Gary Goldstein

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For 692 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 11% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gary Goldstein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Aliyah
Lowest review score: 0 Left Behind
Score distribution:
692 movie reviews
    • 27 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Those who do find their way into this supremely silly action-mystery caper are in for a few grins if not laughs thanks largely to the deft — and daft — performance of Johnny Depp in the title role.
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    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    An unabashed love letter to all things motorcycle, the documentary "Why We Ride" will surely warm the souls of bike enthusiasts while prompting many nonriders to join the fold.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Save a weak police pursuit, events are earnestly depicted and involvingly played, even if the period re-creation at times feels overly burnished. Still, Love and Honor suffices as old-fashioned, pie-in-the-sky entertainment.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    The war scenes and their aftermath are involving and emotionally sound as well as skillfully shot and edited. And if several moments smack of revisionist history, perhaps best to ascribe them to dramatic license.
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    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    A painstakingly crafted, lovingly wrought piece.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Smartly, the filmmakers minimize their topic's punchline potential. But even though the running time is short, the movie feels stretched out.
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    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Anne Frank: Then and Now may be an oddly structured little docudrama but it makes the most of its eerily cogent message.
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    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    The film's solid acting, relatable premise and strong emotional core carry the day.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Thanks to Ifans, though, this remains a watchable film, one that, perhaps like Len himself, falls short of its potential.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Kid-Thing proves as disturbing for what it is as for what it's not.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Tighter pacing, more dimensional and compelling characters, and twistier consequences could have helped better propel this dark, semi-intriguing tale.
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    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Growing Up Smith is a well-intentioned fizzle that misses what should have been an easily reachable mark.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Recently deceased master filmmaker Claude Chabrol's 50th and final feature, Inspector Bellamy, proves a sadly bland footnote to an illustrious and influential career.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Smith is certainly a worthy advocate for the mainstreaming and acceptance of “outcasts” or “others.” Unfortunately, Zevgetis doesn’t dig deeply enough here.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    It’s a little dumb (OK, maybe more than a little), but No Good Deed is an otherwise brisk, efficient thriller that won’t punish audiences who drop in.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Unfortunately, this improvised film (Guest’s actors work off a detailed outline) contains the occasional titter but few guffaws.
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    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Po
    The film over-relies on blunt messaging, one-note villains (bullies, bosses, administrators, worst mall cop ever) and several stacked-deck situations to align us with David and Po, even if we’re inherently on their side from the start.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Although the script by Olivia Hetreed and José Luis López-Linares traffics in vital ideas and still-timely assertions (“We shouldn’t try to fit facts into a set of beliefs!”), a looser, less self-important approach would have helped.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Unfortunately, Merson clutters her sometimes soulful, sensitive story with too many formulaic contrivances to impede Catherine's personal and professional progress.
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    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    There's power and authenticity here. And by the movie's incendiary climax, some tension. If only it were presented in a more magnetic package.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    As for the so-called "food compositions" seen here, like the film itself, they're more impressionistic and artistic than enticing. For a far more satisfying cinematic meal, check out the similarly themed "Jiro Dreams of Sushi."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Many fine small moments pepper the family dramedy One More Time, but they don't add up to a satisfying enough whole.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Although the meta-style conceit is fun, it doesn't fully kick in until the film's midpoint. Until then it's a sluggish, fairly dour ride.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Holmes’ helming is unremarkable — unlike her and Owens’ acting, which is excellent.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Starts off feeling clever and original but turns silly and diffused as its convoluted story spins out.
    • 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.

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