James Berardinelli

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For 3,090 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 The Ice Storm
Lowest review score: 0 Knock Off
Score distribution:
3090 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    There's nothing new or unique about the story, but it is presented in a manner that reinforces its immediacy and impact.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    If there's an argument against the film (and, admittedly, it's not much of an argument), it's that the movie may not be suitably childish to appeal to younger viewers.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Dancing along a line just shy of the edge of brilliance, In the Loop possesses an incisive, take-no-prisoners comedic style that offers plenty of solid laughs while making a point about the stupidity, selfishness, and lack of awareness that exists within the highest echelons of government.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    There are moments of fun and humor, to be sure, but the undercurrent is of a far more serious, "adult" nature. The Lion King is primarily about guilt and redemption.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    If all it took was verisimilitude and atmosphere to define a movie, The Witch would earn a near-perfect rating. Unfortunately, despite a creepily effective setting and authentic setup, the movie suffers as a result of a frustratingly uneven screenplay.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    As animated films go, this is easily the best of a weak year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    A movie that takes the hallmarks of a great career and elevates them to new heights. In terms of tone, visual beauty, and storytelling, The Wind Rises represents Miyazaki at the apex of his abilities.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    A sumptuous motion picture, a feast for the senses.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Although Sam Raimi's direction is generally solid (and, in some scenes, flawless), the film's middle act has instances when it seems repetitive and exposition-heavy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    A wonderfully nostalgic, and occasionally insightful, window into the recent past.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Paranoid Park is a rare breed: a movie about teenagers in which the characters talk like real teenagers, act like real teenagers, and are played by real teenagers.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    With Hugo, Martin Scorsese has accomplished what few in Hollywood are willing to try: make a movie for adults that arrives without sex, violence, or profanity and earns a PG-rating.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Captain Phillips works precisely because Hanks isn't a muscle-bound, gun-toting figure (nor does he turn into one during the course of the movie). Placed in an untenable position, he uses guile and intelligence instead of brawn and weapons to enhance his survival chances.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is truly a movie that children and their parents can both enjoy for different reasons.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The most important features of this "new" version are the digital cleaning of the print and the re-mastering of the sound. There are a few added scenes, but they are mostly insignificant and have been previously seen (at least by fans of the movie) on the laserdisc or DVD releases.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    If Manhattan was only a romantic comedy, it would be a very good one, but the fact that the movie has so much more ambition than the "average" entry into the genre makes it an extraordinary example of the fusion of entertainment and art. This is Allen in peak form, deftly mastering and combining the diverse threads of romance, drama, and comedy - and all against a black-and-white backdrop that makes us wonder why color is such a coveted characteristic in modern motion pictures.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Reitman brings the same mixture of comedy and drama to this movie that he brought to "Juno."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    In his long and distinguished career, only his Oscar-winning performance in 1983's “Tender Mercies” was this raw. Duvall becomes Sonny. The energy and passion of a preacher are all present.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Through a mixture of imaginative storytelling, impressive animatronics, and irresistible cuteness, Babe casts a spell over all viewers -- young, old, or somewhere in between.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    As it currently stands, Kill Bill is a victim of its director's ego and its distributor's greed. The moments of greatness make it worth seeing, and there's certainly plenty of entertainment to be found here, but it's hard not to lament what might have been.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    For those who have the patience to become absorbed in this kind of drama, Vera Drake offers a stunningly real character portrait whose image will linger long after the movie has faded.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    While Caché offers food for thought, the last third is muddled.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    A disturbing and compelling motion picture that depicts the forces that try to suppress the human spirit, and the strength of these girls in overcoming it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Ultimately, this may be the closest we'll ever get to understanding how Mike feels about himself, and there's value in viewing that assessment.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It Follows doesn't try to get viewers to jump out of their seats. Instead, employing the time-honored technique of the "slow build", it pressures fingernails to dig into arm rests.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    In the end, the real problem with the Demon Barber of Fleet Street is that he's not as bloody fun as he should be.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Election has the sharpest satire of any teen movie made in years. Like the best lampoons, it attacks by exaggerating reality ever-so-slightly and targeting a broad range of subjects.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Coogler provides enough rousing moments to get the adrenaline pumping - there are times when the urge to jump up and cheer is almost too strong to resist. But there's more to Creed and it is elevated by the quiet, subtle elements.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    This is a brave movie because it addresses a subject Hollywood feels uncomfortable about.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    This is a fascinating story of determination and survival that deserves to be told. It is ultimately uplifting but it's tough going to get to that point.

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