James Berardinelli

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James Berardinelli
Born (1967-09-25) September 25, 1967 (age 49)
New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Writer
Education Cherry Hill High School East
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania
Period 1993–present
Subject Film
Spouse Sheryl (m. 2004)
Children 1

James Berardinelli (born September 25, 1967)[1] is an American film critic and novelist.

Personal life[edit]

Berardinelli was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey and spent his early childhood in Morristown, New Jersey.[2] At 9, he relocated to the township of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, where he attended Cherry Hill High School East.[2][3] Later he moved to Piscataway.[4]

He attended the University of Pennsylvania from 1985 to 1990, obtaining both a Bachelor of Science and Master's degree in Electrical Engineering.[2] After graduating he worked for Bellcore Company, now Telcordia Technologies, and spent the next 15 years working "in a variety of fields, including fiber optics, video testing, and software systems."[2]

Berardinelli resides in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.[5][3] On August 21, 2004, he married his wife Sheryl, whom he met through his website.[6][7] They have a son, Michael, born on May 12, 2010.[8]


Starting in 1993, Berardinelli started publishing reviews in Usenet by reviewing Scent of a Woman.[9][10] Berardinelli also writes the blog ReelThoughts at Reelviews.net. Roger Ebert referred to Berardinelli as "the best of the Web-based critics",[11] and wrote a foreword for Berardinelli's book, Reelviews.[12] Berardinelli is a member of the Online Film Critics Society and a Rotten Tomatoes-approved critic.[13][14]

In September 2013, Berardinelli announced that he had been working on a trilogy of fantasy novels entitled The Last Whisper of the Gods.[15] The first book was published in November 2015, the second was released in January 2016, and the third in March 2016.[16]

Berardinelli's first young adult novel, Lingering Haze, will be released on April 17, 2017.[17]

Top ten lists[edit]

Year #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10
1990s Schindler's List The Sweet Hereafter Goodfellas Hamlet Three Colors: Red The War Zone Raise the Red Lantern Dances with Wolves Pulp Fiction Beauty and the Beast
2005 Munich Syriana King Kong 3-Iron Downfall Match Point Grizzly Man Pride and Prejudice Sin City The 40-Year-Old Virgin
2006 The Departed United 93 Babel Little Children Deliver Us from Evil 49 Up Hard Candy Casino Royale Stranger Than Fiction Superman Returns
2007 The Lives of Others No Country for Old Men Into the Wild Juno Black Book The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Gone Baby Gone Atonement The Namesake Charlie Wilson's War
2008 The Dark Knight Doubt Slumdog Millionaire Wall-E The Wrestler The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Iron Man Revolutionary Road 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days Frost/Nixon
2009 Avatar Inglourious Basterds Up in the Air Adventureland The Hurt Locker (500) Days of Summer District 9 Precious An Education A Serious Man
2000s The Lord of the Rings Requiem for a Dream Memento The Departed The Dark Knight Lost in Translation United 93 Cast Away Avatar In the Bedroom
2010 The King's Speech Inception True Grit Toy Story 3 Black Swan Rabbit Hole Flipped Millennium The Social Network Love and Other Drugs
2011 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo The Descendants Shame The Tree of Life The Artist Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Martha Marcy May Marlene We Need to Talk About Kevin Blue Valentine Super 8 and Hugo
2012 Looper Zero Dark Thirty Lincoln A Separation Amour Django Unchained Silver Linings Playbook Skyfall Argo Les Misérables and The Dark Knight Rises
2013 Before Midnight Gravity The Wolf of Wall Street Blue is the Warmest Color 12 Years a Slave Her Prisoners The Spectacular Now Captain Phillips Short Term 12
2014 Interstellar Like Father, Like Son Life Itself Boyhood Whiplash The Imitation Game American Sniper Gone Girl The Wind Rises Fury
2015 The Hateful Eight The Martian Spotlight Carol The Big Short Sicario Inside Out The Revenant Creed Mad Max: Fury Road
2016 Arrival La La Land The Handmaiden Eye in the Sky Manchester by the Sea Deadpool The Edge of Seventeen Fences Moonlight A Monster Calls


  • Berardinelli, James (2003) ReelViews : The Ultimate Guide to the Best 1,000 Modern Movies on DVD and Video, ISBN 1-932112-06-5
  • Berardinelli, James (2005) ReelViews 2: The Ultimate Guide to the Best 1,000 Modern Movies on DVD and Video, 2005 Edition, ISBN 1-932112-40-5
  • Berardinelli, James (2015) The Last Whisper of the Gods, ASIN B-016IWS-UN-M
  • Berardinelli, James (2016) The Curse of the Gift, ASIN B-019CPR-EH-K


  1. ^ Berardinelli, James (August 3, 2009). "1984". Reelviews.net. Archived from the original on June 15, 2015. Retrieved June 15, 2015. ...turning 17. Beginning September 25 [1984], I could drive and see R-rated movies without an accompanying adult. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Frequently Asked Questions". Reelviews.net. Archived from the original on June 15, 2015. Retrieved June 12, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Schneider, Dan. "The Dan Schneider Interview 16: James Berardinelli", Cosmoetica.com, December 12, 2008. Accessed July 14, 2016. "I was born in New Brunswick, lived in Old Bridge for a year, then spent my childhood in Morristown and my teenage years in Cherry Hill. I went to college at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, then returned to New Jersey to live in Bridgewater, Hillsborough, and Mount Laurel, where I currently reside."
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Boatman, Gail T. "When the lights go down, his work begins", Burlington County Times, February 18, 2015. Accessed July 14, 2016. "MOUNT LAUREL — Like movie fans everywhere, James Berardinelli will be in front of his television set, Sunday, watching the Oscars."
  6. ^ Berardinelli, James (January 26, 2007). "11 Years". Reelviews Movie Reviews. Retrieved July 19, 2015. 
  7. ^ "James Berardinelli on Twitter". Twitter. August 21, 2016. 
  8. ^ Berardinelli, James (June 11, 2010). "Welcome, Michael". Reelviews Movie Reviews. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  9. ^ Jason Silverman (28 Feb 2004), "Invasion of the Web Film Critics", Wired, retrieved 2014-10-03 
  10. ^ "In Online World, Everyone Can Be A Critic", South Florida Sun-Sentinel / Los Angeles Times, June 17, 1997 
  11. ^ Ebert, Roger (February 9, 2001). "Saving Silverman". Chicago Sun-Times. Rogerebert.com. 
  12. ^ "The Ebert Foreword". Reelviews. 13 April 2010. Archived from the original on 29 January 2016. 
  13. ^ "Our Members". Online Film Critics Society. Archived from the original on 2014-07-03. Retrieved 2014-10-02. 
  14. ^ "JAMES BERARDINELLI". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  15. ^ Berardinelli, James. "The Last Whisper of the Gods | Reelviews Movie Reviews". Reelviews.net. Retrieved June 12, 2015. 
  16. ^ "James Berardinelli on Twitter". Twitter. June 5, 2015. Retrieved June 12, 2015. 
  17. ^ Berardinelli, James. "My new book | Reelviews Movie Reviews". Twitter.com. Retrieved January 23, 2017. 

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