James Berardinelli

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For 3,073 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 4.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Pulp Fiction
Lowest review score: 0 Captivity
Score distribution:
3073 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Eye in the Sky reminded me of "United 93" - not necessarily in terms of the subject matter but because of the apolitical, clear-headed manner in which it approaches an act.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Knocked Up could be one of the summer of 2007's sleeper hits. It certainly deserves the distinction.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Pump Up the Volume, in addition to presenting an engaging story, has tapped into a universal truth about rebels with causes.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The cumulative experience leaves an aftertaste that, although not bitter, is too strong to be easily washed away. That's the mark of a worthwhile motion picture.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Rango is the poster child for those who are anti-3-D, and a great reminder that genuine creativity doesn't need a gimmicky crutch to appeal to audiences.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Easily the best non-Disney animated movie in recent memory, and it is good enough to rival such titles as “The Lion King” and “Aladdin.”
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Isn't just fine family entertainment, it's superior family entertainment.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Yet, even on those occasions when the screenplay falters, the actors are there to take up the slack.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Thirty minutes into Waiting for Guffman, my stomach hurt from laughing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The best of the trio of human performers is Naomi Watts. She also has the most difficult job - not only is the role physical, but it requires her to play off something that isn't there.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    In the end, this is more a character study of Jenny than a tale of tortured love, and a reminder that any education worth having comes with its share of trauma.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Maborosi is a worthwhile movie experience not because it ventures into virgin territory, but because its presentation is so precise and unique.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    A movie that takes the hallmarks of a great career and elevates them to new heights. In terms of tone, visual beauty, and storytelling, The Wind Rises represents Miyazaki at the apex of his abilities.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Randy Newman's songs are catchy and are effective within the movie's context, but I can't see any of them having "legs" beyond the screen the way tunes from the earlier animated musicals did.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It's a compelling tale that offers the opportunity for reflection and discussion about issues that have never really gone away and continue to lurk in the cultural background.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It is a mystery and a courtroom drama. Above all, however, it is a tale of love and sacrifice.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It’s mostly an off-kilter road trip that accomplishes what the Coens do best - seamlessly merging drama, violence, and quirky humor into a whole.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The result is a sharp, insightful, charming motion picture.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    A smart movie that does not simplify or candy-coat the rigors of the teenage years.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    This is the kind of charming motion picture that can be viewed repeatedly without ever wearing out its welcome. With several triumphant musical numbers, an original villain, a smart and witty script, a cute romance, and a new, upbeat ending, this Little Shop of Horrors offers countless delights during its 94-minute running time.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    A compelling, thought-provoking, and unsettling drama.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    One of the best thrillers I have seen this year: tight, taut, and unpredictable.

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