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
3/4 92%

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

"It's a solid space opera spectacle with enough nostalgia to overpower even the most hard-hearted child of the '70s and '80s but it relies a little too much on recycling old plot elements." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Dec 16, 2015
3/4 43%

In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

"Visually and viscerally, the film provides reasons to pay the price of admission and see it in a theater." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Dec 10, 2015
3/4 69%

The Danish Girl (2015)

"Watching The Danish Girl, it's possible to get some feeling for the deep sense of self-alienation a transgendered person can experience but the movie's aloof tone creates distance between the viewer and the lead characters." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Dec 10, 2015
3.5/4 94%

Carol (2015)

"Carol is a haunting motion picture - the kind of film that stays with the viewer long after the multiplex's neon signage has disappeared from the rear-view mirror." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Dec 6, 2015
2/4 61%

Legend (2015)

"Legend seems like a movie Scorsese might have made if he wasn't paying attention - the elements are present but they are clumsily assembled and the outcome underwhelms." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Dec 3, 2015
1/4 24%

Victor Frankenstein (2015)

"To avoid the accusation that it's an unnecessary remake of an oft-told story, screenwriter Max Landis has reduced Mary Shelly's cautionary tale to a bad comic book, bereft of soul and intelligence." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Nov 26, 2015
2.5/4 77%

The Good Dinosaur (2015)

"If The Good Dinosaur falls short in the narrative department, it represents a step forward for Pixar's artists." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Nov 26, 2015
3.5/4 94%

Creed (2015)

"2015 has seen its share of sequels; perhaps surprisingly, Creed is among the best." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Nov 22, 2015
3.5/4 97%

Brooklyn (2015)

"Although not without moments of sadness and tragedy, Brooklyn is sublimely uplifting and life affirming." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Nov 20, 2015
2.5/4 70%

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)

"The Hunger Games movies began with much promise but after the pinnacle of Catching Fire, it has been a slog to the finish line. We're finally there and I feel more exhausted than fulfilled." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3.5/4 96%

Spotlight (2015)

"If there was a Best Ensemble acting category, the cast of Spotlight would be a frontrunner. The film has no lead actor but there are five or six strong supporting performances." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Nov 14, 2015
2/4 44%

The 33 (2015)

"In trying to breathe life into too many characters, the screenplay transforms them all into thinly-drawn caricatures. In focusing on its feel-good, inspirational ending, it fails to make nearly 2 hours of hardship a worthwhile experience." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Nov 13, 2015
3/4 65%

Spectre (2015)

"In the end, this solid Bond does justice to the character's long legacy while paying due diligence to what he has become under Daniel Craig's stewardship." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3/4 87%

The Peanuts Movie (2015)

"To those with even a limited exposure to Peanuts over the years, this will feel like a homecoming. Is that a bad thing? No, but it's more of a trip down memory lane than something new." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3/4 35%

Our Brand is Crisis (2015)

"The movie is funny enough to get its share of laughs but, in its angry heart, it's a tragedy - and the saddest part is that too much of this story is true." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Oct 30, 2015
3.5/4 94%

Room (2015)

"Room is honest and challenging but it's more uplifting than one might expect from a film with such a horrific backstory." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Oct 28, 2015
2.5/4 73%

Suffragette (2015)

"From a historical perspective, Suffragette is riddled with inaccuracies, but that's less of a problem than its questionable dramatic arc." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Oct 28, 2015
2/4 16%

The Last Witch Hunter (2015)

"Unfortunately, a film needs more than Diesel's Stallone-ish appeal to succeed and that's where The Last Witch Hunter is found lacking." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Oct 25, 2015
2.5/4 71%

Crimson Peak (2015)

"Director Guillermo del Toro's unique visual style is on display but the story is predictable, the characters are flat, and the supernatural elements are red herrings." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Oct 16, 2015
2/4 76%

Goosebumps (2015)

"At a guess, I'd say that Goosebumps will satisfy its core audience - fans of R.L. Stine's popular children's books - and bore pretty much everyone else." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Oct 16, 2015
3.5/4 86%

Steve Jobs (2015)

"The dialogue crackles with wit, anger, and passion. By matching Sorkin's words with Boyle's style and Fassbender's talent, Steve Jobs has hit the trifecta." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Oct 15, 2015
3/4 91%

Bridge of Spies (2015)

"In terms of the director's oeuvre, this will likely be remembered as one of his "minor" productions. (Think Always, The Terminal, and War Horse.)" ‐ ReelViews
Posted Oct 15, 2015
2.5/4 27%

Pan (2015)

"The film fulfills its limited mandate of providing fast-paced adventure and some nice eye candy without adding anything memorable to the tale of The Boy Who Can Fly." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Oct 10, 2015
3/4 84%

The Walk (2015)

"It's two-thirds of a great film but the slow start and unremarkable first hour hold it back. Still, for those who buy into the precept that "good things are worth waiting for," The Walk unquestionably delivers." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Oct 4, 2015
3.5/4 94%

Sicario (2015)

"An unforgettable motion picture that should be on the must-see list for anyone who appreciates films that deal in grays rather than blacks and whites." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Oct 2, 2015
3.5/4 92%

The Martian (2015)

"This is science fiction for sophisticated audiences and, as such, a fulfilling and satisfying experience." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Oct 2, 2015
2/4 62%

The Intern (2015)

"In terms of comedic and dramatic content, The Intern is hit-and-miss. Notions about ageism and corporate prejudice against female CEOs are grazed but not explored in a meaningful or compelling way." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Sep 24, 2015
3/4 73%

Everest (2015)

"Everest takes an inordinate amount of time to get the pieces in place. However, once the group departs base camp and begins the ascent, the film sloughs off its slow pace and transforms into a gripping tale of survival, life, and death." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Sep 18, 2015
2/4 48%

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)

"With minimal plot development and far too much running around in dark corridors, The Scorch Trials has a poor story:filler ratio. And much of what happens is poorly thought-out." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Sep 18, 2015
3/4 75%

Black Mass (2015)

"For Black Mass, Johnny Depp has dusted off his A-game, which has lain dormant for far too long." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Sep 16, 2015
2/4 64%

The Visit (2015)

"Despite a promising premise and effective "Shyamalan twist", this low-budget horror film still underwhelms." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Sep 10, 2015
2.5/4 45%

A Walk In The Woods (2015)

"A Walk in the Woods is pleasant but inconsequential, a passing diversion rather than a worthy cinematic destination." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Sep 4, 2015
2.5/4 40%

We Are Your Friends (2015)

"If you find yourself in an auditorium watching We Are Your Friends, there's no need to get up and leave. On the other hand, there's no compelling reason to be put in that position in the first place." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Aug 27, 2015
1.5/4 83%

Mistress America (2015)

"Despite clocking in at a skinny 84 minutes, Mistress America overstays its welcome." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Aug 27, 2015
3.5/4 45%

No Escape (2015)

"This isn't lightweight, fanciful entertainment; it's tense, white-knuckle material." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Aug 24, 2015
2/4 13%

Sinister 2 (2015)

"Although Sinister 2 continues the story begun in Scott Derrickson's creepily effective Sinister, it feels more like an unnecessary retread than an organic extension of the original." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Aug 22, 2015
2/4 43%

American Ultra (2015)

"As misfires go, American Ultra can at least claim not to be boring." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Aug 20, 2015
2/4 8%

Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)

"Only a bare minimum of non-action scenes were included in the final cut. There's enough here to piece together a rudimentary storyline but the details are often either confusing or nonsensical." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/4 93%

The Gift (2015)

"Clever and atmospheric, the film has enough twists to keep the average viewer guessing." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Aug 14, 2015
3/4 67%

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

"This is one of those rare instances when a sequel wouldn't just be warranted - it would be welcomed." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Aug 14, 2015
3/4 65%

Ricki And The Flash (2015)

"The movie is mature in the way it handles the regrets of absentee parents and the ways in which their children relate to them. There's a little Hollywood artifice here but not so much that the emotions feel inauthentic." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Aug 8, 2015
2.5/4 9%

Fantastic Four (2015)

"There are hints of a more compelling story but they are never developed and the movie as a whole seems like the unhappy marriage of competing agendas." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Aug 6, 2015
3/4 93%

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015)

"Hopefully, the reception will be positive because, on the strength of this outing, a sixth big-screen impossible mission is warranted." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 29, 2015
3/4 26%

Vacation (2015)

"Vacation passes the most important test of any comedy: it's funny." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 28, 2015
3/4 61%

Southpaw (2015)

"Southpaw isn't content with presenting a gallery of clich├ęd characters. It takes the time to put flesh on the bones." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 26, 2015
1/4 16%

Pixels (2015)

"This is a film in which a viewer can be forgiven for rooting for the old video game icons to annihilate humanity. God help us if the best savior we can muster is Sandler." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 26, 2015
2/4 56%

Paper Towns (2015)

"Paper Towns is an exercise in artifice." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 26, 2015
3.5/4 85%

Trainwreck (2015)

"Trainwreck is brash, funny, and often vulgar." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 16, 2015

Ant-Man (2015)

"The attempts at overt comedy are hit-and-miss. The heist elements are derivative and not nearly as inventive as one might expect given the possibilities. The action sequences are variable and the dramatic moments... the less said, the better." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 16, 2015
2.5/4 56%

Minions (2015)

"Inconsistent and undisciplined, Minions is more an adjunct to marketing than a legitimate motion picture." ‐ ReelViews
Posted Jul 9, 2015