James Berardinelli

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For 2,971 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 4.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Dances with Wolves
Lowest review score: 0 Knock Off
Score distribution:
2971 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    A stunning kaleidoscope of a motion picture - a mosaic of images that gradually resolves itself into a powerful tale of tragedy and redemption.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    A film of uncommon depth, intelligence, and sensitivity.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    The first is the best. When it comes to this kind of thriller, no movie has been able to top Jaws, although many have tried. And, as the years go by, it seems increasingly unlikely that anything will come close.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    A sumptuous motion picture, a feast for the senses.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    The Wolf of Wall Street joins "After Hours" as the most openly comedic films Scorsese has made.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Simply put, Sofia Copolla's Lost in Translation is an amazing motion picture.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Passionate and magical, Forrest Gump is a tonic for the weary of spirit.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Not only is it wonderfully entertaining, but the issues it addresses, and the way it presents them, are both universal and deeply personal. And therein lies The Wizard of Oz's true magic.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    This is a high-wire thriller, full of masterfully executed twists, captivating dialogue, and a wildly entertaining narrative that gallops along at a pace to make three hours evaporate in an instant. Best film of the year? Yes.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Looper is a tremendous motion picture experience. Not merely a "very good" one, but a great one.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    The storyline is more interesting and ambitious, the characters -- little more than appealing types in the original -- are allowed to grow and develop, the special effects are more mature, and the tone is deliciously dark and downbeat. [Special Edition]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Before Sunrise speaks as much to the mind as to the heart, and much of what it says is likely to strike a responsive chord -- a rare and special accomplishment for any motion picture.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    There is something special about the production, with its brash, vivid style, indelible performances by movie icons, and bold mixture of violence and comedy, romance and tragedy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Watching this film demands two qualities that are sadly lacking in all but the most mature and sophisticated audiences: patience and a willingness to ponder the meaning of what's transpiring on screen. 2001 is awe inspiring, but it is most definitely not a "thrill ride." It is art, it is a statement, and it is indisputably a cinematic classic.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    The questions posed by Like Father, Like Son are universal in nature and the manner in which Kore-eda addresses them makes for superior drama.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Jim Sheridan skillfully interweaves a myriad of subplots and themes into a fast-paced, cohesive whole.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    One of Scorsese's most influential and disturbing films on the big screen. (Review twenty years after release).
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    If Manhattan was only a romantic comedy, it would be a very good one, but the fact that the movie has so much more ambition than the "average" entry into the genre makes it an extraordinary example of the fusion of entertainment and art. This is Allen in peak form, deftly mastering and combining the diverse threads of romance, drama, and comedy - and all against a black-and-white backdrop that makes us wonder why color is such a coveted characteristic in modern motion pictures.
    • 78 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.
    • 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.

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