James Berardinelli
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For 2,742 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 Forrest Gump
Lowest review score: 0 Feast
Score distribution:
2,742 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Magic on celluloid -- fresh, funny, romantic, and upbeat. You'll leave the theater with a smile on your face and perhaps a tear in your eye.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Several flaws, mostly minor, keep Casino on a plateau slightly below that of the director's best (Mean Streets, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas).
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    You don't have to be Catholic, or Irish, or even American, to "get it." Burns' language, despite originating on Long Island, is universal in appeal and meaning.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Touching, funny, sweet, and most important of all, real -- a welcome breath of fresh air.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    If not for a somewhat forced catharsis during the epilogue (the weakest segment of the movie), Breaking the Waves would have been more wrenching than it is.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    In addition to their deft skill with light drama, the directors understand well-placed humor, and throw just the right amount of comedy into the mix to make Big Night fun without turning it into an outright farce.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's a genuine pleasure to find a movie with such a deep and intelligent portrayal of simple human lives, with all their minor triumphs and tragedies.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Nothing, no matter how outrageous, is beyond Smith, and his willingness to flaunt cinematic taboos is one of the reasons why Clerks is such a unqualified success.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    An engaging and powerful motion picture, every bit the equal of Merchant Ivory's best work, and certainly the most emotionally-wrenching tale they have brought to the screen.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Together, Crystal and Ryan really click. Even though their characters are polar opposites (or perhaps because of it), their interaction has a charm and warmth that most motion picture pairings lack.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's a dark and revealing movie, and, while the ending may not be upbeat enough for those expecting mainstream fare, it offers a measure of hope and a catharsis.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    American Splendor is deserving of accolades, not only because it tells an interesting story about a fascinating man, but because it does so with such freedom and freshness. I wish more of the comic book-inspired movies were like this.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Imperfect as it may be, Bowling for Columbine is riveting stuff.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Gives life and meaning to an event that is little more than a footnote in history books (if that).
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    One hell of a ride. For better or for worse, it will leave you stunned and reeling.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Good, solid entertainment.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    What starts out as a seemingly-routine excursion into genre clichés emerges into a more complex and satisfying arena than most viewers will anticipate.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    A smart movie that does not simplify or candy-coat the rigors of the teenage years.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Thirty minutes into Waiting for Guffman, my stomach hurt from laughing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Not a typical Disney family film -- thank god. Charming and thought-provoking, this is the kind of movie with the sweetness necessary to appeal to younger (although not too young) viewers and the philosophical richness to draw in veteran movie-goers.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    One of the reasons that Quiz Show is so extraordinary is because it spins a story as compelling on the personal level as on the national one.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Crafted without a whiff of melodrama, this motion picture takes a steady, unflinching look at the plight of Jews in Warsaw.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Tells a good, intelligent story that keeps us interested and involved.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Menace II Society has a devastating impact. Few films possess the power to keep an audience sitting in stunned silence after the end credits begin rolling, but this is one of them.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    There are moments of fun and humor, to be sure, but the undercurrent is of a far more serious, "adult" nature. The Lion King is primarily about guilt and redemption.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Has enough genuine laughs to eliminate the potential twitters and snickers, and it treats Edward and Lee as people. We end up caring about what happens to these two individuals, even as we smile and laugh at their antics.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's a thinking person's thriller, where pyrotechnics give way to plot, character development supplants fight scenes, and adrenaline does not short-circuit intelligence.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Isn't just an expose of the porn industry -- it's a provocative and involving character study, as well.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's an uncompromising movie that illustrates one of the most convincing personality transformations that I have seen in a recent motion picture.