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 One Day in September
Lowest review score: 0 Joe Dirt
Score distribution:
1,022 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    If the movie doesn't ultimately transport us to places The Wizard of Oz once took us, that may be partly because "The Sorcerer's Stone" is just the first chapter, with more magic waiting to be parceled out in the coming years.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    The power of the arts to transcend cultural differences is presumably what moves the German to spare Szpilman, and, perhaps, is the key to Polanski's salvation as well.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    Linklater's ravishing new movie represents a bold leap into the possibilities of technology.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    The inexplicably terrifying ending is good for a month's worth of nightmares -- no small thing for a movie in such a saturated field.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    The white-knuckle center of the movie is Sean Penn, who gives an utterly raw performance as Jimmy, father of the dead girl. It's one of the few times that a parent's grief has felt real on the screen through all its ugly permutations.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    Shrek 2 delivers more fun than there is slime in a green ogre's swamp. Much of that is thanks to Antonio ­Banderas, who runs away with Shrek 2 on little cat feet.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    Features an absurdist sensibility that ultimately melts your heart. It's certainly one of the stranger movies you'll see.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    This stirring children's movie about separation anxiety is swimming with comic references only adults will catch, thus greatly expanding the potential audience.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    Deliriously inventive.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    The plot is intricate and tight. The preamble is a bit challenging to sort out. But the movie's engine is the relationships and the characters' inner lives, all of it boiling with emotional intensity.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    A perfect blend of summer action, a big movie with a deeply personal story.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    Clever, buoyant and surprisingly human.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    It turns out that puppets can tell us more about who we are as a nation than the most meticulous documentary. In Team America: World Police, the potty-mouthed, crazily brilliant musical from Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the result is hilarious, shocking and bound to offend nearly everyone.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    One of the most honest and harrowing depictions of female adolescence ever put to film.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    The love and attention Oshii poured into animating Batou's pet basset hound proves that the human instinct dominates even in a movie dependent on technology.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    In this cross between film noir and melodrama, there's lust, need, camp and betrayal.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    An entrancing experience for Potter fans. It's a carefully crafted, dreamy immersion in a world that feels snugly familiar even when evil intrudes.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    The perfect sci-fi movie for a post-9/11 world, in that it tells us we're afraid of threats hiding in plain sight.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Jami Bernard
    The performance of the movie is Liev Schreiber as Shaw, a man howlingly uncomfortable in his own skin.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Excellent, troubling social commentary based on a true story.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Vardalos is a breath of fresh air. After all the little nipped and tucked bunnies we've been seeing onscreen for so long, we forget what real women look like.
    • New York Daily News
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    There's no refuge in this uncomfortably realistic movie, and that is its strength.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Hugo Weaving, weaving deftly beneath a fixed plastic grin and Prince Valiant wig as the mysterious avenger in V for Vendetta, both chills and amuses throughout this enjoyable - if occasionally irresponsible - comic-book thriller.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Shangri-La is in your own backyard.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    It is a sweet, wonderfully acted cameo of a movie about the lengths to which a lioness will go to protect her cub.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    With a cast of mostly non-actors, the film seems rough-hewn, like something you'd find rusted along a road. But it's actually a sophisticated blend of crime thriller, coming-of-age story and social realism.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    An intelligent, old-fashioned nail-biter.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Rock School celebrates music, family, hard work and, yes, Paul Green. Best of all, it shows the flexibility of children to learn and adapt -- even when their teacher is nuts.