James Berardinelli, ReelViews
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For 2,664 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 6.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Shine
Lowest review score: 0 Bachelorette
Score distribution:
2,664 movie reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Riveting from beginning to end, featuring stellar performances, amazing cinematography, and a story without a trace of fat, the film does everything an epic is supposed to do - and more.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Not only is it wonderfully entertaining, but the issues it addresses, and the way it presents them, are both universal and deeply personal. And therein lies The Wizard of Oz's true magic.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    The picture is a series of mini-climaxes, all building to the devastating, definitive conclusion... It was carefully and painstakingly crafted. Every major character - and more than a few minor ones - is molded into a distinct, complex individual.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Storaro and Bertolucci have fashioned a visual masterpiece in The Conformist, with some of the best use of light and shadow ever in a motion picture. This isn't just photography, it's art -- powerful, beautiful, and effective. (Review of 1994 Release)
    • 98 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The lack of family friendliness does not diminish what del Toro has achieved with this magical motion picture.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Despite being slow and deliberate, it is often compelling and occasionally riveting. As "The Lives of Others" was in 2007, this is the first memorable movie of 2008.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    12 Years a Slave is by no means light entertainment but it provides a more worthwhile cinematic experience than about 90% of what's out there and the impressions it leaves aren't easily dismissed or dispelled.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    A masterpiece... The genius of Dr. Strangelove is that it's possible to laugh -- and laugh hard -- while still recognizing the intelligence and insight behind the humor.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Gravity isn't just a movie; it's almost transformative, and the visceral element is enhanced by the 3-D.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Eisenberg, one of those young actors who has existed just below the radar for several years now (he was the lead in both "Zombieland" and "Adventureland," not to be confused with one another), deserves an Oscar for this dead-on portrayal of a temperamental genius.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    A compelling contemporary thriller with the added benefit of also being an engrossing character study.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It is a mystery and a courtroom drama. Above all, however, it is a tale of love and sacrifice.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    It's a rare and powerful thing to confront something honest and real on the big screen. It stays with you in a way that nothing else can. Before Midnight is fiction but it might as well be a documentary.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Overall, while Spirited Away may not be as complex and imaginative as "Princess Mononoke" in some areas, it is as beautifully rendered and no less sophisticated in its outlook. Miyazaki has provided another triumph, and, in the midst of the quality fall-off of Disney’s in-house animated projects, a reason for animation-lovers to rejoice.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    With this film, every layer that you peel away leads to something deeper and richer. Tarantino makes pictures for movie-lovers, and Pulp Fiction is a near-masterpiece.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is a tense, well-crafted motion picture that keeps viewers on edge. It's an exhausting 130 minutes; many viewers will leave the theater feeling drained.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Put simply, WALL-E is about as charming as movies get.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's likely that 2004 won't offer a better movie about a mid-life crisis.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Labeling this as a "movie" is almost an injustice. This is an experience of epic scope and grandeur, amazing emotional power, and relentless momentum.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This may sound depressing and, in a sense it is, but these things are part of life and Haneke conveys them with a simplicity that is heartbreaking.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Because this film touches us so deeply, the catharsis has a power that few -- if any -- other moments in film history can match. And that's what establishes this as a transcendent motion picture experience.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    One of Scorsese's most influential and disturbing films on the big screen. (Review twenty years after release).
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Crumb is a rare and powerful documentary that completely absorbs the viewer and leaves an impression so blindingly clear that the afterimage cannot be blinked away even when the theater is far behind.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Considering the strength of performances given by the 25-or-so teenage actors portraying the students, it's amazing that none of them have previous experience.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Takes a cold, unflinching look at the violence both inside and outside of the ring.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The computer-generated effects are a marvel. It's something of a bonus that the characters, dialogue, and story provide entertainment value of their own.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Toy Story 3 enhances the legacy of its brand while providing exceptional entertainment value for viewers of all ages, especially for those who favor the brighter, livelier 2-D iteration over the 3-D gimmick.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Fatoumata Coulibaly's peformance is striking. She plays her character with a mixture of determination and compassion.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Like all great craftsmen, Lucas has managed to fashion this material in a manner that not only honors the original sources, but makes it uniquely his own. Hacks rip off other movies; artists synthesize and pay homage to their inspirations.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind is unquestionably a great movie.