James Berardinelli, ReelViews
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For 2,701 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 The Dark Knight
Lowest review score: 0 Bachelorette
Score distribution:
2,701 movie reviews
    • 78 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]
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    As the beginning of Part II echoes the opening of "The Godfather," so too does the end. Because of the manner in which circumstances are handled and considering the people involved, the impact here is more forceful. The tragic flaw has accomplished its poisonous, inevitable designs. Coppola punctuates both movies with a gut-twisting exclamation point.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Contact is that rare big-budget motion picture that places ideas, characters, and plot above everything else.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Light entertainment, this is not. Unforgettable and challenging cinema, it is.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Like all great craftsmen, Lucas has managed to fashion this material in a manner that not only honors the original sources, but makes it uniquely his own. Hacks rip off other movies; artists synthesize and pay homage to their inspirations.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    You don't just watch Titanic, you experience it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Simply put, Sofia Copolla's Lost in Translation is an amazing motion picture.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Takes a cold, unflinching look at the violence both inside and outside of the ring.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    A sumptuous motion picture, a feast for the senses.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Disturbing. It is impossible to sit through Maria Full of Grace and not be affected by the circumstances of the characters. For that, the credit must go to Marston and his actors.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Passionate and magical, Forrest Gump is a tonic for the weary of spirit.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    As profound and intelligent as it is moving, and that makes this memorable motion picture one of 1996's best.
    • 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.