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 Central Station
Lowest review score: 0 3 Strikes
Score distribution:
1,022 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    In keeping with the unrefined spirit of the '70s, the movie is deliberately haphazard and proudly retains all its mistakes, including narrator Sean Penn going up on his lines.
    • New York Daily News
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Slick entertainment.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    The acting is superb, with emotions roiling beneath rigid exteriors.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    It's killer, dude! [17 October 1997, p. 52]
    • New York Daily News
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    A beautifully composed tone poem about unspoken group dynamics in an isolated community. It is also, in its way, about how love endures.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Amusing and slightly alarming documentary.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    The best way to look at this installment, however, is as musical theater of the absurd. The song-and-dance set pieces are brilliant, including a rap-style "It's a Hard Knock Life" in a prison.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Holm is dazzling as the grubby little misfit, just a little brilliant and a little insane.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    The result is an undeniable and effective authenticity.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Perhaps not since Truffaut's "The Story of Adele H" has thwarted love been rendered so compassionately on the screen, its psychology laid bare.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Like a Hollywood buddy-cop movie gone through a multi-culti blender. It holds up a funhouse mirror to that familiar scenario in which a maverick cop breaks the rules.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    A bouquet of snappy one-liners and disarming nuttiness.
    • New York Daily News
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Another excellent example of how Iranian cinema uses deceptively simple techniques to decode devastating truths about human nature.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Simple, joyful and downright innocent movie.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    In addition to the strong script, the ensemble performances are topnotch, with no one hogging the limelight.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    This rousing story of the comeback colt comes close to a modern-day Frank Capra film without the pandering or mawkishness. Yes, it's a bit hokey, but if you fight the movie's gait you'll miss the excitement of the race.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Of them all, only McCartney looks out of place, perhaps mistaking the venue for Vegas. There in a nutshell could be the answer to why the Beatles broke up.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    The humor is simple but far from dumb. The dueling "walk-off" between rival male mannequins is inspired, as are the sly juxtapositions of the male model's faux physicality with such real-world demands as coal mining.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    The movie isn't a day in the park, but it manages to close on an existentially uplifting note.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    A surprisingly genial and affecting comedy about the trials and tribulations of teenage rebellion during the Reagan '80s.
    • New York Daily News
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    The real highlight is when Bateman and his co-workers compare custom business cards in a grueling, ego-shattering game of one-upmanship that is so linked to their sense of self it might as well be Russian roulette.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    The daring, funny and quirkily erotic Secretary examines power exchanges between consenting adults in a way that other movies have not managed without turning off swaths of the squeamish.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Satires like this tend to throw a lot of stuff at the wall, and in Undercover Brother, a surprising amount sticks.
    • New York Daily News
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    This is another brilliant performance by Crowe, who is to body language what Meryl Streep is to accents.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    The direction is still slick, but Matchstick Men gets most of its thrills from the unknowable in human interaction. This could be the biggest "scam" Scott himself has pulled off.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    A guilty pleasure, right up there with "The Water Boy."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Has a simple but exceptionally powerful and uplifting emotional lure.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Has a great deal of empathy for that excruciating limbo that is female adolescence.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    A darkly brilliant sci-fi movie about emotions so deep, the story could be taking place within the chambers of the heart instead of an arid space station. At the same time, it is a coldly theoretical piece that could leave viewers unengaged.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    A solid action story with inventive battles (one on the Statue of Liberty) and satisfyingly gooey special effects.