For 1,022 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jami Bernard's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 American Beauty
Lowest review score: 0 Joe Dirt
Score distribution:
1,022 movie reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    Gently unfolds into an epic, heartbreaking love story that's far greater than the sum of its parts.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    The most gorgeous movie of the year. This smashing martial-arts romance from Chinese director Zhang Yimou is stunning in other ways, too, like the eroticism that ripples just beneath the surface.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    This audience-pleaser is smart and acerbic. Jaoui has an uncanny ear - as director, co-writer and part of the inspired ensemble cast - for human foibles, self-deception, celebrity worship and female body issues.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    In the end, it's a sweeping, important film that overturns everything you learned in school about the birth of this nation.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    Once in a great while there's a movie that's so funny, infectious and welcoming - a movie that makes you feel so good about America and the people in it - you just want to climb inside the screen and live there. That's the case with Dave Chappelle's Block Party - part comedy, part concert film, part avant-garde experiment, and all of it a joy.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    Powerfully uplifting precisely because it's so horrifying.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    It's a white-knuckler all the way, with most of that tension coming from the smallest facial expressions exchanged in uneasy silence between compatriots who knew what they were getting into, but were nevertheless unprepared for the moral and emotional fallout of their patriotic actions.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    Film makers Barak Goodman and Daniel Anker dig deep into the story and its ramifications, exposing how the twin evils of racism and anti-Semitism combined to foment institutional injustice, and led — if a silver lining could be found — to the triumphs of the civil-rights movement two and three decades later.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    Gorgeous, fascinating and surprisingly suspenseful.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    It took the German restorers four years to ready this print using dupe negatives and old prints found in archives around the world. Their work speaks for itself. Each frame of this classic is drop-dead stunning, the more so now that the movie no longer hiccups its way across the screen.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    The stop-the-presses news from The House of Mirth is the number of fine performances from people you never knew had it in them.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    Washington can bank on an Oscar nomination for the most forceful work of his career.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    A gripping thriller whose terror -- unfortunately -- comes from real life.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    Borderline brilliant. Tackles the war on drugs from a kaleidoscope of perspectives.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    A juicy noir stew of amorality that's the best thing since "Chinatown."
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    It's impossible to imagine how the action genre would have developed without Akira Kurosawa's watershed 1954 movie Seven Samurai.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    Smith's gleeful, touching documentary records the agony and the ecstasy of realizing your dream, and intangible ways that such dreams help keep people alive.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    Beaming back on screens for its 20th anniversary, holds up spectacularly well.
    • New York Daily News
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    Exquisitely moving story.
    • New York Daily News
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    You can reexperience the humor and magic -- and the essence of Streisand -- in this William Wyler classic.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    It's said to be an autobiography, but that pertains only in the loosest sense. It's a comedy. It's a 1920s silent movie. It is practically indescribable. And it is pure genius.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    Normally the sound in movie theaters is of popcorn crunching. But the sound at theaters where Central Station is showing is of hearts breaking.
    • New York Daily News
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    An adorable, infectious work of true sophistication.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    Payne achieves an impressive control over the look and tone, so that, melancholy as the movie is, it comes off as both comedy and comment on the human condition.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    A tart, funny and tremendously sobering movie about the deepest recesses of personal unhappiness.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson has perfectly wedded form to function by filming Boogie Nights in a style suggesting the grainy texture of porn and the ambivalence of the era.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    The overall result is a romantic comedy that indulges fantasies, calms insecurities (can an ordinary bloke stack up?), and breaks and mends hearts with surgical precision.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    With its agile, clever script and winning characters, Toy Story 2 is that rare thing -- an excellent children's movie with no upper age limit.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    A daring, teeth-grinding experience that doesn't let the viewer rest easy.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    Almodovar is adept at weaving together strands you'd never guess would match.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    An insanely delicious animated feature.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    It's an uplifting movie about the rewards of perseverance and community.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    A sunny-looking movie about the darkest paranoia.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    Handsome, passionate and fun. It's everything we go to the movies for.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    Pure, eye-popping pleasure.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    Brilliant. [24 December 1997, p. 24]
    • New York Daily News
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    Gloriously inventive, delightfully nutty comic treasure is unlike anything you've ever seen. It's lunatic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    For film buffs and Lynch fans, this is a glorious high.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    Based on a true story, the movie has abundant humor and uplift - but it's a heartbreaker of extraordinary dimension.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    A marvel of character-driven drama that no serious filmgoer should miss.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Jami Bernard
    The sunny, funny, toe-tapping Lagaan is the answer to those who ask why they don't make movies like they used to: They do, but in India.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    After all the observations on heartache, politics, art, commerce, passion, identity, mortality, even mental health, six hours begin to seem downright compact.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    Seeing the splendid new version of Pride & Prejudice can be hazardous to your health: There's a very real danger of swooning.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    A rare blend of comedy and tenderness whose point is not the horrors of war but the lengths a parent will go to protect his child's innocence.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    Million Dollar Baby is a knockout. It is Clint Eastwood's baby in every respect — a movie that approaches the level of great boxing films, like "Raging Bull," by using sport as a metaphor for human nature.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    This hunt for revenge is really a quest for self-discovery. The story, acting and brilliant directing elevate Oldboy into a human struggle to know yourself and your place in the universe, and to live with that sometimes terrible knowledge.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    If there's a soft spot in your heart for the sword-&-sandal epic -- and from the star rating above, I think you can guess where I stand -- then you'll swoon with giddy delight over Gladiator.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    In making such an appealing movie about characters who are usually swept under the Hollywood rug, Binder does us all a service.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    Gives moviegoers a funny, observant, evanescent approach to the mysteries of human desire.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    Is a movie worthwhile if it makes you sick? Absolutely, in the case of Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    This winning documentary about fifth-graders who learn ballroom dancing is one of those movies that make the world a brighter place.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    The feel-good movie of the summer. And the song this pimp works up, about how hard it is to manage a stable of ho's, is catchy and moving.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    The same audience that loves "March of the Penguins" will eat up this beautifully told, gorgeously shot story of a grieving boy trying to return his pet cheetah to the wilds of South Africa.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    You can't look away, not only because the carnage is so masterfully photographed, but because the director sucks you into his bleak, poetic, even sensible vision of cosmic brutality. Not for the faint-hearted!
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    A great divorce movie. It's also one of the canniest comedies ever made about a certain kind of literary pretension.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    The darkest, most thrilling entry yet in the movie franchise.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    What fans want are good movies. This one isn't particularly funny or romantic, but it's gripping and tragic. It asks some nasty, yet profound, questions about human desire and behavior.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    Caché seems at first glance like a straightforward thriller - about a talk-show host being stalked by a technologically savvy blackmailer. But it's really a sly, subversive commentary on conscience, race, class and inequity.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    Less bloody than its predecessors, Lady Vengeance wraps up with a killer (literally) finale that calls into question the killer instinct. It's one of the reasons Park's brutal films are so emotionally rewarding.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    As strong on action as it is weak on the interpersonal stuff. If Bond can get a new car for each episode, how about some new pickup lines?
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    Harris convincingly creates one "Pollock" after another over the course of the movie.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    Life-affirming story of love, kinship and sacrifice.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    A simple story that resonates deeply, largely thanks to the actors' ability to invest it with inner life.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    This powerful, compact trilogy speaks volumes about women in Iran.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    Another perfect little gem from Iran in which the simplest story unleashes a torrent of emotion.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    Yet another film from Iran that has the leisurely pace, sly humor and incontrovertible wisdom of a Sufi parable.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    The movie elevated the basic gangster picture into what became known as the niche genre of poetic realism. And, aside from Garbo, never have key lights on a star's face caused so much swooning among fans.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    An immensely uplifting movie whose final, unforgettable frames come as close as anything to answering the big questions about why we bother in a dog-eat-dog world.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    Feels like an old-fashioned movie in the way it deals with bold sacrifices made in the name of love, while its setting and chary view of the era's political machinations mark it as distinctly modern.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    Dano is a real find in this daunting role about a teenager's identity crisis. The subject of the movie is dicey but ultimately deeply rewarding.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    It's not just a movie about an underdog who fights the odds, it's about following one's heart -- despite the obstacles.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    The action is tightly focused and well-paced.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    Giddily inventive.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    Written, acted and directed so intelligently that it stands out from the pack, and is guaranteed to give you the warm glow of holiday movies past -- the kind that celebrated faith in human potential and the value of hard work.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    A sublimely uplifting movie.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    An amazingly self-assured movie, it percolates with themes and ideas, all held together by the gift of the bull's parts.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    An excellent movie about a real-life nail-biter, forcefully acted, true to its period and directed with clarity.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    It's the rare film, Dogma or otherwise, that keeps you smiling long after the lights come up.
    • New York Daily News
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    Funny gem.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    Each man winds up owing the other -- and the enormity of the sacrifices they make on one another's behalf are quite moving and have not been duplicated in the movies since.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    It's a Master "Plan."
    • New York Daily News
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    Its simple, straightforward storytelling makes mincemeat of the idea that, gee, if these people just worked a little harder and got motivated, they, too, could get a piece of the American Dream.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    Haneke has made a masterly, disturbing movie.
    • New York Daily News
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    It's an amazing slice-of-life story that will make you want to rush home and hug the kids.
    • New York Daily News
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    A beautifully rich performance by Meryl Streep, [18 September 1998, p. 57]
    • New York Daily News
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    The movie is an actors' paradise, and absolutely no one disappoints.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    A pleasure, chock full of creatively choreographed fight scenes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    A pitch-perfect gem.
    • New York Daily News
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    Moll clearly has looked to Hitchcock and Clouzot for inspiration. There are sexual undercurrents between characters, psychological quirks and a murky veneer like the surface of the pool in "Diabolique."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    A caustic, funny, low-budget treat, shot on digital video.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    Even the hardest heart must melt in the face of The Story of the Weeping Camel.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    Like watching an American teen-sex comedy through a glass darkly.
    • New York Daily News
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    A brilliant if slow-paced movie about one man's unwitting journey into adulthood.
    • New York Daily News
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    This movie is for select tastes. It's not the fusillade of porn that wears you down, but the melancholy of watching an unremarkable man glide down the tubes as if on a water slide.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    Inordinately clever, sprightly romantic comedy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    Hell has not yet frozen over, but here's something equally unexpected: David Mamet has made a G-rated movie for adults.
    • New York Daily News
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    A droll gem that celebrates movie love with feeling and deadpan humor.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    Bernie Mac gives surprising wisdom and heart - along with the laughs - to what could have been just another generic baseball comedy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    In Wide Blue Road, his (Montand) character and the wages of desperation are much more complex. Here is the real lost Atlantis.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    No matter which floor you're on, the huge cast is extraordinary, and Altman gives the actors free rein to bring their characters to life despite such close quarters.