James Berardinelli
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For 2,769 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 Dead Man Walking
Lowest review score: 0 Knock Off
Score distribution:
2,769 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    An intellectually and emotionally exhausting and engrossing experience. It is drama of the highest caliber.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Avatar is entertainment of the highest order. It's the best movie of 2009.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Tautly paced and expertly directed, this roller coaster ride of a motion picture offers a little bit of everything, all wrapped up in a tidy science fiction/action package.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo can stand on its own as Fincher's valentine to goth girl power, detective stories, and the grotesqueness of the human heart.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Looper is a tremendous motion picture experience. Not merely a "very good" one, but a great one.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    It's a rare and powerful thing to confront something honest and real on the big screen. It stays with you in a way that nothing else can. Before Midnight is fiction but it might as well be a documentary.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Bold and stirring with impeccable production values, The Last of the Mohicans is a memorable motion picture adventure, and one of the best films of the year.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind is unquestionably a great movie.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Gravity isn't just a movie; it's almost transformative, and the visceral element is enhanced by the 3-D.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    The Wolf of Wall Street joins "After Hours" as the most openly comedic films Scorsese has made.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    May not have much thematic depth, but it represents two hours of pure, exuberant entertainment – an epic gangster tale rendered on a grand scale.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    This is a uniquely powerful motion picture, the kind of open and honest portrayal I can't ever recall having seen about a celebrity. Life Itself stands not only as a moving piece of documentary cinema but an epitaph.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 James Berardinelli
    Interstellar is simultaneously a big-budget science fiction endeavor and a very simple tale of love and sacrifice. It is by turns edgy, breathtaking, hopeful, and heartbreaking.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Cusack invests such sincerity in his portrayal of Lloyd that it's impossible not to root for him to get the girl. He's the classic underdog that we all think of ourselves as -- earnest, engaging, and impossible to resist because of his flaws, rather than in spite of them.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    With Get Shorty, Sonnenfeld has shown that broad appeal doesn't necessarily equate with stupidity. That's a lesson Hollywood should learn.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The in-your-face style of We Were Soldiers results in a suspenseful, intense, and exhausting cinematic experience.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The screenplay is written with a thinking audience in mind, the dialogue sparkles, the characters leap off the screen in full three-dimensionality, and the cliches are kept to a bare minimum.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is as anti-Hollywood a film as I have seen in recent months, one which takes conventional plot ideas and uses them not to season a melodrama, but to enrich fully three-dimensional characters and create a forceful motion picture.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's a powerful, affecting tale that uses scenes of the young couple's new love as a counterpoint to Iris' final days - memories of a brightest spring echoing in the darkest depths of winter.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is a superior motion picture -- an example of the pleasant surprise that can result when a skilled director departs from his usual style. By daring to be honest and unsparing, The Son's Room is meaningful.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It has the audacity that “Primary Colors” should have displayed, but was afraid to. Bulworth is willing to openly offend to get its point across. That's something that “Primary Colors” was nervous about doing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The highest compliment I can offer Ulee's Gold is that it plays more like real life than a movie.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The characters are at the heart of A Simple Plan, and the gruesome complexity of their interaction elevates this film to the level of a midwinter treat.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Affliction is for anyone willing to take the journey into the heart and soul of a troubled man on the edge.

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