Beverly Berning

Beverly Berning
Beverly Berning's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s):

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T-Meter Title | Year
70% The We and the I (2013) French director Michel Gondry takes a select group of Bronx teenagers, puts them on a bus, and lets them loose. For some of us, it's a scary ride. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2013
23% Elles (2012) The shock factor may put off some, especially men who might feel uncomfortable having their sex portrayed with such cruel strokes (including male film critics-this film has been panned by so many of them) ... - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2012
93% Summer (Le rayon vert) (1986) I've seen "Le rayon vert" at least five times, and when I saw it again a few days ago, the beauty of its complex structure struck me once again, combining as it does the rationalism of moral convictions with the almost superstitious belief in fate. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2012
56% Seducing Charlie Barker (2011) Seducing Charlie Barker may have been made on a skimpy budget, but it's got everything a studio would pay big money for. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2011
95% The Artist (2011) The Artist is a crowd-pleaser in the most modern "old-fashioned" sense of the word. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2011
85% Nenette (2010) Nicholas Philibert's film is a heartfelt and wondrously respectful homage to this magnificent species. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2011
70% Somewhere (2010) Sofia Coppola is here to remind us that film is an art form, and "Somewhere" is yet another work of art of her own design. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2010
80% Tiny Furniture (2010) With nothing more than a teensy camera and a big talent, Miss Dunham has made a great little movie. This young filmmaker is the real thing. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2010
98% Inside Job (2010) ... an excoriating indictment of the investment banking industry. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2010
46% You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010) I was so depressed after leaving the theater, I had to crawl to the nearest video store and rent a Marx Brothers movie in order to revive myself. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2010
83% Mademoiselle Chambon (2010) ...a nearly perfect film." - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2010
No Score Yet French actor Vincent Cassel, as Mesrine, delivers in spades. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2010
88% Alle Anderen (Everyone Else) (2010) A painfully incisive portrait of a young German couple whose seemingly passionate union gets sorely tested while on holiday in Sardinia. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2010
91% Fish Tank (2010) Fish Tank could easily have turned into a maudlin and overly heart-wrenching tale, but it's gritty and tough instead, just like its heroine. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2010
70% The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009) Just as The Twilight Saga: New Moon taps into to the sexual yearnings and psychic disturbances of pubescent girls, so does The Private Lives of Pippa Lee for the perimenopausal crowd. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2009
67% Everything Strange and New (2011) Frazer Bradshaw's debut feature reeks of a need to do something grand, and its attempt to reach high art makes its failure that much more obvious. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2009
53% Antichrist (2009) Antichrist is a kind of exorcism for von Trier, an exorcism that involves no less than the destruction of the genitals of both sexes. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2009
82% Bright Star (2009) If John Keats is the catalyst who inspired Miss Campion to make this film, and us to go see it, it is Fanny Brawne, the bright star of the film's title, who makes it worthwhile. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2009
85% Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (The Baader Meinhof Complex) (2008) ... an exhaustive account of how a gang of self-appointed urban guerrillas traumatized Germany during the decade following the global paroxysms of 1968. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2009
57% The Beautiful Person (La Belle Personne) (2008) Mr. Honoré rejuvenates the age-old love triangle story on the surface, but underneath, it's still the same heavy-handed morality at play. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2009
77% Julie & Julia (2009) Meryl Streep's performance brings Julia Child to vivid life ... As Nora Ephron herself has said: "She plays all of us better than we play ourselves." - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2009
88% Séraphine (2009) We are ... made privy to the very reverie, that state of almost beatific hypnosis, where artists find sanctuary and are compelled to create. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2009
73% Julia (2009) I recommend going to see it, but don't blame me when you feel like you've downed a fifth of vodka afterwards. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2009
50% Whatever Works (2009) I am a huge Woody Allen fan, but I had a hard time with Whatever Works. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2009
44% The Proposal (2009) Sandra Bullock is the paragon of a romantic comedy heroine ... So why does she find herself the star power behind so many romcom stinkers? - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2009
66% Away We Go (2009) With Away We Go, Mendes has fallen through the rabbit hole and discovered connubial bliss. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2009
94% L'Heure d'été (Summer Hours) (2009) Assayas has made a masterpiece with the restrained strokes of a contemplative and intelligent artist. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2009
63% Adoration (2008) Adoration's ending may feel a little too artificial, a little too idealistic, but there is still something lovely about where these people end up. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2009
91% O' Horten (2007) I like a wry, deadpan social comedy as much as the next person, but I need a little more than O'Horten's minimalist palette to get me going. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2009
77% Valentino: The Last Emperor (2009) In this time of economic distress, watching the twilight of Valentino's enormous success, and the extravagant lifestyle it funded, doesn't feel like it's worth a lot of tears. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2009
90% Hunger (2008) Hunger is an intense movie-going experience, one that will leave you both drained and uplifted. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2009
81% Prima Ballerina (2009) ... in its simplistic, by-the-book delivery, Ballerina does give an inkling of the blood and sweat hidden underneath the ethereal beauty of classical dance. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2009
83% Delirious (2007) Steve Buscemi and Michael Pitt are easily the best odd couple the movies have seen since Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2009
61% Phoebe in Wonderland (2009) Elle Fanning, the ten-year-old sister of Dakota, can act like nobody's business, and it is her remarkable ability that carries an otherwise artistic mess of a movie. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2009
93% Of Time and the City (2009) ... a filmic ode to Liverpool that is both elegiac and cantankerous in the way of all old men looking back. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2009
95% The Class (2008) At the heart of The Class is an exciting rapport between a teacher and his students, one in which language and ideas are constantly being tossed about and questioned. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2009
85% Wendy and Lucy (2008) For all its arthouse starkness, it packs a wallop. Michelle Williams' performance is incandescent. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2009
68% Che: Part One (The Argentine) (2009) ... a revelation, an enlightening analysis of a man whose devotion to a political movement defined his life. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2009
71% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) ... a melancholic reminder of the transience of life, and the mutability of this mortal flesh. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2008
69% Synecdoche, New York (2008) If you want a film that is big and true and tough, go see Synecdoche. And then go see it again, because it's so rich with ideas that you can't possibly get them all the first time around. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2008
88% I've Loved You So Long (2008) ... a powerful performance by Kristin Scott Thomas ... a performance of great honesty and craftsmanship. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2008
No Score Yet Two Lives...Plus One (2008) ... a very funny and often quite poignant story of a middle-aged woman who decides to change her life, much to her family's surprise and chagrin. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2008
74% La Fille Coupée en Deux (The Girl Cut in Two) (A Girl Cut in Two) (2008) ... a deeply cynical film that makes no pretense about the status of women in society. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2008
90% Le fils de l'épicier (The Grocer's Son) (2008) Despite its rather well worn premise of a prodigal son returning to his family home, this charming French film actually feels quite fresh and original. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2008
96% Persepolis (2007) You will laugh, you will be moved to tears, and you may even come away thinking the human race might actually survive without killing each other off, because there are stories like [this] to remind us that, deep down, we're all pretty much the same. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2008
75% Elegy (2008) ... another Hollywood-delivered message declaring the ultimate rightness of romantic love between a 65-year-old man and a woman who is decades younger. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2008
84% Trumbo (2007) ... a beautifully directed and passionate homage to the dignity of one man against the indignity of the times. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2008
93% Tell No One (Ne le Dis à Personne) (2006) It feels like an American movie, dubbed in French ... Or perhaps, better put, it feels like a bunch of French people trying to act like Americans. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2008
94% Encounters at the End of the World (2007) This is Werner Herzog at his best -- a cynic with a big heart, and a nasty wit. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2008
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. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2008