Gary Goldstein
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For 394 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gary Goldstein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Aliyah
Lowest review score: 0 Left Behind
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 66 out of 394
394 movie reviews
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    The grand Mirren is, truth be told, miscast and Pesci is misdirected as Grace and Charlie Bontempo.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    Sadly, there's not an ounce of tension or a single decent scare to be found amid any of this convoluted mayhem.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    Your Thanksgiving turkey has arrived on schedule and it's called The Nutcracker in 3D.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    This often risible head-scratcher never cracks the surface of its muddled ambitions, largely wasting its iconic settings on a series of motley interactions, Tinseltown trivia and self-conscious philosophizing.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    Sure, this frequently improvised spoof isn't intended to be taken seriously, but it's also not funny or incisive enough to counter the unappealing persona the actor-comedian has concocted here: an impulsive, clueless narcissist on a journey to reinvent himself as an action star.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    A grating and witless would-be spoof of religion, male-bonding and, it seems, horror movies.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    Depressing and airless.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    A frantic, badly constructed, slightly offensive muddle that doesn't so much end as run out of things on a checklist.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    Perhaps most egregiously, director Mike Sears, working from Martin Dugard's awkwardly structured, subtext-free script, builds little excitement for the game of lacrosse, which comes off here as all sticks and legs and bad camera angles.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    Any potential enjoyment here is fatally undermined by the film's barely developed characters, self-conscious dialogue ("I will wax his tugboat!") and repetitive imagery.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    For all the attempted intrigue and mayhem, the film is dullsville, mired by a poky script, unremarkable action and, the hard-working Garcia aside, uninspired performances.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    The underwhelming, would-be political satire Knife Fight plays more like a failed network TV pilot than the savvy feature it clearly set out to be. Think: Aaron Sorkin-lite, uh, really, really lite.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    Writer-director P.J. Hogan may have based Mental on an actual incident from his childhood, but the crazy quilt of a movie that resulted feels anything but real.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    There's plenty of action, some ping-ponging romance and even a bit of tension as Silver Circle spins its muddled tale. But it's all so overwhelmed by the rudimentary, computer-generated animation (characters don't so much walk as lurch and glide) that, well, the medium becomes the message.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    Although writer-director Scott Walker seems committed to not overly exploiting his lurid subject matter, the movie is just too dreary, disjointed and generically creepy to be persuasive.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    Not to be glib, but sitting through the art-centric chamber piece The Time Being is truly like watching paint dry.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    Addicted doesn’t know whether it wants to be a modern-day bodice-ripper, a morality-tinged cautionary tale or a serious snapshot of sexual compulsion. Whatever the case, it fails on all fronts.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    Far too much of this plodding picture is spent on odd couple Chip and Alex's road trip transporting Mine That Bird to Kentucky. Forced atmospherics, clichéd action bits and some tone-deaf slapstick weigh things down as well.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    Alexander Sokurov's Faust is a grueling side show of a film, a morbid, mightily uninvolving piece.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    Contrived and predictable yet fairly tense.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    This tonal mishmash is a misfire of literally gross proportions.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    Call it a dark farce, human comedy or wartime satire. But however you slice it, the ill-conceived morality tale A Farewell to Fools is a bust.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    [A] tedious cinematic exercise.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    Brick Mansions, Paul Walker's penultimate film (prior to "Fast & Furious 7"), is a dumb and ugly action picture that works strictly as a reminder of the late actor's head-turning good looks and modest charisma.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    When it comes to finesse or originality the first-time filmmaker falls desperately short, relying on hoary clichés; dreadful, chicken-fried dialogue; and an often cracked moral compass.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    The uninvitingly titled Chlorine is a flat, undercooked suburban comedy. Or is it a drama? Or maybe a kind of satire? Regardless, it's short on style, substance or any clear raison d'être.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    Moms' Night Out is a hectic mess that does just the opposite of what it clearly set out to do: It makes motherhood seem like one of the most ill-conceived ideas since New Coke.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    This poky, clichéd, slackly told picture, directed by Emilio Aragón, would've felt dated a few decades ago; now it feels like a downright relic.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    [An] earnest but terribly ham-fisted drama.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    Only during the movie's sweet epilogue do we get a sense of what Friended could have been had the filmmakers taken a smarter, gentler, more human approach.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    There's a late-breaking twist that might seem impressive if it didn't make all the previous mayhem feel so intensely pointless.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    Good People goes from being simply pedestrian to outright preposterous without batting an eye.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    Self-conscious, tonally uncertain and thematically vague, The Big Ask is a premise in search of a movie, one that co-directors Thomas Beatty and Rebecca Fishman never quite find.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    First-time writer-director John Alan Simon simply doesn't have a strong enough grip on the movie's narrative, pacing or performances to surmount the pitfalls of this ambitious, budget-conscious effort.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    Too many roles remain underdeveloped — if developed at all. A lack of cohesion or camaraderie among the inmates compounds the film's impersonal vibe.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    Writer-director David Hayter revisits much-trod territory with wan results in Wolves, a werewolf tale that quickly loses its initial bite.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 20 Gary Goldstein
    K-11 has the makings of a cult movie campfest but little of the authentic wit, edge or outré vision it would take to get there. What's left is a dreary jailhouse drama that somehow managed to imprison a few notable actors within its lurid walls.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 20 Gary Goldstein
    It's not the worst idea for a revenge fantasy, but Jim's payback is so lacking in logic and reality, not to mention tension, that it proves more laughable than cathartic.
    • 11 Metascore
    • 20 Gary Goldstein
    There's certainly a profound and valuable documentary to be made about our eldest living senior citizens. Sadly, Walter: Lessons From the World's Oldest People isn't it.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 Gary Goldstein
    Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club is a sitcom masquerading as a feature film... Too bad he didn't just spare us the awfulness of this flat and phony slices-of-life dramedy and go right to series, where half-hour bites might have helped mitigate the pain.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 Gary Goldstein
    Cavemen writer-director Herschel Faber has sketched such a thin and unfunny look at L.A. singles, it should mark the death knell for movies about child-men on the make.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 20 Gary Goldstein
    A movie of such snowballing stupidity that it's a wonder the actors could keep straight faces while shooting it (outtakes, please!).
    • 16 Metascore
    • 20 Gary Goldstein
    Hokey dialogue, a syrupy score, a corny use of slow motion and a slew of contrived or undercooked plot developments further sink a movie whose appeal may elude even die-hard romantics.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 Gary Goldstein
    Director John Suits seems more concerned with plying eyeballs with creepy atmospherics, showy visual effects and sexy interludes than with propulsive pacing or roiling tension.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 10 Gary Goldstein
    Avoid this one like, well, a yeast infection.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 10 Gary Goldstein
    Ironically, the only thing that makes much sense about the DIY effort Oconomowoc is its baffling title.
    • 1 Metascore
    • 10 Gary Goldstein
    10 Rules for Sleeping Around is a dreadful sex farce with barely an authentic emotion, credible character or plausible plot point in its midst.
    • 8 Metascore
    • 10 Gary Goldstein
    It's a grotesque, deadly dull piece of cinematic upchuck, a horror film minus tension or chills.
    • 8 Metascore
    • 0 Gary Goldstein
    To call this winkfest toward an astoundingly retrograde sliver of Judaism offensive would be, well, offensive to the word offensive.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 0 Gary Goldstein
    Cheesy visual effects, flat shooting, slack directing and pacing, risible dialogue and characterization, lots of crummy acting, plus a painfully dull first act make this anything but a rapturous experience.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 0 Gary Goldstein
    All the controlled substances in the world couldn't improve a viewing of the execrable Don Peyote, a tedious, incoherent look at a paranoid stoner's emotional and spiritual unraveling.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 0 Gary Goldstein
    Behaving Badly is a dreadful sex comedy that gets worse and worse as its dopey story snowballs into relative incoherence.

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