James Berardinelli, ReelViews
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For 2,706 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 Bonnie and Clyde
Lowest review score: 0 Feast
Score distribution:
2,706 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    A film as rich in its visual presentation as it is in its emotional resonance.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Mrs. Brown will delight and touch any viewer who seeks it out.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    One of the most uplifting and delightful films to have come along this year.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is a rare, "feel good" motion picture that doesn't insult our intelligence while making its play for our emotions.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Has enough genuine laughs to eliminate the potential twitters and snickers, and it treats Edward and Lee as people. We end up caring about what happens to these two individuals, even as we smile and laugh at their antics.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The kind of expression of emotion that touches a deeper chord.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The dialogue -- especially that between Roy and Frank -- crackles with wit and intelligence (a rarity in films these days).
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    What starts out as a seemingly-routine excursion into genre clichés emerges into a more complex and satisfying arena than most viewers will anticipate.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    American Splendor is deserving of accolades, not only because it tells an interesting story about a fascinating man, but because it does so with such freedom and freshness. I wish more of the comic book-inspired movies were like this.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    A compelling, thought-provoking, and unsettling drama.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Has as much depth as it has energy and action.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Cusack invests such sincerity in his portrayal of Lloyd that it's impossible not to root for him to get the girl. He's the classic underdog that we all think of ourselves as -- earnest, engaging, and impossible to resist because of his flaws, rather than in spite of them.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    By entering such fertile, intellectually stimulating and psychologically rich territory, Estes provides us with a freshman feature that is far beyond the generic coming-of-age tale Mean Creek initially seems to be.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    One hell of a ride. For better or for worse, it will leave you stunned and reeling.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The average thriller, even if it's set in a faraway or futuristic world, tends to offer visceral, ephemeral excitement, and not much else. However, while Gattaca has the energy and tautness to compare with the best of those, its thought-provoking script and thematic richness elevate it to the next level.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Not a typical Disney family film -- thank god. Charming and thought-provoking, this is the kind of movie with the sweetness necessary to appeal to younger (although not too young) viewers and the philosophical richness to draw in veteran movie-goers.