James Berardinelli

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For 3,049 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 The Godfather
Lowest review score: 0 Feast
Score distribution:
3049 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Isn't terrible. It's just disappointingly superficial -- a movie that has all the elements necessary to be a fascinating, involving character study, but never does more than scratch the surface.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The plot is straightforward and predictable to the point of painfulness.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    As coming of age stories go, Wah-Wah does little to distinguish itself.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    "Entertainment" is in the eye of the beholder. For me, watching Fast & Furious 6 was more work than fun.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    It's disposable entertainment at its most extreme.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    A clear case of a narrative running out of steam. Exhaustingly repetitive, this movie attempts many of the same things its predecessor did but with less succes.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    It's tame and rather bland, and the laughter it generates is half-hearted. Director Jesse Peretz commits the unpardonable sin of wasting the considerable comedic talent of Paul Rudd.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The film has lofty goals, but comes across as leaden and pretentious. It's a character study in which the lead participant is the least interesting person in the movie.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Artificial in both its dialogue and its construction, the film only works - on those occasions when it works - because of the sincere performance by the underrated Toni Collette.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    At a guess, I'd say that Goosebumps will satisfy its core audience - fans of R.L. Stine's popular children's books - and bore pretty much everyone else.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Saying bad things about Never Been Kissed, an unapologetic crowd-pleaser, makes me feel like the Grinch stealing Christmas, but there are some things that can't be ignored.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Red Dragon is done in a painfully mechanical, by-the-book manner. Scenes are assembled to move the plot from point A to point B. There's no atmosphere. No tension. Flat performances. All of these problems are rightfully laid at the feet of the man in charge.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The dialogue is routine, frequently punctuated by cliches, and the character-building scenes do little more than waste time.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    For many adults, sitting through this will be an exercise in tedium. It offers about as much as an oversized, overlong Saturday morning cartoon and if that's where expectations are set, it probably won't disappoint. Talk about setting the bar low, though.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    A somewhat lackluster cop buddy movie that goes wrong in two big ways: (1) it fails to utilize Chan's full range of skills, relegating him to the role of a kickboxing action hero and virtually ignoring his comedic aptitude, and (2) it saddles him with a partner, played by the irritating Chris Tucker.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    This movie desperately wants to be liked. The problem is, there's not much here to like -- at least nothing that's new or interesting.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Spider-Man and the first sequel were breezy adventures - easy and fun to sit through. Spider-Man 3 is a chore. The effective moments require a lot patience to uncover and some of what has to be shifted to get to them is not worth the effort. People love trilogies because it's said that good things come in threes, but this series would have looked better and felt more satisfying had the filmmakers stopped at two.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The caper is a dud - so stupid and implausible from beginning to end that it's impossible to take it seriously for even the briefest of moments.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Too much of what The Spy Who Shagged Me has to offer is tired and derivative, and, when the various jokes and gags are tallied, there are many more misses than hits.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    With its hackneyed plot, feeble attempts at characterization, and predictable finale, the second half of Independence Day becomes an extremely dull and lifeless affair.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The scares (if you want to call them that) are still there - one "boo!" moment after another, strung together like a breadcrumb trail through a labyrinth. So if that's all you want from a Halloween release like Paranormal Activity 3, you are the perfect audience member.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Dreamer is a kids' movie. It offers the simple black-and-whites of innocence, with no grays to add complexity.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Why bother with wit, intelligence, and emotion when children will be equally entertained by pretty images, colorful action, and the obligatory poop joke?
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    This is a character we have seen a million times before and Eastwood brings little that's new or original to the part. The movie as a whole can be labeled with the same criticism.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    One of the cleverest moments in Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator comes during the first five seconds: a memorial dedication to Kim Jong Il. It's all downhill from there.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Unfortunately, the film stumbles, offering too few legitimate scares and displaying an overreliance on traditional horror movie clich├ęs.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The film has two highlights -- a profanity-laced monologue by Peter Falk about boxing and the one-on-one confrontation between Monroe and Chambers in the ring.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    This movie is sloppy and disjointed - an unsatisfying melodrama built upon a shaky foundation of contrivances, coincidences, and plot holes.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Sleeping Beauty is one of those self-consciously artsy motion picture that promises more than it delivers.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Takes things too far by leaving about 75% of its questions unanswered. This isn't an artistic choice; it's screenwriting sloppiness, and it results in a profoundly dissatisfying experience.

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