For 1,028 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 0.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jami Bernard's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Seven Samurai (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Whipped
Score distribution:
1028 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Cho is funnier — and raunchier — in this, her second concert film, than in 2000's "I'm the One That I Want," even if she doesn't break any new comedic ground.
    • New York Daily News
    • 22 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    A guilty pleasure, right up there with "The Water Boy."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    A brilliant example of the genre -- with romantic subplots to boot.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    It's a sad, rich story, full of misunderstandings, bad bargains, odd parallels.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Petersen's speculative reenactment makes for gripping summer entertainment -- if you don't mind a little corn floating in your brine.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Its leisurely pace and surreal poetry won't break box-office records, but will surely serve to introduce Mendelsohn as a major new talent.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    An amusing and unusually compassionate look at today's corporate culture.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    A worthy addition to what must take up a whole section of the video store - the heartwarming comedy that reaffirms the power of personal choice, while also promising to love and to cherish even the most hidebound cultures.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Matt Damon's performance isn't bad, but it pales in comparison with Law's.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Along with "The Others," -- represents a welcome diversion from loud, senseless Hollywood extravaganzas.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    A no-frills, homespun documentary that gives so much more than its humble technical credits would suggest.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Time of the Wolf is grounded so deeply in the reality of society gone awry that the anxiety faced by Isabelle Huppert's character as she struggles to keep her family together transfers onto the audience and never leaves.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    A merry romantic comedy in the screwball tradition.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    It revives an innocently pleasurable genre - shades of Burt Lancaster and Errol Flynn - that combines lusty adventure, humor, the great outdoors and satisfying storytelling without having to concoct it in a special-effects lab.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Santa Claus and the Snowman stage a scaled-down "Star Wars"-type battle for the rights to Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve in the pleasantly goofy, irreverent Santa vs. the Snowman.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    The result is an undeniable and effective authenticity.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Most of the movie's rewards are in watching Morton.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    If you're seeking transcendent love this season, skip the morose "End of the Affair" and go with Anna and the King.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    It stands apart when it comes to its extravagant humor and non-judgmental '70s-era reality (smoking dope, hitching rides, playing Frisbee, hanging out).
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Scary, all right, but not for the reasons the Dallas church had in mind.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Busch lovingly and meticulously channels such grand dames as Joan Crawford, Barbara Stanwyck and Norma Shearer in a way that surpasses imitation, camp and drag show. He captures their essence, and therefore the essence of cinema itself.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    The supporting cast, including Ving Rhames, Laurence Fishburne and gorgeous Maggie Q, is underused, but the movie delivers the goods.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Stoked supplies a unique perspective on the hazards of rock-star fame that went with the sport's explosion for a band of rebels who didn't see it coming -- or going.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Knowing that the director is Robert Altman gives you a good idea of what to expect: a demimonde of locker-room chatter, catty sniping, backstage politics, high art and low self-esteem. Altman constructs the movie with the same cross-currents of his other ensemble movies.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Offers only the smallest glimmer of hope that the two sides can work things out through ingenuity and compromise.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    A marvelous cross between "Secretary" and "Lost in Translation."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Don't let the slow, deliberate pace fool you. A lot is going on in David Cronenberg's masterful A History of Violence, and you'll miss it if you blink.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    The startling documentary Daughter From Danang cautions once again to be careful what you wish for.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    There was no burning need for a remake, but this one is respectful of its predecessor. It incorporates the technology and acquisitiveness of the intervening quarter century since Romero's vision. It even features a metrosexual, something unheard of in 1978.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    The combination of the ancient tinted footage and Butler's crisp, sweeping vistas of the same areas provides a breathtaking recap of one of history's most stirring rescues.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    With its cheerful hailstorm of anachronisms and classic-rock soundtrack, there's nothing medieval about it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Nachtwey's pictures tell a tale of grief and suffering, and Frei's you-are-there approach gives those photos startling immediacy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    A psychosexual thriller that treads a thin line between art and exploitation. The mere fact that it manages this queasy high-wire act is what sets debut director David Slade's slick mind game apart from the drooling pack.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    With its intriguing relationships and sacrificial acts, Alice is a good alternative to happily-ever-after fluff.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    What a treasure - a funny, tart, romantic comedy about tweens suffering the pangs of first love. It makes the cityscape an essential part of the romance, like a junior, vintage Woody Allen.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    The plot is formula all the way, but Lawrence has found a way to incorporate the physical techniques of the great silent stars with his standup comic's arsenal, and it's a pleasure to watch him at work.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    A remarkable second feature from writer-director Yesim Ustaoglu.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    A plague of child kidnappings in Italy during the '70s provides the background for this chilling, deceptively simple tale of a rural boy who unearths terrible family secrets and rises to the moral challenge they present.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    O'Connor plays Fanny with an appealingly direct, unflinching gaze.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    The production is fantastically funny, high-energy camp, punctuated by Trask's infectious score and by Mitchell, dressing in a succession of wigs twice the size of his body.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    The remarkable footage includes damning evidence of how the media, the people and the army were manipulated. Which leads to that eternal question - if it's not on TV, did it really happen?
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Sometimes veers off into preciosity. But it offers something rare in the bond between Andrew and Sam.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    A farce nearly as cracked as his previous "The Dinner Game."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    With its colorful embroidery, Monsoon Wedding feels pleasurably grounded in a reality about which most Westerners haven't a clue. This may be their only engraved invitation.
    • New York Daily News
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    A fascinating, somewhat frightening documentary.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    The jokes are wild, raunchy, surreal and dead-on.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    It's a wonderfully silly family movie that holds its audience in high regard.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Seems like a genteel "Psycho."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Gentle, funny and full of the lessons one expects from the scions of the late Jim Henson.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    A satisfying chick flick that follows all the usual rules of the modern romantic comedy except one - it's not stupid.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    A comedy hit, but its secret is that it delves deeper than the usual summer fare.
    • New York Daily News
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Forces the audience to rethink the riots in new and difficult ways, to find empathy and revulsion where it might not have known they existed.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    The movie raises questions that are on plenty of minds right now, including whether and how much the rules should be bent to wage a war (in this case, on drugs) that cannot be won conventionally.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Winterbottom uses effective imagery to establish the horror and absurdity of war. [26Nov1997 Pg.39]
    • New York Daily News
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Work was never funnier.
    • New York Daily News
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    What the movie cannot take from the book is its dreamily descriptive prose and interior monologue. Perhaps because of that, the movie changes the focus from Ingrid, the more fascinating creature, to Astrid, whose clay is more malleable for the big screen.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    This movie is not of a style that will speak to general audiences. It is nearly wordless, spare to a fare-thee-well.
    • New York Daily News
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Jami Bernard
    Career Girls reaches a little too often and unconvincingly for convenience... But Leigh remains one of the few film makers today to make movies that are solely character-driven, in which personal insight is its own reward. [8 Aug 1997, p.46]
    • New York Daily News
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Jami Bernard
    Although "Jam" is clearly a marketing tool with not much to say beyond "be the best that you can be," it strives to preserve the humor that made Looney Tunes so popular among adults.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    Michael Jackson is an alien? Tell me something I don't know.
    • New York Daily News
    • 39 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    A comedy that successfully plays with stereotypes, both racial and personal.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    High spirits and colorful hissy fits go a long way toward masking the inexperience of this cast of mostly nonprofessionals. It's a charmer.
    • New York Daily News
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    Like all blond jokes, Legally Blonde is basically meanspirited, and that's when it's funniest.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    The result is a bit of a mess: sometimes delightful, sometimes tedious, always creative.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    The movie's pleasures are spare, and will appeal mostly to die-hard Rivette fans and viewers with slow pulses.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    This languorous art movie is somewhat like "Memento," with its narrative fragments and memory mixups. It never explains itself, which means that the audience, like the protagonists, must take a leap of faith.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    With one exception (hint: Faye Dunaway), the actors seem remarkably at home in their milieu.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    The movie exaggerates a common dynamic between men and women.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    Many of the right elements -- the '40s look, the melodrama, the love that transcends reason.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    A magnificent looking and occasionally very silly Chinese Western.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    Who knew a drama about numbers could be so thrilling?
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    Graham is lots of fun to watch, but it's hard to reconcile the split halves of her character.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    The movie is so nervous about offending anyone that it's hardly any fun. Hanks delivers a few solemn speeches meant to deflect criticism. Meanwhile, he and Tautou barely hit it off. At least Mr. and Mrs. Smith got hot while doing their jobs.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    The girl's blindness may have been meant to symbolize a trusting populace, but she's the one character who clearly sees what's what and who is trustworthy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    Visually, Robots is fun and imaginative. The wow factor is enhanced in the IMAX version, also opening today.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    It's a triumph of the human spirit that so many people in deadly jobs are able, nevertheless, to marry and have a few happy moments despite lives of hellish labor. Glawogger's intrepid camera finds both the shame and the grace in it.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
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    As junky as the movie is, you've gotta love its immersion in the preposterous and its naive hope that street credibility and attitude, along with a need for speed, are all that's really necessary in this big, bad world.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    Bai Ling plays a resourceful prostitute from a Malaysian refugee camp who grows harder and more alienated by the day. Nick Nolte, Tim Roth and Temuera Morrison offer strong supporting performances.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    The movie does have one very perplexing major flaw. It throws in some minor-character narration toward the end, as if test audiences had lost their ability to concentrate, and this was the filmmaker's only solution for getting us back on track.
    • New York Daily News
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    The sepia-tinted palette of Ask the Dust drips, reeks and creaks of the seamy side of a city that takes more often than it gives.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    An unexpected delight.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    It's a virtual clip reel of grandly comic moments that remind us what a good actress can do when parts are scarce.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    The actors are unknowns, but Ryan does a lot with her little downturned mouth. There are as many shades of anxiety as there are shades of blue in the sea, and Ryan manages to find them all.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    This genteel confection skews toward older audiences - those who go for "Calendar Girls," "Ladies in Lavender" and "Mrs. Brown."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    A crowd pleaser, even if it is unremarkable.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    Unleashed serves two masters, each one disappointingly: It's a brutal series of over-amped fights, and it's a touching story of human nature at war with itself.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    What Possession reminds us more than anything is that love is more exotic at the safe remove of history. The irony is that LaBute is more at home chronicling the present, yet that's where this movie falls apart.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    Funny, yet appalling.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    The requisite set piece, which will remind you of the treetop sequence in "Crouching Tiger," involves a fight atop a forest of burning poles, exactly the kind of thing you want in a movie like this.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    A lush, panoramic, dizzyingly portrait of the many-tentacled entrepreneur Howard Hughes. Unfortunately, though it may finally gain an Oscar for director Martin Scorsese, it is not his best work. The movie is disappointingly flat.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    Best of all is newcomer Justine Clarke playing a dour illustrator. Clarke's fascinating features register emotions at war, but always governed by a sense of self-deprecating humor.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    Sophisticated in that European way and predictable in that Hollywood way.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    After a few movies in which Paltrow was in danger of becoming a caricature of herself, she's back in rare form.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    Alnoy's unnerving mood piece is spare and atmospheric, even funny. The movie is accomplished, but gets hung up on arty composition.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    There's magic afoot, even if the movie is more serviceable than magical.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    Wood is compelling, but Charlie Hunnam ("Nicholas Nickleby") is the one to watch.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    Nolte, at least, delivers his lines with laser accuracy, and gives The Golden Bowl the life that so much cogitation could have drained from it.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    Horror fans will still find it worthwhile. The ending is also a nice twist on the slasher genre.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    Phenomenal acting, plus intelligent direction and themes, put The Ballad of Jack and Rose above other indie films about loss of innocence. At the same time, there is something garish about watching a father and daughter struggle with the snake of incest in their ill-advised Garden of Eden.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Jami Bernard
    "Sixth Sense" fans will be intrigued at first, then disappointed.

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