James Berardinelli
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For 2,790 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 6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Gravity
Lowest review score: 0 Captivity
Score distribution:
2,790 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Although imperfect, it's engaging, thought-provoking stuff.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The Man Without a Past is a modern fairy tale. It certainly is divorced from reality. Despite this -– or perhaps because of it -– it's a satisfying motion picture.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Moonrise Kingdom is lovingly crafted with an attention to detail that is breathtaking while, at the same time, it displays genuine affection for its young protagonists.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    For the briefest of moments, someone not paying attention might mistake Lantana for a mystery. -- Lantana is actually an examination of human interaction.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    A solid starting point for those unfamiliar with Apted's greatest work, and a must-see for those who have been down this road before.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Those in search of escapism should not look to this motion picture, but anyone willing to assume the risk of facing the ugliness of Johnny's world will find a startling, gut-wrenching, eye-opening experience.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Milk feels like an important picture, but not in a way that makes it tedious to watch. There's no pretentious sheen to the proceedings.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    An engaging and powerful motion picture, every bit the equal of Merchant Ivory's best work, and certainly the most emotionally-wrenching tale they have brought to the screen.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Begins almost as a nostalgic excursion, but quickly detours into a powerful and telling story that examines forbidden love, racial tension, and other issues that are as valid today as they were in the 1950s.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is a powerful tale of crime, guilt, and punishment -- a drama that incorporates elements of whodunit mystery/thrillers and police procedurals with a richly textured three-character play.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Summer Hours attracted two of France's acting luminaries, and their presence elevates the material. Charles Berling has the central role; the movie is largely told from his perspective. Juliette Binoche, with blonde hair, has a secondary part.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Looper is a tremendous motion picture experience. Not merely a "very good" one, but a great one.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    At times compelling, at times devastating, and at times long-winded.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Jim Sheridan skillfully interweaves a myriad of subplots and themes into a fast-paced, cohesive whole.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Although Volver has a tendency to stray too far down tangential paths, it is ultimately satisfying.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Chilling and creepy, and there's no denying that the most celebrated aspect of the film -- the Clarice/Hannibal connection -- could not have been accomplished with greater skill.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Fascinating and satisfying the way the diverse threads are knitted together into a single tapestry.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The two most moving scenes require extraordinary performances from supporting players...Forster is as deserving of a supporting actor nomination as anyone I have seen this year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Philip Seymour Hoffman is in fine form as a man teetering on the edge.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    While any or all of the events related during the course of the film might seem to form the backbone of an unendurably boring motion picture, everything comes alive because of Poppy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The acting, especially by the male leads, is superlative.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    If there's a drawback, it's that the plot is trite. Hero is an exemplary example of visual poetry. The narrative is clearly of secondary concern.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    A wonderful motion picture, even given the weaknesses of the source material.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Regardless of who sees or doesn't see Dallas Buyers Club, however, the movie does what it sets out to do by providing a striking portrait of a remarkable character and offering a history lesson to those too young to remember how things were for AIDS sufferers during the dark ages of the 1980s.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Crazy Heart is the country music version of "The Wrestler": a grizzled veteran whose days in the spotlight are behind him struggles to keep going while seeing the world through a haze of regret and booze.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    To be sure, A Little Princess has a few missteps. For one thing, Miss Minchin could have been played with less villainy, but younger viewers will probably appreciate the one-dimensional nastiness. There are also a few moments of overt sweetness, but these are easily forgiven. Actually, there's very little this movie has to apologize for -- it's the rare kind of picture that can be enjoyed by viewers of eight, eighteen, and eighty.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    An occasionally maddening and sometimes brilliant motion picture that varies between being insightfully sharp and insufferably self-indulgent. Regardless of whether you appreciate the movie or not, it's likely to stay with you.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Avatar is entertainment of the highest order. It's the best movie of 2009.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    In this impressive debut, Solonz doesn't pull any punches in conveying the side of junior high that "The Wonder Years" never depicted: the naked cruelty that some boys and girls suffer at the hands of their classmates, their teachers, and even members of their own family.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    If there's an argument against the film (and, admittedly, it's not much of an argument), it's that the movie may not be suitably childish to appeal to younger viewers.

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