James Berardinelli

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For 3,198 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 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Lowest review score: 0 The Neon Demon
Score distribution:
3198 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Watching Live and Let Die isn't a complete waste of time, but there's no overriding reason why anyone should go out of their way to see it unless they're a die-hard Bond fan or are curious about Roger Moore's first turn in the role.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Considering the talent involved and the strength of the source material, there's no way Edge of Darkness should have been this disappointing. Part of the problem is a direct result of condensation - there's no way to cram six hours of the dense mini-series upon which the movie is based into about 110 minutes without paying a penalty.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The real problem with Desperado, however, is that this sequel is without purpose and may be the most unnecessary follow-up since the second "Crocodile Dundee."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    There are moments when The Relic is almost enjoyable, albeit in a visceral sort of way. Unfortunately, when all is said and done, this horror/science fiction amalgamation seems like nothing more ambitious than a bad reworking of elements from Aliens, Species, Jaws, and Predator.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Dark Shadows is a mess, and it's unclear whether its bizarre recipe of comedy, campy horror, and gothic melodrama will satisfy anyone, regardless of their familiarity with the source material.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    There are occasional nice moments scattered throughout, but this is mostly a big, uncomfortable cartoon focused on the twisted attraction between two caricatures.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    V/H/S comes across as a production that wants to be more than it is but, as they say, The Emperor has no clothes.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The film clearly wants to be more than just a run-of-the-mill horror-thriller but the allegorical aspects are half-baked and the attempts to mimic Kubrick’s "A Clockwork Orange" and "Eyes Wide Shut" feel more like campy satire than an homage.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Legend seems like a movie Scorsese might have made if he wasn’t paying attention - the elements are present but they are clumsily assembled and the outcome underwhelms.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    With more attention to detail, this could have worked, but the time travel aspects are so badly executed that the movie as a whole falters and eventually rips apart at the seams.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Despite a promising premise and effective "Shyamalan twist", this low-budget horror film still underwhelms. "The Sixth Sense" writer/director is his own worst enemy in the choices he makes bringing The Visit to the screen.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    In the end, you have to possess a sweet spot for Black and his antics to find Tenacious D more than barely watchable.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Unfortunately, much of what's good about Promised Land is easily forgotten as a result of the preachy, impossible-to-swallow final 15 minutes in which the protagonist is subjected to character assassination, the screenplay turns into a sermon, and narrative intelligence is discarded in favor of a message.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The film's disappointingly black-and-white approach robs characters and situations of badly needed ambiguity.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    One of the year's most uninspired inspirational stories.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The narrative is simplistic and lacking in energy, and the characters are sketched instead of fully formed.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Probably best skipped - unless you have a penchant for shallow, "comfortable" foreign films that offer obvious messages and never attempt to challenge the viewer.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    A thrill-less thriller that uses gore to obfuscate its inability to generate tension, this motion picture has the profile one might expect from a direct-to-video release.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The comedy is sporadically amusing but never laugh-aloud funny and the drama, which one might charitably argue is trying for a Toy Story-level emotional response, fails utterly. (However, I imagine most kids up to about pre-teen age will love it.)
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Pride has little to be proud about.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The root problem of The 33 is that, in attempting to do too much, it succeeds at too little.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Tobey Maguire is fine as Nick but his function is more as an observer than a participant. Carey Mulligan's Daisy is unremarkable in every way. And Joel Edgerton is just a mustache twirl away from doing a Snidely Whiplash impersonation.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    A little like watching an episode of the TV show of which Adam Sandler is an alum: "Saturday Night Live." Zohan feels like an extended collection of skits tied together by a flimsy umbrella story.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Aside from a powerful performance by Ron Rifkin (reprising his stage role) and a few quietly effective scenes, there's not much reason to subject yourself to a film this off-putting.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    MouseHunt is "'Home Alone" with a rodent in the place of Macaulay Culkin.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The only time Sparkle evidences energy is during the song performances, of which there are too few. The half-baked melodrama provides an unappealing and overlong buffer between them that fails to justify the nearly two-hour running time.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    A script that, at its best, is inconsistent, and, at its worst, is laughably implausible and riddled with obvious flaws.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The resulting finished project is a series of skits performed by famous people doing favors for a friend, and it works about as well as one might expect from such an endeavor.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The most disappointing aspect of The Iron Lady is that some of the most memorable hallmarks of Thatcher's time in power are glossed over.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The end product feels trite and unfinished, with the romantic plot being awkwardly and unconvincingly shoehorned into a production that lacks focus.

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