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20 Dates (1998)

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Average Rating: 3.2/10
Critic Reviews: 11
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Myles Berkowitz wrote and directed this mock documentary about a filmmaker who gets a producer to finance his personal search for a girlfriend, filming the odyssey on a $60,000 budget. In the opening credits, Berkowitz tries to drive onto studio lots without success. His first date observes that the film is really only about himself, and his second date exits the restaurant and doesn't return. After a discussion with script analyst Robert McKee, he decides to use hidden cameras -- which bring

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Drama, Comedy

Aug 3, 1999

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Berkowitz is a rather annoying person.

July 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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A chronicle of how aspiring American filmmaker Myles Berkowitz finally came up with an idea for selling a film: He'd combine his two areas of failure in life -- trying to break into movies and trying to find a girlfriend -- into one problem.

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Berkowitz went to great trouble to stage, edit, and control certain aspects of his film so that it has a formulaic dramatic structure; one wonders why he didn't make the effort to present himself as a likable human being.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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What's so disagreeable about Berkowitz is that he seems to think that his natural tendency towards egotistical self-promotion is an adorable quirk, something that you should be completely taken with even as it makes your skin crawl.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: CNN.com
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20 Dates may be unpleasant to watch, but despite Berkowitz's icky manners and unwinning calculations, he does find true love.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The film has the obnoxious tone of a boring home movie narrated by a guy shouting in your ear.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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An intermittently hilarious, often painful and too frequently self indulgent documentary.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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Myles Berkowitz may be the most annoying human being alive.

July 13, 2003
Aisle Seat

Hilarious and a must-see.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Had the filmmaker gone the path of the true, entertaining, and unpretentious faux-documentary, the audience would have cheered our love-starved hero along his entire journey rather than restlessly waiting for a date to strangle him with a camera cable.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

I haven't laughed so much at a movie in ages.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

It doesn't help that the film eventually loses its focus and has to fumble back to the real storyline at the very end.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Myles Berkowitz doesn't appear to have a soul, just an ego that fails to grasp why women don't love him.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Myles Berkowitz is an out-of-work director and egomaniac with a clever idea that is destroyed by his self-indulgence.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire
SPLICEDWire

There's plenty of spunk, but the high-concept low comedy drags on like the awkward dates it lampoons.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

A promising directorial debut by Myles Berkowitz.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Pure, unadulterated fun.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

In its own way, it's the perfect date movie.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Early on, Berkowitz tells us that he has just two failings: his personal life and his professional career. By the conclusion of the movie, Myles has apparently remedied both.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Compuserve
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