James Berardinelli

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For 3,116 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 3.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 In the Company of Men
Lowest review score: 0 Knock Off
Score distribution:
3116 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's an uncompromising movie that illustrates one of the most convincing personality transformations that I have seen in a recent motion picture.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    There's no doubt that it's a flawed movie, but it's one of the most wonderfully entertaining flawed movies made.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    My sense is that adults will be more taken with Ponyo than their offspring.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    The problem with Beasts of the Southern Wild is that, like "The Tree of Life," it seeks to integrate its small, very personal story into a much larger, more ambitious tapestry.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Cusack invests such sincerity in his portrayal of Lloyd that it's impossible not to root for him to get the girl. He's the classic underdog that we all think of ourselves as -- earnest, engaging, and impossible to resist because of his flaws, rather than in spite of them.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The Bourne Ultimatum provides a lot more suspense and tension than "Transformers" could hope for.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Has all the right ingredients: a smart script, a likable hero, a dash of romance, more than a touch of comedy, and a lot of fast-paced action.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Crafted without a whiff of melodrama, this motion picture takes a steady, unflinching look at the plight of Jews in Warsaw.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Isn't just an expose of the porn industry -- it's a provocative and involving character study, as well.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The Edge of Heaven is marked by a number of remarkable performances.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    These are fascinating, three-dimensional individuals brought into the foreground by a pair of today's finest actors.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Knocked Up could be one of the summer of 2007's sleeper hits. It certainly deserves the distinction.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    The original film was gritty and entertaining ("Infernal Affairs"); the new version is a masterpiece - the best effort Scorsese has brought to the screen since "Goodfellas."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Using perfectly composed shots to amplify an emotionally resonant story, the film successfully argues that "artistic" films do not have to be boring.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    In the end, this is more a character study of Jenny than a tale of tortured love, and a reminder that any education worth having comes with its share of trauma.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Whatever social statement Ordinary People was making about its time has evaporated during the intervening years, leaving behind an open, honest drama lacking the emotional punch that would make it unforgettable today. Ordinary People should be devastating, but it's not. By any standards, it's still a good movie, but three decades have stripped away any pretense of greatness. [21 Feb 1999]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy may be the best possible movie version of the story, but it illustrates that the big screen is not the ideal medium for a tale of this complexity.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Vincere is Ida's story, but it says as much about fascist Italy and its ruler as it does about the central character.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    It's easy to admire what the Coens are trying to do in Fargo, but more difficult to actually like the film.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    I recommend the movie both for Nicholson's performance and for the opportunity to spend some time with the kind of man that we often meet in real life, but rarely see on screen.
    • 85 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Director John Dahl has fun with this material, filming the modern-day noir potboiler with such gusto that it's impossible not to fall under its spell.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Atonement is effective at getting under the skin, and some audience members won't like that.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The Tree of Life falls short of masterful but retains a power that far too many motion pictures lack. It's about SOMETHING and, even when it fails, it does so in a manner that is interesting and not infantile.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    The Host is a strange little movie: part creature feature, part social commentary, and part slapstick comedy. The problem with the film is that the sum isn't greater than the parts and the pieces don't fuse in a way that's consistently pleasing or cinematically satisfying.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    As the beginning of Part II echoes the opening of "The Godfather," so too does the end. Because of the manner in which circumstances are handled and considering the people involved, the impact here is more forceful. The tragic flaw has accomplished its poisonous, inevitable designs. Coppola punctuates both movies with a gut-twisting exclamation point.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Everything in Out of Sight is smart -- the dialogue, the characters, and the storyline.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    As rich in emotional impact as in style, this motion picture sets a high standard that we as viewers can only hope the other two chapters of the trilogy will match.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's a compelling tale that offers the opportunity for reflection and discussion about issues that have never really gone away and continue to lurk in the cultural background.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    From Russia with Love is among the most tightly-plotted of all the Bond films, and, as a result, is one of the shortest. It moves briskly, blending intrigue, romance, and action into an immensely satisfying whole.

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