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 Life of Brian (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 A Hole in My Heart
Score distribution:
3198 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Life of Pi is a curious juxtaposition of the mundane and the majestic; a film that strives for something grander than what it perhaps achieves.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    One aspect of Let Me In that makes this motion picture unique is the sense of pathos underlying the various relationships.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Yes, Fences suffers somewhat from the bare-bones transferal of the “action” from stage to screen but the material is so compelling that viewers can easily lose sight of the movie’s “play nature.”
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Mother delights in confounding viewer expectations. In fact, just when you think it's over, a couple of plot developments remain lurking around the next corner.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    This is one of those unusual films that is capable of enthralling those under twelve while not sending older members of the audience rushing for the exit.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    My admiration for I Am Love is higher than my appreciation, and its appeal will be limited to an exclusive audience.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The look and feel of Black Swan, which captures the essence of a major New York ballet production, is one of Aronofsky's great successes.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    It is a triumph, and one of 1998's few "don't miss" motion pictures.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    From the beginning, it's clear this is not a standard-order action film. It takes its characters as seriously as its chases, shootouts, and fights.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    The film's dramatic underpinning and the way it addresses impending empty nest syndrome are solid but the comedy varies from mildly amusing to achingly awful.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    In the end, there's a sense that director Olivier Assayas is more concerned about making a point than telling a story.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    In essence, Control is a standard order biopic of a tormented artist. What makes the film interesting, if not unique, is the style in which director Anton Corbijn has elected to present it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    The arrival of the uncut Godzilla is a great boon to monster movie fans, but will have limited appeal to others.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    It's a gentle, unhurried drama about how people can connect with each other through conversation, nonverbal gestures, and writing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    There are also plenty of background sight gags that often go unnoticed on a first viewing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Blue Jasmine is an exercise in examining the lead character's mental degeneration. The end result, a performance-driven character study, offers an experience more akin to what one might expect from the late John Cassavetes than from the still very much alive Woody Allen.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Horror isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s not a child’s genre. It isn’t meant to be comfortable. In fact, I’m hard-pressed to think of a recent movie that’s as uncomfortable and disturbing as It Comes at Night.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Hellboy II is solid entertainment, but it's a shame such blemishes prevent it from achieving a higher level.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's an ingenious premise that first-time director Jan De Bont has turned into a tremendously well-executed motion picture.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's a dark and revealing movie, and, while the ending may not be upbeat enough for those expecting mainstream fare, it offers a measure of hope and a catharsis.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Quirky and stylish, but not in a manner that comes across as overly artsy or pretentious.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    From a shock-and-suspense point-of-view, Halloween is the rival of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho." With only a few arguable exceptions (such as "The Exorcist"), there isn't another post-1970 release that comes close to it in terms of scaring the living hell out of a viewer... A modern classic of the most horrific kind.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The director is a poet of images.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Grabs you by the throat and digs its claws in deep. From the moment that the unwitting viewer tumbles into the realm of Lawrence Tierney's gang of eight, they are hopelessly trapped there until the final credits roll.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    It's as existential as a sci-fi/horror film can possibly be. It requires that the viewer slip into a meditative mood and remain there for more than 90 minutes.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    From an historical perspective, the story is interesting because it shows a different side of the war than what we're used to observing in motion pictures.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    This is a fine tale of families and secrets, and its seemingly cold exterior gives way to something unexpectedly warm and soft inside.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The Dark Knight Rises ultimately justifies its length (in fact, a good argument could be made for a longer cut) and the last 45 minutes is nothing short of spectacular. From the point where the narrative takes a leap of faith, it never lets up.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    The ending is muddled as an unsuccessful attempt is made to provide closure to a story that, if told frankly, shouldn’t have one.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Easy isn't much of an acting challenge, but Washington's mix of charm and intensity creates an appealing personae.

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