20 Dates Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The film has the obnoxious tone of a boring home movie narrated by a guy shouting in your ear.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
20 Dates may be unpleasant to watch, but despite Berkowitz's icky manners and unwinning calculations, he does find true love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
January 1, 2000
Myles Berkowitz is an out-of-work director and egomaniac with a clever idea that is destroyed by his self-indulgence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
An intermittently hilarious, often painful and too frequently self indulgent documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
One of the downsides of living in a free society is that every so often someone like Myles Berkowitz gets hold of a camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Myles Berkowitz doesn't appear to have a soul, just an ego that fails to grasp why women don't love him.
Joshua Tanzer
Offoffoff
June 1, 2004
| Original Score: 1/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
July 13, 2003
Myles Berkowitz may be the most annoying human being alive.
| Original Score: 0/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Whenever 20 Dates begins to establish a playful mood, it's liable to do something to make you squirm.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Justine Elias
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Like an obnoxious four-year-old who believes everything he does is fascinating and adorable, filmmaker Myles Berkowitz likes to announce, at the very start of a first date, that certain foods cause him to suffer from diarrhea or constipation.
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
January 1, 2000
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.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
It doesn't help that the film eventually loses its focus and has to fumble back to the real storyline at the very end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jon Alon Walz
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
Berkowitz is a rather annoying person.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 3, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C-

E! Online
January 1, 2000
There's plenty of spunk, but the high-concept low comedy drags on like the awkward dates it lampoons.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 1800
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Leonard Klady
Variety
March 26, 2009
Ray Pride
Newcity
January 1, 2000
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