Starting in 1993, Berardinelli started publishing reviews in Usenet by reviewing Scent of a Woman. In 1997, he became a film critic. Berardinelli also writes ReelThoughts, a weblog. Roger Ebert referred to Berardinelli as "the best of the Web-based critics", and wrote a foreword for Berardinelli's book, Reelviews. Berardinelli was selected for membership in the Online Film Critics Society.
^Robert Stevens (27 June 1997), "Amateur film reviewers take opinions to the Internet", Kansas City Star/ Los Angeles Times: 17, James Berardinelli is not a professional movie reviewer, but he plays one on the Net. Log onto his Web site ReelViews, and you'll find 1,200 film reviews that the Piscataway, N.J., electrical engineer has written since he starting posting messages on Internet newsgroups in 1992.