James Berardinelli, ReelViews
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For 2,666 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 6.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Shine
Lowest review score: 0 Feast
Score distribution:
2,666 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Avatar is entertainment of the highest order. It's the best movie of 2009.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    With Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino has made his best movie since "Pulp Fiction." He has also made what could arguably be considered the most audacious World War II movie of all-time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Christopher Nolan has provided movie-goers with the best superhero movie to-date, outclassing previous titles both mediocre and excellent, and giving this franchise its "The Empire Strikes Back."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    The original film was gritty and entertaining ("Infernal Affairs"); the new version is a masterpiece - the best effort Scorsese has brought to the screen since "Goodfellas."
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Labeling this as a "movie" is almost an injustice. This is an experience of epic scope and grandeur, amazing emotional power, and relentless momentum.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    United 93 is powerful not only in the way it provides hope through the actions of a few unlikely heroes, but in its ability to take us back through time to a day many of us would prefer not to remember, but will never forget.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    One of Scorsese's most influential and disturbing films on the big screen. (Review twenty years after release).
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    A film of uncommon depth, intelligence, and sensitivity.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    An intellectually and emotionally exhausting and engrossing experience. It is drama of the highest caliber.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    This film is sometimes funny, sometimes joyful, and sometimes poignant, but it's always warm, wonderful, and satisfying. Cinema Paradiso affects us on many levels, but its strongest connection is with our memories.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    This is unbelievably rich material, and I can say without reservation that Scott Hicks' work deserves the highest recognition. Shine truly does what its name says.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Dead Again does not come across as a Hitchcock knock-off, but as a motion picture that incorporates familiar themes and approaches while maintaining its own integrity and identity. Not once during the entire production is there an obviously stolen scene or camera angle replication.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Perhaps the most impressive feat of this film is sustaining white-knuckle tension even though the chain of events is well-known.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    The Western may be one of the few truly American art forms, and High Noon shows exactly how much potential it can embrace.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Not only is it a thrill-a-minute ride, but it has one of the best film villains in recent memory, a hero everyone can relate to, dialogue that crackles with wit, and a lot of very impressive pyrotechnics.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    A nearly flawless example of movie composition, with close examination revealing how carefully it was put together. For those who take a less studious and more visceral approach to movie viewing, it's also worth noting that Chinatown is a superior thriller - one that will keep viewers involved and "in the moment" until the final, mournful scene has come to a conclusion.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    It is a triumph, and one of 1998's few "don't miss" motion pictures.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Has all the right ingredients: a smart script, a likable hero, a dash of romance, more than a touch of comedy, and a lot of fast-paced action.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    It's difficult to overstate how much of a rare find this movie is. Colombani and her cast remind us that the best thrillers are built upon superb writing and strong acting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    It has been said that a Monty Python movie is only successful if it offends everyone in the audience at least once. By that measuring stick as well as nearly any other, The Life of Brian is an unqualified triumph. It makes us confront our foibles and laugh at them.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    This is truly a great film -- easily one of 1997's best.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    One of the best-constructed, funniest, and most clever comedies to grace motion picture screens in recent years. It's outrageous, offensive, and even a little sick -- and all the more enjoyable because of it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    A charming piece of cinema that takes several comfortable formulas and expands upon them in ingenious and emotionally-satisfying ways.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    From a shock-and-suspense point-of-view, Halloween is the rival of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho." With only a few arguable exceptions (such as "The Exorcist"), there isn't another post-1970 release that comes close to it in terms of scaring the living hell out of a viewer... A modern classic of the most horrific kind.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Provocative, entertaining, and impeccably crafted.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    It's ironic that a film with this title should be among the most vital, alive, and challenging cinema experiences of the year.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Represents the director at his best -- unsentimental yet powerful, funny and poignant, and, in the end, undeniably satisfying.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Takes all of the drama and suspense inherent in a submarine-based story and delivers it in a near-perfect package, establishing Das Boot as not just a terrific adrenaline rush, but one of the best movies ever made. [Director's Cut]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    For those who are willing to brave the movie's shocking and unforgettable images, Saving Private Ryan offers a singular motion picture experience.