James Berardinelli
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For 2,799 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 Braveheart
Lowest review score: 0 Captivity
Score distribution:
2,799 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Black Book possesses a taut, exciting script that throws surprises at the viewer on a regular basis.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Rude, raunchy, uproarious, yet with elements that are surprisingly sweet.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Although the specter of death hovers over the entire film, it is neither a grim nor a depressing experience. Arcand has injected a great deal of wit into the movie, and it meshes perfectly with the anticipated pathos.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's not as crisply directed, and the plot holes are easier to find, but Die Hard 2 is filled with the same sense of good-natured, wisecracking fun that infused the original.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    As in all powerful films, the content unfolds onion-like, with each level being peeled back to show something fascinating beneath.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Dancing along a line just shy of the edge of brilliance, In the Loop possesses an incisive, take-no-prisoners comedic style that offers plenty of solid laughs while making a point about the stupidity, selfishness, and lack of awareness that exists within the highest echelons of government.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    On the Waterfront may have baggage, but that doesn't prevent it from being one of the great American productions of the mid-20th century.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The Edge of Heaven is marked by a number of remarkable performances.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The Father of My Children is exceptional drama. Compelling and unforced, it shows sensitivity and evenhandedness in approaching a difficult subject.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Writer/director Mangold never compromises the integrity of his painfully-intense script. There isn't one crowd-pleasing moment in the entire movie, except perhaps the last scene, which offers a flicker of hope.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The film's look is impressive; it's the most successful rotoscoping effort to date (far surpassing Richard Linklater's duo of "Waking Life" and "A Scanner Darkly"), and causes every frame to drip atmosphere.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The rarest of movies - a literary multi-character drama. From the erudition of the voiceover narrative to the three dimensionality of the characters, Field's film is the closest it's possible to get to a book without reading one.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The rich texture of Hoop Dreams' drama is its greatest asset.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    12 Years a Slave is by no means light entertainment but it provides a more worthwhile cinematic experience than about 90% of what's out there and the impressions it leaves aren't easily dismissed or dispelled.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This may sound depressing and, in a sense it is, but these things are part of life and Haneke conveys them with a simplicity that is heartbreaking.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Stranger than Fiction is a wonderful cinematic experience - a welcome way to spend a chilly autumn evening.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The tone is perfect; this is one of those rare films that, despite being rooted firmly in the world around us, is utterly absorbing and capable of reducing the immediacies of life into abstract thoughts in the back of one's mind.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Although it would be an exaggeration to claim that Hanna "has it all," it is a richer and more compelling white-knuckler than the average roller coaster ride into tension and mystery.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is one of Levinson's best films, and the screenplay, co-penned by noted writer David Mamet (along with Hilary Henkin), is brilliantly on-target.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The material is intellectual, but the treatment is not. Proof is a stirring motion picture that challenges our views on a great many things about life, some of which we take for granted. And, by opening up the play, Madden has made it less talky and more cinematic without losing the quintessential elements that made it such a success on stage.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Ronin manages to remain focused on the plot and the characters, even while staging increasingly complicated pyrotechnic set pieces and offering its share of white-knuckle moments.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Aronofsky's directorial style is simple and spare. There are no flourishes or attempts to convince us that he is a master of his craft.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It offers a feel-good experience, but without the heavy dose of schmaltz that often accompanies such a production.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The most important features of this "new" version are the digital cleaning of the print and the re-mastering of the sound. There are a few added scenes, but they are mostly insignificant and have been previously seen (at least by fans of the movie) on the laserdisc or DVD releases.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    From the first scene, however, it's obvious that the writing/directing team of Andy and Larry Wachowski are aiming for something considerably higher than rudimentary titillation. And, by taking chances and twisting conventions, they have hit paydirt.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The Tree of Life falls short of masterful but retains a power that far too many motion pictures lack. It's about SOMETHING and, even when it fails, it does so in a manner that is interesting and not infantile.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The movie not only represents the best effort from Eastwood since his Oscar-winning "Million Dollar Baby" but the finest acting we have seen thus far from two-time nominee Bradley Cooper.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's likely that 2004 won't offer a better movie about a mid-life crisis.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The kind of expression of emotion that touches a deeper chord.

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