20 Dates

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20 Dates
20 Dates DVD cover.jpg
DVD release cover
Directed by Myles Berkowitz
Produced by Phoenician Films
Written by Myles Berkowitz
Starring Myles Berkowitz
Elisabeth Wagner
Richard Arlook
Tia Carrere
Robert McKee
Elie Samaha
Music by Robert F. Mann
Steve Tyrell
Cinematography Adam Biggs
Edited by Lisa Cheek
Michael Elliot
Release dates
January 1998 (Slamdance Film Festival)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $60,000 (est)
Box office $536,767 (domestic)

20 Dates is a 1998 American mockumentary film. Myles Berkowitz directs and stars as the film's protagonist trying to find love and start a film career at the same time by filming himself going out on 20 dates with different women.



The film received mixed reviews from critics. The aggregate review websites Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic recorded scores of 40%[1] and 36 out of 100,[2] respectively.

Film critic Christopher Null of Filmcritic.com awarded the film four and a half stars out of five and called the film "hysterical"[3] while Leonard Clady of Variety magazine called it "a mockumentary of inordinate skill", concluding that it's "a satisfying and entertaining movie."[4] James Berardinelli of ReelViews.net called the film "inconsequential" but, at the same time, admitted that some parts of the film are "often hilarious."[5]

On the other hand, film critic Roger Ebert of Chicago Sun-Times awarded the film a half star out of a possible four stars, opinining that "the film has the obnoxious tone of a boring home movie narrated by a guy shouting in your ear" and concluding by calling the film "incompetent and annoying."[6] Jeff Millar of the Houston Chronicle said the film is "a joke" and that "Berkowitz is a rather annoying person".[7]

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  1. ^ 20 Dates, Rotten Tomatoes. Accessed November 15, 2009.
  2. ^ 20 Dates, Metacritic. Accessed November 15, 2009.
  3. ^ Null, Christopher. 20 Dates, Filmcritic.com, 2000. Accessed November 7, 2008.
  4. ^ Clady, Leonard. 20 Dates, Variety, January 26, 1998.
  5. ^ Berardinelli, James. 20 Dates, ReelViews.net. Accessed November 7, 2008.
  6. ^ Ebert, Roger. 20 Dates, Chicago Sun-Times, March 12, 1999. Accessed November 7, 2008.
  7. ^ Millar, Jeff. 20 Dates, March 11, 2004. Accessed November 7, 2008.

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