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 36 Saints
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 132
  2. Negative: 37 out of 132
132 movie reviews
    • 65 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.
    • 62 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.
    • 65 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Geoff Berkshire
    Lapses in the screenplay are mitigated only slightly by the natural chemistry between Long and Rossum.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 20 Geoff Berkshire
    Sanchez’s thoroughly conventional approach here does little to elevate a dismally generic script from frequent collaborator Jamie Nash.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 32 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Geoff Berkshire
    Take Me to the River compensates for a lack of originality and depth with no shortage of joyful celebration.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Geoff Berkshire
    Unfortunately, Drunktown’s Finest too often suffers from stilted performances and scripting.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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