James Berardinelli

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For 3,063 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 4.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Dead Again
Lowest review score: 0 The Neon Demon
Score distribution:
3063 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Those who go to a Villeneuve production, Sicario included, must be prepared for intense suspense, moral ambiguity, and an ending that doesn't conform to Hollywood norms.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Although there's little wrong with the first two-thirds, A History of Violence slides onto a tangential path during its final act, and this misstep reduces the production's overall effectiveness.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    When it comes to mockumentary parodies, no one does it better than Christopher Guest.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Georgia is a tour de force for Leigh, and her portrayal of the troubled, passionate Sadie lingers in the mind long after many of the movie's plot details have faded.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Although Arrival is about first contact with extraterrestrials, it says more about the human experience than the creatures from another world. This is a singularly powerful movie, without question one of 2016’s best.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Juno has a great heroine and is blessed by a screenplay that doesn't try to do too much and finds the perfect ending.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    Raw
    It relies on gross-out scenes to earn the right to be called “disturbing” and seems more interested in delivering schlocky shocks than suffocating the viewer with suspense or dread.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The cumulative experience leaves an aftertaste that, although not bitter, is too strong to be easily washed away. That's the mark of a worthwhile motion picture.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Possesses the rare ability to make an audience laugh (and laugh hard) and cry, without ever seeming manipulative or going hopelessly over-the-top.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    For those with any interest in 18th and 19th century seafaring or naval warfare, this is a must-see motion picture. For others, it's an enlightening and entertaining experience.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The real wreckage in Locke is to the main character's old life, and the manner in which it is depicted makes this one of the year's most intriguing motion pictures.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    With names like Spielberg, Hanks, and the Coen Brothers, it's hard not to be excited about a project like Bridge of Spies. Yet, although the workmanlike production is solidly engaging, it falls short of the loftiest expectations. It's worth seeing but not one of the best films of 2015.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Like "Raging Bull", Foxcatcher is a dark drama masquerading as a sports movie.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The result is an effective portrait of a damaged individual uncertain about the meaning of love and commitment and the two key relationships in his life that teach him lessons about both.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Bright Star is a nice ode to the poet, the love of his life, and the period in which he lived.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's not comfortable but it is engrossing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is the kind of charming motion picture that can be viewed repeatedly without ever wearing out its welcome. With several triumphant musical numbers, an original villain, a smart and witty script, a cute romance, and a new, upbeat ending, this Little Shop of Horrors offers countless delights during its 94-minute running time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    The title character never emerges from the iconic shell she inhabits to become a fully fleshed-out individual and the filmmakers are perhaps too reverential to make her seem real. Like Camelot, she’s a mythic figure and Jackie doesn’t do enough to humanize her.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    A little too long and suffers from a sagging midsection when the level of exposition becomes laborious, but the spectacularly entertaining final 30 minutes compensates for a lot of flaws.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Despite the occasional brutality of the material, Django Unchained includes some of the best laugh aloud scenes of any 2012 motion picture, regardless of the genre.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Where Happiness shines, however, is in the series of extraordinary performances given by the members of the diverse ensemble cast. Leading the group is Dylan Baker, whose turn as Bill is astounding.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    I'm sure mainstream audiences will be baffled, but, for those with at least a minimal appreciation of Woolf and Clarissa Dalloway, The Hours represents two of those well spent.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Using gallows humor, likable protagonists, and a variety of nonstandard filmmaking techniques (like having characters address the audience directly), McKay maintains a high level of energy for more than two hours and dares us to become bored.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Moana is an entertaining and worthy way to close Disney’s 2016 animated roster.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Aronofsky's directorial style is simple and spare. There are no flourishes or attempts to convince us that he is a master of his craft.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Skyfall can take its place alongside "From Russia with Love," "Goldfinger," and "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" as the best Bond can offer.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    In the Company of Men is anything but entertaining. It's virtually impossible to sit through this film without suffering bouts of intense discomfort, and therein lies its power.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    The storyline is more interesting and ambitious, the characters -- little more than appealing types in the original -- are allowed to grow and develop, the special effects are more mature, and the tone is deliciously dark and downbeat. [Special Edition]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Imperfect, but magical nonetheless.

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