James Berardinelli, ReelViews
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For 2,707 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 6.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Before Sunrise
Lowest review score: 0 Knock Off
Score distribution:
2,707 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Chilling and creepy, and there's no denying that the most celebrated aspect of the film -- the Clarice/Hannibal connection -- could not have been accomplished with greater skill.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Has as much depth as it has energy and action.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    With its lack of car chases, fist fights, and over-the-top melodrama, the film has to rely on solid acting, an intelligent script, and capable directing.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    As is often the case with European films, the acting is superlative...The real standout, however, is newcomer Jaye Davidson, whose performance is, without exaggeration, stunning...Not to be missed.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    In terms of power and effect, Eyes Wide Shut approaches (but does not surpass) Kubrick's vintage work - it is thought-provoking and unsettling.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Caused a major stir with Sundance, and for good reason -- it was perhaps the most offbeat, energetic, and eye-opening motion picture to screen there.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Where Happiness shines, however, is in the series of extraordinary performances given by the members of the diverse ensemble cast. Leading the group is Dylan Baker, whose turn as Bill is astounding.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    One of its most obvious strengths is that it can satisfy many different types of audiences -- those who demand something substantial from their motion pictures, and those who could care less.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is one of the year's most unabashed and powerful love stories, using flawless performances, intelligent dialogue, crisp camera work, and loaded glances to attain a level of eroticism and emotional connection that many similar films miss.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    There's nothing new or unique about the story, but it is presented in a manner that reinforces its immediacy and impact.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    One of the most uplifting and delightful films to have come along this year.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    As much as any other motion picture that employs the preparation and consumption of food as a key element, Mostly Martha provides the perfect blend of cinematic nourishment and gratification.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    A thoroughly enjoyable piece of cinema that does credit to its director and cast.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Not a masterpiece, but it's an example of how imagination, craftsmanship, and technological bravura can fashion superior entertainment out of something that is far from flawless.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    In a time when, more often than not, sequels disappoint, it's refreshing to uncover something this high-profile that fulfils the promise of its name and adds another title to a storied legacy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The film is as powerful as any narrative motion picture in telling a story that rips at the emotions.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Draws its audience along a rarely-traveled path whose scope can only be fully appreciated in the silence of the aftermath.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Whitmore's Brooks is a brilliantly-realized character, and the scenes with him attempting to cope with life outside of Shawshank represents one of the film's most moving -- and effective -- sequences.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Almodovar also manages to conclude the film on a hopeful note, and one that will have many audience members wishing that he will someday return to tell more about these characters.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Unlike in many character studies, the plot is more than just a simple framework. It is complex and unpredictable, and, as a result, provides the perfect means to better get to know the characters and understand the shifting nature of their relationship.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Despite the grim, serious nature of the subject matter, Meirelles unearths occasional moments of humor, although they are often of the gallows variety.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Fincher eschews quick cuts in favor of long, leisurely ones. He knows what he's doing, and the proof is in the result. The suspense in Panic Room never ebbs, and that makes for a thoroughly entertaining -- if somewhat exhausting -- 108 minutes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The kind of expression of emotion that touches a deeper chord.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Possesses the rare ability to make an audience laugh (and laugh hard) and cry, without ever seeming manipulative or going hopelessly over-the-top.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The computer-generated effects are a marvel. It's something of a bonus that the characters, dialogue, and story provide entertainment value of their own.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Overall, while Spirited Away may not be as complex and imaginative as "Princess Mononoke" in some areas, it is as beautifully rendered and no less sophisticated in its outlook. Miyazaki has provided another triumph, and, in the midst of the quality fall-off of Disney’s in-house animated projects, a reason for animation-lovers to rejoice.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The Usual Suspects is an accomplished synthesis of noir elements and, as such, is an entertaining entry to the genre.
    • 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.