James Berardinelli, ReelViews
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For 2,666 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 6.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Bonnie and Clyde
Lowest review score: 0 Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
Score distribution:
2,666 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Dreamgirls is good and at times it touches greatness.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    It may not be frivolously engaging but it is compelling.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The Father of My Children is exceptional drama. Compelling and unforced, it shows sensitivity and evenhandedness in approaching a difficult subject.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Menace II Society has a devastating impact. Few films possess the power to keep an audience sitting in stunned silence after the end credits begin rolling, but this is one of them.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Starts slowly, but builds to a satisfying conclusion.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    The only reason Soul Kitchen is being marketed as an "art film" in the United States is because it is subtitled. On merit, this is as mainstream as one can imagine - a generic, feel-good plot that's fit for a sit-com. Call it My Big Fat Greek Restaurant.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Not only is it based on a fairly original premise, but the humor exhibits a distinct edge.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Martha Marcy May Marlene offers a challenging, emotionally riveting experience, even if the conclusion dangles at the edge of an unresolvable cliffhanger.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    It's fascinating to see how life imitates art; the closing months of Tolstoy's life read like something he might have penned. One need not be familiar with "War and Peace," "Anna Karenina," or anything else written by the Russian great to appreciate the movie, however.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The movie with which it has the closest relationship may be "Glengarry Glen Ross." The same sense of desperation, the same need to make the sale, permeates Margin Call. Both films are to some degree about the dehumanizing impact of money and both are driven more by characters than plot points.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The casting is perfect. Webb has chosen leads who are familiar but not overexposed, and who are on equal footing (neither overshadows the other).
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Offbeat, daring, and the kind of offering Hollywood will never come close to embracing.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    This is an unusual source of entertainment.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Only a handful of working film makers are capable of presenting the English language with the artistry and rhythm employed here (Tarantino and Mamet come to mind), and the director's approach makes apparently-banal conversations come alive.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's a powerful, affecting tale that uses scenes of the young couple's new love as a counterpoint to Iris' final days - memories of a brightest spring echoing in the darkest depths of winter.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Witness states its position about clashing cultures with eloquence.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Ultimately, however, A Dangerous Method is less about the formative years of psychotherapy and two of its progenitors than it is about a rule-breaking extramarital affair.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Uncompromising, painful, and at times difficult to watch, this movie lays bare more than a few raw nerves. Some viewers will find it too real, too immediate. It's an experience, to be sure, but I wouldn't classify it as entertainment.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Bold and stirring with impeccable production values, The Last of the Mohicans is a memorable motion picture adventure, and one of the best films of the year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Like in "Training Day" and "Malcolm X," where he portrayed less than perfect individuals, Washington rules the screen. His portrayal is one of many things that elevates this film to the level of being consistently entertaining and occasionally compelling.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Mud
    Reese Witherspoon's unglamorous, understated supporting work recalls the kinds of films she made before becoming a movie star. Other recognizable faces include Sam Shepard, Joe Don Baker, Michael Shannon, and Sarah Paulson.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    It's a deliciously amusing and sometimes surprisingly poignant look at the difficulties of being a 15-year old outsider whose chief goals in life are getting laid and making sure his parents don't split up.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    What if Quentin Tarantino collaborated with John Hughes on a teen comedy? Superbad is a decent approximation of what the result might be.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    An enjoyable, although not ambitious, holiday outing.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    The result, regardless of how it was arrived at, is gutless.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Balances character development with plot, and that's crucial to its success.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    On balance, more of the movie works than doesn't, but this isn't 140 minutes of unqualified successes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Kids for Cash may not be inherently cinematic (a lot of the footage, after all, first appeared on television) but it is compelling.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Likely to bring a smile to your lips and a bounce to your step.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Rango is the poster child for those who are anti-3-D, and a great reminder that genuine creativity doesn't need a gimmicky crutch to appeal to audiences.