James Berardinelli

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For 2,909 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 5.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Munich
Lowest review score: 0 Feast
Score distribution:
2909 movie reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Movies like this usually have something interesting to say about the human condition, but not Nine Lives. It makes an insufferably obvious observation: we live boring lives, shit happens, and we die.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It represents a missed opportunity on every level. As a black comedy, it fails. As a satire of the bloated wedding industry, it fails. As a drama about friendship triumphing over all, it fails.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    "The Hangover" was high octane fun. "The Hangover Part II," despite its repetitive nature, was enjoyable. The Hangover Part III is some kind of hideous experiment in mass consumer torture.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Orphan is being marketed as a horror movie, but that's misdirection. It's more of a standard thriller in the "evil amongst us" mode, about a group of people who inadvertently admit a psychopath into their midst.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Very little of what made the written version so enjoyable has been successfully translated to the screen, and what we're left with instead is an overly-long (two hours and thirty-four minutes, to be exact), pedantic thriller.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The result is an unappealing mess, made less bearable by uniformly lackluster performances and the cheesy special effects.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This is as dreadful a holiday offering as you're likely to find this year. A lump of coal would be more welcome.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Regardless of whatever ephemeral entertainment this production may offer to some, it is not by any reasonable definition a good movie. It is badly written, inexpertly directed, poorly acted, erratically paced, and features music of dubious worth.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Plagued by moralizing so strident and a style so artificial that the story never has a chance to speak to an audience.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    If all you're looking for is breasts, blood, and gore, this film hits pay dirt. None of the killings are terribly inventive, but they are plentiful, and why bother being devious when axes, machetes, knives, and pointed sticks will do the job just as well?
    • 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.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    To succeed, Deception requires viewers to be both inattentive and stupid. There's not a twist in this flimsy and moth-eaten plot that isn't both contrived and transparent and not a character who hasn't been hopelessly manipulated by the needs of the narrative.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This movie isn't bad in the way some incompetently made movies are bad; this is bad because there's much skill evident in a pointless endeavor.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Unremarkable. A more honest description would be to label it as mirthless, pointless, and banal.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The only thing that distinguishes Species 2 is how awful it is.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    With a script that waffles between being hilariously absurd and insultingly stupid, and action scenes that won't cause anyone's pulse to skip a beat, Paycheck is less appealing than a lump of coal in a Christmas stocking.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A Perfect Murder has inexplicably managed to eliminate almost everything that was worthwhile about "Dial M for Murder," leaving behind the nearly-unwatchable wreckage of a would-be '90s thriller.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    From narrative to character development to staging, every frame of Mistress America drips with artifice. It's a playground for unpleasant, self-absorbed characters - an excursion into the lifestyles of people most of us would prefer to bypass. If there's an antonym for self-awareness, it applies to nearly everyone populating this misfire.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The movie starts cheating the audience early, and never lets up.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A shallow, transparent satire/social commentary, Palindromes lives and dies on a gimmick.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A maudlin hack-job.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The only worthwhile portion of Twin Dragons is the climactic action sequence, but, to get to that, it's necessary to endure more than an hour of unfunny physical comedy and excruciating verbal interaction.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    My Best Friend's Girl isn't just a misfire; it's a misfire compounded by a chain of miscalculations, and it's hard to figure out who this could appeal to (except, perhaps, Dane Cook's fan club).
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The script isn't just "dumbed down," it's lobotomized.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The film is critic-proof and it will find an audience, but it's hard to imagine even the film's target demographic (teenage boys) being overly enthusiastic about the product. It's disposable entertainment of the worst kind.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Once again, we have a movie where the jokes are aimed at the least common denominator - meaning that to genuinely enjoy the experience of sitting through Slackers, you will need help from a controlled substance.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    However, once you realize there's no "pleasure" to be had from something this wantonly dumb and idiotically constructed, all that's left is "guilt" - guilt that you actually spent money to see this.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's a cloying, humorless motion picture whose only assets are the work of Jim Henson's Creature Shop and a couple of good one-liners by a pair of rodents.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The movie mandates complete gullibility and vacuous attention in order to work on any level.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The Punisher isn't Frank Castle; it's Jonathan Hensleigh. And the punishee is anyone sitting in the audience.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    For a strangely-titled, female-oriented drama about mothers and daughters bonding, try "The Joy Luck Club" and leave Ya-Ya as a phrase uttered by one-year olds who have yet to learn how to talk.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Schumacher doesn't leave an imprint on the film -- it could be the work of any second-rate director.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Lockout is painful. Not painful in the way Uwe Boll or "Sex and the City" movies are painful. But painful enough that I kept waiting for Nicolas Cage to show up. Or Katherine Heigl. Or, god forbid, both.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Nothing short of a disaster -– easily one of the worst movies of the year.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Misses the mark.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This is a mechanical gore-fest that offers preposterous stunts in place of escalating tension and waxwork mannequins in place of marginally interesting characters.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    One doesn't expect intelligent scripting or deep characterization from Roland Emmerich, but the film's lack of energy, poor special effects, and monotonous pacing lead to an inescapable conclusion: 10,000 B.C. isn't only brain-dead, it's COMPLETELY dead. It's inert and without a heartbeat.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A tedious, incoherent bore.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The movie has little to recommend it and more than a few things to encourage those who pursue quality cinema to stay away.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Boring and repetitive.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    I wonder if Gamer might make a good game; it certainly doesn't make a good movie.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This isn't just typical, unchallenging Hollywood drek -- it's typical, unchallenging Hollywood drek made by people who don't care, for people who don't care.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Speed 2 can be numbered among the worst second chapters ever made.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Is this a movie or a feature-length advertisement for Qwest? We're not just talking one product placement; this brand name is nearly omnipresent.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Everything in G.I. Joe: Retaliation is perfunctory - technically proficient but soulless. It's not exciting. It's boring.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    John Tucker Must Die is toothless. The jokes are obvious and unfunny, the storyline goes nowhere that's interesting or unexpected, and the only chemistry happens in a science lab.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Devil will do little to dispel the growing belief that Shyamalan is a one-trick pony whose horse has keeled over. The laughter during the trailer was sadly prescient; the film is a joke.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Chase, like his Vacation movies, are things of the past. This is a series that should have died with the '80s. Instead, inexplicably, it has limped on into the '90s.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Breakdown is the latest in a seemingly endless traffic jam of thrillers that opens strong but finishes abominably.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A soulless jumble of ineptly assembled cliches and pabulum that plays like a 95-minute commercial for NBA properties.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Code 46 is like "Solaris" without the psychological depth and strong acting. The movie is flat, boring, pointless, and nonsensical.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    One has the sense that if the level of violence had been ratcheted up a little, Paparazzi might have been more of a guilty pleasure and less of a chore to watch.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It is now weighed down by a second half that's equal parts incoherent, tedious, and repetitive.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    If there's the kernel of a good story buried somewhere deep in Cursed, it never pops. As werewolf movies go, this one is on par with "An American Werewolf in Paris," but at least that dud had plenty of gore and Julie Delpy's bare breasts to recommend it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    As a satire on the media's infatuation with violence and murderers, Natural Born Killers hits the bullseye. The problem is, this is a one-note movie. It repeatedly hammers home the same point until the audience is bludgeoned into senselessness.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Painfully unfunny and unnecessarily long, this movie is the antithesis of its predecessor, the delightfully raunchy "Horrible Bosses."
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Too long and too full of itself to offer more than a few fleeting moments of entertainment. It doesn't take long for tediousness to triumph.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Alien 3 is, simply put, a mess. The writers have no idea how to tell a coherent, entertaining story. With the exception of a surprise or two, there isn't much worthwhile here.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Dull, uninspired, and redundant.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's a depressing experience to view something like Saw IV. It's not just the soullessness that's dispiriting, but the lack of invention. When a movie does little more than repeat what its predecessors accomplished with grotesque effectiveness, it's past time to tip this corpse into its grave and bury it.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Director Scott Waugh’s intention may have been to elevate my pulse, but the only thing at which he succeeded was getting me to check my watch repeatedly.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's all about eye candy and the quick tease. It's not over fast enough.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Like many genuinely awful movies, Queen of the Damned has the ingredients of a cult film.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A muddle of a film - an overlong bore that either mistakenly thinks it's something more than a humdrum romance or has incorporated a variety of pretentions as window-dressing.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This is sloppy filmmaking, and it's likely to wipe away whatever luster still remains to Shyamalan's reputation.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A "Jennifer Aniston movie" has become synonymous with "derivative, lackluster mediocrity," and it's a shame. We know she has both talent and charisma but nothing on her recent resume has allowed her to display those qualities. So we're stuck with films that are at best forgettable and at worst painful.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's a little sad that The Messengers is ultimately a good candidate for burial in a toxic waste dump because there are some good elements contained herein.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Clumsily incorporates elements of "Ghost," "The Sixth Sense," and "Field of Dreams."
    • 24 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Uninspired and painfully familiar.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    LaBute has transformed the eerie, disturbing psychological thriller into an unintentional comedy. At times, The Wicker Man is hilariously bad.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The only arena in which Gulliver's Travels plays an adequate game is in visual effects.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Trespass is a home invasion movie, but not a clever, taut one; it's sloppy and obvious, with curves so un-serpentine they might as well be straightaways.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    The really disgusting thing about this movie isn't the crude jokes themselves, but how grossly unfunny they all are.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Plastic characters, chaotic camerawork, lots of things blowing up, and an incredibly dumb screenplay. In short, it represents a great time at the movies for anyone who has recently undergone a frontal lobotomy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    A woefully underwritten motion picture that starts out as a dumb comedy before taking an ill-advised detour into mawkish sentimentality. The last 30 minutes of Bruce Almighty is so godawful that it almost sent me screaming from the theater.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Battleship has the IQ of a rutabaga and doesn't require much more intelligence than that to watch. Despite spending copious amounts of time with back story and so-called character development, it's really all about the explosions.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's the kind of thing that Shakespeare might have written if he had undergone a frontal lobotomy.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Has some promise as a throw-away, lighthearted romance. Unfortunately, once those elements are gone, what's left only has a running time of about 13 minutes.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's not just about a disaster, it is a disaster.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This movie works best as a sleep tonic. Somewhere isn't just frustratingly slow-moving; it's inert.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Tideland is, by turns, a complete bore and a creepy experience. And I don't mean "creepy" in a positive sense.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Delpy's injection of class into an otherwise classless production raises the specter of what this film could have been with a better script and a better cast surrounding her.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    If the film is to work on any level, even a comedic one, it's necessary for the viewers to sympathize with Joanna and Walter. However, the script and scattershot performances keep them at arm's length. Nicole Kidman is in full scenery-chewing mode, and Matthew Broderick hasn't been this invisible since Ferris Bueller had to go back to school.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Monster-in-Law is appalling misfire of a comedy - a motion picture that takes a situation ripe for the blackest vein of satire and reduces it to a puerile and edgeless pile of goo
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    This is the sort of movie that gives "chick flicks" a bad name. It's a cross between inept melodrama and a bad sit-com.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Captures the essence of its TV inspiration, which is to say that it's not nearly as clever as it thinks it is. It also feels very, very long.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Instead of generating a testosterone rush, the fight scenes release tryptophan. Not only are they boring, but they are choreographed in an amateurish fashion.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Labeling The Call as "relentlessly dumb" would be an overestimation of its intelligence. This is as brain-dead as a movie can be and it assumes the audience will have the I.Q. of a rutabaga.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    It's tired and dated with too few laughs to justify the stultifying attempts at drama and the impossible-to-swallow plot contortions.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Sixteen years after her death, Princess Diana is still capable of generating interest, which is probably the only reason why this dull, pointless movie was greenlighted.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Feels perfunctory and obligatory and, despite the return of several familiar characters, is more like an afterthought than an organic third piece of a trilogy puzzle.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Everything about it feels stale: the actors, the story, the comedy, everything. And, to make matters worse, that everything goes on for an interminable two hours.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Calling Delivery Man a "comedy" is a bit of a stretch, because it's rarely funny. Dumb, yes, but not in a way that's worthy of more than a half-hearted chuckle.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    To work, The Host would have required a visionary interpretation rather than the mundane telling that Niccol opts for.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    From the start, it's obvious that this is a vehicle for his comedy, and it mostly works -- for about ten to fifteen minutes. After that, Carrey's act gradually grows less humorous and more tiresome, and the laughter in the audience seems forced.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Chaos Theory stumbles from one contrived circumstance to the next, and there's not a moment in this entire mess that conveys any sort of genuine human emotion or reaction.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It's remarkably appropriate that Envy is about turds, because that's what the movie is.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It will bore you.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The sad truth about After Earth is that not only is it difficult to find things it does well, but there are numerous examples of outright incompetence dotting the landscape.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Surprise of surprises, Revolver turns out to be worse than "Swept Away" - and not just by a little bit.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The Last Airbender is an insult to anyone with a triple-digit I.Q. and a willingness to use it inside the confines of a movie theater. This is bad filmmaking and bad storytelling. It also sounds what should be the death knell to M. Night Shyamalan's career.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Hush has three very simple problems: it's incredibly dumb, it's incredibly boring, and it's incredibly predictable (at least up to the stupefying ending).
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The "special effects" employed to have the animals' mouths form words might have been state-of-the-art 20 years ago, but they're outdated today, and the gorilla looks like a guy in the monkey suit that was abandoned after the 1976 version of "King Kong." I guess CGI was too sophisticated for the technical crew.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Unfinished Business is bad - not epically bad but bad enough. Little contained in this misfire of a film works and the few successful things are dragged out to the point where they die a lingering death.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It's astounding how a movie this long could accomplish so little.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    --- Ho, ho, ho - the joke's on anyone who pays to see this.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    If you've gone to Kung Pow for the plot, you have made a mistake. Come to think of it, if you have gone for the comedy, you've also made a mistake. In fact, if you've gone at all, you've made a mistake.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    This film is unable to involve, entertain, or titillate. Basically, it stinks.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The Pink Panther is supposed to use humor to uplift. Instead, I departed this movie feeling depressed.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    A bunch of IQ-challenged characters traipsing through a laughably bad scenario brought to life using silly dialogue, banal direction, and questionable special effects.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    This a neutered Garfield, one part tomcat and three parts pussy, recognizable only by his orange coat and love of lasagna. This feline's got a serious case of mange.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    There are bad movies and annoying movies, and this one contains elements of both.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The resulting hodgepodge of unfunny, sophomoric humor and PG-13 T&A, frosted by a sheen of appallingly nauseous "drama," makes for such a noxious brew that it's amazing viewers stay in their seats for the entire production.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    When it comes to comedy, Deck the Halls is remarkably tedious.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The most depressing thing about this movie is not that it's such a complete waste of time, but that there are people in Hollywood who think this kind of thing is what American movie-goers are interested in seeing.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Sometimes, even a little gratuitous nudity can't save a movie. This is one of those occasions. Cosmopolis easily trumps "To Rome with Love" as the biggest disappointment of 2012 from an established director.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Devoid of life, intelligence, humor, and anything else that could entertain even the most undemanding viewer, this film is a perfect example of something that should have been shipped to landfills, not multiplexes.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Epic Movie is a waste of time. It's like a bad issue of "Cracked Magazine" come to life. It's not so much painful as it is sleep inducing.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It boggles the mind to consider that the fertile writing team of Alec Berg, David Mandel, and Jeff Schaffer, all of whom spent time scripting episodes of "Seinfeld," could turn out something as abysmally unfunny as Eurotrip.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    August Rush isn't just a bad movie - it's an aggressively bad movie.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    By the end of the film, I was hoping everyone on two legs would die, preferably suffering as much on screen as I was in the audience.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    One of the dumbest thrillers to arrive it theaters in a long time.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The worst action movie of the summer. I liked Bad Boys II a little less, but making the comparison is like distinguishing between a cow turd and a horse turd. And that pretty much sums it up nicely.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Watching this movie, I wished I knew how to use dental floss, a paper clip, and a crumpled movie ticket to break the projector.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It is a ghastly experience, and I left the theater feeling as if I had waded neck-deep through a stream of raw sewage.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The funniest movie of the year - a true laugh riot. Viewers will be holding their sides to contain the laughter. Forget Borat - if you're looking for something hilarious, this is the movie to see. What's that? It's not supposed to be a comedy. Oops.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    This film is an absolute mess.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    If there's anything to like about The Bounty Hunter, it's Christine Baranski doing a Joan Rivers impersonation.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    This is quite possibly the most moronic motion picture I have seen thus far in 2013 and that's saying a lot.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    You may find sperm jokes hilarious, but it's doubtful you'll find them hilarious in The Babymakers, which has serious composition problems.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The only thing about Victor Frankenstein worthy of praise is the set design. Visually, the movie is impressive but pretty pictures are better left to postcards.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    There's nothing worse than a film which mistakenly believes it's the comic event of the year. For no legitimate reason whatsoever, When Nature Calls is full of itself to the point of being offensive.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It has all the elements one would expect from a "so bad it's good" feature: cheesy dialogue, a script that could have been written by two chimpanzees, acting that would make a high school drama teacher cringe, and lots of tight female bodies poured into tiny bikinis. Despite all of that, however, I found Into the Blue to be a real trial.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    95 minutes of unrelieved tedium.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Watching Imagine That, I was beset by a feeling of intense depression. Is this what Eddie Murphy has become?
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    There's just one problem: it's not scary and it's not funny...Idle Hands transcends that mundane level of badness into the realm of gross ineptitude.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Aside from Snipes' well-tuned performance and a few clever scenes detailing superstar marketing, this picture is a veritable wasteland. Even watching the horror show that the real Giants have become during the 1996 season is more fun than this. The advertising slogan may be "fear strikes soon", but, when it comes to The Fan, fear, like the movie, strikes out.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    This is another one of those pointless action superhero movies that unfolds like a video game in which the viewer is unable to participate.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Unless you derive pleasure from watching Lohan being tortured, there's no reason to subject yourself to this movie. Besides, if that's your goal, all you have to do is turn on tabloid TV. There's Lindsay's living hell of a life, being broadcast 24/7.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It's crass, cruel, and borderline offensive, but the laughs that could redeem all of that are missing. Material as bad as the tripe that comprises Norbit can be endured only if there's a payoff. In this case, the point seems to be that some actors will do anything for a buck.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It has been a long time since I came as close to walking out of a movie as I did with Confessions of a Shopaholic. Not only did I find this production to be irritating, unfunny, and lacking in entertainment value, but I found its underlying slavishness to a culture of consumption to be morally repugnant.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    This movie is bad from top to bottom, front to back, and start to finish.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    If there's one thing this motion picture proves, it's that "The Naked Gun 33 1/3" wasn't the final insult from a founding ZAZ (Zucker/Abrams/Zucker) member; this is.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It's not scary, it's not chilling, and it's not interesting.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The gore is so badly done that it's borderline comical and poor lighting passes for "atmosphere."
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    White Noise has nothing. You'll have a better time staying home, tuning your TV to a station that doesn't carry a local signal, and staring.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Maybe approaching The Unborn as horror is the wrong approach. Perhaps this should be seen as a comedy. It is quite possibly the most egregiously laughable high-profile supernatural tale since Roman Polanski and Johnny Depp impaled themselves on "The Ninth Gate."
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    A catastrophe. This motion picture is an embarrassment to all involved.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Tracey Ullman is a bright spot in an otherwise sordid, murky production.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    A dreadful, hackneyed piece of cinema.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It's badly directed, poorly edited, and features some of the most unconvincing acting this side of a soup commercial.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The element of high camp that makes for enjoyable "good trash" isn't present.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It's a wretched attempt at entertainment, ephemerally redeemed only by the appearance of several attractive girls.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    A lame collection of dumber-than-dumb gags, the quality of Big Fat Liar is on par with that of the worst television sit-com gorged to four times its normal size.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    RV
    On those rare occasions when RV stumbles across a comedic moment that is legitimately funny, it drains the humor out of it by milking it dry.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The result is an atrociously unfunny, unromantic, and unpleasant product.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Disney has struck once again, taking a passably entertaining cartoon and turning it into a motion picture so lifeless that it's almost unwatchable.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Perhaps the only way to approach Abduction that will not result in a 105-minute boredom-induced coma is to think of it as a comedy, preferably with a drinking game attached. There are laughs to be had, although none of them are intentional.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    This is as witless as movies come -- an unamusing, moronic blend of horrible acting and inept screenwriting.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Doesn't have the decency to end when it should.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    In a way, it's probably unfair to blame director Tamra Davis exclusively for this debacle. After all, she's toiling in the shadow of a would-be multi-media superstar, making her essentially a hired gun.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Too much of Jason X plays it straight, and that means boredom. Murder and mayhem of this sort quickly becomes monotonous.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    If ever a romantic comedy is going to fail at the box office, this is it. The movie isn't a guy's thing, a girl's thing, or anybody else's thing.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Defined by three characteristics. It is as stupid as a decapitated worm. It is as irritating as a mosquito buzzing around one's head. And it is as funny as "Schindler's List."
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Isn't just bad, it's very bad.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    This feels a lot like some of the recent, unwatchable Adam Sandler offerings: boorish, unfunny comedy colliding with saccharine, quasi-dramatic filler.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    There's no evidence of craftsmanship or energy. Everything, from the plot to the execution, is plodding and obligatory.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Regardless of how low your expectations are regarding Fired Up!, it will still surprise you, and not in a good way.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Despite having the same title and a similar premise to a 1980 Jamie Lee Curtis flick (kids getting slaughtered on prom night), this is NOT a remake. In fact, it really doesn't have much of a plot. It's basically "The O.C." with a body count.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Jennifer's Body mixes, matches, and crosses three popular genres: horror, comedy, and teen angst. Unfortunately, it fails at all of them - and "fails" might be too kind a term.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    They could have called this Paranormal Inactivity.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    For acting to be this bad in movie not directed by Michael Bay or George Lucas, it has to be intentional.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Asian horror remakes are typically not screened for critics, and Shutter is no exception. The studios know what they have: watered-down, lifeless shells of motion pictures devoid of characters, drama, or anything remotely resembling horror.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    This is as excruciating a movie as is likely to be experienced by anyone, anywhere. It isn't merely that the story is insulting, the characters are bland, the action is dull, and the CGI is everywhere - it's that all this goes on for nearly three hours. That's three hours of your life you'll never get back.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The ineptitude of the movie's drama is matched only by the failure of its humor.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Fox should be paying potential viewers not to walk out of this turkey. The plot has all the depth and originality of a video game without the fun of the interactivity.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    After this disgrace, it's time to shut the hills' eyes for good.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    12 Rounds is the unholy stepchild of "Die Hard with a Vengeance" and "Speed," starring a man whose lack of range makes Steven Seagal seem nuanced by comparison.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    It is a cinematic abomination -- a source of embarrassment for everyone involved.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    There's hardly an area in which Hot Pursuit is not found lacking. The comedy is unfunny with joke after joke falling painfully flat.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The "characters" vary from slightly annoying to unbearable - this is a film in which a viewer can be forgiven for rooting for the old video game icons to annihilate humanity. God help us if the best savior we can muster is Sandler.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    If there's a blessing, it's that the sequel isn't appreciably worse than the original - but that's slim praise considering how bad the first one was.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    The motion picture version of Bewitched is a travesty of monumental proportions that belongs in the "What the hell were they thinking?" category.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 12 James Berardinelli
    Every once in a while, a movie comes along that is so boring and pointless, that those faithful movie-goers who never walk out on a film have to find some alternative to watching the mind- numbing stupidity unfolding on the screen.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 12 James Berardinelli
    Even the rare individual who died laughing while watching the trailer will discover that only half of that phrase - the "dying" part - applies to the experience of enduring the film.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 12 James Berardinelli
    This movie only takes a few minutes to crash and burn, but more than an hour and a half to realize it.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 12 James Berardinelli
    Halloween II is an affront to Halloween and horror fans. It's the kind of cataclysmic misstep from which a franchise cannot recover. It has transformed Michael Myers from an iconic movie monster into a laughingstock.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 12 James Berardinelli
    So bad that it will annoy and/or bore those who have minimal standards and a high tolerance for sewage.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 12 James Berardinelli
    Just plain bad. Boring. Unwatchable.
    • 7 Metascore
    • 12 James Berardinelli
    This is bad. Not bad in a way that it might be fun to see when inebriated. Bad in a way from which only death provides immunity.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 12 James Berardinelli
    There are quite a few unintentionally funny moments, although the overall experience was too intensely painful for me to be able to advocate it as being "so bad, it's good."
    • 7 Metascore
    • 12 James Berardinelli
    A cinematic excursion so horrific that it's an insult to bad movies to call it a bad movie.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 12 James Berardinelli
    Straight viewing could result in brain damage.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 12 James Berardinelli
    Fair Game is howlingly bad - so awful, in fact, that it can actually be enjoyed on a certain level.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 12 James Berardinelli
    Even Cowgirls is as close to an unwatchable film as there is available at this time in the theaters.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 12 James Berardinelli
    The only thing as bad as bad comedy is bad action. Bad Boys II has plenty of both.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 12 James Berardinelli
    Mixed Nuts makes a point of stating that there's magic at Christmas. After seeing this movie, I'm a believer. After all, it's virtually impossible to come up with an alternate explanation of how something this awful could make it to theaters across the nation.
    • 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.
    • 11 Metascore
    • 12 James Berardinelli
    This film has no story, no characters, and no coherence.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 12 James Berardinelli
    What's wrong with this movie? A better question might be: What's right? Every attempt at comedy is not only obvious but delivered in such a forced manner that any hope of generating laughter dies before the joke has been told.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 12 James Berardinelli
    This is a vile and reprehensible motion picture.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 12 James Berardinelli
    This is one of those movies where you stay rooted in your seat just to see how bad it can really get.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 12 James Berardinelli
    This film is like a shiny, red apple that's rotten to the core -- despite slick direction and a glossy sheen, it reeks of decay. Showgirls isn't a good drama, a good thriller, or even good pornography.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 0 James Berardinelli
    If there is another challenger for worst entry of 2007, I don't want to see it.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 0 James Berardinelli
    Disgusting, offensive, and utterly without merit. And, on top of that, it's boring and pretentious.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 0 James Berardinelli
    It's amazing how boring an action movie can be when there's absolutely no point to all of the sound and fury.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 0 James Berardinelli
    Zero-star movies are a rare and terrifying breed - films that warrant recommendation only as an alternative to physical distress.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 0 James Berardinelli
    I don't often use the words "godawful" and "abomination" to describe a movie, preferring to reserve such terminology for extreme instances when I feel duped and mortally offended. Case in point: Bachelorette.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 0 James Berardinelli
    No movie could be more aptly compared to raw sewage than this film.

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