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James Berardinelli Explores the Depths of Criticism in “Nebraska”

In response to James Berardinelli’s 849‑word review of Nebraska on ReelViews

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Which day should be National James Berardinelli Day? The critic will inspire many Americans with the refreshing “Nebraska,” which shows a commitment to not only the read but to the craft of film criticism. We salute you, J. B.

It’s amazing how one paragraph of critique can allow one to see the truth of film criticism. Berardinelli produces a fine paragraph of analysis on the lead characters in Nebraska, and it’s much more than what is typically found in the majority of reviews.

It’s become normal for the common critic to half-ass it with one or two sentences of original thought on lead performances, whereas there is small group of critics that consistently manage to produce a full paragraph across the board. The great J. B. is one of those rare souls.

Berardinelli manages to look beyond the “cantankerous old coot” description for Dern, and offers more than “Forte plays the straight man well.” Take note, critics.  

Nebraska is pure criticism. Berardinelli doesn’t rely on plot summary to make his points, but actually gives the work a bit of thought to express his feelings on the dialogue, setting and characters. One may cry out “it’s a true critique!” after reading so many weakling reviews.  

At first glance one may be turned off by the lack of header image in Nebraska, and also the aggressive green side-bars, however make sure to focus on the content and let the J. B. prose consume you.

James Berardinelli’s Nebraska is inspiring, informative and intellectual. It’s the I Trilogy of Criticism.    

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