James Berardinelli

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For 3,290 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 3.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 21 Grams
Lowest review score: 0 Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
Score distribution:
3290 movie reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    With solid performances and a terrific screenplay, this movie offers solid, no-frills drama that feels organic and believable, not contrived.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It is Lee's job as a film maker to imbue these images with life, and that's a task he easily accomplishes.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    If you think "Hero" is a sumptuous film, prepare to be blown away by House of Flying Daggers.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Searching for Bobby Fischer is an intensely fascinating movie capable of involving those who are ignorant about chess as well as those who love it. The focus of the film is less on the actual game than it is on the people, emotions, and pressures surrounding Josh. It is a tale of human trials and triumph, not a sports movie that panders to a certain segment of the population. Chess may not be the most exciting activity to watch, but Searching for Bobby Fischer makes for engaging entertainment.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    A fascinating time capsule: a combination of talking-head interviews, actual footage, and re-creations that evokes a kinder, gentler world and provides insight into one of the most audacious stunts of the 20th century.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The tone is perfect; this is one of those rare films that, despite being rooted firmly in the world around us, is utterly absorbing and capable of reducing the immediacies of life into abstract thoughts in the back of one's mind.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The variation keeps things fresh and the relatively short running length (less than 90 minutes) ensures that Borat doesn't overstay its welcome - even though when it's all done, we wish this absurd man might have lingered a little longer.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Taken as a whole, this is compulsive viewing and offers plenty of material for post-viewing discussions.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The film’s contribution is the unique perspective it provides about what it meant to work in a death camp.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Whether you view this film in the middle of the summer or at Christmas, Capra's greatest film represents one of the most transcendent and joyful experiences any movie-lover can hope for.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The Madness of King George is much more than a simple study of one man's descent into insanity. With a style that's more tongue-in-cheek than melodramatic, the film is always witty and occasionally satirical. The characterizations are flawless (as well as historically accurate), and the political wrangling of the Tories and Whigs (led by PM Pitt and Charles Fox, respectively) provide a deliciously complex backdrop.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Ultimately, Goodbye Solo works because the screenplay, actors, and director combine to craft honest, compelling individuals.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    What Selma does so well is to bring to life the events of 1965, especially "Bloody Sunday" (the first march). It's one thing to read about these moments in a history book but another altogether to see them on the screen. The movie is riveting.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Hazanavicius isn't just making a "silent movie," he is attempting to enter a time warp and craft something that would fool all but the most studious and scholarly into believing it could have been a lost film from a bygone era. If his tongue is sometimes a little in his cheek, that's all part of the fun.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    With patience, care, and strict attention to detail, Scorsese has staked out an impregnable position in the history of motion pictures.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is unlike any other film I have seen... it's a great romance. It's willingness to flout conventions and eschew formulas is just one of many things to celebrate about this charmingly eccentric movie.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    A solid motion picture with a universal message and occasional splashes of genius, but it is remarkable only as Holly Hunter's performance is concerned.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    The Western may be one of the few truly American art forms, and High Noon shows exactly how much potential it can embrace.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Letters from Iwo Jima is a unique American-made war movie for at least two reasons: it depicts the battle from the perspective of the losers and it represents the United States as the "enemy."
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    This isn't a perfect motion picture but, in the midst of summer's vapid pursuit of spectacle, a movie that provides real heart and emotion is a rare find.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    It's often diverting and occasionally funny, but it's ultimately inconsequential.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Paddington 2 is a charming early-year offering and, although the main character is better known in the U.K. than the U.S., no cultural leap is required to fall in love with the bear and enjoy his adventures.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    On the Waterfront may have baggage, but that doesn't prevent it from being one of the great American productions of the mid-20th century.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The brilliance of Bennett's movie is that it concentrates on the characters and their interaction and never becomes a mouthpiece for one side or the other with respect to the death penalty.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's a noteworthy achievement for director Damien Chazelle to infuse a tale about the development of a musician with all the tension and intensity of a top-notch thriller. Whiplash is riveting.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Traverses a high wire between comedy and tragedy and does so without a safety net. Outside the Coen Brothers, it’s hard to find a filmmaker with that skill and with this production, McDonagh has placed himself in august company.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    It's not as endearing as "Moonrise Kingdom" but not as tedious as "The Darjeeling Limited." It offers an engaging 90+ minutes of unconventional, comedy-tinged adventure that references numerous classic movies while developing a style and narrative approach all its own.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Watching Blue is the Warmest Color provides viewers with that rarest of motion picture opportunities: the ability to lose oneself in the life of another for three hours and to emerge having felt something.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    For those with the patience to sit through this kind of unhurried motion picture, Time Out offers a compelling character study of an individual under the kind of strain we can all relate to.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    A tender movie about a poignant and difficult subject.

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