For 292 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gary Goldstein's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Aliyah
Lowest review score: 0 Jewtopia
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 40 out of 292
292 movie reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    This gripping, innovatively constructed flashback commands attention.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The film proves not only a stirring look at education's potential to rally and invigorate but also a vital snapshot of contemporary rural America.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Loyalties are tested, futures are reconsidered and the body count climbs in the effective action import New World.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Despite the film's unvarnished emotionality and even-handed messaging, Courtney never seems to have found an appropriate focus, resulting in a work that's less urgent and involving than its intense subject matter might have dictated.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Kid-Thing proves as disturbing for what it is as for what it's not.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    The Railway Man is an impressively crafted, skillfully acted, highly absorbing journey into a dark corner of world history.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    This compelling psychological horror-thriller contains a tremendous amount of heart. That would be largely thanks to a moving and deeply sensitive lead performance by Jim Sturgess
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    Add one more extraordinary survival tale to the canon of Holocaust documentaries: No Place on Earth.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    A stirring commentary on our better angels.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Skims a host of provocative surfaces without truly dissecting the self-absorbed playboy.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    By turns sweet and tart, airy and rich and, above all, a thoroughly irresistible confection.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The film's more heartfelt moments are what ultimately work best.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    An exceptionally intimate, human-scaled picture. It's also quite a special piece of work.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    It all adds up to create a dicey morality tale that's as improbable as it is strangely believable.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Gary Goldstein
    This underdeveloped, lackluster glance at brotherhood practically demands a response of "Is that all there is?" at its 70-minute fadeout.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The result is an unhurried, visually compelling look at a man and his music - as well as of a bygone America filled with shuttered downtowns and the ghosts of such late musicians as Elvis Presley and blues pioneer Robert Johnson.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Unfortunately, Berman skips past the darker implications of Hefner's sexual universe and omits discussion of how the periodical business -- and access to erotic imagery -- has changed in the Internet age. Still, the movie remains an involving look at an American icon as well as an adept snapshot of our national zeitgeist from the McCarthy era through the Reagan years.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Antiviral is often fascinating to watch. If Cronenberg's not yet a dead ringer for his iconic dad, he's taken an intriguing first step.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    I Am Not a Hipster is the kind of lovingly crafted, deeply affecting drama that gives small indie films a good name. It's also a terrific showcase for first-time feature writer-director Destin Daniel Cretton and his superb leading man, Dominic Bogart.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The film, named for "Calvin" creator Bill Watterson, offers not only an in-depth look at the comic strip's unique influence but also a concise snapshot of the dwindling state of newspapers and their "funny pages."
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    An involving primer on the realities of homegrown versus global industrialization.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    This engaging, nicely observed look at a 30ish L.A. couple who allow each other a one-night stand to help reheat their 7-year-old marital bed moves quickly and simply.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    It's an enjoyable snapshot that effectively explores the colliding - often complicit - worlds of fame, entertainment publicity, the public's infatuation with gossip and the dogged paparazzi at the epicenter of it all.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    A forgettable title and a barely there theatrical release don't do justice to the captivating and nostalgic coming-of-age dramedy That's What I Am.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Given the subjectively interpretive nature of scripture and ancient religious history, which informs most of the Christian-centric debate here, the result is an often dense, contradictory discourse.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Jig
    As for the dancing itself, it's nothing short of dazzling.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Fisher's separate visit with several still-traumatized American World War II vets who helped liberate the death camps is also stirring - and horrifying.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Despite some diffused messaging and oddly elliptical storytelling, "In the Name Of" proves an absorbing, at times hypnotic drama about religion, repression and sexuality.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    [An] enjoyable documentary.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    There are no great emotional revelations about the fearless, free-spirited athletes profiled in the film, but these tanned-and-toned folks' deep love of surfing and mostly cheerful demeanors prove enjoyably infectious.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    The film is an architecture lover's dream.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Well-meaning and, in the end, sweetly redemptive, Sassy Pants would have worn better with more depth, energy and, yes, sass.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    There's something healing about simply watching Free the Mind, Danish filmmaker Phie Ambo's gentle, compassionate documentary.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Gary Goldstein
    For all the talent up on the screen — and one can't fault the performances — the movie just doesn't deliver.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    What the film lacks in biographical depth, it makes up for with stirring visuals (including effective bits of split screen, time-lapse photography and animation), a vibrant score and an infectious, in-the-moment spirit.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Despite the familiar setup, this is no "Same Time, Next Year," what with its hot-sheets trysts, full-frontal flashes and frank language. But the brief - sometimes very brief - encounters glimpsed here between the film's leads and sole characters (billed only as "Man" and "Woman") are inventive and telling.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Despite its brief running time, the film feels padded by sightseeing footage and a warm but diversionary visit between Ahmed and his Cairo-area relatives. Still, Just Like Us proves an amusing, uniquely unifying effort.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The film has several smart twists and surprises up its well-tailored sleeve.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Despite much archival and news footage, along with ample face time from that initiative's most ebullient supporter, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the contest lacks the kind of inherent drama and tension that could have helped quicken the movie's measured pulse.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    If forewarned is forearmed, Seifert's movie might one day prove quite prescient.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    These profiles are frank, absorbing and heartbreaking, if also a bit inconclusive.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Writer-director Steven Silver (with an able assist from cinematographer Miroslaw Baszak) captures this brutal time - which led to the country's first free, multiracial elections in 1994 and the end of apartheid - in vivid, often bold, but never overpowering strokes.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    As for the title, it's a nod to the jazz music that Don's off-the-grid dad shares with his more buttoned-up son. But, like most everything else here, it feels more contrived than authentic.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    A grating and witless would-be spoof of religion, male-bonding and, it seems, horror movies.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    The accompanying trove of archival footage and photos, however, helps break the occasional monotony; the juxtaposition of these elderly vets with snapshots of their 1940s-era, uniformed selves is always affecting.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    The film's overall presentation...feels a bit too cloistered and the subject perhaps too limited for feature-length attention.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Proves a fast-paced and enjoyable if violent diversion that revels in its quirky characters, committed performances and involving twists.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Gary Goldstein
    It also features deaths by strangulation and immolation as well as a nasty bit with a flying severed limb.Kids may be less put off by all that, though, than by the film's uninspired hand-drawn animation, visual flatness and elongated running time.
    • 46 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.
    • 46 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Writer-director siblings Jen and Sylvia Soska allow their film to turn slack and unfocused after an enticingly lurid, wickedly tense first half.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Like the film itself, Kakkar and Pastides are lively, adorable and thoroughly winning.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    The documentary Craigslist Joe fulfills its unique premise - without providing much in the way of stakes, obstacles, tension or, frankly, greater meaning.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Starts off feeling clever and original but turns silly and diffused as its convoluted story spins out.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Gary Goldstein
    For poker fans only.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    A one-man band known as Makinov — he wrote, directed, produced, shot, edited and ran sound here — has done a pretty decent job in the chills department using a simple story, small cast and largely contained location.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    For all his attention to the exactitude of creating righteous cocktails, Tirola never quite nails a specific structure, focus or theme.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Alternately ambitious and simplistic, lively and bland, the French-produced adventure Mia and the Migoo never fully pinpoints its intended audience or many ecological messages.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    (A) stirring, if inconclusive documentary.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    It's simple stuff, but it works.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Statham's broody charisma and veteran cinematographer Chris Menges' ("The Killing Fields") eclectic views of contemporary London help hold interest, even as we ponder what Knight is really trying to say.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Gary Goldstein
    This sour spin on "My Best Friend's Wedding" (crossed with a pale dose of "The Big Chill") proves unsatisfying not only because of its unlikable characters and often contrived conflicts but for the thoroughly implausible bride and groom at its core.
    • 43 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Gary Goldstein
    This brief, loosely-knit film never builds any empathy or tension.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Margaret Whitton strikes a pleasing balance between amusing and sensitive, largely eluding the potentially precious minefields in their way.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    It all makes for a family therapist's dream scenario, but an otherwise choppy and predictable memory piece.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    The result is a well-meaning checklist of a film that lacks sufficient charm or off-the-field vigor to fully score its intended goal.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Gary Goldstein
    Courageous, proves a particularly clunky, tunnel-visioned vehicle whose overbearing, overlong script nearly smothers the movie's quibble-free message.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Salomé and co-writer Natalie Carter offer some explanatory psychology, but the complexities remain underdeveloped. Still, you won't be bored.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Gary Goldstein
    Weakly developed characters, a lack of substantive tension and an ending that's more startling than sound round out the minuses of this earnestly motivated but undercooked morality tale.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    The result, while sincere and nicely evoked, feels choppy, familiar and, despite the script's heavily stacked deck — and a few harrowing episodes — lacks sufficient momentum.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Part sword-and-sandal spectacle, part disaster epic, Pompeii accomplishes its ambitious agenda to largely engrossing effect.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    The film often defies expectations but also winds up sidestepping the kind of trapdoors and quicksand that might have made the ride more exhilarating.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    It takes a while to get there, but Inhale eventually emerges as a tense and morally complex thriller with a devastating twist.
    • 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."
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Grace Unplugged proves a far more involving, accessible and enjoyable movie than its peek-a-boo marketing strategy suggested.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    Depressing and airless.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Despite its grander ambitions, the film ultimately feels minor and superficial.