Geoff Berkshire

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Chicago Tribune , HitFix , Metromix.com , rec.arts.movies.reviews , Variety , Zap2it.com
Total Reviews:
799

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
100% 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
7.2/10 78% 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
4/10 45% 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
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
89% 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 49% 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
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
C- 29% The Family (2013) " Absurdly overlong at close to two hours and lacking a single truly inspired action set piece." — HitFix
Posted Sep 12, 2013
B 38% Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) " [Does] enough to expand and explore the world they've created to satisfy fans and justify a sequel. In the horror genre, that's a huge win." — HitFix
Posted Sep 12, 2013
78% Sons of Anarchy: Season 6 (TV, 2013) " I stopped taking "Sons of Anarchy" seriously a couple of seasons ago. There's just too much heartache -- and too many headaches. " — HitFix
Posted Sep 11, 2013
D 2% Getaway (2013) " It would be easier to overlook the ludicrous details if 'Getaway' delivered real thrills or escapist fun." — HitFix
Posted Aug 28, 2013
B- 62% One Direction: This Is Us (2013) " As slick, safe, straightforward 90-minute commercials go, 'This is Us' also proves to be likeable harmless fluff. " — HitFix
Posted Aug 27, 2013
C 42% Closed Circuit (2013) " Exactly what you don't want from a thriller." — HitFix
Posted Aug 26, 2013
C 12% The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) " Chugs along as middling entertainment, never completely boring and never particularly interesting either." — HitFix
Posted Aug 20, 2013
B+ 72% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) " Consistently avoids becoming a noble-minded checklist and instead emerges as a raw, specific portrait of a family." — HitFix
Posted Aug 8, 2013
B+ 83% Prince Avalanche (2013) " Prince Avalanche is a film to get lost in, while also proving [David Gordon] Green is back on track. " — Zap2it.com
Posted Aug 7, 2013
C+ 54% Lovelace (2013) " Lovelace goes down easy. But it's difficult not to wish for something deeper." — Zap2it.com
Posted Aug 7, 2013
B 70% V/H/S/2 (2013) " The four shorts this time share a unifying structure: they start calmly enough and then build to frenzied -- and usually very bloody -- heights." — Zap2it.com
Posted Aug 7, 2013
D 14% The Smurfs 2 (2013) " I'll go out on the limb the makers of "Smurfs" were too afraid to risk and say, as a general rule, kids aren't idiots." — HitFix
Posted Jul 31, 2013
90% The Bridge (FX): Season 1 (TV, 2013) " The Bridge sets the bar high with its early episodes -- it's easily the best new show of the summer so far. Here's hoping the rest of the season follows suit. " — Zap2it.com
Posted Jul 10, 2013
26% Camp: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Camp is the sort of show that gives scripted summer TV a bad name. " — Zap2it.com
Posted Jul 10, 2013
76% Ray Donovan: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " For all its flaws and awkward pretentiousness, it may take a full season to render a proper verdict. " — Zap2it.com
Posted Jun 30, 2013
B+ 95% Behind the Candelabra (2013) " Miraculously avoiding caricature and only going as camp as necessary, Douglas makes Liberace something of a sympathetic monster." — Zap2it.com
Posted May 28, 2013
C 47% Phil Spector (2013) " A stronger film could have inspired questions about the legal system, celebrity or the actual personalities involved in this case. The only question Phil Spector inspires is, "What's the point?"" — Zap2it.com
Posted May 22, 2013
90% Doctor Who: Series 7, Part 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " For a Doctor Who finale that accomplishes quite a lot in a rather brief amount of time, "The Name of the Doctor" is an incredibly smooth ride. " — Zap2it.com
Posted May 19, 2013
90% Rectify: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Each episode of Rectify unfolds like a new chapter in a richly engrossing novel, fleshing out these characters with fascinating precision, and giving every member of the supporting cast a chance to shine. " — Zap2it.com
Posted Apr 22, 2013
B- 54% Oblivion (2013) " The characters aren't quite deep enough and the story's twists are too dependent on murky motivations and head-slapping coincidences to satisfy." — Zap2it.com
Posted Apr 22, 2013
71% Nurse Jackie: Season 5 (TV, 2013) " While Falco's performance remains reason enough for fans to stick around, there's cause for concern about where her character is headed. " — Zap2it.com
Posted Apr 14, 2013
63% Da Vinci's Demons: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " While the first two episodes of Da Vinci are overly convoluted, the action moves at such a rapid pace and unfolds with such giddy enthusiasm that it's easy to just sit back and enjoy the ride. " — Zap2it.com
Posted Apr 12, 2013
20% Red Widow: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " There's no real chemistry between Mitchell and their children stand out as weak links, the mafia angle feels watered down for network TV, and none of the characters pop out as compelling individuals. " — Zap2it.com
Posted Mar 3, 2013
C- 46% Beautiful Creatures (2013) " If the best thing that can be said about a bad melodrama is that the actors are in on the joke, it's probably time to rethink the approach. " — Zap2it.com
Posted Feb 14, 2013
C- 14% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) " This is not the Die Hard you're looking for." — Zap2it.com
Posted Feb 14, 2013
C 19% Identity Thief (2013) " Plays like one of those junky '80s vehicles Whoopi Goldberg got saddled with because Hollywood didn't know what the hell else to do with her." — Zap2it.com
Posted Feb 8, 2013
C+ 83% Side Effects (2013) " The narrative twists and turns ... are no match for the far more interesting mystery still unfolding off screen." — Zap2it.com
Posted Feb 8, 2013
34% Hell Baby (2013) " A pileup of poorly improvised scenes and repetitive gags demonstrating zero flair for either satire or straightforward comedy." — Variety
Posted Feb 5, 2013
52% Monday Mornings: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " In theory, moving to cable should allow Kelley greater freedom to do his thing without the added pressure of pleasing a major network. That's why it's even more disappointing that Monday Mornings turns out to be so warmed-over and dull. " — Zap2it.com
Posted Feb 4, 2013
50% A.C.O.D. (2013) " Carter's existential crisis simply isn't interesting enough to sustain the movie, even at a scant 87 minutes, no matter how likable the leading man." — Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2013
77% American Horror Story: Asylum (TV, 2012-2013) " I'd rank "Asylum" slightly above "Murder House" in terms of consistency and overall artistry, but with back-to-back seasons this compelling, surprising and wonderfully acted, I can't wait to see what American Horror Story gets told next. " — Zap2it.com
Posted Jan 23, 2013
94% Fruitvale Station (2013) " Even if every word of Coogler's account of the last day in Grant's life held up under close scrutiny, the film would still ring false in its relentlessly positive portrayal of its subject." — Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2013
65% The Following: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Anyone looking for soapy twists and turns, shocking violence and a fast-paced ride will get what they want from creator Kevin Williamson and crew, just don't expect the show to dig deep into its characters or give you much to think about in the process. " — Zap2it.com
Posted Jan 21, 2013
37% The Collection (2012) " An energetic but utterly weightless exercise in slice-and-dice cinema." — Variety
Posted Nov 27, 2012
24% Paranormal Activity 4 (2012) " Less reliant on slow-burn suspense and larded with fake-out jump scares, this is the first sequel in the series that fails to advance the overall mythology in any meaningful way." — Variety
Posted Oct 17, 2012
20% Beauty and the Beast: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " It may sound ridiculous to recommend a terrible show in a review, but seriously, The CW's Beauty and the Beast is so bad it has to be seen. " — Zap2it.com
Posted Oct 11, 2012
10% House at the End of the Street (2012) " A schlockly spin on the girl-in-jeopardy genre." — Variety
Posted Sep 21, 2012
C 51% Trouble with the Curve (2012) " [Eastwood] doesn't argue with an empty chair, but he does kick the crap out of a coffee table." — HitFix
Posted Sep 20, 2012
3.5/5 55% V/H/S (2012) " Undeniably uneven but considerably more spirited and ambitious than we've seen from Hollywood lately." — Metromix.com
Posted Aug 30, 2012
27% The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure (2012) " A prime contender for most peculiar wide release of the year." — Variety
Posted Aug 30, 2012
40% The Possession (2012) " Keep a close eye on what your children buy at yard sales, suggests The Possession, a ho-hum exorcism chiller that tries to spice up a formulaic screenplay by converting a predominantly Catholic-fixated horror subgenre to Judaism." — Variety
Posted Aug 29, 2012
4/5 89% Compliance (2012) " Incredibly thorny issues of morality, responsibility, loyalty, trust and resentment are in play here." — Metromix.com
Posted Aug 17, 2012
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