James Berardinelli

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For 3,073 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 4.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Braveheart
Lowest review score: 0 The Neon Demon
Score distribution:
3073 movie reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Tautly paced and expertly directed, this roller coaster ride of a motion picture offers a little bit of everything, all wrapped up in a tidy science fiction/action package.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Lincoln paints a powerful and compelling portrait of the man who has become an icon. We don't need to see more of his life to understand how rare a figure he was - this window is more than sufficient.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    The first is the best. When it comes to this kind of thriller, no movie has been able to top Jaws, although many have tried. And, as the years go by, it seems increasingly unlikely that anything will come close.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Room is honest and challenging but it’s more uplifting than one might expect from a film with such a horrific backstory.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Nebraska is a rambling affair. It's about characters and dialogue. There's not much of a narrative to speak of - this is even more minimalist than "About Schmidt" or "Sideways."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The result is magical and life affirming, and will enrapture those who are not scared away by the mention of "subtitles."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    This movie is no masterpiece, but it is an electric, colorful production that roasts the media and those obsessed by it over an open flame.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    Rushmore is one of those films that's so inconsequential that its memory threatens to fade away before the end credits have finished rolling.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Cholodenko, whose previous features include the pretentious "High Art" and the sudsy "Laurel Canyon," pitches The Kids Are All Right at right level - there's enough light comedy to leaven the melodrama and keep it from becoming overbearing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The narrative is presented in a straightforward manner; Soderbergh doesn't employ any unusual chronologies. His style is frank, not quirky, and lends itself to a number of powerful images.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    A nearly flawless example of movie composition, with close examination revealing how carefully it was put together. For those who take a less studious and more visceral approach to movie viewing, it's also worth noting that Chinatown is a superior thriller - one that will keep viewers involved and "in the moment" until the final, mournful scene has come to a conclusion.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Takes all of the drama and suspense inherent in a submarine-based story and delivers it in a near-perfect package, establishing Das Boot as not just a terrific adrenaline rush, but one of the best movies ever made. [Director's Cut]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    With Deliver Us from Evil, Berg has been uncompromising in the picture she paints. She pulls no punches and makes no apologies.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Lacking even a line of dialogue and using hand-drawn images, The Red Turtle is more about feel and look than narrative. The story is a means to convey illustrations and emotions.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Recognizing that many of the movie's elements are lifted from actual events elevates the importance of what the movie has to say.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Although most movies favor passion and true love, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg shows that another less demanding, more subtle kind of love has its own appeal.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Watching this film demands two qualities that are sadly lacking in all but the most mature and sophisticated audiences: patience and a willingness to ponder the meaning of what's transpiring on screen. 2001 is awe inspiring, but it is most definitely not a "thrill ride." It is art, it is a statement, and it is indisputably a cinematic classic.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Almodovar also manages to conclude the film on a hopeful note, and one that will have many audience members wishing that he will someday return to tell more about these characters.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Yet, for all of The Master's laudable elements, it falls short of greatness for one simple reason: the storytelling is unspectacular.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    In addition to telling an involving story, This Is England is insightful and informative.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's an uncompromising movie that illustrates one of the most convincing personality transformations that I have seen in a recent motion picture.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    There's no doubt that it's a flawed movie, but it's one of the most wonderfully entertaining flawed movies made.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    My sense is that adults will be more taken with Ponyo than their offspring.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    The problem with Beasts of the Southern Wild is that, like "The Tree of Life," it seeks to integrate its small, very personal story into a much larger, more ambitious tapestry.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Cusack invests such sincerity in his portrayal of Lloyd that it's impossible not to root for him to get the girl. He's the classic underdog that we all think of ourselves as -- earnest, engaging, and impossible to resist because of his flaws, rather than in spite of them.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The Bourne Ultimatum provides a lot more suspense and tension than "Transformers" could hope for.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Isn't just an expose of the porn industry -- it's a provocative and involving character study, as well.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Crafted without a whiff of melodrama, this motion picture takes a steady, unflinching look at the plight of Jews in Warsaw.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The Edge of Heaven is marked by a number of remarkable performances.

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