James Berardinelli

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For 3,217 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 Bonnie and Clyde
Lowest review score: 0 Knock Off
Score distribution:
3217 movie reviews
    • 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 clichés.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The problem isn’t the non-fiction book by Diane Ackerman around which the narrative has been constructed, but a series of “added” scenes and subplots that seem lifted from a bad B movie and have the unintended consequence of devaluing the story as a whole.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    By turns frustrating and tedious, this can sink even the most intriguing story.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    This isn't just a horror movie with gore - it's a gore movie, period. Blood is its raison d'etre. It's not scary. It's not shocking. It just wallows in viscera. Ho-hum. Pass the ketchup.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Despite a strong opening and riveting first 45 minutes, The Maze Runner devolves into one of the weakest post-apocalyptic Young Adult movies to reach theaters in recent years.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    With 3-D, a little goes a long way and, in the absence of a legitimate script with credible characters, the fun dries up long before the running time has expired.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The Santa Clause isn't an unmitigated disaster, but it's also a whole lot less impressive than it could be.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The main problem with Coach Carter can be summed up simply: too much sermonizing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Confetti is an excellent study of what happens when someone botches Christopher Guest's mockumentary format.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Poorly paced with a tendency to veer into the pretentious and littered with contrivances and dramatic short-cuts, I Origins fails to provide a single three-dimensional character or compelling relationship.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    What happens when movie producers cross "Three's Company" with "Masterpiece Theater?" The result would be similar to what Touchstone Pictures has provided with Casanova, a farcical romantic comedy period piece.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    This is a train wreck of an action film -– a stupefying attempt by the filmmakers to force-feed James Bond into the mindless "XXX" mold and throw 40 years of cinematic history down the toilet in favor of bright flashes and loud bangs.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Elements of Across the Universe are shockingly awful and the film lasts at least 30 minutes past the bearable stage. But if you like the Beatles and the idea of hearing about 20 covers of their work fills you with a perverse joy, this may be the movie for you.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The result is sappy, saccharine, and predictable to the point where it's almost painful.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The problem with the movie, whose title compresses "religious" and "ridiculous" into a single word, isn't that it milks more than one sacred cow but that it does so with minimal subtlety and intelligence.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Foster's film offers its fair share of laughs, although most come at the expense of "easy mark" characters. Dramatically, however, the movie is only a step up from a flop.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Inept storytelling is one of Lords of Dogtown's great frustrations.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The contrived storyline offers little opportunity for characters to grow and the meandering narrative trajectory and anticlimactic ending will have some viewers wondering why they bothered.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The limp movie seems to be an attempt by an Australian to mimic a bad American romantic comedy, and, unfortunately, he succeeds admirably.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Yes, Unknown is preposterous. That in and of itself is not a reason to avoid the movie. The problems lie in the way the absurdity is presented and the manner in which the screenplay resolves once the "truth" is revealed.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    There are times when the story behind the making of a film is more interesting than the finished product. This is one of those occasions.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    There's no shortage of candidates for the fatal flaw: the artificial storyline; the presence of a ridiculously cliched character; the lack of chemistry between illicit lovers. Blaming one of these problems is probably unfair. The movie's failure is likely based on a fusion of all these, and perhaps a few others.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    CQ
    Pretentious and self-indulgent -- those two words come to mind when considering CQ.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Wassup Rockers is amateurish, but without the redeeming qualities found in "Kids" and "Bully."

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