James Berardinelli
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For 2,742 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 Jaws
Lowest review score: 0 Knock Off
Score distribution:
2,742 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's a powerful, affecting tale that uses scenes of the young couple's new love as a counterpoint to Iris' final days - memories of a brightest spring echoing in the darkest depths of winter.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Not as corrosive as Russell's debut feature, "Spanking the Monkey," it's just as wild, just as strange, and even funnier.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    A wonderful motion picture, even given the weaknesses of the source material.
    • 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
    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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Election has the sharpest satire of any teen movie made in years. Like the best lampoons, it attacks by exaggerating reality ever-so-slightly and targeting a broad range of subjects.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Isn't just an expose of the porn industry -- it's a provocative and involving character study, as well.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Nothing, no matter how outrageous, is beyond Smith, and his willingness to flaunt cinematic taboos is one of the reasons why Clerks is such a unqualified success.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Touching, funny, sweet, and most important of all, real -- a welcome breath of fresh air.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Thirty minutes into Waiting for Guffman, my stomach hurt from laughing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is one of Levinson's best films, and the screenplay, co-penned by noted writer David Mamet (along with Hilary Henkin), is brilliantly on-target.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    I suspect that mainstream audiences will find plenty of things to take pleasure in, even though some viewers may be bewildered by what the Coens do. But for those who share my taste in comedy, this is a must-not-miss.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is a simple story of hope and triumph, of one girl with the drive to succeed defying the odds and following her dream. It's not an original tale -- movies like this abound -- but Nava's point-of-view is fresh.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The in-your-face style of We Were Soldiers results in a suspenseful, intense, and exhausting cinematic experience.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Mulan effortlessly blends serious, comic, and cute elements into a whole that should entertain the majority of movie-goers, regardless of race, gender, or age.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    On the Waterfront may have baggage, but that doesn't prevent it from being one of the great American productions of the mid-20th century.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Visually, it's more impressive than Disney's “Toy Story.”
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is as anti-Hollywood a film as I have seen in recent months, one which takes conventional plot ideas and uses them not to season a melodrama, but to enrich fully three-dimensional characters and create a forceful motion picture.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Fatoumata Coulibaly's peformance is striking. She plays her character with a mixture of determination and compassion.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    One of the best thrillers I have seen this year: tight, taut, and unpredictable.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Using perfectly composed shots to amplify an emotionally resonant story, the film successfully argues that "artistic" films do not have to be boring.
    • 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.