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
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Truly a tale for our time.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This enigmatic and in some ways maddening motion picture has the power to haunt every viewer it reaches.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Isn't just heartwarming and inspiring, it's a remarkable look at a group of children whose most noteworthy trait is that they are ordinary.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Only now can we truly step back and admire the full tapestry that it has taken George Lucas and his ILM wizards nearly three decades to weave.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The action scenes are, for the most part, kinetic and exciting - things that have rarely been true of fights and chases in the superhero's previous incarnations.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    From a pure entertainment perspective, it is arguably the most enjoyable motion picture of the season. Sky High is funny, smart, energetic, subversive, and has a few substantive things to say.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Actually three movies in one: a wildlife film about how grizzly bears behave in their natural habitat, a character study of an eccentric environmentalist, and a chilling, voyeuristic narrative of how death stalks that man.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Rude, raunchy, uproarious, yet with elements that are surprisingly sweet.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Like other actors who successfully create a cinematic doppelganger of a real person, Strathairn gets under the character's skin.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Mandoki has given us a powerful motion picture. Even those who disagree with the film's politics will be haunted by its message.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    In today's environment, it's a rare thing to find a movie with interesting characters in dense, intelligent storylines, but that's what Syriana offers. It is one of the best films of 2005.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Storaro and Bertolucci have fashioned a visual masterpiece in The Conformist, with some of the best use of light and shadow ever in a motion picture. This isn't just photography, it's art -- powerful, beautiful, and effective. (Review of 1994 Release)
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It offers a feel-good experience, but without the heavy dose of schmaltz that often accompanies such a production.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The best of the trio of human performers is Naomi Watts. She also has the most difficult job - not only is the role physical, but it requires her to play off something that isn't there.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Not only could one argue that this is the best "serious" work the director has ever attempted, but it's presented in a way that even the most seasoned Allen fan will have difficulty recognizing the iconic filmmaker's fingerprints.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    These are two fascinating characters, and watching them thrust and parry proves to be as impossible to turn away from as observing a grotesque roadside accident.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Superman Returns is not only a credit to the first two Superman movies; it may be the best of the series. Its combination of romance and fantasy adventure is unparalleled in superhero comic book-to-movie sagas.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    World Trade Center is Stone's most potent motion picture since "Platoon," and may be the most accessible across-the-board since "Wall Street."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    A solid starting point for those unfamiliar with Apted's greatest work, and a must-see for those who have been down this road before.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    With Deliver Us from Evil, Berg has been uncompromising in the picture she paints. She pulls no punches and makes no apologies.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Stranger than Fiction is a wonderful cinematic experience - a welcome way to spend a chilly autumn evening.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Dreamgirls is good and at times it touches greatness.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    De Niro pulls the viewer into the world he has created and holds him there, sometimes spellbound, until the story is over and the end credits roll.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is easily the best family feature of the early year.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Ricci's performance is brave and effective - the most provocative in a career that has rejected Hollywood norms.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The acting is uniformly excellent. For the roles of Ashoke and Ashima, Nair has employed prolific Bollywood stars Tabu and Irfan Khan, both of whom give performances of great range and empathy.

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