James Berardinelli

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For 3,312 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 3.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Lawrence of Arabia (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
Score distribution:
3312 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Director John Dahl has fun with this material, filming the modern-day noir potboiler with such gusto that it's impossible not to fall under its spell.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Atonement is effective at getting under the skin, and some audience members won't like that.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The Tree of Life falls short of masterful but retains a power that far too many motion pictures lack. It's about SOMETHING and, even when it fails, it does so in a manner that is interesting and not infantile.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The Last Jedi is a film of moments. There are perhaps a half-dozen of them: goose-pimple inducing, fist-pump encouraging, heart-racing bursts of cinematic satisfaction. The problem is that the narrative threads connecting them are lazily knitted and sometimes tangled or broken.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    The Host is a strange little movie: part creature feature, part social commentary, and part slapstick comedy. The problem with the film is that the sum isn't greater than the parts and the pieces don't fuse in a way that's consistently pleasing or cinematically satisfying.
    • 85 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Everything in Out of Sight is smart -- the dialogue, the characters, and the storyline.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Summer Hours attracted two of France's acting luminaries, and their presence elevates the material. Charles Berling has the central role; the movie is largely told from his perspective. Juliette Binoche, with blonde hair, has a secondary part.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The lackluster acting and horrendous dialogue don't help.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The Long Day Closes is very much the visual equivalent of a verse or a poem: beautiful images, but no narrative.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    As rich in emotional impact as in style, this motion picture sets a high standard that we as viewers can only hope the other two chapters of the trilogy will match.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's a compelling tale that offers the opportunity for reflection and discussion about issues that have never really gone away and continue to lurk in the cultural background.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    From Russia with Love is among the most tightly-plotted of all the Bond films, and, as a result, is one of the shortest. It moves briskly, blending intrigue, romance, and action into an immensely satisfying whole.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The narrative is little more than a flimsy envelope -- it's the men and women who are sealed within that make Sling Blade worth watching.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The film's success or failure depends almost entirely on a viewer's ability to relate to and become involved in the lives of the characters. We are with them for less than a week and, during that short time, we come to understand the lifetime of hurt and misunderstanding that stands between them.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    There's more to the film than nostalgia; it also offers insight, and that's what makes it worth viewing on the big screen rather than waiting for its Discovery Channel premiere.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Although imperfect, it's engaging, thought-provoking stuff.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The Man Without a Past is a modern fairy tale. It certainly is divorced from reality. Despite this -– or perhaps because of it -– it's a satisfying motion picture.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Moonrise Kingdom is lovingly crafted with an attention to detail that is breathtaking while, at the same time, it displays genuine affection for its young protagonists.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Deliciously perverse, delightfully twisty, and unapologetically erotic.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    For the briefest of moments, someone not paying attention might mistake Lantana for a mystery. -- Lantana is actually an examination of human interaction.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    A solid starting point for those unfamiliar with Apted's greatest work, and a must-see for those who have been down this road before.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Those in search of escapism should not look to this motion picture, but anyone willing to assume the risk of facing the ugliness of Johnny's world will find a startling, gut-wrenching, eye-opening experience.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Milk feels like an important picture, but not in a way that makes it tedious to watch. There's no pretentious sheen to the proceedings.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    An engaging and powerful motion picture, every bit the equal of Merchant Ivory's best work, and certainly the most emotionally-wrenching tale they have brought to the screen.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Begins almost as a nostalgic excursion, but quickly detours into a powerful and telling story that examines forbidden love, racial tension, and other issues that are as valid today as they were in the 1950s.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is a powerful tale of crime, guilt, and punishment -- a drama that incorporates elements of whodunit mystery/thrillers and police procedurals with a richly textured three-character play.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Looper is a tremendous motion picture experience. Not merely a "very good" one, but a great one.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The best animated feature (at least thus far) of 2016.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    At times compelling, at times devastating, and at times long-winded.

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