James Berardinelli

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For 2,859 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 5.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Maria Full of Grace
Lowest review score: 0 Feast
Score distribution:
2,859 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Typically, movies aimed at teenage audiences have little concern for things like intelligent scripts, credible characters, and meaningful dialogue. Better Luck Tomorrow contains all three, making it a hugely rewarding experience.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Kinetic, atmospheric, visually stunning, and mind-bending.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    At an economical 94 minutes, Rabbit-Proof Fence trims all the fat and tells its heartfelt and stirring story. This is one of 2002's most memorable imports.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's a superior thriller made with the guts and gusto that too many recycled entries into the genre fail to exhibit.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Hulk represents the most involving superhero motion picture since "Superman" soared skywards in 1978. By taking its time to develop characters and situations, Hulk does what so many action/adventure movies fail to do -- allow us to really feel for the protagonists.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Not only is Pleasantville a satire, a fantasy, and a visual marvel, but it's the best kind of feel-good movie.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Whatever else it may be, Irreversible is disturbingly unforgettable. It is impossible to have a blasé reaction to a film this visceral. Indifference is not an option.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Begins almost as a nostalgic excursion, but quickly detours into a powerful and telling story that examines forbidden love, racial tension, and other issues that are as valid today as they were in the 1950s.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    As always, the voice casting is perfect. Throw in a moral, and some nice touches of technical accuracy (that fish keepers will appreciate), and the movie represents the best family film to-date of 2003.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The dialogue -- especially that between Roy and Frank -- crackles with wit and intelligence (a rarity in films these days).
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is a powerful tale of crime, guilt, and punishment -- a drama that incorporates elements of whodunit mystery/thrillers and police procedurals with a richly textured three-character play.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Takes the traditional romantic comedy and tweaks it by way of "The War of the Roses." Rarely has strife between the sexes been so ruthless, so civilized, and so funny.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    A rousing tale that combines high adventure with emotional effectiveness. This movie works because it never loses sight of the characters no matter how epic the scope becomes.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    McNamara has a reputation for being intelligent and belligerent. The Fog of War validates the former characteristic, but not necessarily the latter.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is a hard, challenging motion picture. It demands much from the audience, and repays that investment with powerful, engrossing drama that does not offer insulting, facile answers. House of Sand and Fog is gripping and unforgettable, one of the best movies of 2003.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    A compelling, thought-provoking, and unsettling drama.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Truth, they say, is stranger than fiction… and also potentially more nail-biting and harder to believe. Touching the Void is an extreme example of this.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Visually, it's more impressive than Disney's “Toy Story.”
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Beloved is for those who want substance from a movie, and don't mind facing uncomfortable truths in the process.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    A Bug's Life, like “Toy Story,” develops protagonists we can root for, and places them in the midst of a fast-moving, energetic adventure.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Although most movies favor passion and true love, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg shows that another less demanding, more subtle kind of love has its own appeal.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This movie has all the qualities necessary to be a crowd-pleaser: likable characters, charismatic performers, a strong, capably-executed premise, and lots of laughs.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's refreshing to encounter a movie with a logical, intelligent approach to the dangers of zipping through time.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    A gripping, powerful motion picture -- arguably the most forceful depiction of Jesus' death ever to be committed to film. It leaves an indelible imprint on the psyche; viewers of this movie may never look at a crucifix in quite the same way.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The film is so exuberant that we don't care whether we're listening to Lou Reed's off-the-cuff comments about New York, watching Mel Gorham do a sexy dance in front of a mirror, or hearing Jim Jarmusch's ramblings on the romance of the smoking culture.

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