James Berardinelli

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For 3,090 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 3.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 A Fish Called Wanda
Lowest review score: 0 Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
Score distribution:
3090 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    There's a wit in Segel's writing that marks him as every bit Apatow's equal in this arena.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Jarhead is about how the experience of being in the military fundamentally changes an individual. In this case, the focus isn't about the madness of slaughter in the jungle, but the madness of inaction in the desert.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The Avengers kicks ass.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Gut-wrenching, brutal, and powerful, American Me is not enjoyable in the conventional sense, but nevertheless stands out as one of the year's most impressive purely dramatic offerings.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    A thoroughly enjoyable piece of cinema that does credit to its director and cast.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The Coens have fashioned one of the best Westerns in recent years - a modern reworking of a classic that never feels superfluous.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    To reboot the X-Men franchise, director Bryan Singer, who first gave these characters screen life fourteen years ago, has crafted a continuity-lover's nightmare.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Lately, it seems that film noir has become the province of independent productions. As a result, it's refreshing to see a big-budget, studio effort of this sort that does nearly everything right.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Delivers solid drama with a rousing climax - a fully satisfying and uplifting period piece that achieves its dramatic potential without sacrificing historical accuracy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Has as much depth as it has energy and action.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    With its lack of car chases, fist fights, and over-the-top melodrama, the film has to rely on solid acting, an intelligent script, and capable directing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The Spectacular Now's DNA contains elements of the John Hughes teen dramadies of the '80s. There's also a little Cameron Crowe - in fact, replace the soundtrack with something more dynamic and it might be easy to mistake this with a Crowe film.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    In a time when, more often than not, sequels disappoint, it's refreshing to uncover something this high-profile that fulfils the promise of its name and adds another title to a storied legacy.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    One of its most obvious strengths is that it can satisfy many different types of audiences -- those who demand something substantial from their motion pictures, and those who could care less.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Election has the sharpest satire of any teen movie made in years. Like the best lampoons, it attacks by exaggerating reality ever-so-slightly and targeting a broad range of subjects.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's those moments and others and the way they are tied together by Shepherd's tongue-in-cheek narration that cements A Christmas Story as one of those rare must-see holiday movies, even for those who don't celebrate Christmas.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Although this epic romantic melodrama is undoubtedly one of the most popular and beloved motion pictures ever to grace the silver screen, it is also arguably the most overrated. Gone with the Wind is a very good movie, perhaps bordering on being great, but its subject matter and running time (which is easily 60 minutes too long) argue against its status as a masterpiece.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Wow. For those with strong constitutions, The Raid 2 offers one of the most intense motion picture experiences available; it may also be the most violent movie ever to be released into theaters.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    After the chaos of "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," it's refreshing to encounter a science fiction film that respects the intelligence and attention span of an adult.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Despite the occasional brutality of the material, Django Unchained includes some of the best laugh aloud scenes of any 2012 motion picture, regardless of the genre.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Mrs. Brown will delight and touch any viewer who seeks it out.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's funny, affecting, and appealing, and more worthy than much of what's out there. Often, coming-of-age stories rely forcefully on formulaic narrative developments but The Way Way Back remains fresh from start to finish.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The basic storyline has been done to death over the years; this is still one of the most effective and successful applications of the formula.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    McNamara has a reputation for being intelligent and belligerent. The Fog of War validates the former characteristic, but not necessarily the latter.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Balances character development with plot, and that's crucial to its success.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    I wouldn't go so far as to classify Jacob's Ladder as a masterpiece, but it is smart and compelling and unquestionably worth a first or second look.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    A compelling contemporary thriller with the added benefit of also being an engrossing character study.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The best superhero movie since "The Dark Knight" (and far less serious in tone or approach), Kick-Ass earns its name in every way.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Still Alice is undoubtedly a tough movie; it contains life-affirming moments but its perspective is what makes it unique.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The versatile actor brings the full weight of his talent to bear on a difficult role. DiCaprio has to hint at unpleasant secrets in Cobb's past while forging a bond with the audience. It's up to the performer to make Inception more about human beings than about special effects. He succeeds and that's one reason why this movie isn't only about challenging ideas and eye candy.

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