Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 7 out of 19
  1. 12
    The film has the obnoxious tone of a boring home movie narrated by a guy shouting in your ear.
  2. It must be said that Berkowitz's shamelessness and persistence aren't inevitably irresistible.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    More amusing than a lot of expensive Hollywood comedies [26 February 1999, Life, p.5E]
  4. 63
    Would probably have been more enjoyable if Berkowitz was less irritating. As a character, his only redeeming quality is his self-deprecating humor.
  5. The picture is intriguing and obnoxious in equal measure; even Berkowitz gets tired of the game before it's over, but there are some laughs and surprises along the way.
  6. It doesn't take a foolish romantic to hope that Myles and Elisabeth live happily ever after. The world just isn't ready for 20 More Dates.
  7. About a moron - oxy and otherwise.
  8. One of the downsides of living in a free society is that every so often someone like Myles Berkowitz gets hold of a camera.
  9. Reviewed by: Chris Gore
    70
    Hilarious and a must-see.
  10. Reviewed by: Sandra Contreras
    30
    The film's most consistently entertaining element is Berkowitz's backer, a shady character named Elie Samaha who never appears on camera. Samaha's expletive-laden harangues, in which he orders Berkowitz to beef up the movie's T&A factor, are priceless.
  11. 67
    Bizarre, trenchant, and unexpectedly hilarious, this is one regular guy's foray into the lonely world of love. Were that all budding relationships came out this well.
  12. Raging ego aside, the penny-ante hucksterism of his I'm-going-on-dates-to-get-famous-making-a-movie-about-dates approach is too cloying and opportunistic to bear.
  13. Reviewed by: Eric Harrison
    70
    A laugh-out-loud chronicle of the struggling filmmaker's hunt for a girlfriend.
  14. Reviewed by: Leonard Klady
    70
    Blurring the lines between cinema verite and fiction, writer-director Myles Berkowitz has created a winning entertainment.
  15. Reviewed by: Joshua Klein
    50
    Fact or fiction, it's still fun, if never really compelling.
  16. Reviewed by: Andrea C. Basora
    50
    Provides some great laughs, but founders when it tries to tackle more serious issues. Entitled "10 Dates," it might have been a much better film.
  17. 50
    In 20 Dates Myles Berkowitz strings together one embarrassing moment after another and triumphs in a culture characterized by actorly artifice.
  18. Reviewed by: Justine Elias
    30
    The movie's best observations come from its sinister, unseen producer, who sneers at Berkowitz, "You're making a cartoon piece of shit . . . that ends with you jerking off by yourself."
  19. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    20
    I wouldn't exactly call it entertainment; I found myself wanting to apologize on behalf of obnoxious heterosexual Jewish men the world over.

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