Gary Goldstein

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For 692 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 11% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gary Goldstein's Scores

  • Movies
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Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Aliyah
Lowest review score: 0 Left Behind
Score distribution:
692 movie reviews
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Writer-director Paul Leyden does a decent job holding our interest as well as providing a few intriguing twists and reveals. But make no mistake, this is exceedingly far-fetched stuff.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    There’s much to admire about this alternately tough and tender film, including a fine turn by Caton, some striking outback scenery, and many resonant thoughts about living — and dying.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Producer-director Markus Imhoof tackles a hugely vital subject, but the film's loose structure and lack of a specific through-line don't make for the clearest intake of its, well, swarm of information.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    It's impossible not to root for these driven, high-spirited participants - and for the longevity of this invaluable program.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    That the movie works as well as it does is a testament to writer-director Thomas Farone's persistence and clear connection to his cagey material.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Nakache and Toledano...pepper the film with enough stirring emotional beats, crowd-pleasing bits...and vivid supporting characters such as Samba's ebullient immigrant pal, Wilson (Tahar Rahim), that there are distinct pleasures to be had.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    The largely engaging class-reunion dramedy 10 Years allows audiences to pretend they went to high school with the likes of Channing Tatum, Justin Long, Rosario Dawson, Anthony Mackie and Kate Mara.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    To his credit, writer-director Nathan Morlando has crafted a stylishly shot and evocatively designed period piece. But it's the dashing, quietly charismatic Speedman who proves the main draw, holding our attention even when the movie doesn't.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Chittenden and Tzu-yi are expressive actors, but, like the film itself, are hamstrung by the project's self-imposed confines.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Plot holes aside, the filmmakers provide enough well-timed jumps and energetic moments to keep the highly contained picture afloat.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Kundo: Age of the Rampant is an often entertaining if overlong look at the last days of Korea's Joseon Dynasty.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Given the number and range of kids in view, there's a limit to how much specificity can be jammed into one movie.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    The product is more pop vanity project — and one that's a bit late to the party — than onion-peeling dissection.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Aside from a few missing transitional beats and one too many coincidental encounters, the picture's fluid, zigzagging sexuality and emotional high-diving prove largely credible and diverting.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Skippable 3-D aside, it's a serviceable, limber follow-up to 2010's "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Skims a host of provocative surfaces without truly dissecting the self-absorbed playboy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    The pervasive historical reenactments and voiceovers, however, while clearly well-intended, often turn this otherwise vital film into an uneasy hybrid of authenticity and artifice.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Although it favors breadth over depth, the documentary The United States of Autism offers a tender look at an eclectic array of children, their parents and other individuals affected by this ever-increasing developmental disability.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    The movie's intended audience will likely be satisfied by its parade of gory mayhem, cheap thrills and groan-worthy dark humor. Everyone else: You're on your own.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Unfortunately, Dylan Mohan Gray's slow and steady exposé never quite manages the propulsive gut punch its incendiary subject demands.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Although affecting and well acted, the family drama Bad Hurt is too airless and depressing to fully engage.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    It’s a gutsy, often off-putting piece whose eccentric little New York story and experimental vibe might have been better served by a short film.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Koechlin gives such a remarkably warm, expressive performance (she and Gupta are non-disabled) it’s hard not to be captivated by much of this tender, if choppy film.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    There's so much that's authentic and likable about the loopy road trip comedy Let's Ruin It With Babies that it's a shame when it loses its mojo along the way.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Du Welz, despite a strong assist from cinematographer Manuel Dacosse, rarely musters the requisite tension or propulsion to immerse us fully in the story's wickedly wild ride.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Both well-timed and oddly late-on-arrival, the good-natured documentary Electoral Dysfunction attempts to lay bare the irregularities behind the American voting system but, for some, it may feel too lightweight and coy for genuine effect.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    (A) stirring, if inconclusive documentary.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Unfortunately, writer-director Ray Yeung leapfrogs over several key emotional beats and points of credibility. At the same time, he plies an ambitious slate of social, sexual and cultural messages, some more fully formed than others.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    The Sea of Trees proves a stronger movie experience than one might expect. It’s anchored by a fine, understated performance by Matthew McConaughey and a deeply felt, if at times melodramatic, story that proves strangely immersive.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Although Lovesick plays more like an extended sitcom episode than a full-fledged feature film, the script by Dean Young contains enough genuine laughs and amusing moments to keep this slight romantic farce afloat.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Sweet, slight and frequently familiar, Geography Club, based on Brent Hartinger's novel about sexual identity among suburban teens, often feels as if it's circling its expiration date.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    The results, although emotional, intriguing and a bit surprising, lack the journalistic urgency, heft and deeper danger often connected to these sorts of cinematic unravelings.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Compelling as Zylka and Keough may be — and we're definitely rooting for their well-etched characters — Bedford too often plies a kind of woeful wooziness here when a more propulsive approach is in order.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Unbelievers' is a high-minded love fest between two deeply committed atheistic intellectuals and their rock star-like fan base.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Seasoned pros Allen and LaPaglia are terrific as longtime mates forged together in an unexpected game of cat and mouse.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Though it's a decidedly arty piece, Leviathan, named after the biblical sea creature, also lacks much in the way of traditional beauty or splendor. However, the immersive shots of those swooping and circling sea gulls are quite something.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Momoa creates an involving if relaxed pace, one whose moody rhythms are infused with a kind of soulful spirituality.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    At a mere 75 minutes, this often amusing, uniformly well-acted movie had the leeway to more fully explore both the script's showbiz gambit and its romantic roundelay.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    The inventively shot and constructed documentary For No Good Reason is an absorbing look at the unique, surreal work of British cartoonist Ralph Steadman.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    If the pacing flags a bit en route, enough vivid imagery remains to hold interest, with Solomonov proving a smart, appealing and personally invested guide.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    While often affecting and absorbing, the film proves intellectually and contextually light. This is especially true given a leisurely running time that could have easily accommodated more dimensional probing.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    The well-crafted Beneath proves a taut, atmospheric if not especially deep thriller.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    The young filmmaker rarely digs beneath the harsh environment's many fraught surfaces. He simply lets his cameras be his guide.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    It's a privilege getting to know these determined, inspiring seniors, to whatever extent Gaynes allows. But a more deeply revealing, fully candid approach would have made for a more satisfying cinematic excursion.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    [A] well-crafted but frankly nonessential documentary.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    It’s competently made, well-acted and largely intelligent, so why isn’t the spy thriller Our Kind of Traitor more rewarding? Perhaps it’s the feeling that we’ve trod this kind of twisty treachery on screen ad infinitum since before the Cold War-era stylings of Alfred Hitchcock — and far more vividly.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    When Morin ventures into more mundane territory, including several parent-child scenes, the film — and the performances — can feel forced and inauthentic. But as a zeitgeist-heavy memory piece, NY84 knows its stuff.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    It's absorbing, well-played stuff until Serena's emotional baggage turns her into a kind of lethal Blanche DuBois and melodrama overtakes the film's muscular bearing.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Though it's not that gracefully told and sometimes seems to exist just to plug eco-friendly cleaning supplies, A Green Story holds interest as a gentle, old-fashioned look at achieving the American dream.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    For much of its fast-paced running time, the film, which involves an after-school fight between two polar-opposite teachers, is just amusing enough to make up for its sheer preposterousness.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    A lovely performance by Ethiopian supermodel-actress Liya Kebede as supermodel-activist Waris Dirie works wonders to elevate this uneven, occasionally awkward but often absorbing film.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Alternately silly and provocative, strained and funny.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Though Torn contains its share of convincingly lived-in moments, there's a heavy-handed quality to both Jeremiah Birnbaum's direction and the script by Michael Richter that often undermines the movie's potential to truly grip and move.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    There's a heft to the proceedings that keeps us invested even when the story's various strands start to unravel.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    "Jane's" affecting emotional core and cathartic conclusion carry the day.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Unfortunately, there’s not enough story here to warrant the film’s more than two-hour running time; 90 taut minutes tracking a week in the ruined tunnel would have sufficed. Still, it’s a vivid and relatable tale.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Director Henry Chan, working off a script by Megi Hsu (based on a story by producer Weiko Lin), lets things get overly broad at times but otherwise wrings genial humor and gentle emotion from the familiar setup.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Although amusing and filled with many well-timed comic bits, especially by the deft Moretti, the movie loses some of its farcical steam en route and suffers from a diffused point of view.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Are You Here proves a gently immersive, ingratiating, often witty character comedy with a pair of comfortably effective lead performances.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    It's no great surprise how things end up for this tossed-under-one-roof bunch. How they get there, however, provides a largely fertile playground for the picture's talented comic ensemble.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    As mindless entertainment goes, it's a pretty watchable time-passer.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Despite the Mexican American comic's engaging presence, amusing observations and deft imitations, "Fluffy" is a standard-issue comedy concert film far better suited to a 90-minute cable TV slot than the big screen.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Until being young and gay is a nonissue for everyone everywhere, these kinds of stories will always have their place.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    What emerges is a vague, often chilling impression of an unpredictable opportunist and provocateur who may not even be sure himself.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    The result is a kind of quiet Scandinavian cousin (OK, twice removed) to "Home Alone," in which patient viewers will find sporadic rewards.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    This is an enjoyably acted trifle that, despite some slowing in its second half, holds interest as it amusingly considers how an act so simple for some can be so tricky for others.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Even if this largely contained movie remains more low key than frantic, it features enough well-executed bursts of tension and strong emotional beats to hold interest.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    An involving, largely likable film with a sincere emotional core.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Sumptuous visuals, vivid emotional beats and memorable turns by Bichevin and Hoeks effectively compensate for the verbal sparseness.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    A handsomely mounted if largely melodramatic affair that gains steam as it gives way to truer emotions and bits of veiled humor.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    When this well-acted picture calms down and focuses on real emotions, it proves a poignant, absorbing look at a modern family.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Water & Power remains a quintessential L.A. story that is worth seeing for what it has to say, if not necessarily for how it says it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    For a movie about art and artists, it's not a particularly visually inspired or vibrantly crafted work. Still, Foulkes... holds interest with his off-kilter narcissism, obsessive creative process and frank views on his place — or lack thereof — in the art world.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    [It's] too bad Cindy Kleine, the documentary's producer-director-narrator — and Gregory's wife — didn't better organize this rangy survey of the eclectic actor, theater director, artist and raconteur.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Despite his cogent finger-pointing, nifty graphs and succinct highlighting of recent climate change history, longtime followers of the hyper-partisan topic may not find much terribly new or revealing here.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    It's all sharp, well-performed stuff until things go from darkly comic to just plain dark, derailing -- and dragging out -- the otherwise absorbing story. Still, this one's a cut above.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    The film takes a few rough turns that lead to Dana's inevitable bottoming out. Otherwise, this well-acted piece is a gentle, humanistic look at the unexpected ways in which relationships form, flourish and flounder and how we define who — and what — is "normal."
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Once again, the premature loss of a loved one begets family dysfunction in the strangely uneven, yet occasionally resonant Around June.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    The film's main misstep, however, is its unconvincing use of celebrity voices to re-create various speeches and letters... Though well-intended, their inclusion proves a needless distraction in an otherwise smart and dignified presentation.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    A lovely and touching third act helps make up for a wobbly, at times convoluted first hour in the quirky fantasy-dramedy Walter.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Though unevenly told and at times too fanciful for its own good, Electrick Children marks an intriguing feature debut for its risk-taking writer-director, Rebecca Thomas.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    A vivid portrait that should satisfy aficionados and intrigue the curious. Ink-averse viewers, however, may remain unsold.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    It's no "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial." (What is?) But on its own modest terms, the alien adventure Earth to Echo is a lively and likable knockoff that should divert, if not exactly enthrall, tweens and young teens.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Although the film purposefully traffics in stereotypes, the Myungs' earnest, been-there approach helps soften the spoofy blows.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    A strong visual sense, intriguing tempo and effective economy of words combine to make Hostile Border an above-average crime thriller.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Only the Young rarely coalesces into anything more meaningful than a casual collection of moments. Maybe that's the point.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Director and star Lina Esco keeps this compact film moving with enjoyable buoyancy until it bids adieu with a showy climax that needs a serious postscript.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Cailley never truly builds a narrative head of steam, resulting in periods of logy pacing and diffused focus. Still, the strong leads, several amusing moments and a clutch of intriguing character bits sketch what might have been.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    A seeming lack of conclusive answers or solutions to a complex global problem makes Stuck feel more like a work in progress than a completely baked depiction.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    writer-director Andreas M. Dalsgaard takes such a low-key approach to presenting the film's vital, potentially involving topic that viewers may find themselves more inspired to take a snooze than a stroll.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Those who do find their way into this supremely silly action-mystery caper are in for a few grins if not laughs thanks largely to the deft — and daft — performance of Johnny Depp in the title role.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    An unabashed love letter to all things motorcycle, the documentary "Why We Ride" will surely warm the souls of bike enthusiasts while prompting many nonriders to join the fold.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Save a weak police pursuit, events are earnestly depicted and involvingly played, even if the period re-creation at times feels overly burnished. Still, Love and Honor suffices as old-fashioned, pie-in-the-sky entertainment.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    The war scenes and their aftermath are involving and emotionally sound as well as skillfully shot and edited. And if several moments smack of revisionist history, perhaps best to ascribe them to dramatic license.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    A painstakingly crafted, lovingly wrought piece.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Smartly, the filmmakers minimize their topic's punchline potential. But even though the running time is short, the movie feels stretched out.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Anne Frank: Then and Now may be an oddly structured little docudrama but it makes the most of its eerily cogent message.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    The film's solid acting, relatable premise and strong emotional core carry the day.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Thanks to Ifans, though, this remains a watchable film, one that, perhaps like Len himself, falls short of its potential.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Kid-Thing proves as disturbing for what it is as for what it's not.

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