James Berardinelli

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For 3,664 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Dead Again
Lowest review score: 0 Bachelorette
Score distribution:
3664 movie reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Let me admit to loving the premise behind Supervized. The problem is that a movie needs more than a great premise – it needs to grow and nurture that idea, and that’s where Supervized falls short.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    It’s probably strange to call a movie about illness and death a “feel good experience,” but Wang has pitched the film perfectly in this regard.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    There are no humans in the film and their only participation was doing voiceover work. Of all the recent Disney recreations, that makes The Lion King the most curious.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    Crawl is an old-fashioned B-grade monster movie made with 2019 technology. In short, that means plenty of gore and jump-scares to go along with creatures that no longer look like puppets or men in rubber suits.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Stuber is as bland and generic a mismatched buddy action-comedy as you’re likely to find.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    It’s a rom-com where one of the participants is the self-described “last black man” and the other is a house.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    While "Hereditary" crashed and burned in its final act, Midsommar stays afloat, although the movie is ultimately hampered by a too-long running length (147 minutes) and scenes that teeter perilously close to slipping over a cliff into self-parody.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Spider-Man: Far from Home works best when viewed as an epilogue to "Avengers: Endgame" (and, by extension, the entire MCU multi-film arc to this point) instead of a stand-alone adventure.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    Although an intriguing way to deconstruct and reassemble a story familiar to most people who have taken high school English, Ophelia doesn’t live up to its promise perhaps because the lead character, even after having been “expanded,” is still rather flat.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Although the idea behind Yesterday was to craft a love-letter to The Beatles, the end result tastes a lot like a typical Richard Curtis rom-com with a generous helping of John-Paul-George-Ringo gravy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    I can’t say that Annabelle Comes Home, the third feature focused on the creepy girl doll, is the worst (because it has plenty of competition) but it’s easily among the dumbest.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    Although Child’s Play is only 90 minutes long, it’s one of those movies where you check your watch so often you think it has stopped.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Even though Toy Story 4 sometimes feels like a regurgitation and retread of the earlier films, there’s something warm and comforting about spending 100 minutes in their company again.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Men in Black International is more than just an afterthought; it’s an unfortunate afterthought. Popular interest has long since evaporated and providing a new paint coat (courtesy of stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson) can’t change that foundational fact.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    No one steals scenes from Samuel L. Jackson when he’s in this mode. His entire modus operandi is to be the biggest, baddest motherf... (watch your mouth!) on the planet. Nevertheless, Regina Hall gives him a run for his money – something she does with a lot less screen time.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    For romance junkies, the film checks all the boxes. For those who want a little more, it comes complete with a smart script, likeable leads, and a willingness to occasionally tweak a trope or two. My only complaint about Plus One is that the ending feels a little rushed.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    This isn’t Jarmusch at his best but it’s more accessible than some of his films and doesn’t demand more from an audience than to sit back and be amused.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    Although not “bad” in a conventional sense, it’s a disappointingly mediocre effort that doesn’t have a lot to offer potential viewers over age 10. It’s a perfect example of what can happen when a sequel exists simply because its predecessor made a lot of money.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    Dark Phoenix is closer to the comic book story than the previous iteration, retaining many of the core elements. Unfortunately, it suffers from a massive condensation that not only mutes the film’s emotional impact but creates an erratic tone.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Domino is a lackluster, hard-to-swallow police procedural with soap opera-ish subplots and flat characters.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Ma
    Many years ago, an acquaintance of mine said “Who needs good art when you’ve got great trash” and that applies here. Although I would stop short of calling this a “gem,” it is at times creepily effective, at least during its first three-fourths. As the film approaches its climax, it loses some of its uniqueness but there’s plenty to like about it before it starts to feel overly familiar.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Overall, however, Rocketman works because it isn’t constrained by the beats of a traditional bio-pic. Although the movie will be rightfully and enthusiastically embraced by the singer’s fans, it has something to offer those with no more than a casual recognition and appreciation of the man’s music.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    There are too many gaps in the cross-generational/cross-gender appeal for the movie to emerge as one of the 2019 summer movie season’s big winners. Some will argue this is all set-up for next year’s Kong/Godzilla rematch. After watching King of the Monsters, however, I sadly find myself less excited about that outing.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 James Berardinelli
    When the end credits roll, it’s hard to decide whether the most appropriate feeling should be disgust, despair, or despondency. This is one of 2019’s worst films.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    For a movie about magic, that’s one element sorely lacking in this retread.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Perhaps the best way to describe Booksmart, the assured directorial debut of actress Olivia Wilde, is John Hughes for the 21st century. Although Hughes never came close to the level of raunchiness on display here, when one peels back the layer of vulgarity and R-rated dialogue, the beating heart of an honest teen-oriented comedy can be found.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    To work, The Professor demands that the viewer believe in Richard and, from about the 15-minute point, I didn’t.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    "Before Sunrise" is a great movie. The Sun is also a Star isn’t. It’s not horrible and it may please its target audience but it misses an opportunity to have a deeper and less surgically-targeted impact than what it achieves.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    The John Wick series, now on cruise control for its third installment, has fallen into a trap. The filmmakers have become so intent on delivering “more of the same” that they have lost all sense of proportion.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    More like the dramatization of an Encyclopedia Britannica entry than a fully rendered movie, Tolkien provides details about the fantasy author’s life and tries to explore his motivations and influences but loses sight of the character in the process.

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