James Berardinelli

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For 3,194 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 Life of Brian (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Captivity
Score distribution:
3194 movie reviews
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    With each death, the film becomes less interesting. By the end, it's just a routine slasher flick with a too-predictable final "twist."
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The good news first: The Alamo is probably the most historically accurate depiction yet to reach the screen of the famous siege. The bad news is that "historically accurate" does not necessarily translate into "dramatically successful."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Although each episode might be marginally entertaining in its own right, the overall effect is that the movie isn't funny enough, exciting enough, or dramatic enough to warrant two hours of an audience member's time.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Pretty much a one-trick pony, and, after a while, that trick loses its ability to impress.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The problem lies in the screenplay which latches on to the few clever and/or funny elements in the film and runs them into the ground via repetition.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Takes the action/adventure story to new heights of preposterousness. In a way, that's not a bad thing, since it allows a certain level of guilty enjoyment.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Half of what's going on is never explained, and what is explained, doesn't make much sense. And that's just the beginning of the problems encountered in director Paul Anderson's ("Mortal Kombat") poorly executed endeavor.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The latest motion picture to take an intriguing premise and flush it into the septic tank.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Jumanji takes approximately one-hundred minutes for four people to play a board game. The result isn't much more fun or involving than watching a few friends play Monopoly.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Cursed with two of the least interesting bad guys in recent memory. While McGivens and Armand are unquestionably villainous, there's nothing about them to cause audiences to hiss. They're boring.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The Producers is a movie based on a play based on a movie about a play. And that's probably the funniest thing about it.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    An unfocused mess, with poor chemistry all around and an ending that's as firm and satisfying as an overcooked noodle.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    One of the year's most uninspired inspirational stories.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Too much in Nacho Libre doesn't work to enable me to recommend it to anyone except a card-carrying member of the Jack Black fan club.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    A blend of lackluster comedy and lazy plotting, the film feels a lot like bad Hitchcock.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The resulting finished project is a series of skits performed by famous people doing favors for a friend, and it works about as well as one might expect from such an endeavor.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    In the end, you have to possess a sweet spot for Black and his antics to find Tenacious D more than barely watchable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The Pursuit of Happyness is long, dull, and depressing.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    This movie is the worst kind of offender: it thinks its funny and clever, but it is neither. The filmmakers have mistaken banality for wit and silliness for humor, and that doesn't begin to address how visually clunky this motion picture is.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The movie's central flaw: it's not funny enough to be worth the price of admission.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The delicate air of romance that often makes this sort of film worthwhile is absent. French Kiss does it by the numbers, not from the heart.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The problem here isn't as much the talent in front of the camera as it is the weak and hackneyed script. Vampire in Brooklyn is in need of an infusion (or should that be transfusion?) of originality and creativity -- two qualities that are blatantly absent.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    If not for Bornedal's stylish approach to the material and a couple of effectively chilling sequences, Nightwatch would have been a complete waste of time and effort.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    There are occasional nice moments scattered throughout, but this is mostly a big, uncomfortable cartoon focused on the twisted attraction between two caricatures.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Martian Child wants to make us cry. It nearly made me gag. This is an exercise in shameless and inept emotional manipulation.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    One of those movies in which the principals talk a lot but don't say much.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Awake is short enough (about 85 minutes) that it doesn't wear out its welcome. It's not a good movie but it's silly and lively enough to keep most viewers from dozing off, even if that might be a more profitable use of their time.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    An exercise in mediocrity. It's curious how little of the TV series' charm and appeal can be found in this uneven, plodding excuse for a reunion.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    There are good things to be said about The Spirit, but not enough of them to outweigh the bad.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Transporter 3 is the most frustrating entry into a series that has never set the bar terribly high.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    It's disposable entertainment at its most extreme.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    It lacks the simple elegance and intelligence of the earlier film, and employs special effects and pointless action scenes to replace passages of dialogue.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    This is a rare time when young ones will get more out of a Sandler movie than their parents, who may have grown up with him when he was on "Saturday Night Live."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The movie doesn't come close to the family-friendly comedic pseudo-incest flirted with in "Back to the Future." That, apparently, is deemed too unsettling for today's audiences. So 17 Again none-too-cleverly tap dances around these issues.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    While The Limits of Control offers some picturesque photography and grist for thought, it is ultimately too much like The Emperor's New Clothes to warrant anything approaching enthusiasm. The message is banal and the means by which it is presented reeks of artifice and pretention.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The storyline is all over the place, with numerous unresolved subplots sprouting out of thin air and being left hanging (presumably to be resolved in future movies).
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Considering the talent involved and the strength of the source material, there's no way Edge of Darkness should have been this disappointing. Part of the problem is a direct result of condensation - there's no way to cram six hours of the dense mini-series upon which the movie is based into about 110 minutes without paying a penalty.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The energy is missing in the remake because the techniques, which are replicated in a straightforward fashion, are stale.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The clumsy and obvious byproduct of the financial success of its predecessor last Halloween, this movie has no reason for existing except to provide Paramount Pictures with a few extra shekels.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    A small group of viewers will find in Burlesque a gem to treasure for years to come. It's a bad movie lover's wet dream. For the average multiplex stalker, however, it exists somewhere between inconsequential and a waste of time, so that's where I'll peg it.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Yes, Unknown is preposterous. That in and of itself is not a reason to avoid the movie. The problems lie in the way the absurdity is presented and the manner in which the screenplay resolves once the "truth" is revealed.

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