James Berardinelli

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For 3,290 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 3.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Singin' in the Rain
Lowest review score: 0 Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
Score distribution:
3290 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The Book of Life represents Guillermo del Toro's most hands-on foray (to date) into the realm of family friendly entertainment; this is closer in tone and sensibility to one of Tim Burton's offbeat animated films than one of Pixar's more "vanilla" productions.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    There's enough compelling drama here to overcome elements of artifice. Men, Women & Children feels meaningful although perhaps not profound.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Instead of being respectful of Bram Stoker's creation, it attempts to remake him as a tragic figure with superhero powers.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    Two words that come to mind when considering The Judge are generic and predictable. It's also well-intentioned and earnest (perhaps to a fault).
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Kill the Messenger is compelling material but the recognition that the core of the narrative is based on true events gives it additional power.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 12 James Berardinelli
    Not only is this an amateurish travesty combining fundamentalist Christian eschatology with disaster movie b.s., but it's plodding and tedious.
    • 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.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    In order to show the "happiness" noted in the title, director Peter Chelsom ventures into some dark territory to provide a contrast. This results in a surprisingly unpleasant scene of torture and deprivation that may shock some viewers expecting to see a lightweight Simon Pegg dramedy about the meaning of joy.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    There's probably enough content here to warrant a three-hour movie but Good People is only 90 minutes long.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    With top-notch animation, effective voice casting, and a screenplay that falters only toward the end when faced with the need to provide a resolution, The Boxtrolls offers solid entertainment for older children and the parents that accompany them.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Director Anton Fuqua has jettisoned almost everything related to the TV series except the title, the main character's name, and the bare-bones premise. Even the theme song is gone. For all intents and purposes, The Equalizer isn't so much a reboot as it is an entirely new entity.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The white hats are stained dark gray as if by ashes and soot. The villains are twisted, cruel, and vile. The heroes aren't much better.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Despite a strong opening and riveting first 45 minutes, The Maze Runner devolves into one of the weakest post-apocalyptic Young Adult movies to reach theaters in recent years.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Even considering some of its late-innings flaws, this is an engaging movie that doesn't mistake histrionics and bile for solid family reunion drama.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The performances are uniformly strong and there are some powerful scenes but the overall story arc is less insightful or affecting than one might hope.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The Drop's unpredictability is organic rather than sensationalistic. The movie doesn't pull surprises out of thin air for the sole purpose of shocking an audience - it lets them develop naturally.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The November Man feels like just about every B-grade spy thriller that has ever been committed to the silver screen.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    When the Game Stands Tall is one of those cliché-riddled feel good movies that, by trying too hard to be inspirational, ends up as cloying and overly sentimental.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    This movie is mostly about visual razzle-dazzle and riffing on film noir conceits. Rodriguez hasn't deviated far from his mission statement for the original and that's a good thing for Sin City fans.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    The problem with all of this is that Are You Here is less than two hours long and, to effectively explore issues and themes of this magnitude would require at least a full season of a TV series. So we're left with half-developed characters and quickly sketched relationships.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    One of the most curious aspects of If I Stay is the way it rigorously ignores religion and spirituality. With the exception of an undefined "white light" image that recurs, the movie never once mentions "God" (as an entity). For a movie that is so much about death, it seems like an odd omission.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    For a mostly brainless movie, The Expendables 3 has a surprisingly dense plot, which is part of the problem. The 2-hour running length is unnecessarily long.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The strength of the cast speaks volumes about the "prestige" aspect of the production. In addition to Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, and Alexander Skarsgard contribute.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    The result, while capable of painlessly occupying 90 minutes, isn't remarkable enough to recommend as more than a home video rental.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Into the Storm is as straightforward a disaster film as you're likely to find.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    When it's over, the sense is one of deep satisfaction - of having gotten to know a family in a way few motion pictures allow.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles doesn't so much provide brainless enjoyment as it pummels the viewer into submission. "Shell-shocked" is a reasonable description of the experience.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The Hundred-Foot Journey represents a pleasant diversion for those who have grown weary of traditional summer movie fare. The picture is about people and how they interact. There are no explosions or car chases.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    If you're a fan of James Brown's oeuvre, the film will keep you interested. If you're not, Get on Up will quickly become tedious and will wear out its welcome long before the end of its 133-minute run.

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