occasionally funny, but it's ultimately inconsequential.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The brilliance of Bennett's movie is that it concentrates on the characters and their interaction and never becomes a mouthpiece for one side or the other with respect to the death penalty.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    It's not as endearing as "Moonrise Kingdom" but not as tedious as "The Darjeeling Limited." It offers an engaging 90+ minutes of unconventional, comedy-tinged adventure that references numerous classic movies while developing a style and narrative approach all its own.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Watching Blue is the Warmest Color provides viewers with that rarest of motion picture opportunities: the ability to lose oneself in the life of another for three hours and to emerge having felt something.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    For those with the patience to sit through this kind of unhurried motion picture, Time Out offers a compelling character study of an individual under the kind of strain we can all relate to.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    On the Waterfront may have baggage, but that doesn't prevent it from being one of the great American productions of the mid-20th century.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    A tender movie about a poignant and difficult subject.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Like its predecessor, The Two Towers is a great motion picture, and not to be missed by anyone who appreciates fantasy adventure.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Delivers solid drama with a rousing climax - a fully satisfying and uplifting period piece that achieves its dramatic potential without sacrificing historical accuracy.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Up
    Up is not as transcendent as last year's "WALL-E," and doesn't rank near the top of Pixar's pantheon of great features, but it's a solid (and in some ways innovative) fantasy adventure that mixes comedy, action, and drama into a satisfying whole.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    "Innovative" is not a legitimate description of The Fugitive, but "entertaining" is.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    One of the reasons that Quiz Show is so extraordinary is because it spins a story as compelling on the personal level as on the national one.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's a noteworthy achievement for director Damien Chazelle to infuse a tale about the development of a musician with all the tension and intensity of a top-notch thriller. Whiplash is riveting.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    This tale of four independent sisters of differing temperaments is undeniably melodramatic, but it's very good melodrama, with an accumulation of vitality and charm that elevates the movie to an unexpectedly high level.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Not a great film, but it's an excuse to have an evening of pure enjoyment with a little culture painlessly mixed in.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Superman II delivers on the promise hinted at in "Superman." Which is the better film? That's a hard choice to make, since both succeed in different ways.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    One of the better offerings to be found in a year that has seen a drop-off in the quality of animated films.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The film is unusual not so much because of its content - the man vs. nature story has always been a popular one, whether in print or on film - but in its restraint. Putting an actor, even an accomplished one such as Redford, alone on screen for more than 90 minutes is a risk.

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