Geoff Berkshire

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For 132 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 37% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 57% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Geoff Berkshire's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 51
Highest review score: 100 Columbus
Lowest review score: 10 The Ultimate Life
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 132
  2. Negative: 37 out of 132
132 movie reviews
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Geoff Berkshire
    The type of sporadically silly and patently predictable horror pic that would look like filler on Syfy’s weekend lineup, The Other Side of the Door brings virtually nothing new to the supernatural genre.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Geoff Berkshire
    Filmmakers Josh Kriegman (a former Weiner aide) and Elyse Steinberg utilize their seemingly unfettered access to deliver a rollicking and never-dull insider’s view of a political campaign in crisis mode, but the most fascinating questions surrounding Weiner’s epic fall remain unanswered.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Geoff Berkshire
    Page is simply superb in a complex role that perfectly plays to her gift for balancing deadpan comedy with surprisingly deep emotional reserves.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Geoff Berkshire
    Joshy offers a strange mix of elements that never quite add up.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Geoff Berkshire
    Solid performances and some genuinely sharp humor elevate writer-director Rob Burnett’s second feature.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Geoff Berkshire
    The intense focus on the two lead characters emerges as both a strength and a weakness. There’s a lot of walking and talking, and what begins as rather charming ultimately turns tedious, even with a fleet 80-minute running time before closing credits factor in.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 30 Geoff Berkshire
    With plot elements cobbled together from recent animated hits, the blandly executed pic might as well be titled “Happy Minions of Madagascar’s Ice Age.”
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Geoff Berkshire
    Daddy’s Home isn’t so much a lump of coal as an empty box.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 20 Geoff Berkshire
    Writer-director Eli Morgan Gesner (a clothing designer and skateboarder who previously helmed the skateboarding and hip-hop doc “Concrete Jungle”) could have milked the premise for gleeful counterculture exploitation (like a 21st-century “Basket Case”) or campy John Waters-style gross-out comedy, but settles for mean-spirited banality.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Geoff Berkshire
    Against all odds, “Nashville” series regular Peeples keeps the film watchable, delivering a capable star turn with enough flashes of soul to belie the script’s artifice and credible pop vocals to boot.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Geoff Berkshire
    The ADD overload combined with an understandably kid-friendly approach to horror (no one’s ever in real danger, and the monsters are never too scary) results in a disposable product intended to appeal to everyone but likely to resonate with no one.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Geoff Berkshire
    Empty cynicism isn’t a substitute for well-reasoned critique, and Roth winds up looking more clueless than the so-called “social justice warriors” he’s trying to satirize.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Geoff Berkshire
    Although Captive largely succeeds as a two-hander, it stumbles in the minimal attempts to broaden the scope beyond Smith and Nichols’ time together.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Geoff Berkshire
    Shyamalan has long been criticized for serving up borderline (or downright) silly premises with a straight face and overtly pretentious atmosphere, but he basically abandons that approach here in favor of a looser, more playful dynamic between his fresh-faced leads.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Geoff Berkshire
    The directorial debut of visual artist Corin Hardy is never less than arresting to the eye, but thin characters and a familiar story hold this Irish chiller back from entering the top tier of recent horror entries.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Geoff Berkshire
    Although limited in scope, the feature documentary debut of TV news veteran Cary Bell benefits greatly from the infectious personality of its subject, Abigail Evans.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Geoff Berkshire
    An exercise in hero worship that doesn’t shy away from its subject’s least admirable traits, “Being Evel” attempts to deliver a complex portrait of a man who preferred to be seen as a self-styled myth
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Geoff Berkshire
    The script is executed with enough naturalism to ward off complaints of contrivance — all the way up to a tidy, but quite satisfying, denouement.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Geoff Berkshire
    Tawdry but cripplingly self-serious, the second feature from Mora Stephens (a full decade after her little-seen, also politically themed debut “Conventioneers”) benefits from Patrick Wilson’s committed star turn.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Geoff Berkshire
    This character-driven picture takes its time marinating in quiet conversations and Austin atmosphere, making the sudden jolts of violence all the more shocking when they land.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Geoff Berkshire
    The Gallows isn’t without a certain amount of atmosphere, it simply feels borrowed wholesale. That would matter less with a better script, but the four main characters are paper-thin even by genre norms.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Geoff Berkshire
    Max
    It’s too bad the film doesn’t provide a better sense of what makes the Belgian Malinois so uniquely suited to the battlefield, or find a way to pay more than lip service to the deep bonds developed between military men and animals.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Geoff Berkshire
    For much of the running time, The Midnight Swim is effectively ambiguous, but Smith’s decision to play coy with the sisters’ backstories eventually frustrates.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Geoff Berkshire
    Silver offers up a generally assured and compelling film here.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Geoff Berkshire
    Watching an estimable quintet of character actors do their thing is the chief pleasure of Cut Bank.
    • 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.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Geoff Berkshire
    “Lazarus” shamelessly steals from superior genre efforts and lacks any distinguishing traits beyond a wildly overqualified cast.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Geoff Berkshire
    The breezily likable pic benefits from an underexposed topic and solid execution.
    • 64 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.

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