James Berardinelli

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For 3,284 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 3.5 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 Bachelorette
Score distribution:
3284 movie reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Howard and Morgan have transformed this story into something more than an embellished re-telling of recent history. They have shaped a tragedy that is almost Shakespearean in force.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    It affirms that, even in the 2000s, movies do not have to be brain-dead to be exciting. When the season is over, Minority Report will more than likely stand out as the best picture to grace multiplex screens during the Summer of 2002.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Grabs you by the throat and digs its claws in deep. From the moment that the unwitting viewer tumbles into the realm of Lawrence Tierney's gang of eight, they are hopelessly trapped there until the final credits roll.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    The blend of quick-moving adventure, familiar faces, lowbrow slapstick, highbrow wit, and visual style offers more than one thing to just about everyone. And, with an ending that mocks the idea of happily ever after, Time Bandits concludes perfectly.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Although the majority of the movie focuses on the interaction between Mark and Cheryl, there is a third character in the mix. Catholic priest Father Brendan, played by William H. Macy, belongs to a liberal wing of the Church found only in movies.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    Does what all good National Geographic documentaries do: it informs and entertains while providing interesting wildlife footage. Unfortunately, it's not cinematic.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    The movie's point, which is impossible to miss, is that it's hard being black & gay in America and, while there's undoubtedly truth in that sentiment, it doesn't necessarily make for a compelling motion picture circa 2011.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Despite the grim, serious nature of the subject matter, Meirelles unearths occasional moments of humor, although they are often of the gallows variety.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    The movie feels like Baumbach is working through some family issues.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Pride will get viewers cheering while reflecting upon how far we have come in 30 years… and how far we have yet to go.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Manages the task of being both heartbreaking and heart-warming.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This role could represent a career performance for Cheadle, whose forceful and multi-dimensional portrayal keeps Hotel Rwanda at a consistently high level.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    One of those rare films whose historical impact outweighs its quality. It's a good film, but not a classic. Yet, although little more than a socially conscious, well executed science fiction adventure film, Planet of the Apes arrived in theaters at just the right time to capture the country's imagination.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    For those who do not consider themselves to be among the Sex and the City faithful, this is a painful experience, perhaps the longest 148 minutes likely to be spent in a movie theater this year. Watching grass grow is more dramatically satisfying.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's a genuine pleasure to find a movie with such a deep and intelligent portrayal of simple human lives, with all their minor triumphs and tragedies.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Coriolanus deserves to be seen, however, especially among those who enjoy Shakespeare without considering themselves purists. It's violent, bloody, fast-paced, and powerfully acted. And, if the language represents a barrier of sorts, it's worth remembering that some of the greatest phrases in history derive from Shakespeare's texts.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    This isn't a revolutionary or thematically rich motion picture, but it's a well-told story featuring solid performances and a nice sense of atmosphere.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Gone Girl is a rare movie: a delicious thriller that provides plenty of titillation and gruesome pleasure while offering a dollop of social commentary. It's smart, twisted, bloody, and almost guaranteed to satisfy anyone with a penchant for the macabre.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    This is a fine motion picture with a couple of superlative performances. It is arguably the best, most honest bio-pic of the year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    In the wasteland of August releases, this entry shines like a beacon lighting the way to a theater.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Loving is an important and interesting motion picture but it’s not always as involving as it might have been.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The movie eventually achieves a level of powerful drama…but only after dithering for more than an hour.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The movie's action largely takes place beneath the skin. The pace is slow but not glacial, yet Claudel demands patience. Ultimately, I've Loved You So Long is uplifting, although one might not expect that from the thematic material.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Character development is of secondary importance to narrative and theme. As a result, we never really get to know any of the film's protagonists.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Tells a good, intelligent story that keeps us interested and involved.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The presence of so many low-key performers gives A Serious Man a very different, distinctly non-Hollywood vibe. The absence of familiar faces allows the Coens to fully immerse their audience in the time (1967) and place (the U.S. Midwest) of the story.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    It is for a particular audience - those who like films that concentrate on character rather than plot, and who aren't put off by subtitles.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Cast against type is Amy Adams. Normally tabbed for sweet and innocent roles, Adams here dons the persona of a confrontational bitch.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    This is a simple story of human drama that provides an incentive to spend a couple of hours in a movie theater during a spring that has not provided many such reasons.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Green Room is a simple movie with a straightforward premise. The film works for two reasons: Stewart’s presence and Saulnier’s execution.

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