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
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    A perfect example of an "art" movie that is so lugubrious and soul-sucking that it's hell to sit through.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    A movie needs more than a few sexual innuendos and throaty purrs to keep us from taking a catnap. How about a strong story and credible characters?
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    Max
    A serious and thoughtful movie that probably does not mean to trivialize the Holocaust and blame the victim. But it is playing with fire nevertheless.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    Some of the jokes will elude Americans while the movie's hip quotient gradually fades away.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    A preposterous action movie in which a Navy SEAL makes the world safe for democracy one continent at a time.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    It features an insane amount of violence and a number of visual references to the comic, but it lacks the original's humor and spirit.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    If only half as much attention had been paid to story and character as to set design, the cast wouldn't be playing second banana to a gut rehab.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    If you're looking for cinema, skip this. But as a religion-based self-help workshop for victims of ­childhood abuse, it'sa deadly accurate button-pusher.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    There are some nicely gory touches for genre connoisseurs...But JC2 lacks the all-important character development we got in the first installment.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    Shows that there's a limit to how much mileage one can get from offbeat, creepy and symbiotic.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    The main theme is the loneliness of the social outcast. That, plus a soundtrack to wake the undead, and the morbidly entombed presence of Aaliyah, will attract an audience despite the movie's intrinsic cheesiness.
    • New York Daily News
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    It's hard to care what really happened on Wonderland Ave. when the audience hates the neighborhood.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    Lacks the charismatic presence of Vin Diesel, who has priced himself right out of the franchise. Without Diesel, there's not much gas, at least not from the nonvehicular elements.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    The only intriguing character is the manager of the diner (and de facto fairy godmother), played by Regina King.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    If the Founding Fathers had known National Treasure would be the result of their efforts to forge a new nation, they might have reached for the Wite-Out.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    Structure overwhelms everything, but it's not as if Wicker Park has nothing to say. It's full of ugly truths about emotional frailty, and implies that stalking is a bad thing only when you're not charming enough about it.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    The award for hardest-to-watch movie of the year.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    A slice of life that adds up to exactly the sum of its parts, no more, no less.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Jami Bernard
    Caught with a shaky hand-held camera, this aimless diary glides indifferently along Weber's stellar collection of photos.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Jami Bernard
    Jazz is a good metaphor for Robert Altman's movies they're often improvisational, free-form and full of unexpected dissonance. Unfortunately, his movies also fall prey to the hazards of jazz they can be boring, screechy and endless. Thus, Kansas City. [16 Aug 1996, p.49]
    • New York Daily News
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    An abysmal comedy that should have been strangled in its crib.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    What Short does not deserve - and neither do we - is a feature-length movie about Jiminy.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    A dreary comedy in the same mold (as "The Bad News Bears," only moldier.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Gore fans will dig the makeup effects and some of the tongue-in-cheek slice-&-dice.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    This stripped-down premise made the first "Transporter" fun: It's all about driving skills and choreographed fights, not logic. Even with so few requirements, Transporter 2 runs on empty.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    A remedial comedy for idiots.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    A weird, unpleasant little movie.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    The fog also does something genuinely eerie: It causes everyone in the cast to deliver dreadful performances and display inappropriate reactions when their friends are drowned, burned, stabbed or thrown into glass display cases.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Shot on digital video, made on the run whenever Watts was available between gigs, the movie is a pointless, tedious eyesore.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    There's no drug potent enough to make Grandma's Boy worth 87 minutes of your life.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    The esteemed actor Derek Jacobi goes slumming as someone who pulls that metal badge from the chest of a cadaver. Shakespeare it's not.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Dismal time-travel comedy that makes "Big Momma's House" look like "Citizen Kane."
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Overall the tone is dark and nasty, exemplified by the inelegant signature kung-fu move of the good guys -- a backward kick to the groin.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    What if you made a pornographic movie with a real story line and better acting but didn't show any sex? You'd get The Fluffer, a movie that sounds and feels like the real thing but isn't.
    • New York Daily News
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Jackie Chan finally has met his match, an opponent so deadly that none of his considerable talent or charm can fight it -- a bad movie
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    There ought to be a law about transporting humor internationally.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Hell is sitting through a movie in which you have no respect for the protagonist and the "surprise" ending is as clearly lit as the exit sign.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Unfocused and shrill.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    The movie is paint-by-numbers with several numbers skipped.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Rickman and Richardson are excellent actors put to ghastly waste.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    To pay for all the explosions and stunt work, the filmmakers must have decided to skimp on the screenplay. The rule of thumb is that one page of script equals one minute of movie, but there is so little dialogue in Ballistic that it could have been written on a matchbook.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Both a fan's dream and a moviegoer's nightmare: It ends up being all about those who remember and interpret Philip K. Dick and not about the man himself.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    A desperately unfunny comedy that wastes a brand-name cast.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Just about every race and creed come off badly in this small-scale thriller.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    The main problem with this whole Jerry Bruckheimer-produced mess is that they took a promising comedy setup and squandered it by trying to make a legitimate spy thriller out of it.
    • New York Daily News
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Never gets at what makes Quek tick.
    • New York Daily News
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    It's a movie that should have been called on account of boredom.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    There are lame comedies, and then there is Big Fat Liar, which is so lame that it merits its own reserved parking space.
    • New York Daily News
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    In his new concert film, a train wreck of self-regard, self-pity and not-so-humble pie, Martin Lawrence doth protest too much.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Evans fumbles through painfully extended homophobic jokes, weak double entendres and agonizingly contorted double-takes.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant are distilled to the very essence of their annoying tics and quirks.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    For devout fans of the greenish monster and for those looking to shoot fish in a barrel.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    It's a difficult issue, one that is not well served by a hollow confection like I Am Sam.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Certainly a dark spirit is hovering over this inane production. Something has sucked the life out of it.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Cuba Gooding Jr. can just return his "Jerry Maguire" Oscar right now. He has no excuse for making Boat Trip, a perniciously unfunny comedy.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Filmmaker Josell Ramos has his heart in the right place, but his camera is usually in the wrong place, complete with bad lighting and all-around lousy tech credits.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    A depressingly hollow vehicle.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    If you want pretentious and unsavory, check out Buddy Boy.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    It's a humiliating comedown for Ford, and he looks creaky and grumpy, obviously aware that he is miscast and dreading every scene.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Recycles the most obvious jokes from similar comedies that preceded it, such as "Tootsie," but with the most rudimentary characters.
    • New York Daily News
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Serving Sara is D.O.A., with nary a laugh to be found.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    It's enough to encourage the aspiring film makers in the audience, no matter how wee in age, to yell "Cut!"
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    It's brain-dead start to finish.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Irritating wish-fulfillment movie.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    There's definitely room for a female Woody Allen, an accolade garnered by a previous film. However, Amy's Orgasm is chirpy, shrill and coarse, more in the vein of one of Allen's more depressed periods.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    A cheaply voyeuristic story whose "twist" is hardly worth the wait.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    It all makes the head spin -- in the direction of the exit sign.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    This self-conscious movie by Katja von Garnier is shot like a music video, stocked with quick cuts, lip-synching and fantasy performances.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Lame children's entertainment.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    So lacking in insight and gravity that it makes Dahmer seem like a pesky, pasty-faced loser who just wasn't popular enough.
    • New York Daily News
    • 23 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    See it only if potty-training is still the most vivid life experience in your book of memories.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Crude and giggly.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Gross, nearly unwatchable comedy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    The screenwriters claim they got the idea for this dreary thing by glimpsing a besieged Chelsea Clinton in the stands at a basketball game.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Silly supernatural Viking epic.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    A hellacious stew of romance and tragedy that gives the words "screwball" and "pathos" a bad name.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    What really makes the jaw drop is the presence of so many talented actors in what seems like traditional TV treacle. Saddest of all is Debra Winger, reduced to playing the wife-as-wallpaper role. For this she came back to Hollywood?
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Unless you live and breathe exhaust fumes, there isn't much to sustain a viewer through a lame story and dialogue so pathetic.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Excuse me, but didn't Bette Midler already play this role?
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Witless, insulting satire of sorority girls that shamelessly ridicules the mentally challenged. The filmmakers aren't exactly Mensa candidates themselves.
    • New York Daily News
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    A really lame attempt to expand the marketing reach of the PBS-TV series.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    This dismally strained comedy defies laughs and doesn't contain an ounce of internal logic.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    The funny thing about this unfunny movie is that the cast is brimming with actors who are usually quite engaging. The Whole Ten Yards must be very potent chloroform, indeed, to make Willis, Perry, Peet and Pollak such zombies.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Gigli is a disaster.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    It is not the worst movie ever made, as some critics claim, but it does a passing imitation.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    A tepid comedy whose only saving grace is the face of Jennifer Tilly in a crystal ball.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Screenwriters look to many sources for inspiration. In the case of Saving Silverman, they looked behind them, and liked what they saw.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    It's just as well that John Carpenter makes horror movies, because here's a horrifying thought picture James Woods as an action hero. [30 October 1998, p. 44]
    • New York Daily News
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    A movie that shouldn't be allowed on the same campus as "Animal House."
    • New York Daily News
    • 68 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Don't see The Inheritance if you're already depressed. This airless downer from Danish director Per Fly is about an heir who makes one wrong decision from which even lousier decisions effortlessly flow.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    The film would be totally unwatchable without the very real charisma of Diesel.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    The story is a mess, some of the images offensive, the acting under par and the dialogue silly.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Saw
    A gore movie with no teeth.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Not only achingly dull, it has no respect for its origins.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Macaulay Culkin still can't act, and it's no longer cute. His performance in Party Monster is so embarrassing one doesn't know where to look.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    You might want to sit out this season.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Attempts a coolness quotient it can't pull off.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    It has a distinctive look but a few too many recycled ideas; better luck on the next crash-landing.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ is the most virulently anti-Semitic movie made since the German propaganda films of World War II. It is sickening.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Its shapelessness and the cultural differences in acting style will keep this version filed under "cult oddity."
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    The audience for this chaste teen romance won't be film lovers, as the movie is sappy and listlessly paced. But it's just the ticket for people who want their movies sanitized.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    This amateurish drama about street-dance contests and busted friendship is about as real as Lil' Kim's chest.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Has some good music and hot dancing -- filmed choppily -- but it completely lacks the magic of its predecessor.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Everything to treasure about that magical, slightly malevolent feline of childhood verse is obliterated in the coarse, charmless Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Exhaustingly manic but curiously unfunny movie.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Ben Affleck's goose is cooked with Surviving Christmas, a movie that makes "Gigli" look like one of the crowning moments in his career.
    • 9 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Features even more toddlers acting in a way only collectors of velvet paintings will consider irresistible.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    The story is tired, the comedy forced and the mother's larger-than-life quirks are an acquired taste.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Thanks to that dog-torture element, Garfield may be too upsetting for younger kids. Meanwhile, older kids (let alone parents) will want to put this movie behind them like yesterday's hairball.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    The bubble-boy niche is thankfully small. John Travolta began his career playing one in a TV movie, but this movie will undoubtedly finish off the genre for good.
    • 11 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    It wastes no time getting to the punching, kicking, stomping and zapping that passes for a cinematic event. [22Nov1997 Pg. 35]
    • New York Daily News
    • 20 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    A failed experiment in magical realism that makes you wonder where the magic went.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    The gimmick is that the script is based on the real-life experiences of actress Stephanie Bennett, who plays Samantha.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    Satire works when it's sharp and funny. When it's not, you get New Suit, an unremarkable sour-grapes comedy about the obsequious players and inconsequential products of Hollywood.
    • 8 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    In this unpleasant mess of a movie, a heroin-like drug called "blue" is said to be "more addictive than air."
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 Jami Bernard
    If you haven't had enough of the Central Park rampage videos showing human nature at its worst, you could always pay to see Boricua's Bond.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 Jami Bernard
    Virtually plotless, the movie does its best to be offensive, but not in the service of any particular theme. The use of mentally impaired youngsters as actors is cheap and exploitative. You can only wonder about the emperor's new clothes, and how much Hollywood paid for them. [17 Oct. 1997, p.52]
    • New York Daily News
    • 34 Metascore
    • 12 Jami Bernard
    The actor's directorial debut is a lugubriously poetic homage to the famed Chelsea Hotel, which is to New York's artistic and beatnik past what Ellis Island is to the story of American immigration.
    • 10 Metascore
    • 0 Jami Bernard
    Profoundly depressing.
    • 11 Metascore
    • 0 Jami Bernard
    This needlessly vulgar exercise in overuse of the n-word bills itself as a comedy. Even the outtakes over the closing credits don't live up to that.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 0 Jami Bernard
    When is a holiday stocking more like a smelly gym sock? When it's the malodorous Christmas With the Kranks, a so-called comedy stuffed with bigotry, intolerance and bullying.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 0 Jami Bernard
    Talk about waste products; think of the time, effort and money that went into this movie.