James Berardinelli

James Berardinelli
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 27% Mortal Engines (2018) One of the most impressive examples of "world building" in recent years, surpassing such contenders as Valerian, Cloud Atlas, and even the recent Star Wars episodes.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
2.5/4 61% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Although the film is competently made, there's nothing here worth more than a cursory art-house release in advance of home video purgatory.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
2.5/4 52% Once Upon a Deadpool (2018) The reconstructed storyline drags and its progression isn't helped by the frequent interruptions.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3.5/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) The move is a blast and, by using a plot device that causes a rift between different dimensions/universes, Into the Spider-Verse has been given an incredible amount of latitude in terms of characters and style.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
3.5/4 97% Roma (2018) Narratively, not a lot happens during the opening 60-70 minutes, but Cuaron is marinating us so that later events have an uncommonly strong impact.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
3.5/4 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) The movie uses a domestic drama to illustrate larger and more compelling concerns about society in general.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/4 61% Vox Lux (2018) [A] dead-on portrait of a lost soul who may never quite find herself but who makes an uneasy peace with what the world has made of her.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
2.5/4 50% Willow (1988) Willow feels like the kind of movie that might have worked considerably better on the printed page.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3/4 94% The Favourite (2018) For those with a taste for historical fiction, The Favourite is a delicious morsel with a spicy aftertaste.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3/4 92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Those wacky Coens are at it again. And those serious Coens. And those loquacious Coens.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
3/4 82% Green Book (2018) Green Book is effective and affecting while being careful to avoid overdosing its audience on material that some might deem too shocking or upsetting.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2018
2/4 83% Creed II (2018) By playing things too safe, it loses the power and spontaneity that gave Creed its energy and drive.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
3/4 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) It's breezy and fun and, like its predecessor, relies more for its appeal on nostalgia and familiarity than a strong narrative thrust.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
2.5/4 58% The Front Runner (2018) Reitman is good at posing questions for which he doesn't have answers and, although that makes for compelling drama, the results feel incomplete and frustrating.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
2.5/4 38% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Despite being light in the story department, The Crimes of Grindelwald offers plenty of small pleasures and tightens up the linkage between this series and Harry Potter.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
3.5/4 91% Widows (2018) McQueen achieves his aim of using a genre framework to advance serious themes. That ambition, rather than the ordinariness of the central criminal enterprise, is what makes Widows an uncommonly good thriller.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
3/4 63% Outlaw King (2018) With the exception of a few slow spots, Outlaw King flows briskly. It's one of the better "Netflix originals" the service has provided and worth the expense of two hours.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
2.5/4 69% Dead Man (1995) Even if it accomplishes little else, Dead Man will almost certainly inspire thought and discussion. ‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/4 81% Boy Erased (2018) Although Boy Erased depicts a series of injustices, its ultimate message is one of the hope and optimism that can accompany acceptance.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
1/4 57% The Grinch (2018) There's no aspect in which the 2018 version seems like anything but a hapless, bloated imitation.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
2.5/4 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) As compelling an individual as Lisbeth is (especially in the "metoo" era), she deserves better than what she's given by this story.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/4 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) McCarthy plays it straight, allowing her talent as an actress - often hidden under the dreck for which she draws big paychecks - to shine through.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
2.5/4 67% Time Trap (2018) In the moment... it's entertaining and chock-full of enough deliciously weird interludes that it's impossible to be too harsh.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
2.5/4 86% Unlovable (2018) I just wish Unlovable had developed its own unique voice and approach rather than seeming too much like dozens of other forgettable addiction-themed motion pictures.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2/4 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a miscalculation of Magic Kingdom-sized proportions.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
2.5/4 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The problem with all this meticulous recreation is that, in the end, it rings hollow.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
3.5/4 98% Free Solo (2018) This plays out with as much (or more) suspense than any conventional thriller as the cameras capture every step of Alex's ascent.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
1.5/4 63% Suspiria (2018) If I wanted to be kind, I'd call Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria remake "visually striking" and "stylish." If I wanted to be brutally honest, I'd call it "tedious", "pretentious", and even "painful" (although not in a good way).‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3/4 37% Hunter Killer (2018) Hunter Killer... won't win any awards for acting or writing but generates suspense when it needs to and tells an engrossing Tall Tale.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3/4 71% Galveston (2018) Bleak and gripping, Galveston offers a compelling experience for those who don't demand pure escapism and are willing to sample the darker side of cinema.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
2.5/4 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) Beautiful Boy delivers less than what one would expect from the story it endeavors to tell.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3/4 79% Halloween (2018) This is the sequel Halloween fans have been awaiting for four decades.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
2.5/4 74% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Bad Times at the El Royale starts with a lot of promise and a full head of steam; even half-way through I was engaged. But the movie eventually careens off the track.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2.5/4 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) If there's a reason to see the movie, it's Redford, whose charismatic, mature presence argues that age has done nothing to diminish his ability to command the screen.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
3.5/4 94% Private Life (2018) Jenkins has produced a small gem - an unassuming and surprisingly profound motion picture that touches on primal motivations and instincts.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
3/4 88% First Man (2018) For those who can get past the shaky-cam aspect that infects the cinematography, this is an involving look back in time at one of the most significant human endeavors of the last century.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3/4 88% The Hunt for Red October (1990) Coupled with Connery's magnetic performance, that's enough to make The Hunt for Red October as watchable today as it was during its 1990 release.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
3/4 94% The Deer Hunter (1978) While it's fair to argue that The Deer Hunter contains moments of brilliance, the film as a whole is undone by its length.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
3/4 87% Colette (2018) This isn't Oscar-worthy material but it's the kind of solid art house motion picture that was popular during the 1990s and whose occasional reappearance in the 2010s is always welcome.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
3/4 87% Ben-Hur (1959) Clocking in at three hours forty-two minutes, Ben-Hur overstays its welcome. Still, despite scenes that occasionally run too long, the movie doesn't start to drag until after the chariot race and many of the early scenes are engaging.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
2.5/4 33% Ride (2018) Like an average Uber ride, the film passes quickly and doesn't leave a lasting impression.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
1/4 71% Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom) (1979) Salo... is forceful only in making the viewer want to turn away. ‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
2/4 29% Venom (2018) It's just not an especially good superhero movie and it wastes an intriguing premise.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3.5/4 97% The Hate U Give (2018) It may not change minds but it challenges viewers to consider why they react to issues of race (and poverty) in the manner that they do.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
3/4 77% Gigi (1958) Gigi is an enjoyable parfait - a frothy concoction that at times makes the viewer giddy - but it lacks the traits of greatness one might expect from a production so dizzyingly honored.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
4/4 100% O.J.: Made in America (2016) O.J.: Made in America is an extraordinary achievement in that not only does it provide a definitive overview of O.J.'s life - warts and all - but it offers new insights into events that have been picked over repeatedly over the past 20+ years.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
3/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Even the most hard-hearted and cynical viewer is likely to have an emotional reaction, and this is as much a testimony to the way Cooper tells the tale as to the story itself.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
3.5/4 90% What's Up, Doc? (1972) The film builds on itself, gaining speed as it careens out-of-control toward its conclusion. Only a director in complete control can fashion something so effortlessly chaotic.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
2.5/4 72% Around the World in 80 Days (1956) With its lazy, somnambulant pace and endless stream of cameos, Around the World in 80 Days seems to be unfolding in real time.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
2/4 75% Better Off Dead (1985) There's a potentially edgy aspect to Better Off Dead's comedy that's never fully realized.‐ ReelViews
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
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