Geoff Berkshire

Geoff Berkshire

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Geoff Berkshire's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
38% Max (2015) ""Max" isn't going to be a career high for any of its human participants, but the six canines playing Max ... aren't likely to find a better cinematic showcase any time soon. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 25, 2015
No Score Yet Butterfly Girl (2015) ""Butterfly Girl" opts for a celebration of life over a fear of death to ultimately devastating effect. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 16, 2015
32% Cut Bank (2015) "It's difficult to discern if the missteps here were inherent in Roberto Patino's script (which made the 2009 Black List) or arise from less-than-ideal execution of the material. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 30, 2015
100% Que Horas Ela Volta (The Second Mother) (2015) "This is the sort of savvy, socially conscious crowdpleaser that occupies a rare middle ground between genteel and intellectual world cinema. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 23, 2015
50% Powers: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Instead of gratuitous thrills, the creatives - also including Remi Aubuchon ("Caprica") and Michael Dinner ("Justified") - emphasize story, with enough twists and turns in each episode to keep the target audience hooked. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 12, 2015
13% The Lazarus Effect (2015) "Mark Duplass and Olivia Wilde struggle to breathe life into a recycled thriller about the horrors of reanimation. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 26, 2015
88% Hot Girls Wanted "An intimate and ultimately harrowing peek inside the world of amateur porn, "Hot Girls Wanted" will shock and outrage audiences in equal measure. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 13, 2015
100% Humpback Whales "Some animals were simply made for the bigscreen, as the subjects of "Humpback Whales" prove all too swimmingly. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 12, 2015
No Score Yet In Football We Trust "The pic becomes a reflection on the common experience of readjusting one's youthful dreams, rather than a triumphant charting of rarefied paths afforded to a chosen few. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 8, 2015
89% Fresh Dressed (2015) "A snazzy docu portrait of hip-hop's influence on the fashion world. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 6, 2015
83% The Woods (The Hallow) "It takes time for "The Hallow" to get rolling, but once it reaches a bang-up final act, genre fans could walk out clamoring for a sequel. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 31, 2015
17% Zipper (2015) "Tawdry but cripplingly self-serious ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 28, 2015
100% Unexpected (2015) "Cobie Smulders and Gail Bean are sublime as expectant mothers in Kris Swanberg's breakout work. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 26, 2015
58% Sleeping with Other People (2015) ""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. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 25, 2015
67% Ten Thousand Saints (2015) "Part teen romance, part awkward love triangle, part generational-clash portrait, and almost all powered by nostalgia ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2015
82% The Overnight (2015) "A perfectly cast quartet of actors buoy the slight, generally unpredictable antics of writer-director Patrick Brice's second feature, though the film itself falls into an uncomfortable middle ground between trying too hard and not trying hard enough. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2015
32% Misery Loves Comedy (2014) "Whatever it might take to get these admittedly very funny people to truly bare their souls, Pollak doesn't appear to have found it. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 23, 2015
30% Loitering With Intent (2015) "Simply the latest in a string of pointless low-budget exercises in angsty Big Apple self-reflection. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 17, 2015
10% All Relative (2014) "A misguided indie romantic comedy to watch with someone you hate. " ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 24, 2014
91% The Midnight Swim (2015) "In addition to eliciting solid performances from her cast, Smith has assembled a thoroughly professional film on a small budget. " ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 24, 2014
72% Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) "A limp attempt at cute and cuddly international intrigue. " ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 12, 2014
17% A Merry Friggin' Christmas (2014) "The makers of "A Merry Friggin' Christmas" sprung for the fancy wrapping but skimped on the gift inside. How else to explain the gathering of such a talented and likable cast in service of such undercooked, utterly laugh-free material? " ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 10, 2014
9/10 100% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014) "What makes Takahata's Kaguya really shine is its breathtaking animation -- both simple and sophisticated, and worlds apart from the Hollywood CG norm and even the exquisite artistry of Miyazaki. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 24, 2014
30% Exists (2014) "Generic script and cardboard characters hobble 'The Blair Witch Project' co-director Eduardo Sanchez's return to found-footage horror. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 23, 2014
8.2/10 98% The Overnighters (2014) "The Overnighters is the kind of film that asks us to forget abstraction -- to instead remember the details. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 23, 2014
No Score Yet The Culture High (2014) "Unfortunately, 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. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 17, 2014
42% Comet (2014) "Flashes of promise can't save Comet, an ambitious indie misfire that adopts a playful time-jumping chronology in order to chart five key turning points in a six-year relationship. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 15, 2014
82% The Book of Life (2014) "A lively animated tale that mixes age-old myths with today's toon tropes. But what lovely visuals they are. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 11, 2014
8% Addicted (2014) "Billed as an erotic thriller but playing more like an R-rated daytime soap, "Addicted" marks a rare but dramatically neutered opportunity to explore a black woman's sexuality onscreen. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 11, 2014
25% The Hero of Color City (2014) "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. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 2, 2014
40% The Scribbler (2014) "Katie Cassidy's intrepid lead performance can't overcome the limitations of a low-budget comicbook adaptation. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 19, 2014
67% Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) "Much of "Dolphin Tale 2″ is as on-the-nose as Hope's name, but parents aren't likely to object to a film that provides squeaky clean entertainment without sending gag reflexes into overdrive. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 10, 2014
76% Kelly & Cal (2014) "The chemistry between Lewis and Weston couldn't be more appealing throughout, as their distinct energies perfectly complement the characters and each other. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 2, 2014
91% Doctor Who: Season 8 (TV, 2014) "Introducing a new Doctor is always something of a gamble in the Doctor Who universe, but producers have made a savvy choice in Peter Capaldi as the 12th incarnation of the iconic time (and space) traveler. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 28, 2014
7% Septic Man (2014) "The crappiest chiller in recent memory, quite literally. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 15, 2014
3.8/10 36% The Giver (2014) "Thwaites and Rush have zero chemistry, and their lifeless scenes together undermine the entire film. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 15, 2014
8.6/10 66% Lucy (2014) "It's a startling blast of cinematic zeal and philosophical provocation -- the work of someone fully engaged by the medium. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 24, 2014
7.8/10 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) "Where Dawn excels is not in the script's simplistic portrayals of the complex dynamics of tribal warfare, but in good old-fashioned Hollywood razzle-dazzle. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3.5/10 28% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) "Deliver Us From Evil tries to merge a gritty urban cop drama with a spiritually charged exorcism thriller and winds up feeling like the worst of two clich├ęs. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 7, 2014
7/10 52% Jersey Boys (2014) "Eastwood's Jersey Boys falls closer to traditional music industry bio-pics like Ray and Walk the Line, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2014
69% Uncertain Terms (2015) "An unassuming and assured fourth feature from rising indie filmmaker Nathan Silver. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 27, 2014
8.8/10 65% The Rover (2014) "[The] film is as bleak and unsparing as the world's end premise demands. It's also utterly transfixing from start to finish and elevated by the unexpectedly superb pairing of stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 16, 2014
56% Inner Demons (2014) "This found-footage thriller is a ho-hum mash-up of big- and smallscreen exploitation. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 15, 2014
48% Earth to Echo (2014) "Green wears his '80s-era Amblin inspirations on his sleeve in this good-hearted "E.T."-meets-"Chronicle" hybrid, which never quite finds its own voice. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 6, 2014
7.6/10 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) "Even if the war sequences lean a bit too heavily on Saving Private Ryan-style chaos and the Mimics never blossom beyond generic extraterrestrial monsters, Liman's approach proves more than efficient for a pulse-pounding thrill ride. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 3, 2014
5.9/10 49% Maleficent (2014) "It's a beautiful-looking film full of dubious narrative choices and no surprises for anyone familiar with the elements of contemporary fantasy filmmaking. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 29, 2014
No Score Yet Petals on the Wind (2014) "Where Flowers was airless and po-faced, Petals is manic and sudsy, speeding through a treasure trove of sleazy plot twists like CliffsNotes on crack. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 23, 2014
50% DamNation (2014) ""DamNation" does little in the way of presenting the pros alongside the cons of dams, resulting in cheerful feature-length propaganda that seems to be disagreeing with no one in particular. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 18, 2014
6.7/10 91% Locke (2014) "While Locke strikes some interesting notes as an exercise in minimalist filmmaking, it fails to deliver the full-fledged symphony that would make it a true triumph. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 24, 2014
97% Orphan Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014) "It's an inordinately intelligent sci-fi series in which the flaws only enhance its overall underdog appeal. Season two looks to be another roller-coaster ride. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 15, 2014
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