James Berardinelli

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For 4,063 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 1.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Berardinelli's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 My Fair Lady
Lowest review score: 0 Bachelorette
Score distribution:
4063 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    I could easily list a half-dozen movies about famous artists/authors that fall into the same general category as this one. Excepting Cumberbatch’s performance and the strong visual sense, there’s not a lot to separate this from any of them.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    For what we get, Dune: Part One is a great ride.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Those expecting an action film may be disappointed by what The Last Duel offers. While the climactic battle is rousing, suspenseful, and suitably brutal, the majority of the film is more about dialogue, perception, and character interaction.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Halloween Kills is one of the better sequels (put it alongside Halloween 4 and H20 and a shade below the 2018 production) and contains all the elements to make it popular among horror film lovers regardless of their ages.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The result, for those who can overcome the substantial “suspension of disbelief” hurdle, is engrossing and unsettling. As ridiculous as the premise might sound, the film is not easily forgotten. It lingers.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    The film’s occasional overreaches aren’t always a negative; the high points are very high and, when it’s all over, most viewers will remember them.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    If nothing else, The Many Saints of Newark recaptures the feel and aesthetic of David Chase’s The Sopranos, the TV series that was frequently cited as the best television had to offer during the eight years when it was on (and off) the air.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    The Venom sequel checks all the generic comic book movie boxes and, if all one expects from a film adaptation is a straightforward translation with motion and live actors, it’s hard to knock Let There Be Carnage. But, in an era when most superhero productions are becoming increasingly complex, challenging one another for greater depth and storyline intricacy, the shallowness of both Venom movies stands out in an unflattering fashion.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    It’s generic but not so bad that it becomes unwatchable.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    here’s a dissonance between the film’s darker subjects and its seeming desire to offer something uplifting at the end. The coda feels dishonest and makes it as difficult to root for the film’s success as it does for the main character.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    After a slow-burn first hour, the movie cranks up the octane with plenty of blood, guts, and bullets. The final 20 minutes feel a little sloppy, with one twist too many and an unfocused ending that may be optimistically hinting at a sequel, but everything else is solid.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    Blue Bayou channels plenty of anger and passion and the narrative lynchpin is sufficiently compelling (despite a tendency toward melodramatic manipulation) but Chon’s capabilities as a writer don’t match those as a director and an actor.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    A lively, crowd-pleasing story with heart to go along with the glitter and glitz, it’s better than a lot of what’s currently available.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    As a chance for Isaac to re-familiarize viewers with his serious side after spending three films in a galaxy far, far away, it’s effective. But as a character study, it’s flawed and as a narrative, it’s erratic. There are too few high cards in the movie’s deck for it to be considered a winning hand.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 12 James Berardinelli
    I hated this movie. Hated hated hated hated hated this movie. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it. There. That just about sums it up.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    As a stand-alone movie with no connections to anything else, Shang-Chi is an engaging piece of comic book art. It remains to be seen how it will fit into Marvel’s overall plan.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 James Berardinelli
    Undemanding movie-goers on the lookout for a movie featuring pretty people in a vapid rom-com that might find this movie to their liking. For everyone else, this is decidedly not “all that.”
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    This is one instance in which the return of a horror icon has a greater purpose than the exploitation of a recognizable brand. Would that more genre films were as thoughtful and thought-provoking, mixing substance with splatter in a fashion that builds uneasiness on more than one level.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Although Reminiscence is made with care and competence and features a strong underlying premise, the film as a whole is forgettable.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    This is a creepily effective excursion into terror that, if watched alone in the dark, may generate post-movie jitters. It’s a quietly intense alternative to generic horror movies that provides its share of scares without the need to splatter the screen with blood and viscera.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    Annette dares to be different and, at a time when so many movies feel like cookie-cutter representations of better past tellings, there’s more than a little virtue of taking an offbeat and oddball path, even if the detour is too long and has a few too many potholes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    While it’s easy to quibble about the choices of omission and inclusion made by screenwriter Tracey Scott Wilson and whether a more adventurous, unconventional approach might have been a better fit for the central character’s personality, Hudson renders such criticism moot. Her performance as Aretha Franklin is more than worth the price of admission.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    Reynold’s charisma and some solid gags hold things together for a while but the movie ultimately comes up short despite its promising premise.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    With The Suicide Squad, Gunn shows that there are ways to keep things edgy while at the same time offering enough humor and action to maintain the crowd-pleasing elements.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 James Berardinelli
    Although Oda’s debut offers glimpses of a potentially gifted director, the project feels unfinished and fails to match his impressive vision with an equally compelling story.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    While a majority of the movie is a rambunctious road trip with a few call-outs to Studio Ghibli (Michael Rooker’s Lutador the giant python would likely earn a smile from Miyazaki), there’s heart in the evolving relationship between Gabi and Vivo and a solid emotional payoff at the end.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 James Berardinelli
    They Shall Not Grow Old isn’t just a compelling motion picture; it’s an important slice of cinema.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    The Green Knight has its share of flaws but there’s a freshness to Lowery’s approach that demands to be noticed.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 James Berardinelli
    Jungle Cruise runs about 15 minutes too long (what else is new these days when 2 hours has become the new 90 minutes?) but mostly offers a fun, breezy journey. It may not be another Pirates of the Caribbean but it exists as a reminder that inspiration can come from unusual places.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Berardinelli
    Old
    Old is as wrinkled and decrepit as the title makes it sound.

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