Gary Goldstein

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For 817 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 13% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gary Goldstein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Work
Lowest review score: 0 The Remake
Score distribution:
817 movie reviews
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    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    If the show’s hilarious first half gives way to a more modestly amusing second part, Noble Ape remains good, clean, relatable fun.
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    • 10 Gary Goldstein
    Angels on Tap is an ill-conceived comic-fantasy filled with strained and creaky humor, cardboard characters, an inane framing device and, as directed by Trudy Sargent, zero cinematic style.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The film takes liberties with certain truths about Gauguin and his time in the tropics, yet despite — or maybe because of — its concoctions manages to produce a highly compelling central character.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Gary Goldstein
    Given the script’s basic dialogue and narrow characterizations, it’s fortunate that there’s such an evocative locale to help us further imagine the lives of the film’s idiosyncratic folks.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    It’s a sporadically tense and ominous four-chapter ride that slowly envelops you in its near mythical — at times mystical — neo-western spell.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    This Is Congo is a vivid and immersive — if not all that neatly structured or focused — documentary about the Democratic Republic of Congo.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Hepburn’s eye for detail and nuance is exceptional, especially as she evocatively captures the extremes of the film’s imposing landscapes. This is an austere, demanding, deliberately paced picture that will reward the patient.
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    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Belgian director Amélie van Elmbt’s lovely trifle The Elephant and the Butterfly is as sweet and gentle — and at times simplistic — as its storybook title may imply.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    It’s the superbly acted interplay between the embattled Alice and Joe that drives this lean, gripping, often profoundly tragic tale.
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    • 40 Gary Goldstein
    There’s some well-crafted dialogue and decent acting, including from Joseph R. Sicari as a besieged producer. But this overly talky and stagey film, which takes place mostly in Colt’s hotel room and trailer — and frustratingly off-set — lacks the requisite catharsis and charisma to sufficiently engage.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    The startling spike in anti-Semitism over the last two decades is certainly a vast and vital topic for documentary exploration, but director Laura Fairrie’s Spiral proves a largely underwhelming look at an overwhelming problem.
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    • 40 Gary Goldstein
    The modestly watchable, at times intriguing romantic mystery Intersection is never quite skillful or convincing enough to forget for even a moment how many far better haunted hunk-meets-femme fatale thrillers have come before it.
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    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Throughout, Reynolds approaches the range of people and issues he encounters with warmth, candor and earnest support.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Although this unsettlingly sympathetic biopic covering around the last 30 years in the life of famed New York mobster John Gotti is mostly well-acted and frequently entertaining, it bites off more than it can — or even needs to — chew, packing it all into a less-than-epic running time.
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    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Its plot can be opaque and its characters often too remote and inscrutable to embrace, but Guilty Men, Colombia’s official Oscar entry for 2018, remains an absorbing, visually gripping crime-thriller from writer-director Iván D. Gaona.
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    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Zoo
    It all plays out more convincingly than it may sound, with McIvor layering in depth, dimension and grace. Period re-creation is also first rate and, for animal fans, there’s eye candy aplenty in the form of giraffes, lions, chimps, flamingos and, of course, one soulful elephant.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    A largely inspiring and transporting portrait.
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    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    Spotty acting and casting, many thinly drawn or over-the-top characters, weak stabs at humor, and some awkward editing and dialogue further undermine this well-intentioned effort.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    At its best, That Summer proves an effective time capsule aimed squarely at Beale devotees, adding light and context to the saga of this endlessly baffling and singularly captivating mother-daughter duo.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    Ultimately, this is a memorable look at our desire to love and feel safe, to connect and belong — and the unexpected ways in which families can reshape and grow.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    It all plays out a bit randomly, but the leapfrogged plot points, thin characters and blunt messaging in Max Botkin and Marc Hyman's peppy script prove forgivable, given how this nicely modulated film largely avoids the hyper-aggressive jokiness and desperate stabs at relevance that often plague kidpics.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    This is a soothing and transporting journey sure to inspire gardeners of all stripes to create their own slice of heaven.
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    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    The endless sharing and chaotic conflicts that ensue among these largely uninviting men prove more tedious than convincing, with flashback bits that are more redundant than enlightening.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Thanks to Savage's immersive, often improvisational approach and a compellingly raw, internal turn by Arterton ("Gemma Bovery," "Their Finest") as an everyday woman who seemingly has it all... Tara's claustrophobic world and increasingly checked-out mindset feel undeniably authentic. It's also all a bit grueling to watch.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Although the action, set in the early 1900s, unfolds almost entirely in and around a Russian lakeside estate, the film rarely feels static or stagy, with enough brisk editing, active camerawork and intimate framing to make for satisfying cinema.
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    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    The Con Is On takes off like a shot: a stylish caper with enjoyably wry, martini-soaked dialogue and a terrific comedic turn by Uma Thurman as a glamorous British scam artist. Then there's the film's second half — which sinks like a stone.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Although it may evoke such films as "Gremlins" and "The Lobster," as well as David Cronenberg's earlier work, writer-director Bobby Miller's oozy, eerie, yet weirdly soulful yarn feels like an original.
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    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    This choppy film, which is saddled with a subplot about a dogged insurance agent (Richard Portnow), becomes more mechanical than emotional, leapfrogging time, logic and process as it scrambles to its too clever-by-half conclusion.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Director Cordula Kablitz-Post, who scripted with Susanne Hertel, effectively presents Lou as neither heroine nor genius but as a flawed, complex, fascinating pacesetter.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    This Is Our Land emerges as a vital portrait of political machination, human duality, the power of fear-mongering and how people can reflexively divide into "us and them."

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