James Berardinelli

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For 2,993 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 4.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Il Postino: The Postman
Lowest review score: 0 Feast
Score distribution:
2993 movie reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The transformation undergone by Michelle Williams to play this role is nothing short of astounding.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    There is sadness and humor here, but all understated.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    It's ironic that a film with this title should be among the most vital, alive, and challenging cinema experiences of the year.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Despite the many laughs Love and Death offers, it never takes cheap shots. It has a vibrant, beating heart - and that makes the comedy all the more worthwhile.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    Features minimal dialogue. It is mostly about mood and images, and it moves at a glacial pace.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It is a rich and challenging motion picture that both affirms life and emphasizes its fragility. Eastwood touches our hearts and energizes our minds without resorting to overt manipulation.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    There's something old-fashioned about Everlasting Moments. Although the shots are beautifully composed, they are classically represented. Both the filmmaking methods and the storytelling are uncomplicated.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    Melancholia represents von Trier at his best and worst. Visually and thematically, Melancholia is a rich motion picture, full of nuances. Unfortunately, in his pursuit of an artistic vision, von Trier has thrown logic, physics, and coherence out the window.
    • 80 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    One of the best-constructed, funniest, and most clever comedies to grace motion picture screens in recent years. It's outrageous, offensive, and even a little sick -- and all the more enjoyable because of it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is no longer the James Bond we know from the '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. Welcome to the new world of MI6's most storied agent.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    This film is sometimes funny, sometimes joyful, and sometimes poignant, but it's always warm, wonderful, and satisfying. Cinema Paradiso affects us on many levels, but its strongest connection is with our memories.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Movies like this usually have something interesting to say about the human condition, but not Nine Lives. It makes an insufferably obvious observation: we live boring lives, shit happens, and we die.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    De Niro successfully varies the tone, keeping it light and playful at times, dark and somber at others. A Bronx Tale is his triumph, and a testimony that all those years of watching the best in the business have borne fruit. If what is yet to come has any of the promise shown by this debut, we may be witnessing the birth of yet another directing talent.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is a slice of life with an imperfect beginning and conclusion, but what transpires between those two endpoints is strong enough to leave an impression on anyone with the patience to commit to a movie of such unhurried temperament.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The Coens have fashioned one of the best Westerns in recent years - a modern reworking of a classic that never feels superfluous.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    In addition to their deft skill with light drama, the directors understand well-placed humor, and throw just the right amount of comedy into the mix to make Big Night fun without turning it into an outright farce.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    At an economical 94 minutes, Rabbit-Proof Fence trims all the fat and tells its heartfelt and stirring story. This is one of 2002's most memorable imports.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    Despite rave reviews, film festival awards, and an Oscar nomination, Spellbound comes across as little more than a marginally compelling documentary -– the kind of movie that would be at home on PBS.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    A touching, well-made motion picture whose only real flaw lies in the overfamiliar storyline.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Miyazaki may not have achieved the level of "Spirited Away," but he's still ahead of the curve.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The Simpsons is interested in being a family film, although this is one of those rare animated occasions when adults are the primary audience. I, for one, couldn't be happier.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    A drama about isolation and communication, The Band's Visit is characterized both by strongly delineated characters and low-key comedy. The movie is not lightweight but it is at times lighthearted.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The film has been crafted with a consideration that the best family movies appeal not only to a young target audience but to the parents who accompany their offspring to theaters.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    The tone is lighthearted and the performances are effective but, in the end, the feature is so inconsequential as to leave no lasting impression.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Like other actors who successfully create a cinematic doppelganger of a real person, Strathairn gets under the character's skin.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The battle between Max and The Blaster in Beyond Thunderdome may be the best the series has to offer.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Deep Water is a documentary, but it's also one part adventure film, one part Greek tragedy, and one part meditation on the role of the "hero" in modern society.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Whitmore's Brooks is a brilliantly-realized character, and the scenes with him attempting to cope with life outside of Shawshank represents one of the film's most moving -- and effective -- sequences.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    The storyline is more interesting and ambitious, the characters -- little more than appealing types in the original -- are allowed to grow and develop, the special effects are more mature, and the tone is deliciously dark and downbeat. [Special Edition]

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