James Berardinelli
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For 2,813 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 5.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Untouchables
Lowest review score: 0 Feast
Score distribution:
2,813 movie reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    With its refined wit and glorious vision, The Hudsucker Proxy is certainly deserving of a wide audience.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    With Hugo, Martin Scorsese has accomplished what few in Hollywood are willing to try: make a movie for adults that arrives without sex, violence, or profanity and earns a PG-rating.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The tale related here isn't all that original, but the honest presentation lends impact to a wrenching scenario.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Its complex (yet not mystifying) storytelling, forceful character development, and superb cinematography make this a candidate for one of 2006's best offerings.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It Follows doesn't try to get viewers to jump out of their seats. Instead, employing the time-honored technique of the "slow build", it pressures fingernails to dig into arm rests.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    With Get Shorty, Sonnenfeld has shown that broad appeal doesn't necessarily equate with stupidity. That's a lesson Hollywood should learn.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Superman Returns is not only a credit to the first two Superman movies; it may be the best of the series. Its combination of romance and fantasy adventure is unparalleled in superhero comic book-to-movie sagas.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Mandoki has given us a powerful motion picture. Even those who disagree with the film's politics will be haunted by its message.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    With its rapid pace, smart screenplay, and top-notch acting, this is one of the 2007 Oscar season's most appealing and compelling adult motion pictures.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Overall, it's a story of triumph and adventure - of oppression ended and freedom begun.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is as anti-Hollywood a film as I have seen in recent months, one which takes conventional plot ideas and uses them not to season a melodrama, but to enrich fully three-dimensional characters and create a forceful motion picture.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    With its rare mixture of intelligent plotting, flawless acting, and start-to- finish tension, Copycat is a force to be reckoned with.
    • 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."
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    As is often the case with European films, the acting is superlative...The real standout, however, is newcomer Jaye Davidson, whose performance is, without exaggeration, stunning...Not to be missed.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's a noteworthy achievement for director Damien Chazelle to infuse a tale about the development of a musician with all the tension and intensity of a top-notch thriller. Whiplash is riveting.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Good, solid entertainment.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Like other actors who successfully create a cinematic doppelganger of a real person, Strathairn gets under the character's skin.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Cinematic magic.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The Wings of the Dove is not a happy tale, but it is a vivid and unforgettable one, featuring multi- dimensional characters, beautiful cinematography, impressive set design, and accomplished acting.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Despite the grim, serious nature of the subject matter, Meirelles unearths occasional moments of humor, although they are often of the gallows variety.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The screenplay is written with a thinking audience in mind, the dialogue sparkles, the characters leap off the screen in full three-dimensionality, and the cliches are kept to a bare minimum.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This enigmatic and in some ways maddening motion picture has the power to haunt every viewer it reaches.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    You don't have to be Catholic, or Irish, or even American, to "get it." Burns' language, despite originating on Long Island, is universal in appeal and meaning.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    One of the reasons that Quiz Show is so extraordinary is because it spins a story as compelling on the personal level as on the national one.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Not since "The Crying Game" has Jordan crafted as compelling a motion picture.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is most definitely NOT a date movie. But if you appreciate films that are more substance than style, that take challenges and don't follow formulas, and that feature Oscar-caliber performances, Closer is not to be missed.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    For those who enjoy the offbeat, The City of Lost Children is worth taking the time and effort to find.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Caused a major stir with Sundance, and for good reason -- it was perhaps the most offbeat, energetic, and eye-opening motion picture to screen there.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Tells a good, intelligent story that keeps us interested and involved.

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