Gary Goldstein

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For 658 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 3.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gary Goldstein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Heli
Lowest review score: 0 Behaving Badly
Score distribution:
658 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    This expertly constructed film follows the curious and tragic life of the troubled chess icon as he went from child prodigy to global legend to paranoid recluse.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Gary Goldstein
    I have only kind words for The Kind Words, an emotionally rich, beautifully textured family dramedy that touches on a wealth of interpersonal issues with buoyancy, charm and grace. It’s one of the best films so far this year.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    While the movie's second half feels more consequential - and more impressively action-packed - than its first part, it also loses some of its initial charm and quirk via a protracted, often dizzying descent into a kind of booty-centric game of hot potato.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    Graceland is a tense, twisty cinematic artichoke brimming with moral complexity and intriguing shades of gray.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Lynch devotees should dig this respectful, offbeat portrait.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    Guitarist-composer Bill Frisell's wall-to-wall, bluesy-jazzy soundtrack beautifully reflects and unifies the visuals while also helping to personalize this distinct endeavor. It's a terrific achievement.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    It's predictable, painless, occasionally amusing fluff perked up by a clever visual interplay with the book text and John Cleese's avuncular narration.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The documentary The Russian Woodpecker is provocative, spooky and just a little nutty.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Director Ozon... infuses the picture with a provocative array of themes, imagery and moods. But it's French film heartthrob Duris' fluid, finely measured, physically deft portrayal of the blossoming David that sets the movie apart.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Equine fans: Gallop, don’t trot to Ron Davis’ winning documentary Harry & Snowman, which recounts the inspiring story of an underdog show horse, his tenacious trainer and their rise to fame in the late 1950s.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The punk and metal music-infused soundtrack belies the film’s largely gentle approach to a series of small, evocative and well-played moments that combine to slowly heal the Lunsfords and prove that you can go home again.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    It's exhausting, exhilarating, riveting stuff that fans of high-octane filmmaking should not miss.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Fortunately, Pajot and Swirsky don't overdo the minutiae (this is a movie even non-gamers can enjoy), offering just enough insight into the creative process to feel enlightening.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    Francella and Lanzani are excellent, not only in their charged moments together, but throughout this nervy and provocative picture.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Ultimately, more than 800 demonstrators died amid countless displays of bravery and commitment. Uprising is a vital and valuable tribute to these courageous men and women - and to love of country.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    The estimable James Cromwell splendidly anchors this tender, true-life tale.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Du Welz, despite a strong assist from cinematographer Manuel Dacosse, rarely musters the requisite tension or propulsion to immerse us fully in the story's wickedly wild ride.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Gary Goldstein
    Tense, smartly crafted and highly resonant, Aliyah is one of the best films so far this year.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    [An] amusing, freewheeling documentary.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    It all adds up to a timely, provocative and absorbing tale of money, power and a search for the truth.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Lucid interviews with human-rights activists, attorneys, anthropologists, authors and others help frame this multi-faceted portrait.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The film could have used more social, cultural and geographical context. Still, this is such a moving, evocative and rare assemblage of souls, we’re grateful for its existence.
    • 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."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Between the gorgeous locations (New Zealand subs for Colorado), a credible emotional core, some effectively droll dialogue and a well-staged finale, Slow West is worth a look.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    As Madeleine Sackler's absorbing, often tender documentary The Lottery shows, when it comes to the world of charter education, no seemingly good deed may go unpunished -- or at least undercut.

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