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

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/4 30%

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

"Visually, Alice through the Looking Glass has its moments but pretty backgrounds and clever special effects can't obscure the disappointment resulting from a half-baked script and a miscast villain." ‐ ReelViews
Posted May 26, 2016
3/4 48%

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

"As a superhero movie in general and an X-Men movie in particular, Apocalypse delivers everything a viewer could reasonably expect from it." ‐ ReelViews
Posted May 23, 2016
2.5/4 43%

The Angry Birds Movie (2016)

"There's not enough here for a full length feature film - something that becomes obvious the longer the movie is on the screen." ‐ ReelViews
Posted May 21, 2016
1.5/4 62%

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)

"There are about six really good laughs during the film's 92-minute running length." ‐ ReelViews
Posted May 20, 2016
3/4 92%

The Nice Guys (2016)

"The film overflows with quips, irony, and physical gags while at the same time relating a noir-tinged story of seedy corruption set in the neon-saturated underbelly of the 1977 Los Angeles porn industry." ‐ ReelViews
Posted May 19, 2016
2.5/4 58%

Money Monster (2016)

"Unfortunately, despite a surfeit of talent in front of and behind the camera, the movie is unable to overcome a shaky narrative whose increasing preposterousness ensures it's difficult to take seriously." ‐ ReelViews
Posted May 12, 2016
2/4 90%

A Bigger Splash (2016)

"Is it A Bigger Splash or A Bigger Bore?" ‐ ReelViews
Posted May 11, 2016
3/4 90%

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

"As far as big superhero mash-ups are concerned, this one whets the appetite without providing a satisfying main course." ‐ ReelViews
Posted May 4, 2016
3/4 91%

Green Room (2016)

"The production doesn't offer much in the way of originality but it's a tense 90-minute ride that will result in elevated pulses, increased respiration, and white knuckles." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Apr 28, 2016
2/4 16%

Ratchet & Clank (2016)

"Generic animated cash-grab." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Apr 28, 2016
2/4 17%

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)

"By cramming far too much material into 114 minutes, The Huntsman: Winter's War feels rushed and incomplete." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Apr 22, 2016
3/4 95%

The Jungle Book (2016)

"The Jungle Book is well-made and deserves recognition as one of the year's best family offerings (thus far)." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Apr 16, 2016
3/4 30%

Criminal (2016)

"Criminal is an action-thriller with a science fiction twist. To the extent that its purpose is to energize and involve an audience, it succeeds." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Apr 16, 2016
1.5/4 53%

Demolition (2016)

"Thank god for Jake Gyllenhaal. Absent his performance, Demolition would have been a more unbearable slog than it is." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Apr 9, 2016
3/4 87%

Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

"Although this may be "lesser" Linklater, it's still more enjoyable than a lot of what's currently available in theaters." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Apr 8, 2016
3.5/4 95%

Eye In The Sky (2016)

"Eye in the Sky is compelling, offering the best elements of a drama and a thriller." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Mar 26, 2016
1.5/4 29%

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016)

"What we're left with is something that recalls Crocodile Dundee in L.A. - the misbegotten notion that bringing back characters long past their sell-by date is a good idea." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Mar 26, 2016
2.5/4 27%

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

"Although viewers may be riveted at times, the net experience isn't much fun." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Mar 23, 2016
2.5/4 62%

Creative Control (2016)

"Creative Control looks more interesting than it is." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Mar 18, 2016
2/4 13%

The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016)

"Allegiant exemplifies what happens when a book or movie exists solely for the purposes of placating fans and maintaining a revenue stream." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Mar 18, 2016
0.5/4 37%

The Brothers Grimsby (2016)

"A production that fails in every way at every turn." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Mar 14, 2016
3/4 90%

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

"Take away the disappointing, disjointed, and anti-climactic final act, and this is an effective white-knuckle psychological thriller." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Mar 10, 2016
3/4 98%

Zootopia (2016)

"There's a lot here for kids to like and nearly as much to keep parents from fidgeting." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Mar 6, 2016
3/4 82%

The Wave (Bolgen) (2016)

"Something like The Wave is indeed a rarity - without skimping on the spectacle that glues eyeballs to the screen, it takes the time to develop its characters." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Mar 4, 2016
2.5/4 68%

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)

"Tina Fey is the biggest asset but even she's not sufficient to make it worth more than a marginal recommendation and a suggestion to wait until it shows up on home video." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Mar 4, 2016
2.5/4 26%

London Has Fallen (2016)

"London Has Fallen is competently made and offers what any viewer would reasonably expect. There's plenty of action, a fair amount of wide-scale destruction, and a rousing climax." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Mar 3, 2016
2/4 16%

Gods Of Egypt (2016)

"If one is going to make special effects the focus of a movie, they need to be good special effects, and that's not the case here. Proyas' ideas are never fully translated from imagination to screen." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Feb 27, 2016
3/4 54%

Triple 9 (2016)

"Hillcoat's approach is to craft a pulse-pounding experience that employs a mixture of conventional footage and hand-held work. There's an immediacy to the most gripping scenes." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Feb 26, 2016
3/4 80%

Eddie The Eagle (2016)

"Taron Egerton reproduces Eddie's offbeat charm, turning him into an Asperger's afflicted champion of the undertrodden." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Feb 26, 2016
2.5/4 61%

Race (2016)

"The bare necessities are there, the performances are competent, and there are some strong moments but Race suffers from a lack of ambition. It's too safe and that quality mutes its impact and limits its ability to be more than a history lesson." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Feb 20, 2016
2.5/4 91%

The Witch (2016)

"I would prefer seeing a failed attempt at something different than a regurgitation of every modern horror trope. Yet The Witch proves unable to capitalize on being different." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Feb 19, 2016
2/4 23%

Zoolander 2 (2016)

"There are some clever bits and the satire is at times scathing but, on the whole, moments of hilarity are like oases in a desert of tedium. When Zoolander 2 isn't funny, the silliness strains the viewer's patience." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Feb 13, 2016
1/4 49%

How To Be Single (2016)

"A horrifically bad romantic comedy that serves as a celebration of entitlement, consumerism, and shallow behavior." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Feb 12, 2016
3.5/4 84%

Deadpool (2016)

"This is a different kind of movie. The only rule it adheres to is that tropes are made to be eviscerated, turned on their heads, and trampled over." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Feb 11, 2016
1.5/4 42%

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

"The bottom line is that Burr Steers' adaptation is unlikely to please any audience regardless of what they're looking for." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Feb 6, 2016
3/4 85%

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

"The more 1950s movies a person has seen and the greater their love for Hollywood of 60+ years ago, the greater their appreciation will be of what Joel and Ethan have brought to the screen." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Feb 5, 2016
2.5/4 87%

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

"Kids, especially those who enjoyed the previous Kung Fu Panda movies, will appreciate what the third movie has to offer." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jan 29, 2016
3/4 63%

The Finest Hours (2016)

"The Finest Hours is all about action, suspense, and tension, and it rarely lets its audience down on any of those accounts." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jan 28, 2016
3.5/4 96%

Son of Saul (2015)

"There are numerous powerful Holocaust movies available but I don't think I've ever seen anything that offers the kind of grim, you-are-there perspective of Son of Saul." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jan 27, 2016
2.5/4 16%

The 5th Wave (2016)

"The storyline is generic apocalyptic science fiction and feels a lot like an uninspired fusion of Independence Day and the TV mini-series "V"." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jan 26, 2016
3/4 51%

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016)

"The movie is imperfect and overlong but it's never boring. And, although aspects of its factual accuracy can be called into question, it does a decent job of chronicling what happened that night." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jan 16, 2016
3/4 92%

Anomalisa (2015)

"Anomalisa offers evidence that animated films are not necessarily the sole province of children. In fact, this one isn't even designed for all adults." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jan 13, 2016
2/4 10%

The Forest (2016)

"The Forest boasts a promising premise but squanders most of its goodwill as a result of narrative shortcuts and contrivances, horror film clich├ęs, and haphazard editing." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jan 8, 2016
2/4 9%

Point Break (2015)

"Analyzed on its own merits or in concert with the earlier film, Point Break doesn't work." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Dec 25, 2015
3/4 60%

Joy (2015)

"Joy can be viewed as a modern day rags-to-riches fairytale. It's Cinderella without the prince. In a way, that's part of the film's charm." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Dec 25, 2015
3/4 61%

Concussion (2015)

"Concussion's dramatic core is solid and its unwillingness to sugarcoat the NFL's tactics is likely to raise some eyebrows." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Dec 24, 2015
3.5/4 82%

The Revenant (2015)

"The Revenant isn't for everyone - it asks more from its audience than the average motion picture - but for those to whom the subject matter appeals, it will be among 2015's most memorable theatrical options." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Dec 23, 2015
4/4 75%

The Hateful Eight (2015)

"Best film of the year? Yes." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Dec 22, 2015
3.5/4 88%

The Big Short (2015)

"Against all odds, The Big Short works. In fact, "works" is an understatement for what director Adam McKay has achieved with his improbable adaptation of Michael Lewis' nonfiction book about the 2008 global financial crisis." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Dec 21, 2015
3/4 73%

Youth (2015)

"Watching Youth, you'd swear Fellini had risen from his grave and returned to make another movie." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Dec 20, 2015