James Berardinelli
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For 2,757 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 5.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Manhattan
Lowest review score: 0 Knock Off
Score distribution:
2,757 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This role could represent a career performance for Cheadle, whose forceful and multi-dimensional portrayal keeps Hotel Rwanda at a consistently high level.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Everything in Out of Sight is smart -- the dialogue, the characters, and the storyline.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The kind of daring feature that doesn't open every Friday at the local multiplex; its frank, sometimes politically incorrect approach towards the act and politics of sex is refreshing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    A wonderful motion picture, even given the weaknesses of the source material.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The film is so boisterously entertaining that it's easy for the unsuspecting viewer not to realize that there's a message here.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Two and one- half hours of gripping entertainment.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The Wings of the Dove is not a happy tale, but it is a vivid and unforgettable one, featuring multi- dimensional characters, beautiful cinematography, impressive set design, and accomplished acting.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Downfall and Bruno Ganz are deserving of Oscars they will not get.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    There's no doubt that it's a flawed movie, but it's one of the most wonderfully entertaining flawed movies made.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The most visually inventive comic book adaptation to make its way to a movie screen.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    One of the most refreshing things about this movie is the manner in which it combines genres in unexpected ways.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The exceptionally strong cast showcases American, British, and Australian actresses, all of whom show an astonishing willingness to appear in physically unflattering circumstances (no makeup, hair and skin caked with drying mud).
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The brilliance of Bennett's movie is that it concentrates on the characters and their interaction and never becomes a mouthpiece for one side or the other with respect to the death penalty.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Despite an occasional narrative hiccup, this is a rich and moving motion picture.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    And, while there's nothing revolutionary or extraordinary about the dramatic narrative, the subtext gives Winterbottom's movie its force.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Taking advantage of the studio's breathtakingly intricate animation, directors Mike Gabriel and Eric Goldberg have breathed vitality into this, the fifth "new wave" Disney animated picture.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    From the first scene, however, it's obvious that the writing/directing team of Andy and Larry Wachowski are aiming for something considerably higher than rudimentary titillation. And, by taking chances and twisting conventions, they have hit paydirt.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Writer/director Mangold never compromises the integrity of his painfully-intense script. There isn't one crowd-pleasing moment in the entire movie, except perhaps the last scene, which offers a flicker of hope.
    • 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.

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