Gary Goldstein
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For 352 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gary Goldstein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Heli
Lowest review score: 0 Jewtopia
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 55 out of 352
352 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Quirky, creepy and increasingly involving, the Montreal-set thriller Good Neighbors throws a trio of offbeat apartment dwellers together under one shaky roof as a serial killer wreaks havoc around town.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    Wish You Were Here is mystery moviemaking at its most intriguing.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Despite its gorgeous soundtrack, historical sweep and wealth of archival material, (the film) is weakened by sluggish pacing and an overly detailed, increasingly narrow focus.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Unfortunately, this well-acted cautionary tale is hampered by a lack of visual finesse and a script in need of a narrative rethink and a dialogue polish.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The various sleights of hand are impressive even if we're afforded little insight into their actual execution. Still, it's fun stuff.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    The Railway Man is an impressively crafted, skillfully acted, highly absorbing journey into a dark corner of world history.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Although What If nobly attempts to honor and embellish the tropes of the genre rather than reinvent them, the filmmakers get tripped up on their own good intentions and uncertain comedic instincts.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The well-observed script touches on a number of everyday issues about the aging process — whether you're pushing 40 or passing 60 — that add a tender and enlightening layer to this engaging, leisurely paced film.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 55 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Despite the visual and cultural accuracy, Ping Pong Summer is missing an elemental magic and vibrancy; a kick factor that makes the picture's endless pop throwbacks (break dancing, cassette tapes, giant boom boxes) seem more tackily forgettable than sweetly nostalgic.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    [A] moving and insightful piece.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    A stylish, serviceable recounting of Saint Laurent's life from the late 1950s through the '70s. But watchable as it may be, this drama lacks intimacy and urgency.
    • 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
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    The movie's raison d'etre, its many highflying, wildly violent, often digitally enhanced kung fu fighting sequences, are edited with so much sleight of hand they may evoke more eye rolls than gasps. But the hard-working sound design, effectively stark visual palette and propulsive score do manage to impress.
    • 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
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    It's a terrific little film worthy of discovery.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The Calling is an absorbing, solidly crafted procedural thriller with a terrific lead turn by Susan Sarandon.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    This poky, clichéd, slackly told picture, directed by Emilio Aragón, would've felt dated a few decades ago; now it feels like a downright relic.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Like the film itself, Kakkar and Pastides are lively, adorable and thoroughly winning.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    Too many roles remain underdeveloped — if developed at all. A lack of cohesion or camaraderie among the inmates compounds the film's impersonal vibe.
    • 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
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Sumptuous visuals, vivid emotional beats and memorable turns by Bichevin and Hoeks effectively compensate for the verbal sparseness.