James Berardinelli

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For 2,990 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 4.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Interstellar
Lowest review score: 0 Knock Off
Score distribution:
2990 movie reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    A dull, meandering storyline and visuals all-but destroyed by a second-rate 3-D conversion make this movie inferior to its predecessors.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Mediocre and recommended only to those who can claim a familiarity with the play.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The Rocker is more disappointing than it is outright bad. One expects something a little fresher from Wilson.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Okay, Wanderlust has its moments. It's sporadically funny - funny enough to deliver a good laugh or two. The problem is, it doesn't do more than that, and the comedy is inconsistent.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    If you're desperate to give something up for Lent, make it movies like this one.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    This isn't a family-friendly film - anyone over the age of about 8 will immediately recognize that significant chunks of the story don't make sense.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Coscarelli's screenplay introduces an abundance of intriguing concepts but never goes very far with any of them. The characters are paper thin and the special effects are laughably bad.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    There are problems with De Palma's version, especially in its portrayal of the key relationship between Carrie and her mother, but it's a more engaging and insightful portrayal than Kimberly Peirce's too-slick remake.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    There's nothing in The Guardian that audiences haven't previously been exposed to ad nauseam.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Instead of bringing intriguing characters with real problems and interesting dialogue to the bash, Kaplan and Elfont take the lazy approach of pulling generic stereotypes off the shelf and throwing them into a formulaic plot that doesn't offer one genuine surprise or meaningful moment.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    This sloppy mess also pales in comparison to the better-paced, taut "Olympus Has Fallen," which represents 2013's better White House invasion story.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    As a piece of religious instruction or an animated version of a crèche, it accomplishes its aims. As a movie, however, it's slow, plodding, and not terribly interesting.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The Holiday is no vacation. Sloppy writing, an overindulgent editor, and poor casting have taken an intriguing premise and transformed it into an uneven mess.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    A stillborn affair that could have been -- and should have been -- a whole lot hipper and funnier. If you've seen the two- minute theatrical trailer, you've seen nearly everything that's worthwhile in the feature.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    It has an interesting subtext. I'm referring to the way the lives and friendships of these four individuals crumble in the wake of their accident.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    This movie is a perfect example of what's wrong with many big-budget films today: no characters, no intelligence, and, worst of all, little fun.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    I'm not a religious man but, Hallelujah! I may not be done with Meyer but at least I'll never again have to cope with the angst, self-absorption, and vampire mythology mutilation that characterized these five movies.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    At 2 1/2 hours, the movie is actually too short to adequately tell the full tale (The Ten Commandments is 70 minutes longer) but that doesn't prevent Scott from presenting multiple, seemingly endless scenes of people crossing deserts.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    This is not a story that cries out to be remade every 15-20 years. And, while the special effects and acting are getting better, the story isn't.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The movie is uneven in the extreme, to the extent that it feels like two imperfectly wed pictures. The first, while not extraordinary, at least contains some interesting ideas. The second borders on embarrassing: an overblown melodrama complete with coincidence building upon coincidence and plot threads that are left unresolved.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Besson may have misfired with The Fifth Element, but at least he does it with flair and a sense of humor.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Scream 4 is so obsessed with the self-referential element that made the original Scream unique that it loses the capacity to be genuinely scary or funny.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The Producers is a movie based on a play based on a movie about a play. And that's probably the funniest thing about it.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Too much in Nacho Libre doesn't work to enable me to recommend it to anyone except a card-carrying member of the Jack Black fan club.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Generic and forgettable.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The film's comedy is lackluster, with supporting actors Nathan Lane and Sean Hayes (as Tad's manager and agent) providing a few mildly amusing moments that would be at home in a sit-com.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The pacing is uneven, the frenetic action is rarely suspenseful, the dialogue is neither witty nor intelligent, and the anticlimactic endgame drags out to an improbable conclusion.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    "Labor" isn't just a word in the title of Jason Reitman's new film, it's a description of what it feels like to sit through the movie.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The Intern is a romantic comedy without the romance.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Haphazardly plotted, it not only falls prey to absolute predictability but chooses to have nearly every important conversation (except one) occur off-screen. That sort of laziness is unacceptable and results in a strong sense of audience dissatisfaction.

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