Gary Goldstein

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For 642 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 11% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gary Goldstein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Guidance
Lowest review score: 0 Jewtopia
Score distribution:
642 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Gary Goldstein
    Dunn juggles the story’s vital, at times fantastical narrative, eclectic imagery, and wellspring of human fears, flaws and desires with vision and confidence. But Jessup’s powerfully empathetic performance really seals the deal.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Gary Goldstein
    Emotions run deep and wide here; anyone who’s ever lost a parent, longed for love and acceptance, or tried to find his or her true self should easily relate. It’s a terrific film.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Gary Goldstein
    I have only kind words for The Kind Words, an emotionally rich, beautifully textured family dramedy that touches on a wealth of interpersonal issues with buoyancy, charm and grace. It’s one of the best films so far this year.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Gary Goldstein
    By turns lyrical, impressionistic and profound, the documentary The Pearl Button requires patience but offers stirring rewards.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Gary Goldstein
    Mills peppers his fresh script with an assortment of throwaway lines, kooky character beats and off-kilter emotional truths. That he packs so much memorable silliness into one 80-minute film is quite the feat. Sequel, please.
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    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Gary Goldstein
    For a movie that involves creating laughs on the fly, the story is tightly told and acted, which adds to its buoyant pacing, astute observations and well-judged poignancy.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    It’s a terrific film that deserves far more attention than its low-profile release is likely to receive.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    Fouce mixes vivid, often disturbing archival footage and photos with moving latter-day interviews with several elderly Frank family members and Holocaust survivors, plus glimpses of Otto’s letters and daughter Anne’s famed writings.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    Bursting with a rich blend of timely themes, superb voice work, wonderful visuals and laugh-out-loud wit, Walt Disney Animation Studios' Zootopia is quite simply a great time at the movies.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    Ultimately, though, it's Abbott's show to steal — and steal it he does — as he rivetingly conjures a character who's chaotically charismatic, hugely affecting and for better or worse thoroughly real.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    A sensitively wrought profile in courage, hope and self-respect that's truly transfixing.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    [A] vital, absorbing documentary.
    • 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
    Director Papu Curotto brings Andi Nachon’s tender script to life with stirring economy and warmth as well as a wistfulness so palpable it’s practically its own character.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    Francella and Lanzani are excellent, not only in their charged moments together, but throughout this nervy and provocative picture.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    It's the gripping and verbally deft cast, led by a swaggering, formidably brooding Fassbender and a searing and poignant Cotillard, that may emerge most memorable here.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    Although the film builds an effective sense of dread and contains its share of unnerving visuals and well-timed scares, it proves far more psychological thrill ride than shockfest.
    • 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.
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    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    A compelling documentary that's short on running time but long on emotion.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Once again, truth proves stranger than fiction in the raucous and provocative documentary Weiner.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    For a drama that’s as quiet and circumspect as Chronic, it’s a decidedly bold film, one that pulls few punches as it slowly peels away the emotional layers of its complex protagonist. t also features an ending that’s as devastating as it is shocking.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    If we have to work a little harder to invest in Cloro's transporting story, so be it. For serious filmgoers, it will be worth it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    [A] highly watchable portrait.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Field amazes with her gameness, range and commitment.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    With admirable economy, writer-director Billy Senese has crafted an eerie piece that's as much an effective cautionary tale as it is a stirring film of ideas — and ideals.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Equine fans: Gallop, don’t trot to Ron Davis’ winning documentary Harry & Snowman, which recounts the inspiring story of an underdog show horse, his tenacious trainer and their rise to fame in the late 1950s.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    It’s an often tender, affecting film that slowly creeps up on you — then completely takes hold.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Humor here, whether situational or emotionally-based, proves a smart balance of grounded and loopy.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Director Ozon... infuses the picture with a provocative array of themes, imagery and moods. But it's French film heartthrob Duris' fluid, finely measured, physically deft portrayal of the blossoming David that sets the movie apart.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Despite the tale’s potential for an overly broad and crass approach to its loaded setup, Branciforte’s sly, incisive writing and even-handed take on his authentic characters instead errs on the side of wit, candor and a kind of hip sophistication.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Star and first-time director Ewan McGregor, working with screenwriter John Romano, has skillfully reshaped Roth’s tale for more urgent cinematic telling, covering a host of profound themes with disquieting power, reflection and grace.
    • 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.
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    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    It runs less than an hour, but the inspiring documentary Black Women in Medicine packs in enough smarts, context and emotional clarity for a far longer film.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    A beautifully rendered, lovingly constructed action-comedy that's sure to please kids and adults alike.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    The Adderall Diaries is a complex, absorbing, at times profound look at how we choose to remember our past. Wh
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    The Childhood of a Leader is a chilly — and chilling — political thriller by way of a provocative domestic chamber piece. Strikingly mounted, lighted, shot and scored, this tense, decidedly arty film marks a bravura feature directing debut for young American actor Brady Corbet.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    A chilling, surprisingly effective crime thriller.

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