James Berardinelli
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For 2,823 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 5.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 A Clockwork Orange
Lowest review score: 0 Feast
Score distribution:
2,823 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Pump Up the Volume, in addition to presenting an engaging story, has tapped into a universal truth about rebels with causes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The stunning Lisa Ray, a Bollywood exile, makes one of the most beautiful widows ever to grace the screen. Vidula Javalgekar gives a memorable turn as the infirm "Auntie." But the real find is Sarala, a Sri Lankan girl who memorized dialogue in a language she does not understand and delivers it with conviction.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    An engaging romantic comedy that would have been better if the audience wasn't constantly being distracted by mediocre video quality and jerky camera movements.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    An infectious celebration of life and love.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's those moments and others and the way they are tied together by Shepherd's tongue-in-cheek narration that cements A Christmas Story as one of those rare must-see holiday movies, even for those who don't celebrate Christmas.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    If not for a somewhat forced catharsis during the epilogue (the weakest segment of the movie), Breaking the Waves would have been more wrenching than it is.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Career Girls is a wonderful diversion -- expert film making that's all the more effective because it seems so natural and effortless. The movie lacks the grit of Naked and the emotional impact of Secrets and Lies, but, because it effectively transforms two strangers into people worth caring about, Career Girls can be regarded as nothing less than a success.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    The final half-hour of Broken Embraces is littered with facile contrivances and plot turns worthy of a soap opera. It's almost mystifying, and more than a little frustrating, to watch a movie cruising at such a high level suddenly suffer a complete breakdown and lose too much altitude.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    A bleak, black satire that occasionally strays all the way into "Pulp Fiction" territory.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Offers the prospect of seeing beyond the stereotypes that plague Native Americans in even the best films.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The result is a sharp, insightful, charming motion picture.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    A workmanlike thriller that provides solid performances; a mixture of comedy, tension, and drama; and an engaging storyline. But there's nothing extraordinary about the movie.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    It's simple and well-told, although nothing about it is breathtakingly original.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Together, Crystal and Ryan really click. Even though their characters are polar opposites (or perhaps because of it), their interaction has a charm and warmth that most motion picture pairings lack.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Perhaps the most impressive thing that Newell has done with Donnie Brasco is to cull an atypically low-key and introspective performance from Al Pacino, an actor known for manic, scenery-chewing efforts.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The acting is uniformly superb.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The 30-minute finale, which includes a tense stand-off with Ben's gang, is masterfully executed. It's perfectly paced, suspenseful, and ends in a way that's both appropriate and satisfying.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Jane Eyre is good enough to provide lovers of classic literature with a reason to venture to theaters without being subjected to a salacious or demeaning adaptation.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    In today's environment, it's a rare thing to find a movie with interesting characters in dense, intelligent storylines, but that's what Syriana offers. It is one of the best films of 2005.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    I lost track of how many times I checked my watch during the nearly three interminable hours it took Heat to play itself to a predictable conclusion of a chase scene and a shoot-out.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It delivers on everything it promises, from the modern day reverse-Cinderella fable to a fabric of low-key humor. [Review of re-release]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Dreamgirls is good and at times it touches greatness.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior is a straightforward action/adventure film, filled to the brim with over-the-top chases and stunts.
    • 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.

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