Gary Goldstein
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For 468 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 9% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gary Goldstein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Boy Meets Girl
Lowest review score: 0 Jewtopia
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 78 out of 468
468 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Gary Goldstein
    Night Will Fall proves a riveting, devastating, heartbreaking and deeply important film, one that you will likely never forget.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Gary Goldstein
    Warsaw Uprising is not only a unique, remarkably assembled documentary-narrative hybrid but also a powerful look at the personal and public devastation that can occur during wartime. Movies rarely feel as authentic as this.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Gary Goldstein
    The profoundly sensitive, often wryly funny look at friendship, romance, sexual attraction and gender identity carries themes and dynamics that feel as timeless as they do up-to-the-minute.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Gary Goldstein
    Heli is a stunning piece of filmmaking. It's a hypnotic, starkly beautiful, often disturbing drama that puts a working-class Mexican family in the cross hairs of its country's drug war.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Gary Goldstein
    Tense, smartly crafted and highly resonant, Aliyah is one of the best films so far this year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    Fine performances (MacKay is a revelation), bristling tension, strong atmospherics and a wealth of superbly wrought, often heartbreaking scenes add up to make "Peril" a must-see for serious filmgoers.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    The filmmakers vividly illustrate the power and depth of the long-spiraling problem of "food insecurity" by immersing us in the hardscrabble lives of a cross section of our nation's poor.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    The wildlife documentary One Life is a visually gorgeous, at times astonishing screen experience.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    It's the flesh-and-blood lead performance by Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani as a profoundly conflicted Muslim wife and mother that seals this cinematic deal. She's superb.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    [A] captivating documentary.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    The Railway Man is an impressively crafted, skillfully acted, highly absorbing journey into a dark corner of world history.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    Wish You Were Here is mystery moviemaking at its most intriguing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    A haunting, immersive portrait of a romance between two men, one that's marked - and marred - by both drug dependency and emotional codependency. Not unlike last year's gay-themed drama, "Weekend," it proves an important and mature piece of business.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    It's exhausting, exhilarating, riveting stuff that fans of high-octane filmmaking should not miss.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    It's a terrific little film worthy of discovery.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    With its startling mix of 16-millimeter-shot, handmade animation styles using stop-motion, sketches, collages and models, along with uncensored characters often resembling cadaverous marionettes, this twisted look at life in a faded Appalachian town is one decidedly idiosyncratic ride.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    Add one more extraordinary survival tale to the canon of Holocaust documentaries: No Place on Earth.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    Gorgeous, evocative and well performed.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    Guitarist-composer Bill Frisell's wall-to-wall, bluesy-jazzy soundtrack beautifully reflects and unifies the visuals while also helping to personalize this distinct endeavor. It's a terrific achievement.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    Punchy dialogue, sharply drawn characters and excellent performances fuel Glass Chin.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    Proves a highly auspicious feature debut for Moors and Porto as well as a much-deserved return to the limelight for Washington. Don't miss it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    It's unique, powerful stuff.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    Despite the pain, sadness and vast emotional upheaval depicted here, Bridegroom is also a movie filled with hope and passion, dignity and pride, and many stirring pockets of joy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    A moving and infuriating look at the 2008 murder of openly gay teenager Lawrence "Larry" King.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    Director Judy Chaikin, who co-wrote the film with its deft editor, Edward Osei-Gyimah, infuses this fine portrait with grace, nostalgia and a well-calibrated dose of social commentary.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    Graceland is a tense, twisty cinematic artichoke brimming with moral complexity and intriguing shades of gray.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    [A] fascinating film.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    If this all sounds fairly rote, it's far from it. That's because the filmmaker largely eschews done-to-death family dynamics, forced obstacles and predictable responses for authentic interaction, organic humor and a hopeful vitality.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    A harrowing picture of the casualties of war — and the unchecked madness that may drive those entrusted to defend us.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Although it runs just a fleet 40 minutes, the film proves a rich and memorable journey.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    What a pleasure to see a simple, finely tuned dramedy about real adults with real emotions in a real-life situation.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    A compelling documentary that's short on running time but long on emotion.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    They all share their amazing war stories and life memories with great humility and warmth.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    An exceptionally intimate, human-scaled picture. It's also quite a special piece of work.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Marquette, aided by Frank Langella's precise narration, has crafted an engrossing and disturbing tribute.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    The lovely and poignant drama The Artist and the Model stirringly presents art, life and death as one irrevocably tangled trio.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    A richly absorbing historical docudrama.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    As Madeleine Sackler's absorbing, often tender documentary The Lottery shows, when it comes to the world of charter education, no seemingly good deed may go unpunished -- or at least undercut.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    [A] colorful, absorbing documentary.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Though much of the movie was shot in secret to protect the filmmakers, Bailey and Thompson managed to create a remarkably vivid portrait of a land and its people, while bringing us two unforgettable heroes in Campbell and Freeth.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    The ambitious Peepli Live manages to mine substantial dark humor from this tragic situation while offering pointed - and sometimes poignant - social commentary in the process.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    [A] highly watchable portrait.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    The estimable James Cromwell splendidly anchors this tender, true-life tale.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    It's a fun, nostalgic, informative journey. Aided by vivid archival footage and photos, the movie charts the evolution of the song through the Holocaust, the birth of Israel and the modern Jewish Diaspora.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    The world's most successful ring of diamond thieves is inventively and insightfully explored in the documentary Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    This frank, unruly look at sex, privilege and power unfolds so much like real life that it proves an intriguing and strangely immersive experience.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Jig
    As for the dancing itself, it's nothing short of dazzling.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Although it contains its moments of doom and gloom about the potential effects of climate change, the excellent documentary Carbon Nation is an inspiring look at the many recent advances in clean energy and green technologies.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    It's the offbeat love story at the heart of Liebling's resurrection that provides the film's most powerful - and touching - surprise.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    A revealing, disturbing look at how political and corporate forces have seemingly undermined the freedom and safety of our nation's equine population.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Writer-director Michael Walker keeps a firm grip on his smart material, offering up big laughs, lots of recognizable behavior and, in the end, a wistful glimpse at life's inevitable priorities.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Director Yuya Ishii, working off a gentle, finely textured script by Kensaku Watanabe (adapted from the novel by Shiwon Miura) takes his time telling this warm story of the 15-year creation of a definitive print dictionary, but it's a worthy journey.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    This gripping, innovatively constructed flashback commands attention.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    If you can adjust to the film's uneven rhythms and often illusory vibe, there's a treasure trove of off-kilter humor, affecting pathos and first-class acting to be savored.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Director Scott Thurman presents a largely even-handed recounting, wisely letting folks - and events - speak for themselves. It's riveting stuff.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Writer-director Jay Bulger combines warts-heavy interview footage of Baker with vivid archival bits, concert clips, jaunty animation and chats with various musical greats to paint a lively portrait of yet another brilliant but wildly self-destructive artist.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    By turns sweet and tart, airy and rich and, above all, a thoroughly irresistible confection.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    The film is as much a provocative exposé of Franklin, who awaits trial on murder charges and has proclaimed his innocence, as it is a vivid portrait of a community long plagued by drugs, crime, poverty and desperation.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    It's gritty and grim, but Animals is also a gripping portrait of young junkies in love.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    This expertly constructed film follows the curious and tragic life of the troubled chess icon as he went from child prodigy to global legend to paranoid recluse.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Blethyn brings tremendous empathy to the introspective, determined Elisabeth, while the tall, gaunt and dreadlocked Ousmane fleshes out his less-dimensional role with a haunting sadness that speaks volumes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Brimming with sharp asides and clever throwaways...plus astute observations on literary pretension and misguided youth, Adult World is a winner.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    It's the candid moments of joy and accomplishment -- Welcker finding out she's an Intel contest finalist, Khan learning he's been accepted to Yale, high school valedictorian Cisneros thanking her devoted parents in her graduation speech -- that really make this one soar.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    A crafty, brainy and uniquely stirring concoction.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    The lovely, heartbreaking Fly Away benefits from superb performances and a gripping story managed with simplicity and grace by writer-producer-director Janet Grillo.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    The Afghanistan war documentary The Hornet's Nest is a kinetic, immersive experience, particularly in its deeply felt human moments.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    [A] vital and involving documentary.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Although Gruber's personal life and latter accomplishments are mostly addressed via a few closing sentences, "Ahead" remains a fleet and fitting tribute.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    The film is an architecture lover's dream.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Jaffe deftly captures his subject's creative process, helpfully illuminating the method to Wilson's comic madness.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    A stirring snapshot of America from 1963 to 1968 and the many rock 'n' roll thrills, cultural and political watersheds, and whirling emotions that erupted in between. It's also deviously smart and darkly funny.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    The Wall is a remarkably involving film, especially given its brave, self-imposed limitations.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Whaley nicely calibrates this wistful dramedy's emotional quotient, never allowing sentiment to turn into sap.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Director Greg "Freddy" Camalier skillfully, unhurriedly unfurls a wealth of classic music-biz tales as told by a who's who of R&B, soul and rock 'n' roll royalty and various other players and purveyors.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    "Rescue" features excellent archival footage plus a rich array of recent interviews.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Kudos to writer-director Antonino D'Ambrosio for taking such an eclectic and disparate number of aims, thoughts, subjects and mediums and creating the smart and inspiring - and uniquely whole -documentary that is Let Fury Have the Hour.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Thanks to the residual love and attraction between the pair, this cocktail-fueled reunion never descends into a "Virginia Woolf"-like grudge match but, rather, remains an equitable, tender, sometimes surprising game of hard truth-telling.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Walters engagingly captures Botso teaching music, sculpting, conducting, spending time with his wife and young daughters and even traveling back to his Georgian hometown of Tbilisi. The energy, dedication, kindness and optimism he displays are truly infectious.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    These folks, who were also extras in "The Soloist," largely discuss their tough pasts and thorny presents with haunting candor, strength and grace - words that also apply to this vivid cinematic portrait.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Don't let the cheesy title deter you. Cuban Fury is a thoroughly engaging crowd-pleaser — sweet, quite amusing and even a tad inspiring.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Dubious ending aside, Constanzo's approach to structuring, shooting and pacing the tricky material proves masterful and memorable.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Winston Churchill: Walking With Destiny nonetheless serves as an informative look back at one of the 20th century's most celebrated figures. (Nov 4, 2010)
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    The warm and charming White Wedding is like "The Hangover" off steroids. It's another get-me-to-the-church-on-time obstacle course but filled with smart social commentary, romantic wisdom, credible complications and memorable characters.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    It's a provocative, absorbing — and at times dicey — study.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    A terrifically entertaining, smartly constructed trip down memory lane with one of the American stage's most legendary troupers.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Vividly captures a year in the life of eastside Detroit's Engine Company 50.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    This handsomely made suspense yarn proves an engrossing, pulse-quickening journey.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    A stirring commentary on our better angels.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    As the filmmaker unfurls the harsh, essential facts, both past and present, about America's complex relationship with drugs — along with tobacco and alcohol's longtime place in the equation — the movie gains serious power and momentum.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    [A] compelling and energetic documentary.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    The film brings us vividly inside the life - and head - of its determined hero, Bud Clayman, as he depicts the process of what he calls "getting normal."
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    It's a stirring and involving character study that may not cover much new ground but still packs a quiet punch.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Thee inside-Hollywood dramedy Trust Me contains so much terrific writing, acting and observation that it becomes a bit easier to forgive writer-director-star Clark Gregg when his ambitions best him during the movie's convoluted last third.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    With a two-state solution still elusive, "State 194" may feel a bit like yesterday's news — literally and figuratively. But as an aid to better understanding this vital, complex dispute, the film is definitely worth a look.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Bold and unsettling, Eastern Boys is a long, strange trip of a film that touches on myriad social, economic and sexual themes.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Though dizzyingly informative and diffuse at times, it's a well-shot portrait that's at its best when it eschews the facts for the folks.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    This is a weirdly compelling look at a weirdly compelling auteur.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Sure, there are lapses in logic. But nice messaging, some zippy dance moves and a great use of the classic tune "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" end this charming, adult-friendly tale on a high note.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    How Norman and his gang learn the ropes, work the game and earn their fleeting, if nerve-wracking moment in the sun proves an enjoyable, well-crafted ride in the hands of writer-director John Stockwell.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    That's not to say Heleno, with its magnetic energy, sensual re-creation of 1940s and '50s Brazil and bold storytelling lacks punch; the movie is nothing if not watchable. But, by presenting more surface than depth to De Freitas' womanizing, arrogance and volatility (an implied closeness to his unseen mother is about as far as the film digs), it largely feels like an arm's length effort.

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