Gary Goldstein

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For 686 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 12% same as the average critic
  • 33% 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 Boy Meets Girl
Lowest review score: 0 Left Behind
Score distribution:
686 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    The film's many violent action scenes are quite well, er, executed. But there's a far more emotional and profound story here to be told, one that becomes largely eclipsed by the mayhem.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Despite its grander ambitions, the film ultimately feels minor and superficial.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Although it contains its share of diverting shootouts, car crashes and explosions, this self-serious film mostly evokes a forgettable TV police procedural.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Some eerie answers are revealed, and there are a few decent left-field jolts en route. But the plot is hardly airtight — at times the holes are downright gaping — and viewers will likely have their fair share of questions once the film's final corner is turned.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    The largely improvisational approach as well as the limited settings and story arc also undercut the picture’s deeper dramatic potential — despite a powerful, beautifully performed finale.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    An alternately creaky and intriguing ride, one of earnest ambition and dashed potential.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    "Swearnet" builds up enough brazen energy and crass goodwill to propel a watchable first hour before it starts to flounder.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Despite the fertile concept, it's hard to care about, much less root for, the irritable, charisma-challenged Barney. The character never emerges as an effective hero or antihero, and performer Carlyle does little to mitigate that.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    The story, although intelligent, is not quite unique or essential enough to merit the film’s protracted running time.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Modestly entertaining film.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    As horror movies go, this one's not especially tense or scary. Instead, it's eerie, provocative and at times ridiculously violent. The ending feels like a cop-out after so much creative mayhem.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Joke-wise, there are several solid laughs (gotta love the "Pink Flamingos" line), but much of the humor underwhelms. A few sensible life lessons are tossed in for good measure.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Christensen manages his fairly dimensional antihero role with physical and emotional aplomb, but onetime A-lister Cage looks and sounds too silly to take seriously. Worry not, fans of Cage's over-the-top stylings: Scenery is reliably chewed.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    That writer-director Jessica Hausner moves things along at such a glacial pace and fills her velvety frames with the equivalent of museum-quality oil paintings instead of with living, breathing humanity, only adds to the film's turgid quality.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Deeper socio-historical context and a more electric approach could have helped us better appreciate the far-flung impact of this visionary artist.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Although stylish and intriguingly told, the twisty crime drama "7 Minutes" never quite jumps out of the pack.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    As it stands, "Terms" proves too uncertain.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    As glossy and tony as its rarefied subject matter, Crazy About Tiffany's, although entertaining enough, might be one of the least socially conscious documentaries since writer-director Matthew Miele's last valentine to high-end shopping, 2013's "Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's."
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Ambitious, sometimes clever but largely sputtering, The Mafia Kills Only in Summer works better as a childhood memory piece than as an adult tale of love and larceny.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    A melodramatic third act strains to reconcile the film's disparate parts, and the feel-good ending is not quite earned. Still, the film offers a few lessons for those inclined to hear them.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    This sparsely populated film’s smart, enjoyable first half provides some nifty banter, fun character bits and a few jokey surprises. But the story turns a bit flat and convoluted as secrets are revealed, allegiances shift and bullets fly.

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