James Berardinelli
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For 2,745 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 Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Lowest review score: 0 Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
Score distribution:
2,745 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Grabs you by the throat and digs its claws in deep. From the moment that the unwitting viewer tumbles into the realm of Lawrence Tierney's gang of eight, they are hopelessly trapped there until the final credits roll.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Riveting from beginning to end, featuring stellar performances, amazing cinematography, and a story without a trace of fat, the film does everything an epic is supposed to do - and more.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    This is truly a great film -- easily one of 1997's best.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Like its predecessor, The Two Towers is a great motion picture, and not to be missed by anyone who appreciates fantasy adventure.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    A sumptuous motion picture, a feast for the senses.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Represents the director at his best -- unsentimental yet powerful, funny and poignant, and, in the end, undeniably satisfying.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    It is a triumph, and one of 1998's few "don't miss" motion pictures.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    You don't just watch Titanic, you experience it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    While no one is going to place Costner alongside Laurence Olivier in the acting department, he brings a likability to Dunbar that many better performers might not have been able to match.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    With patience, care, and strict attention to detail, Scorsese has staked out an impregnable position in the history of motion pictures.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    The picture is a series of mini-climaxes, all building to the devastating, definitive conclusion... It was carefully and painstakingly crafted. Every major character - and more than a few minor ones - is molded into a distinct, complex individual.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Blue Velvet is David Lynch in peak form, and represents (to date) his most accomplished motion picture. It is a work of fascinating scope and power that rivals any of the most subversive films to reach the screens during the '80s.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    It affirms that, even in the 2000s, movies do not have to be brain-dead to be exciting. When the season is over, Minority Report will more than likely stand out as the best picture to grace multiplex screens during the Summer of 2002.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Offeris an exhilarating, and occasionally touching, experience that has viewers leaving the theater caught up in an afterglow of wonder. These days, heros like William Wallace are as rare as motion picture displays of this high, uncompromising quality.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    With this film, every layer that you peel away leads to something deeper and richer. Tarantino makes pictures for movie-lovers, and Pulp Fiction is a near-masterpiece.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    It demands thought, compels the attention, and refuses to be dismissed. And, for that reason, A Clockwork Orange must be considered a landmark of modern cinema.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Light entertainment, this is not. Unforgettable and challenging cinema, it is.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Because this film touches us so deeply, the catharsis has a power that few -- if any -- other moments in film history can match. And that's what establishes this as a transcendent motion picture experience.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    A masterpiece... The genius of Dr. Strangelove is that it's possible to laugh -- and laugh hard -- while still recognizing the intelligence and insight behind the humor.
    • 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.