Gary Goldstein

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For 719 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 12% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gary Goldstein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Guidance
Lowest review score: 0 Left Behind
Score distribution:
719 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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
    Jalali peppers this darkly funny, often absurdist piece with enough socio-political messaging to add heft but not didacticism. It all makes for a singular, well-observed balancing act.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Cox masterfully captures Churchill’s contradictory nature, obsessive dutifulness to queen and country, and a volatility born out of fear, desperation and impending loss.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    How the then-newbie performers’ jackpot roles in the heady, heartbreaking show informed their lives and careers forms much of the movie’s stirring narrative spine.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    A memorable romantic comedy that stands to bring back the genre’s good name, “It Had to Be You” is as funny, endearing and enjoyably off-kilter as its adorable star, Cristin Milioti.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Theater lovers and Italophiles alike should savor the documentary Spettacolo.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Director Maurice Dekkers stops far short of shooting “food porn” here, instead deftly capturing the often spare beauty of Redzepi and company’s rarefied concoctions including, yes, ants on a shrimp.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Although Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf says The President was inspired by the turbulent events of the Arab Spring, there’s also a timeless quality to this absorbing and powerful fable that provides added resonance.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The film is often a marvel of visual and narrative resourcefulness. But with its single primary location, blistering atmosphere, small cast and narrow focus, “Mine” may prove too grueling for some.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Lapid confidently peppers the film with enough provocative beats, unsettling behaviors and bold camera moves to keep us intrigued — if not necessarily invested.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Despite the use of strong archival clips and photos, the film, with its ongoing stream of talking heads, can make for static, at times sluggish viewing. Still, this key episode in American military history deserves to be commemorated.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    This elegant, lushly mounted film, which involves classism, communal fighting, political machinations, and religious and cultural discord, still proves timely given such world events as the Syrian refugee crisis, the Brexit controversy and Pakistan’s ongoing anti-terror campaign.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    808
    Everything you ever wanted to know — or perhaps never knew you wanted to know — about the wildly influential Roland TR-808 drum machine is laid out with entertaining, if exhaustive, brio in the documentary 808.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Although much of what happens in Get Big feels borrowed from most every teen comedy from “Risky Business” to “Superbad,” this micro-budget effort from 23-year-old newbie writer-director Dylan Moran (who also stars), whips up plenty of humor and charm as well as several organic, well-served life lessons.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Aided by a nimbly voluble script by Kat Coiro and Ritter, it emerges as an amusing kaleidoscope of contemporary urban angst and romantic aspirations.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    It all adds up to create a dicey morality tale that's as improbable as it is strangely believable.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Although enjoyable, the movie is perhaps best suited to cinéastes already intimate with Bergman's venerated body of work as well as with Ullmann's many acclaimed screen roles.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    An intriguing audio-visual sense, deft editing and Shawkat’s committed performance elevate this strangely watchable film.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    With the nimble Greenwood and a kinder, gentler-than-usual Posey in charge, "And Now" proves a thoroughly engaging lark.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    You don't have to be a "Star Wars" nut to enjoy this fast-paced film, though it's sure to resonate most with those whose childhoods - and beyond - were shaped by the 1977 phenomenon.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The mythically powerful demigod is back on the big screen in the simply titled Hercules and the results are canny, fast-paced, and, for what the film attempts to accomplish, enjoyable.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    For all its emotional roller-coastering and wild intrigue, the film's purpose — as well as its title character — feels more symbolic than specific. Still, this well-shot and -designed picture is a mostly compelling, intrepid ride.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    It’s a bit of a structural and thematic hodgepodge, and a few key moments feel cursorily handled, but Evan’s Crime remains an effectively scrappy and involving us-against-them drama.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Kagan employs a purposeful, if at times distracting, use of split screen, along with subjective camera and mind’s-eye visuals to capture the story’s visceral and emotional tension. But it’s the fine acting and the film’s plea for sensible gun control that carry the day.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Minn, who often appears on camera, packs this grimly compelling, if slightly padded film with strong archival TV news footage, plus wrenching testimony from the relatives of several innocent bystanders gunned down around the El Paso-Juarez border.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Sporadic dips into melodrama, some on-the-nose dialogue and acting, and an occasionally intrusive score hinder but don’t negate this ambitious film’s power and conviction.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    There's something healing about simply watching Free the Mind, Danish filmmaker Phie Ambo's gentle, compassionate documentary.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    More specific sense of time and route (a map, anyone?) and a bit of even basic scientific scrutiny would have improved this otherwise compelling and provocative journey.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Like the prolific Minn’s other disturbing docs, “8 Murders a Day” and “A Nightmare in Las Cruces,” this is a gritty, no frills, at times sensationalistic immersion into grim criminal territory.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet, adapted from the book by Philip Shabecoff, proves a worthy reminder of how much has been done to help heal our planet's ecological woes as well as how much remains to be achieved.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Take My Nose … Please! is a lively and enjoyable documentary about comedians, plastic surgery, female self-image, aging in Hollywood, and other facets of facial politics.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The film has several smart twists and surprises up its well-tailored sleeve.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The noirishly titled Cold Comes the Night is a tense little thriller that provides juicy roles for its deft lead actors, Alice Eve and Bryan Cranston, as well as some well-played action and several neat twists.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    As the deliberately paced film never gets under the character's skin, it doesn't quite get under ours. Still, it's a physically impressive, visually compelling journey.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The edgy coming-of-age tale Ask Me Anything begins with a snarky, bubble-gum vibe that gives way to something far deeper and meaningful.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The heartland drama Jackie & Ryan may prove too low-key and deliberately paced for less patient viewers, but distinct pleasures are to be had from this compactly shot film's easy rhythms, affecting tone and nicely modulated performances.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    "Addicted" proves a strangely sad yet wildly compelling cautionary tale.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    It's best not to overthink the sci-fi love story Upside Down and just enjoy its dazzling visuals, dream-like inventiveness and lush romanticism.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The death of the typewriter has been greatly exaggerated, at least according to the fun, compact love letter of a documentary The Typewriter (in the 21st Century).
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Although it’s an often repellant, uneven film that, in the end, doesn’t amount to a whole lot, there’s something thrilling and a bit liberating about the anarchic vibe that permeates this stylized walk on the wild side.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Writers Dan Steadman and Rajeev Sigamoney wisely keep a lid on excessive silliness as they jab at such topics as religious fervor, opportunism and artistic talent — or the lack thereof.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    A bit of tightening, largely involving segues abroad to Australia, Japan and Kenya, would have helped the picture’s pacing. But it’s the pride and strength of Boston’s leaders and citizens, as well as the marathon’s devoted contenders and planners that ultimately fuel this affecting portrait.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    "Mother" is definitely worth a look as an involving exercise in parental indiscretion, unexamined and over-examined lives, and a nostalgic look at East Coast Jewish culture.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    That Ferrer and Schöner play their roles with such understated grace and charisma goes far to bolster the credibility factor.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Though the dialogue is pretty basic and the narrative dots don't always quite connect, The Human Race, in its own gutsy, grindhouse-movie way, manages style, vision and tension.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Strouse’s deft script and Krasinki’s game direction upend a host of familiar moments in ways that are fresh and unexpected — if sometimes overly broad. The terrific cast doesn’t hurt.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    It could have been a bit smarter and a lot shorter, but Blended, the third big-screen pairing for Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore (after "The Wedding Singer" and "50 First Dates"), is a fun, often funny, largely enjoyable romp.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    With its gorgeous big-sky vistas, stirring shots of the majestic mustangs and intimate bits between trainers and trainees, Wild Horse proves a warm and memorable ride.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Jal
    First-time director Girish Malik, who co-wrote with Rakesh Mishra, has crafted a starkly beautiful, at times dazzling, vision that reinforces water as our most valuable — and perhaps most vulnerable — commodity.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Staten Island Summer is a refreshingly old school coming-of-age comedy with just enough raunchiness, stoner humor and otherwise dubious behavior to divert movie audiences weaned on violated pies and superbad high jinks.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The Calling is an absorbing, solidly crafted procedural thriller with a terrific lead turn by Susan Sarandon.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    As things turn irrevocably supernatural, the movie's anything-goes quality ends up deepening instead of torpedoing the narrative, as can sometimes happen in horror flicks.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    As one observer here aptly - and non-hyperbolically - sums it up, White is "a founding father of the current state of pop art."
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Although Quinn may strike some viewers as more annoying narcissist than self-deprecating charmer, he's a vivid creation.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Schwarz and Hunter never dig all that deep — in fact, it all seems pretty tame by today's reality TV standards — but the film remains an evocative, enjoyable ride.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Akhavan's confidently off-kilter approach to basic human interaction makes for an authentically ironic, adorably wistful, smartly observed ride.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    It's not all doom and gloom. This crisply shot picture also offers stirring views of these industrious little creatures, their complex habitats and the rich amber goodness they create. Some jaunty animation enlivens things as well.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    An amusing soufflé of a comedy that pokes fun at foodies while honoring the art of those who cook for them.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The documentary The Russian Woodpecker is provocative, spooky and just a little nutty.

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