James Berardinelli
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For 2,720 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 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Lowest review score: 0 A Hole in My Heart
Score distribution:
2,720 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Haunting and disturbing, Time is the kind of motion picture that gets under your skin and doesn't let go.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Deep Water is a documentary, but it's also one part adventure film, one part Greek tragedy, and one part meditation on the role of the "hero" in modern society.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Not since "The Crying Game" has Jordan crafted as compelling a motion picture.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The sex is REALLY hot. Not hardcore pornographic (at least by my definition of the term) but close.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Gone Baby Gone is powerful stuff - a movie that derives its plot twists from moral conundrums rather than from narrative sleight of hand.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Emotionally challenging and honest.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    What a horror film SHOULD be - dark, tense, and punctuated by just enough gore to keep the viewer's flinch reflex intact.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is an offering for mature viewers thrown out amidst a sea of summer flotsam. The title, Elegy, is perfect for the material. There is much tragedy and truth in what the makers of this movie have brought to the screen.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    At times brutal, at times touching, the movie stands out as one of the better "prestige" productions offered for cinematic consumption during the waning weeks of 2007.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    With its rapid pace, smart screenplay, and top-notch acting, this is one of the 2007 Oscar season's most appealing and compelling adult motion pictures.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Ultimately an uplifting movie because it is about triumph.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Adams shines brightly, reinforcing the image she projected in Junebug and enhanced in Enchanted and Charlie Wilson's War. At this time of the year, it's tough to find a more diverting way to spend 90 minutes in a multiplex.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    There's a wit in Segel's writing that marks him as every bit Apatow's equal in this arena.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Like nearly any thriller, no matter how intelligently and tightly plotted, it is possible to poke holes in its fabric. But, as it's unspooling in the theater, it makes for a wonderful movie house experience. Here's a sleeper worth a few extra miles' travel to see.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The other actress to stand out is, unsurprisingly, Queen Latifa, whose intense screen presence makes her a force to be reckoned with even when she's simply standing in the background, not saying anything.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Body of Lies neither panders nor condescends. It involves current events and has a political viewpoint, but it overplays neither.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Milk feels like an important picture, but not in a way that makes it tedious to watch. There's no pretentious sheen to the proceedings.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Howard and Morgan have transformed this story into something more than an embellished re-telling of recent history. They have shaped a tragedy that is almost Shakespearean in force.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Damon's prior appearances as Jason Bourne make him credible in this role.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Balances character development with plot, and that's crucial to its success.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Can be best categorized as a fantasy adventure. Unlike many animated movies, it's not a musical, nor is it overstuffed with age-appropriate comedy,
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    In addition to their deft skill with light drama, the directors understand well-placed humor, and throw just the right amount of comedy into the mix to make Big Night fun without turning it into an outright farce.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    By offering opportunities to laugh, cry, and cheer, Little Voice satisfies in a big way.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    You don't have to be Catholic, or Irish, or even American, to "get it." Burns' language, despite originating on Long Island, is universal in appeal and meaning.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is a superior motion picture -- an example of the pleasant surprise that can result when a skilled director departs from his usual style. By daring to be honest and unsparing, The Son's Room is meaningful.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Affliction is for anyone willing to take the journey into the heart and soul of a troubled man on the edge.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The highest compliment I can offer Ulee's Gold is that it plays more like real life than a movie.
    • 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.
    • 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.