James Berardinelli

James Berardinelli
Born (1967-09-25) September 25, 1967
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

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]



  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. 1 2 3 4 "Frequently Asked Questions". Reelviews.net. Archived from the original on June 15, 2015. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
  3. 1 2 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.
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