Geoff Berkshire
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For 79 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 29% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 64% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 12.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Geoff Berkshire's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 47
Highest review score: 90 Life After Beth
Lowest review score: 10 The Ultimate Life
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 79
  2. Negative: 26 out of 79
79 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Geoff Berkshire
    Narco Cultura is as overwhelming as it is absorbing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Geoff Berkshire
    Boasting spectacular performances from Duplass and Elisabeth Moss as a husband and wife on the brink of separation, this incredibly assured directorial debut of Charlie McDowell essentially turns the idea of a two-hander upside down and inside out.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 90 Geoff Berkshire
    Blending smart fantasy elements, broad comedy, tender romance and an atypically slow-burning apocalypse, the directorial debut of “I Heart Huckabees” co-writer Jeff Baena is charming, thoughtful and laugh-out-loud funny.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Geoff Berkshire
    The Internet’s Own Boy is a beautifully crafted film that opens a window on a world not everyone has entered yet, and exposes ways in which both the legal system and the U.S. government is lagging hopelessly behind technology.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Geoff Berkshire
    Even in moments that don’t ring entirely true, Boyega’s grounded performance keeps the film headed in the right direction.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Geoff Berkshire
    This disarming pic navigates tricky emotional territory to emerge as an impressive feature debut for helmer Jen McGowan and scribe Amy Lowe Starbin.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Geoff Berkshire
    Swanberg and co-writer Megan Mercier have crafted an incredibly generous film that wears its heart on its sleeve but never feels sappy or even sentimental.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Geoff Berkshire
    Grim, gritty and ultra-violent, Dredd reinstates the somber brutality missing from the U.K. comicbook icon's previous screen outing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Geoff Berkshire
    A thoughtful, detailed chronicle of the Fed’s origins, responsibilities and shifting monetary policies.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Geoff Berkshire
    American Promise succeeds in touching on a wealth of subjects without overreaching.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Geoff Berkshire
    [A] fascinating but only intermittently insightful film.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Geoff Berkshire
    A trek across the Himalayas to raise climate-change awareness is respectfully packaged as inspirational comfort food in Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Geoff Berkshire
    Eschews hysteria, preachiness and self-importance in favor of calm, persuasive scientific arguments.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Geoff Berkshire
    This is neither an indictment nor an endorsement but simply a refreshing departure from the combative tone of contemporary politics and political coverage.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Geoff Berkshire
    A formulaic and functional documentary that nevertheless proves effective at getting the message out about America’s addiction to unhealthy food.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Geoff Berkshire
    Blissfully swimming against the hyperactive kidpic tide, Dolphin Tale 2 gently peddles inspirational life lessons while respecting both its characters and its audience.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Geoff Berkshire
    Beyond the Lights is a strange beast, a music-industry romance that alternates freely between wisdom and mawkishness, caustic entertainment-biz critique and naive wish fulfillment, heartfelt flourishes and soap-opera shenanigans.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Geoff Berkshire
    The Book of Life is undoubtedly stuffed with more business than its fleet, kid-friendly running time can properly handle. Yet Gutierrez’s confident delivery of the material remains so buoyant and passionately felt throughout that he almost gets away with it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Geoff Berkshire
    Part teen romance, part awkward love triangle, part generational-clash portrait, and almost all powered by nostalgia, this warmly conceived dramedy will likely resonate strongest with audiences who have a direct connection to the story’s place and time.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Geoff Berkshire
    The Overnight invites the audience to keep guessing exactly who is seducing whom, and exactly where the temptations will lead, right up to its final few beats. Barely hitting 70 minutes before the credit crawl, this comedy successfully achieves a climax of its own that is equal parts exciting and frustrating.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Geoff Berkshire
    The breezily likable pic benefits from an underexposed topic and solid execution.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Geoff Berkshire
    Veteran filmmaker Greg MacGillivray (“Everest”) seizes the opportunity with striking imagery, which goes a long way toward compensating for his frequently over-earnest messaging.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Geoff Berkshire
    The non-pro cast received their scenes one week at a time, and the choice lends their performances a compelling blend of discovery and authenticity.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Geoff Berkshire
    Silver offers up a generally assured and compelling film here.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 60 Geoff Berkshire
    Brightest Star, has all the trappings of a contemporary romantic comedy, but also the good sense to strive for a deeper examination of a young man’s search for his place in the universe.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Geoff Berkshire
    The film’s haphazard focus muddies the waters without doing anything to clarify the overall stakes. Fortunately, the continual visual splendors make a rather striking argument of their own.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Geoff Berkshire
    Take Me to the River compensates for a lack of originality and depth with no shortage of joyful celebration.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Geoff Berkshire
    Headland demonstrated little interest in playing it safe with her previous film... But here she reins in that impulse almost too much, and Sleeping With Other People winds up both looking (with its adequate but unremarkable tech package) and often feeling like a run-of-the-mill studio comedy.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Geoff Berkshire
    A ho-hum exorcism chiller that tries to spice up a formulaic screenplay by converting a predominantly Catholic-fixated horror subgenre to Judaism.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Geoff Berkshire
    Even if every word of Coogler’s account of the last day in Grant’s life held up under close scrutiny, the film would still ring false in its relentlessly positive portrayal of its subject.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Geoff Berkshire
    The ensemble’s crack comic timing can only go so far to compensate for uneven scripting.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Geoff Berkshire
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    Carefully repeated imagery, in-camera tricks and well-executed fx combine to create a tantalizing visual puzzle that demands full attention, even as the flavorless characters and largely so-so performances risk audience indifference.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Geoff Berkshire
    The lovingly crafted documentary Why We Ride ultimately chokes on the fumes of bombastic self-seriousness.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Geoff Berkshire
    An alternately enchanting and exhausting anime adventure in which cutesy characters and peppy vocal turns belie a darker, angst-ridden narrative.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Geoff Berkshire
    A bittersweet ending offers both victory and defeat, but closes on a note of hard-won optimism.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Geoff Berkshire
    Exceedingly stylish and ultimately quite silly, The Signal is a sci-fi head trip better appreciated for the journey than the destination.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Geoff Berkshire
    While the filmed stage performances are among the pic’s most galvanizing sequences, their inclusion underscores how flat Gibney’s combination of archival footage and talking-head interviews otherwise plays.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Geoff Berkshire
    The sophomore effort from Jake Paltrow (“The Good Night”) gets so bogged down in its primal tale of murder and revenge that the most intriguing elements become little more than futuristic window dressing.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Geoff Berkshire
    Unfortunately, Drunktown’s Finest too often suffers from stilted performances and scripting.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Geoff Berkshire
    Watching an estimable quintet of character actors do their thing is the chief pleasure of Cut Bank.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Geoff Berkshire
    Less reliant on slow-burn suspense and larded with fake-out jump scares, this is the first sequel in the series that fails to advance the overall mythology in any meaningful way.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Geoff Berkshire
    "Spark” remains a lovingly made and shot tease, designed to ensure that what really happens at Burning Man stays at Burning Man.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Geoff Berkshire
    Despite an impressive global scope and admirable ethnic diversity among the interview subjects, the central thesis that women are leading the charge on green issues receives nothing but anecdotal support.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Geoff Berkshire
    As violent as its predecessor yet noticeably duller and less outrageous, Machete Kills is dragged to the finish line entirely by its director’s madcap energy and an absurd cast of major stars in strange cameos.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Geoff Berkshire
    Its compassion and careful sidestepping of exploitation tropes can’t make up for a fundamental lack of depth and urgency in the storytelling.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Geoff Berkshire
    A terminally quirky indie dramedy, Bottled Up risks trivializing prescription drug abuse in service of a trite middle-age romance.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Geoff Berkshire
    Earth to Echo reaches for the stars with its gentle sci-fi shenanigans, but the rote result remains decidedly earthbound.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 Geoff Berkshire
    Despite a game lead performance from smallscreen star Katie Cassidy (“Arrow”) as a young woman with multiple personality disorder and an incorrigible punk attitude, this latest low-budget outing from helmer John Suits simply doesn’t have the imagination or resources necessary to pull off its clumsy stabs at visual pizzazz.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Geoff Berkshire
    The goofiness is redeemed somewhat by a wickedly violent climax — the exclamation point at the end of a rather simple sentence.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Geoff Berkshire
    The sudsy quality of the production ensures all the performers look terrific, but aren’t given particularly impressive material to work with.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Geoff Berkshire
    Lapses in the screenplay are mitigated only slightly by the natural chemistry between Long and Rossum.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Geoff Berkshire
    The graceful camerawork, precise editing and high-quality animation still can’t disguise the lack of imagination that went into the overall conception and the repetitive sameness that creeps into every bind the penguins find themselves in.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Geoff Berkshire
    Loitering With Intent is essentially a 75-minute hangout movie, which would work better if the characters were worth hanging out with.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Geoff Berkshire
    The low-budget production feels chintzy and impossibly square, even by tyke standards.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Geoff Berkshire
    Exploiting Lawrence's newfound fame is the only hope this ill-conceived, poorly executed venture has of connecting with audiences before poisonous word of mouth sends potential buyers in search of a more attractive address.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Geoff Berkshire
    While there are a few good jokes and sight gags along the way, the main impression left by She's All That is how numbingly consistent its lack of originality is.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Geoff Berkshire
    Character actor Michael Cudlitz’s first leading role is the sole selling point of Dark Tourist, a well-acted but rote and ultimately repellent character study of a psychologically disturbed loner.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Geoff Berkshire
    Unacceptable Levels marries folksy astonishment and alarmist speculation in a documentary far too easy to dismiss.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Geoff Berkshire
    Slack narrative and abysmal dialogue render the vague generational satire meaningless to anyone unfamiliar with Tolstoy’s work (and depressing to those in the know).
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Geoff Berkshire
    Overlong film quickly becomes tedious whenever the camera strays from the lions, who don’t have much personality but prove more compelling than the humans.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Geoff Berkshire
    The timidly plotted proceedings never veer from romantic-comedy formula. There’s a whole lot of talk and very little action here, and not just because the squeaky-clean pic wears its PG rating like a badge of honor.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Geoff Berkshire
    The lukewarm family dynamics sit awkwardly alongside equally underwhelming action sequences.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Geoff Berkshire
    There isn’t a pharmaceutical cocktail powerful enough to improve the dreadful comedy of Better Living Through Chemistry.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Geoff Berkshire
    Cheerfully exhorting imagination, creativity and bravery in children while demonstrating none of those virtues itself, The Hero of Color City proves to be a dispiritingly colorless feature-length babysitter.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Geoff Berkshire
    Neither warm and fuzzy in the best holiday movie traditions, nor edgy and irreverent a la “Bad Santa” (coincidentally also co-starring Graham, to better effect), it’s something of a mystery what audience A Merry Friggin’ Christmas intends to serve.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Geoff Berkshire
    The film’s haphazard structure and freewheeling arguments only serve to reinforce tired pothead cliches — it’s paranoid, prone to starry-eyed dorm-room philosophizing, and it doesn’t know when to quit.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Geoff Berkshire
    Even a brisk running time, barely topping 80 minutes, is too long to ask audiences to stay in the company of these characters and their terrible self-inflicted predicaments.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Geoff Berkshire
    “Lazarus” shamelessly steals from superior genre efforts and lacks any distinguishing traits beyond a wildly overqualified cast.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 20 Geoff Berkshire
    Results are simple-minded at best, contemptible at worst; most audiences would rather watch anything else.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 20 Geoff Berkshire
    An aggressively obnoxious tone undermines a decent concept and appealing cast.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 Geoff Berkshire
    Essentially a homemovie cobbled together with bland talking-head interviews, director Yuliya Tikhonova’s film offers little to interest jazz aficionados or those simply curious about the band’s lineup of veteran sidemen from the era of classic jazz.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Geoff Berkshire
    While every moment is captured with the reverence of a fawning fan, Holwerda’s star-struck approach neglects to shed new light on his subjects or even showcase their greatest hits.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 Geoff Berkshire
    Eric Chaney’s debut feature, Indigo Children, doesn’t so much copy Terrence Malick as swallow the filmmaker’s stylistic tics whole and vomit them out onscreen in an ungainly if mercifully brief mess.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 Geoff Berkshire
    An utterly unevolved romantic comedy, “Cavemen” tries to split the difference between raunchy and sweet and fails miserably on all counts.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 Geoff Berkshire
    The second feature from writer-director Tenney Fairchild (“The Good Humor Man”) actually attempts to be an emotionally resonant relationship tale, but lives down to its title by delivering nothing but inane comedy and insufferable drama.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 20 Geoff Berkshire
    Sanchez’s thoroughly conventional approach here does little to elevate a dismally generic script from frequent collaborator Jamie Nash.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 10 Geoff Berkshire
    At least the narrative sloppiness and ineptly delivered themes in the script by Brian Bird and Lisa G. Shillingburg (freely adapted from the novel by Jim Stovall) feel of a piece with the entire production.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 10 Geoff Berkshire
    This confused and confusing pic delivers no thrills, chills or anything remotely surprising.
    • 8 Metascore
    • 10 Geoff Berkshire
    Jack’s predicament is both revolting and claustrophobic, but he never emerges as any kind of hero or villain, just a passive victim, which makes the pic’s most off-putting quality its endless tedium.

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