Geoff Berkshire

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
Chicago Tribune , HitFix , Metromix.com , rec.arts.movies.reviews , Variety , Zap2it.com
Total Reviews:
847

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
8.6/10 61% 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 91% 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 31% 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 54% 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
—— Uncertain Terms " 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
—— Inner Demons " This found-footage thriller is a ho-hum mash-up of big- and smallscreen exploitation." — Variety
Posted Jun 15, 2014
49% 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% 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 48% 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
—— Petals on the Wind " 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 89% 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
—— Above All Else " Stuck in an uncomfortable middle ground between generic eco-warrior doc and compelling portrait of organic, homegrown activism." — Variety
Posted Mar 28, 2014
4.2/10 13% McCanick (2014) " Unfortunately, this initially rote and ultimately ridiculous cop-on-the-edge drama suffers from too many creative missteps." — Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 21, 2014
21% Better Living Through Chemistry (2014) " Sam Rockwell's committed performance can't save the glib debut of filmmakers Geoff Moore and David Posamentier." — Variety
Posted Mar 14, 2014
7.2/10 79% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " At the very least, Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a reminder that Hollywood's obsession with reboots/revivals/re-imaginings can be done right." — Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 6, 2014
33% Bottled Up (2014) " A terminally quirky indie dramedy, "Bottled Up" risks trivializing prescription drug abuse in service of a trite middle-age romance." — Variety
Posted Feb 28, 2014
4/10 41% In Secret (2014) " Since In Secret is based on a literary classic, it's hard to accuse the movie of feeling predictable, but there's truly nothing surprising in the robotic way Stratton approaches the material." — Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 20, 2014
29% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " Any possibility of sleeper-hit status has been fatally compromised by watered-down fight scenes and misguided family man dramatics." — Variety
Posted Feb 20, 2014
72% Finding Fela! (2014) " This watchable but rather rote chronicle fails to find a compelling perspective on Kuti's significant life and legacy." — Variety
Posted Feb 12, 2014
8% Cavemen (2014) " An unevolved romantic comedy better suited to the Paleolithic Era." — Variety
Posted Feb 7, 2014
13% Brightest Star (2014) " Lowell's considerable charm goes a long way toward filling in the gaps and the story's emphasis on self-discovery over romantic couplings supplies enough interest to sustain the brisk 80-minute running time." — Variety
Posted Jan 30, 2014
55% The Signal (2014) " A film more interested in surface flash than in narrative coherence or character depth." — Variety
Posted Jan 30, 2014
—— Drunktown's Finest (2014) " Director Sydney Freeland makes a wobbly debut with three loosely interwoven stories of Native American struggle." — Variety
Posted Jan 29, 2014
70% 52 Tuesdays " Demonstrates a willingness to experiment that bodes well for future endeavors." — Variety
Posted Jan 27, 2014
—— Nick Offerman: American Ham " Nick Offerman's affable stage presence carries this fairly routine standup concert film." — Variety
Posted Jan 26, 2014
82% Fed Up (2014) " Stephanie Soechtig's documentary effectively gets the message out about America's addiction to unhealthy food." — Variety
Posted Jan 26, 2014
91% The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) " A spellbinding portrait of the Internet whiz kid's life and political convictions, which were cut short by his suicide in early 2013." — Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2014
81% Mitt " A determinedly apolitical movie that inevitably will be viewed in partisan terms, "Mitt" is a fascinating fly-on-the-wall portrait of family life on the U.S. presidential campaign trail." — Variety
Posted Jan 23, 2014
78% The One I Love (2014) " Charlie McDowell makes an incredibly assured directorial debut with this smart crowd-pleaser, featuring spectacular performances from Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss." — Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2014
60% Young Ones " Gets so bogged down in its primal tale of murder and revenge that the most intriguing elements become little more than futuristic window dressing." — Variety
Posted Jan 20, 2014
83% Imperial Dreams " Bighearted yet surprisingly nuanced ..." — Variety
Posted Jan 20, 2014
63% Life After Beth (2014) " Charming, thoughtful and laugh-out-loud funny." — Variety
Posted Jan 20, 2014
100% The Skeleton Twins (2014) " If Hader has the benefit of slightly more screen time, Wiig is no less impressive as a woman quietly falling completely apart." — Variety
Posted Jan 19, 2014
20% Indigo Children (2014) " 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." — Variety
Posted Jan 17, 2014
38% Black Coffee (2014) " A weak brew of light romance and heavy-handed messages." — Variety
Posted Jan 12, 2014
81% If You Build It (2014) " The scattered pieces come together to form a thoughtful examination of the need to keep students engaged with education, and the challenges that arise in attempting anything against the grain." — Variety
Posted Jan 10, 2014
8.9/10 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " This is only Fiennes' second directorial effort -- following the gutsy 2011 Shakespeare adaptation Coriolanus -- but it's already clear he's as indispensable a director as he is an actor." — Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 3, 2014
86% Narco Cultura (2013) " An eye-opening examination of Mexico's blood-soaked drug war and its unsettling pop-culture side effects, Narco Cultura is as overwhelming as it is absorbing." — Variety
Posted Dec 6, 2013
7.3/10 48% Black Nativity (2013) " Black Nativity is an earnest slice of uplifting holiday drama that benefits from a smartly chosen cast." — Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 26, 2013
57% Lion Ark (2013) " 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." — Variety
Posted Nov 20, 2013
75% Caucus (2013) " Schnack's observational approach studiously avoids editorializing, allowing the words and actions captured by the cameras to speak for themselves." — Variety
Posted Nov 7, 2013
—— Why We Ride (2013) " Ultimately chokes on the fumes of bombastic self-seriousness." — Variety
Posted Oct 31, 2013
29% 2 Jacks (2013) " Bernard Rose's fourth ultra-low-budget Tolstoy adaptation suffers from a slack narrative and abysmal dialogue." — Variety
Posted Oct 21, 2013
70% American Promise (2013) " An intimate look at what it's like to be young, black and male in a largely white private school." — Variety
Posted Oct 16, 2013
—— Arise (2013) " The spirit is willing but the filmmaking is weak in "Arise," a touchy-feely documentary with laudable dual messages of empowering women and healing the planet." — Variety
Posted Sep 26, 2013
C- 6% Battle of the Year (2013) " Bland and boring are not the adjectives you hope for from a movie starring Josh Holloway as an alcoholic coaching a team of young breakdancers to the world championship (in 3D!)." — HitFix
Posted Sep 19, 2013
70% Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve (2013) " A thoughtful, detailed chronicle of the Fed's origins, responsibilities and shifting monetary policies." — Variety
Posted Sep 17, 2013
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