James Berardinelli

James Berardinelli

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

James Berardinelli's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 19%

American Pastoral (2016)

"Although it's not possible to argue that Philip Roth's 1997 Pulitzer Prize-winning book couldn't be made into a powerful, compelling film, this isn't it." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Oct 20, 2016
2/4 19%

Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016)

"A paint-by-numbers, creatively bankrupt "comedy" emerging from a studio system that has largely forgotten what it means to be genuinely funny." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Oct 20, 2016
1.5/4 39%

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

"Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is a jumble of overhyped action scenes, trite dialogue, painfully bad "character development", and awful writing." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/4 51%

The Accountant (2016)

"A movie that could easily have been familiar, disposable entertainment but is made with sufficient competence and energy to capture the viewer's attention and linger a little after the end credits have rolled." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Oct 14, 2016
3/4 78%

Denial (2016)

"It's strangely refreshing to watch a courtroom drama where theatricality doesn't trump meticulous examination and cross-examination." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Oct 14, 2016
3/4 77%

Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016)

"Are you a Kevin Hart fan? Then drop everything and rush to see this movie. Are you not a Kevin Hart fan? Then move along, there's nothing here to see..." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Oct 14, 2016
2.5/4 44%

The Girl on the Train (2016)

"Although The Girl on the Train is a serviceable thriller, it's hard not to see it as something of a disappointment." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3.5/4 74%

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"The film stands tall on its own merits and deserves to be seen irrespective of the perceived failings of its author." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Oct 6, 2016
2/4 33%

Masterminds (2016)

"Masterminds finds plenty of targets for its satirical jabs and lets them all off the hook." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Sep 30, 2016
3/4 64%

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

"Overall, despite feeling a little long and suffering from a rushed ending, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a fresh and engaging storybook adventure that should appeal to viewers both inside and out of the core demographic." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/4 83%

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

"The main characters are well established and director Peter Berg does a good job building tension toward the historically inevitable cataclysm that kills 11 people and wrecks the drilling platform." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Sep 28, 2016
2/4 63%

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"If there's a compelling reason to remake The Magnificent Seven, it can't be found in the 2016 version, a loud, cluttered, and generally disappointing production." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Sep 22, 2016
2/4 36%

Blair Witch (2016)

"Perhaps for someone who never saw The Blair Witch Project, this might represent an adequate scary movie." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Sep 16, 2016
3/4 77%

Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)

"It's funny and engaging and the lead character, again played by Renee Zellweger, seems more like a real person than the caricature who wandered dazed through The Edge of Reason." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Sep 15, 2016
2.5/4 63%

Snowden (2016)

"Snowden could have been an important film. It certainly contains important elements. Sadly, unlike its subject, it's unremarkable and easily forgotten." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Sep 15, 2016
3/4 83%

Sully (2016)

"Although not an Oscar-worthy endeavor, Sully proves to be by turns engaging, exhilarating, and nail-biting." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Sep 8, 2016
3/4 100%

For the Love of Spock (2016)

"A loving tribute in general to Star Trek and in particular to the man who gave more than half of his life to Spock." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Sep 8, 2016
3/4 58%

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

"Contrivances and melodrama aside, it is emotionally true and that's often the most important thing for a film of this nature." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Sep 2, 2016
3/4 39%

Morgan (2016)

"It's an attempt to wed philosophical science fiction concepts with bloody horror - a dubious endeavor that somehow works." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Sep 2, 2016
2.5/4 44%

Hands of Stone (2016)

"Traditional and uninspired, it does an adequate job of relating Duran's story but falls short of providing an engaging cinematic experience." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Aug 27, 2016
3.5/4 98%

Hell or High Water (2016)

"From a purely narrative perspective, there's nothing new here but like a new arrangement of a familiar tune, the slight changes make it fresh and enjoyable." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Aug 23, 2016
2/4 26%

Ben-Hur (2016)

"An amateurish effort that boasts direct-to-video characteristics, the latest version disappoints in almost every production aspect." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Aug 21, 2016
2.5/4 60%

War Dogs (2016)

"A diverting but by no means indispensable expose of the international arms black market." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Aug 21, 2016
3.5/4 97%

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

"Kubo and the Two Strings is a magical motion picture in every sense of the word." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3/4 66%

Anthropoid (2016)

"The movie builds - something infinitely preferable to a bold, brash beginning followed by a descent into anti-climax." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Aug 18, 2016
2/4 26%

Suicide Squad (2016)

"[A] bloated and cheerless monstrosity." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Aug 3, 2016
3.5/4 56%

Jason Bourne (2016)

"Despite regurgitating elements from the founding trilogy, Jason Bourne represents the best the series has yet offered." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/4 64%

Nerve (2016)

"Joost and Schulman use nearly every trick imaginable to keep Nerve's energy at a consistently high level and to give it a visual uniqueness." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/4 82%

Captain Fantastic (2016)

"Matt Ross' screenplay occasionally stumbles (especially late in the proceedings) and the ending opts for a too-facile resolution but the director/writer offers moments of genuine power and pathos that make it easy to forgive the missteps." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 28, 2016
2.5/4 84%

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

"Star Trek Beyond is a Star Trek movie, although not an especially good one." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 22, 2016
3/4 60%

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)

"It is at times very funny and its unwillingness to pull punches (which, it must be noted, doesn't always work) is bracing." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 21, 2016
2/4 77%

Lights Out (2016)

"Unfortunately, the film stumbles, offering too few legitimate scares and displaying an overreliance on traditional horror movie clichés." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 21, 2016
2/4 13%

Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)

"Ice Age: Collision Course, the fifth installment in this lamentably long-lived animated franchise, is the last Ice Age movie I intend to see." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 21, 2016
2.5/4 72%

Ghostbusters (2016)

"This is a mediocre horror/comedy that deserves neither high praise nor disparagement." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 14, 2016
3/4 69%

The Infiltrator (2016)

"Furman keeps a tight rein on the film's palpable, sometimes suffocating tension. It's one of The Infiltrator's assets. Another is the ensemble cast." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 13, 2016
3/4 75%

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

"The Secret Life of Pets is strong enough that parents won't fall into a catatonic state while watching it with their offspring." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 9, 2016
2/4 36%

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)

"There's nothing clever here. The filmmakers believe that broad, obvious gags, pratfalls, and profanity-laced tirades are inherently funny. They're not." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 9, 2016
3/4 36%

The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

"The Legend of Tarzan moves briskly and has the overall feel of one of Burroughs' more entertaining stories come to the screen." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 1, 2016
2.5/4 75%

The BFG (2016)

"In recent years, Spielberg has become a hit-and-miss filmmaker and this is closer to a "miss" than a "hit."" ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 1, 2016
2/4 55%

The Purge: Election Year (2016)

"The Purge: Election Year represents writer/director James DeMonaco's attempt to squeeze one more movie out of a premise that has run dry." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 1, 2016
2/4 31%

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

"The temptation is there to say that Independence Day: Resurgence tarnishes the image of its predecessor but the original Independence Day wasn't all that good to begin with." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jun 26, 2016
0/4 54%

The Neon Demon (2016)

"Pretentious and self-indulgent, it seems tailor-made to appeal to lovers of the obtuse and inscrutable until it takes a left-turn into schlocky, gore-drenched splatter imagery." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jun 26, 2016
2.5/4 77%

The Shallows (2016)

"The Shallows is almost a good movie." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jun 26, 2016
3/4 94%

Finding Dory (2016)

"Finding Dory is enjoyable in its own right, even if its powerful sense of déjà vu keeps it from approaching the pinnacle of the Disney/Pixar collaborations." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jun 22, 2016
1/4 69%

Central Intelligence (2016)

"With its canned, predictable action sequences and mirthless attempts at humor, it displays an ineptitude that is frankly shocking considering the talent involved." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jun 22, 2016
2/4 28%

Warcraft (2016)

"Large scale battles and magical pyrotechnics are nice supplements but the absence of well-formed characters and a meaningful narrative render such pretty things moot." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jun 12, 2016
2/4 34%

Now You See Me 2 (2016)

"Based solely on merit, Now You See Me 2 is a sequel that should never have been made." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jun 10, 2016
3.5/4 80%

The Conjuring 2 (2016)

"The Conjuring 2 proves that, with a sufficient investment of time and energy, sequels don't have to be unsatisfying cash-grabs." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jun 9, 2016
3/4 58%

Me Before You (2016)

"It's not perfect - there are times when the pacing is off and the epilogue tries too hard to end things on a positive note - but it's effective and affecting." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jun 3, 2016
2.5/4 77%

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

"Too often ... it feels lazy and derivative and it's difficult to recommend something that, despite offering a few solid laughs, is instantly forgettable." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jun 3, 2016
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