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 2.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jami Bernard's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Vera Drake
Lowest review score: 0 Christmas with the Kranks
Score distribution:
1,022 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    It's got style and charisma to spare, with all the characters acting from fiery reserves of self-interest, including Christopher Plummer as a bank president with a secret in his safe-deposit box.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    While this is not exactly a hopeful movie, it's a polished exercise in the kind of social commentary that can wake people up.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    ATL
    Fresh and unexpected. It feels like a real window on the lives of disenfranchised youths - these are in South Atlanta - as they make their way in a society that doesn't cut them any breaks.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    A good-natured, gag-filled sequel.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Take the Lead hits all the marks you'd expect of a movie like this, but it's done vibrantly and with warm-blooded characters.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Implausible yet enjoyably diverting thriller.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Peregrym's performance as fiery, troubled teen Haley Graham is a triumph of charisma over technique.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    A lyrical, subtle, chaste and nearly wordless romance.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    This is no simplistic vigilante movie. Like Park Chan-wook's "Vengeance" trilogy, it explores the nature of the beast of revenge, leaving the audience in a sweat of dread.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Thanks to Grant's script and direction, the exotic Swaziland location (a film first) and an engaging cast, this smartly crafted drama radiates a gently comic pulse.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    For all its folksy jocularity, the movie inspires a sense of global patriotism. In the big picture, every little dish counts.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    A thorough, gutsy and appropriately scuzzy-looking documentary.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Cannibalizes "Saturday Night Fever" for everything from structure to plot, but does it adorably.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Impressionistic and open to interpretation, which is a kind way of saying that there's no way to figure out the ending.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    An actress' dream.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Scary, all right, but not for the reasons the Dallas church had in mind.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    This is a sophisticated and unsettling documentary marred only by a voice-over taken from the writings of Jamaica Kincaid.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
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    This is a serious and well-acted drama, not a jokey ripoff, whose relevance (however distant) to Columbine is a plus.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Poignant, eccentric comedy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Makes a fine date movie...thanks to its life-affirming view of friendship, love and honor.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Explores the comparatively enlightened Berlin culture that had allowed homosexuality to flourish in intellectual and social circles before the Nazis forcibly changed the national mind-set.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    In a hilarious bit of actorly sleight-of-hand, Holm (who is not new to the role of Napoleon, having it played it twice before) slips effortlessly from emperor to impostor.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    Here's one movie you'll want to see with an audience of squealing, excited, terrified kids, their arms extended greedily to grab, squish or ward off all things exoskeletal and beady-eyed. It's gross, but in the nicest way (meaning no roaches).
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    It's a wonderfully silly family movie that holds its audience in high regard.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    The real revelation of Sound and Fury is how it introduces hearing people to a culture they insist on ignoring.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Jami Bernard
    A fine example of how a character-based story can be so compelling you don't miss the frills.