James Berardinelli
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For 2,825 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 5.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Untouchables
Lowest review score: 0 Knock Off
Score distribution:
2,825 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    A meditation on the pain suffered by a mother when her child turns out to be a monster, We Need to Talk about Kevin is the perfect tonic for holiday cheer.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    A firecracker of a story - sharply written, superbly acted, and fast-paced.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Flipped is Rob Reiner's best film in 18 years, and includes echoes of two of his most accomplished efforts, "The Sure Thing" and "Stand By Me."
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    For those who have gotten their Harry Potter fix entirely through the cinematic incarnation, the script is lucid and fast-moving.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    With solid performances and a terrific screenplay, this movie offers solid, no-frills drama that feels organic and believable, not contrived.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Even some who generally enjoy gangster films may be turned off by this one, with its focus on dialogue over action and its harsh style.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is easily the best family feature of the early year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Witness states its position about clashing cultures with eloquence.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is a deeply cynical movie and, in that cynicism, it finds truth.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The purpose of Bully is to educate and promote discussion. If the problem is not solved, there will be more Columbines and additional stories like Tyler and Ty's.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Putting aside all the controversy, however, viewers are left with an expertly-directed and well-acted historical epic that disappoints only in its shallow perspective of the Irish/British and Irish/Irish conflicts.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Les Miserables understandably cuts some of the stage production's numbers, but all of the major anthems are intact and wonderfully presented.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    In some ways, it's a simple character drama, but the central conundrum disallows an uncomplicated interpretation. I was never bored.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Despite being a low-key production, La Promesse speaks volumes about how we treat other human beings and what it means to truly grow up.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Looks at isolation and the fragility of human relationships. It's a poignant, unsettling motion picture that will baffle those who have become used to Hollywood's compact, tidy endings.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The strength of the acting and the modulation of the screenplay transforms what could have been a run-of-the-mill Lifetime disease-of-the-week movie into something more insightful and intelligent.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Dark City has as stunning a visual texture as that of any movie that I've seen...Visually, this film isn't just impressive, it's a tour de force.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The dialogue -- especially that between Roy and Frank -- crackles with wit and intelligence (a rarity in films these days).
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The movie with which it has the closest relationship may be "Glengarry Glen Ross." The same sense of desperation, the same need to make the sale, permeates Margin Call. Both films are to some degree about the dehumanizing impact of money and both are driven more by characters than plot points.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Wong infuses his films with style and energy. His hand-held camera is restless, always moving and shifting. The action sequences are punctuated with unusual shots and stop-motion jumps. By filming Chungking Express in such rich, vibrant manner, the director uses visual images to underscore his themes.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    One of the best things about True Lies is that it's genuinely funny.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This installment inches events closer to a merge point with 1968's "Planet of the Apes" while maintaining its own unique identity. It is in every way superior to "Rise of the Planet of the Apes."
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Hazanavicius isn't just making a "silent movie," he is attempting to enter a time warp and craft something that would fool all but the most studious and scholarly into believing it could have been a lost film from a bygone era. If his tongue is sometimes a little in his cheek, that's all part of the fun.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Each conversation has at least one memorable line, and it's always delivered in such a casual manner that it blends right in.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Sayles cannily blends drama, romance, mystery, and social observation into a satisfying, if slightly overlong, whole. In the hands of a lesser film maker, this material could easily have degenerated into routine melodrama, but Sayles keeps it on a consistently high level.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    One of the most obvious problems with The Godfather Part III is that it covers little new territory. The plot is highly derivative of the original.

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