Gary Goldstein
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For 436 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 9% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.1 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:
  1. Negative: 71 out of 436
436 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    As the filmmaker unfurls the harsh, essential facts, both past and present, about America's complex relationship with drugs — along with tobacco and alcohol's longtime place in the equation — the movie gains serious power and momentum.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    If this all sounds fairly rote, it's far from it. That's because the filmmaker largely eschews done-to-death family dynamics, forced obstacles and predictable responses for authentic interaction, organic humor and a hopeful vitality.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    The wildlife documentary One Life is a visually gorgeous, at times astonishing screen experience.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    The young filmmaker rarely digs beneath the harsh environment's many fraught surfaces. He simply lets his cameras be his guide.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    While often affecting and absorbing, the film proves intellectually and contextually light. This is especially true given a leisurely running time that could have easily accommodated more dimensional probing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    It's not all doom and gloom. This crisply shot picture also offers stirring views of these industrious little creatures, their complex habitats and the rich amber goodness they create. Some jaunty animation enlivens things as well.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    It's all presented with equal parts humor and sensitivity, though Buford doesn't much delve into the potential landmines here - racism, classism, exploitation - allowing the power of assimilation and opportunity to carry the day.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    The Wall is a remarkably involving film, especially given its brave, self-imposed limitations.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    [A] captivating documentary.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Campbell Scott's strong narration (well-written by Allentuck) and fun vintage musical selections effectively round out this provocative portrait.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    A richly absorbing historical docudrama.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Blethyn brings tremendous empathy to the introspective, determined Elisabeth, while the tall, gaunt and dreadlocked Ousmane fleshes out his less-dimensional role with a haunting sadness that speaks volumes.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    A terrifically entertaining, smartly constructed trip down memory lane with one of the American stage's most legendary troupers.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    In its own disturbing, slithery way, the train-wreck watchable melodrama Maps to the Stars is as much a horror show as any that the film's director, David Cronenberg, has helmed over his long and provocative career.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Writer-director Michael Walker keeps a firm grip on his smart material, offering up big laughs, lots of recognizable behavior and, in the end, a wistful glimpse at life's inevitable priorities.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    An impressive array of archival news footage, enlightening interviews with activists, politicos, academics and journalists, plus a dispensable Alfred Molina-narrated animated parable, round out this provocative, if at times overly ambitious effort.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    In all, writer-director Jennifer M. Kroot effectively jams in quite a lot about the super-busy Takei.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    For all its emotional roller-coastering and wild intrigue, the film's purpose — as well as its title character — feels more symbolic than specific. Still, this well-shot and -designed picture is a mostly compelling, intrepid ride.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Although it runs just a fleet 40 minutes, the film proves a rich and memorable journey.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    The world's most successful ring of diamond thieves is inventively and insightfully explored in the documentary Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Marquette, aided by Frank Langella's precise narration, has crafted an engrossing and disturbing tribute.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    The film brings us vividly inside the life - and head - of its determined hero, Bud Clayman, as he depicts the process of what he calls "getting normal."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    The lovely, heartbreaking Fly Away benefits from superb performances and a gripping story managed with simplicity and grace by writer-producer-director Janet Grillo.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Unfortunately, the film often feels somewhat random and disorganized, with Newnham and Grainger-Monsen never zeroing in on a cohesive narrative structure. Still, the movie's engaging subjects (including several parents) and valuable themes largely carry the day.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    This handsomely made suspense yarn proves an engrossing, pulse-quickening journey.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    A unique, unsettling experience.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    The product is more pop vanity project — and one that's a bit late to the party — than onion-peeling dissection.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Gary Goldstein
    Unfortunately, there's a lack of structure, context and point of view to the largely gray, grim, hardscrabble world presented here.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    A stirring snapshot of America from 1963 to 1968 and the many rock 'n' roll thrills, cultural and political watersheds, and whirling emotions that erupted in between. It's also deviously smart and darkly funny.

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