Beverly Berning

Beverly Berning

Agrees with the Tomatometer 84% of the time.

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Total Reviews:
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
38% Savage Grace (2007) " [Savage Grace] is like a Vanity Fair article; it's eye candy, with ... a creepy dysfunctional family drama thrown in to give it added value." — culturevulture.net
Posted Jul 3, 2008
50% Sex and the City (2008) " Somewhere along the line, the movie version of Sex and the City got too much Botox injected into the script, and all the life was ironed out of it." — culturevulture.net
Posted Jun 10, 2008
89% Aleksandra (Alexandra) (2007) " ... at times humorous, at times touching, and unfortunately, at times tedious and distancing." — culturevulture.net
Posted Jun 9, 2008
100% Indestructible (2008) " ... a stirring narrative, a movie of epic dramatic force that holds its own with the best of any major work of cinema." — culturevulture.net
Posted Jun 1, 2008
95% No End in Sight (2007) " No End is Sight is the product of a calmly systematic desire for knowledge, and as such, does not offer solutions, only profound insight." — culturevulture.net
Posted May 18, 2008
97% 51 Birch Street (2006) " If it is the objective of a work of art to hold up a mirror to our own lives, then 51 Birch Street, in all its makeshift craftsmanship, is a great work of art." — culturevulture.net
Posted May 18, 2008
56% Bab'Aziz - The Prince That Contemplated His Soul (2008) " Those who find Rumi's wisdom as unknowable as desert sand constantly reshaped by the wind that blows it, will have the same reaction to Bab'Aziz." — culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 17, 2008
83% Planet B-Boy (2007) " After watching this movie, I felt like every nerve ending in my body was shooting sparks. No wonder these boys dedicate their lives to this dance. It's electrifying." — culturevulture.net
Posted Mar 30, 2008
96% Diva (1981) " Jean-Jacques Beniex's bold experiment is worth a place of importance in cinematic history." — culturevulture.net
Posted Mar 22, 2008
9/10 77% Paranoid Park (2007) " There are certain times in a filmmaker's career when everything comes together in a kind of perfect storm ... For Gus Van Sant, Paranoid Park is that film." — culturevulture.net
Posted Mar 20, 2008
86% The Witnesses (Les Temoins) (2007) " Andre Techine is a master at taking life experiences and stripping them of sentimentality, leaving us with only the bare-bones honesty of relationships and desire." — culturevulture.net
Posted Mar 3, 2008
82% In Bruges (2008) " As a black comedy, In Bruges is a work of comic genius." — culturevulture.net
Posted Mar 2, 2008
92% Caramel (2008) " Caramel is a warm, funny and compassionate movie that examines five women who are at very different stages in their lives, each one with a particular problem to work out." — culturevulture.net
Posted Mar 2, 2008
89% The Savages (2007) " The Savages, writer/director Tamara Jenkins's second film, is easily the best comedy of the year." — culturevulture.net
Posted Jan 15, 2008
86% Starting Out in the Evening (2007) " This is Frank Langella's movie. He's been given a plum of role, and he bites into it with amazing grace and precision." — culturevulture.net
Posted Jan 14, 2008
85% All in This Tea (2007) " It's another beautiful, sensual film, and another homage to what makes life enjoyable." — culturevulture.net
Posted Dec 28, 2007
65% The Kite Runner (2007) " This is no experimental tale, but a gripping yarn, and the issues it confronts are complicated ones, with many sides." — culturevulture.net
Posted Dec 21, 2007
95% The Red Balloon (Le Ballon Rouge) (1956) " ... one of the best loved films in cinema history." — culturevulture.net
Posted Nov 28, 2007
36% Southland Tales (2007) " Southland Tales really is a guy movie, right down to all the sci-fi, comic book and porn references..." — culturevulture.net
Posted Nov 28, 2007
44% Bella (Beauty) (2006) " Bella is a (...) parable of remorse and redemption, a tale of two damaged souls who end up helping each other find release from their tragic pasts." — culturevulture.net
Posted Nov 14, 2007
31% Klimt (2005) " Klimt is a feast for the eyes and the mind." — culturevulture.net
Posted Oct 17, 2007
7% Silk (2007) " The movie is at its best as a collage of environments representing states of mind." — culturevulture.net
Posted Oct 17, 2007
45% Fay Grim (2007) " Luckily, there is Hartley's immense wit to carry it through, but wit can be a dangerous gift, especially when the capacity to be clever overwhelms all else." — culturevulture.net
Posted Jul 10, 2007
44% Angel-A (2005) " It's too bad it took so long for the film to get here, because it's not only the best part, it's also the very end." — culturevulture.net
Posted Jul 10, 2007
68% Flanders (Flandres) (2007) " Flanders is relentlessly bleak, but as it works its way into your bloodstream, the aftertaste is somewhat akin to relief...For those who allow it, Flanders offers the comfort of recognition, and acceptance, of what it means to be human." — culturevulture.net
Posted Jul 10, 2007
—— Words of My Perfect Teacher (2006) " Much like Rinpoche has let go of what others expect a Buddhist leader to be like, Patten's documentary is her own way of letting go of what others expect a documentary about Buddhism to be like." — culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 23, 2007
96% Romántico (2006) " It is like a duet in which both men work together to achieve a kind of cinematic harmony, and out of it comes a beautiful recording of the universal struggle that is life." — culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 23, 2007
—— Premonition (1989) " Someone should have figured out what this movie was really about before they even started. Sometimes it is better to begin at the very beginning." — culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 23, 2007
96% Pan's Labyrinth (2006) " "Pan's Labyrinth" is impeccable filmmaking; it alone might be enough to seal del Toro's reputation as a master of cinema." — culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 23, 2007
65% Off the Black (2006) " "Off the Black" is writer/director James Ponsoldt's first movie...When I found out how young Ponsoldt is, only twenty-six, I was shocked that someone so young could have such insight into, and such empathy for, the existential disquietude of middle age." — culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 23, 2007
62% Music and Lyrics (2007) " Hugh Grant is a genius at romantic comedy. He has just the right blend of good looks, sex appeal, wit, sensitivity, self-awareness, and even more endearing, self-mockery." — culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 23, 2007
81% Fong juk (Exiled) (2006) " ...Exiled is compromised by the feeling one gets that Johnnie To has been watching too many westerns. Like in a Sergio Leone movie, all the characters try to strike iconic poses, clad with shades, munching on cigars, tilted gun in hand." — culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 23, 2007
71% Dreamland (2006) " As the mother of a preteen daughter who has dragged me to a number of teen movies, I was captivated by this strange mutant of a movie. There is skill here, and some poignant scenes that stayed with me, including a first kiss scene that's one of the bette" — culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 23, 2007
100% China Blue (2005) " Globalization is here to stay, and it presents us with yet another set of problems that we must address. China Blue does not offer solutions, but it might help get us to stop ignoring the problems. It is the little elephant that roared." — culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 23, 2007
75% Catch a Fire (2006) " Let us hope that Noyce's influence in Hollywood will help give this film the attention it deserves, and that his newfound activism will have some effect." — culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 23, 2007
11% Blood and Chocolate (2007) " This movie is another sign of a growing tendency in contemporary cinema towards conspicuous imitation. It seems that originality is no longer something to aspire to." — culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 23, 2007
—— Unknown (1996) " ...I don't have a problem with you guys making my gender the propagator of evil...But if you're going to go around blaming a woman for everything, the least you could do is give her character some depth, instead of making her into some cardboard cut-out.." — culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 23, 2007
32% Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006) " If the filmmakers are telling us that Diane's artistic creativity was unleashed by the love of a good freak, then it's a shame. To turn a story so full of good intentions at the beginning into another movie about a woman who is liberated from the chains" — culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 23, 2007
65% The History Boys (2006) " [History Boys] is most potently about the love of teaching, and how the best teachers can help give meaning to existence; and if not meaning in the grand sense, at least an appreciation of what it means to be human." — culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 23, 2007
83% The Prisoner Or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair (2007) " The American military comes across as bungling and ineffective as protectors. If people thought we didn't know what we were doing in Iraq before, this is yet more evidence of our incompetence." — culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 23, 2007
76% Black Book (Zwartboek) (2007) " But Verhoeven's films are not meant to offer profound moral insights. And "Black Book" does not aspire to historical accuracy. Instead, "Black Book" is pure entertainment, of the hollow variety. Verhoeven gives you your money's worth of titillation..." — culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 23, 2007
78% The Page Turner (La Tourneuse de pages) (2006) " A film of impeccable style, with every note hit to perfection, but without much soul." — culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 16, 2007
98% Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams (Esma's Secret - Grbavica) (2007) " Jasmila Zbanic also deserves our admiration for casting Karanovic, and for making a film of great power about the fate of that ultimate contradiction -- a child born out of hatred." — culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 9, 2007
8% Premonition (2007) " Someone should have figured out what this movie was really about before they even started." — culturevulture.net
Posted Apr 2, 2007
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