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 Aliens
Lowest review score: 0 The Neon Demon
Score distribution:
3198 movie reviews
    • 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
    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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Contraband is the kind of thriller that offers just enough in the way of effective elements to assemble a two-minute trailer. When it comes to a 110-minute feature, however, the sketchiness of the plotting and the director's lack of sure-handedness sink the project.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Not without humor, but it lacks the explosive spontaneity of "The Hangover."
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Someone please get director Ric Roman Waugh a tripod! Snitch might be a passable action-thriller but it's hard to say because every time an action scene comes along, the image shakes so badly it's impossible to keep anything in view or focus.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Despite being largely uninspired, the dialogue is peppered with enough profanity and salacious comments to keep the undiscriminating interested.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Transporter 3 is the most frustrating entry into a series that has never set the bar terribly high.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Doomsday tries to cram so much into its limited 105 minutes that aspects end up feeling rushed and confused (especially the political situation in England) and the ending is perfunctory.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    All that's missing from Ivan Reitman's Six Days, Seven Nights is a plot with a moment's originality.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    A kinetic, visually dazzling thriller that's actually a notch above many of its predecessors - albeit only a small notch.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Perhaps the most disappointing thing about Apt Pupil is the lack of sustained tension generated by director Bryan Singer.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Like much of what transpires during the course of this production, it’s just crass.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The final result is an unnecessarily-long thriller that contains far more talking than action. Pakula's direction is lackluster, showing little of the style that permeated his two most impressive pictures, "All the President's Men" and "Presumed Innocent".
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Jack Reacher has the distinction of being little more than it initially appears to be: a clumsily condensed mystery/thriller novel made into a movie that offers little more than every other clumsily condensed mystery/thriller novel made into a movie.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The delicate air of romance that often makes this sort of film worthwhile is absent. French Kiss does it by the numbers, not from the heart.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    It's easy to be cynical about a movie like this which, despite its factual basis, is more product than story. The pandering is obvious.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Never representative of more than mediocrity from a technical or story-based standpoint, the Ice Age series has reached a new nadir with its third entry.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Although Going in Style’s heist represents a high point and gets props for being suitably clever, it’s swamped by bad melodrama and lame comedy.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The movie is replete with bloody encounters, sly asides, and one-liners, but the tone is awkward and uneven. There are also some serious structural problems that we're supposed to brush aside.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    A standard-order romantic comedy with many of the expected twists and complications. It suffers from the flaw of not giving the lead characters enough time together.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    An inelegant combination of two unrelated shorts that falls far short of the director's previous work in terms of both thematic content and narrative strength.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    There are lengthy stretches during this movie when it's deadly dull. This is the kind of film that's ideal for DVD viewing. Judicious use of the fast forward button will greatly increase The Ten's appeal.

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