For 1,023 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 1.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jami Bernard's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Look at Me
Lowest review score: 0 Joe Dirt
Score distribution:
1,023 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Pai is resourceful and in harmony with the natural world in a way that will charm and enthrall young viewers.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    The suspense is as tingly as jalapenos on the tongue.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Sharp, erotic performances are the mainstay of Olivier Assayas' unnerving Demonlover, a visually stylish movie that equates and fuses high-stakes corporate negotiations with the video-game mentality.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    A brilliant example of the genre -- with romantic subplots to boot.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    The filmmakers' decision to go with prosthetic enhancements rather than CGI gives the snouts, fangs and snapping jaws a refreshingly tactile look.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    The tension of Matt having to work alongside his wife without being able to trust her provides the movie's real electricity, sexual and otherwise.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Jacques Demy showed up with the lightest touch with his 1960 Lola, a movie that has been called a musical without music.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Brisk pacing and a remarkable cast achieve the sleight-of-hand effect of making you forgive some implausible twists and a sanitized ending.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    As pat as some of its conclusions may seem, this low-budget effort has charm, fine acting and one of the few realistic screen depictions of the awkward dynamics of a family trying to circle its wagons.
    • 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?
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Elf
    A non-sappy and genuinely adorable confection. It wiped away the Scrooge in me for 90 enchanting minutes.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Apparently Louis Kahn was not much of a father, raconteur or businessman. But he was a genius, and he left his mark on all the people whose lives he touched.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    A deeply felt celebration of the life force, as embodied in Girard's fierce performance as a man who may not have done all he could, but had an enviably great time on the way.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Omar Sharif certainly doesn't disappoint in Monsieur Ibrahim. The casting alone promises something extraordinary.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Does an uncommonly good job of summoning all that goes into a masterpiece - erotic tension, financial considerations, even the sensual, elaborate grinding and mixing of paint colors as per 17th-century requirements.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    There's a sensational, highly original performance by Swinton.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    It's a sad, rich story, full of misunderstandings, bad bargains, odd parallels.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Any which way you describe this uncompromising movie, it will never sound palatable. Still, it features one of the most spectacular physical transformations by an actress hungry for a meaty role. I haven't used the term "tour de force" in all of 2003, but now it is time.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Another excellent example of how Iranian cinema uses deceptively simple techniques to decode devastating truths about human nature.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Presents a refreshing appreciation of Chaplin's work in the context of comedy, political and social satire, and history itself.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Wolfgang Becker's premise is absurdist and makes great sense as political satire.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Has something to add about the toll Western society takes on spiritual values, and the ugliness of consumerism.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    A story about people learning to know themselves through relationships to others -- delivered with gentle, offbeat humor.
    • 58 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Surprises, repulses and provokes. It's also brilliant and infuriating, wise and naïve, outrageous yet unforgettable.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    It's killer, dude! [17 October 1997, p. 52]
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