James Berardinelli

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For 3,198 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 3.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Life of Brian (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 A Hole in My Heart
Score distribution:
3198 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The richness of its tapestry, densely woven from human emotions and character interaction, ensure it will never lose that relevance.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Of Austen's novels, none is more beloved than this one, so it's good to see it once again brought to the screen with the pride which it deserves.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Touching, funny, sweet, and most important of all, real -- a welcome breath of fresh air.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Everything (not just the flesh) is vibrant with life.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The film contains some of the most exhilarating action sequences ever to reach the screen, a touching love story, and a nice subplot that has agent 007 crossing (and even threatening to resign from) Her Majesty's Secret Service. The problem is with Bond himself. Following Sean Connery's departure after You Only Live Twice, the film makers had to come up with a replacement. The man they chose, a model named George Lazenby, is boring, and his ineffectualness lowers the picture's quality.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    Ultimately an uplifting movie because it is about triumph.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    As always, the voice casting is perfect. Throw in a moral, and some nice touches of technical accuracy (that fish keepers will appreciate), and the movie represents the best family film to-date of 2003.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    For those who have the patience to become absorbed in this kind of drama, Vera Drake offers a stunningly real character portrait whose image will linger long after the movie has faded.

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