Gary Goldstein

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For 806 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 13% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gary Goldstein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Boy Meets Girl
Lowest review score: 0 Left Behind
Score distribution:
806 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Despite its need for serious narrative compression, this remains an emotionally authentic, often poignant look at growing up and growing aware.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The doc flags toward the end, but it remains an absorbing snapshot of a daring time.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Director Scott Thurman presents a largely even-handed recounting, wisely letting folks - and events - speak for themselves. It's riveting stuff.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    There’s much to admire about this alternately tough and tender film, including a fine turn by Caton, some striking outback scenery, and many resonant thoughts about living — and dying.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    A vivid reminder of the hand-in-glove importance of right actor/right role — and the indispensability of those casting mavens who helped make movie history. Good stuff.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Hunter Gatherer is a warmly eccentric little indie that’s amusing, authentic and works against expectation. B
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Input from a broader range of chefs and food experts, as well as sociologists and scientists, could have better fleshed out this brief study.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    What emerges is a vague, often chilling impression of an unpredictable opportunist and provocateur who may not even be sure himself.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    [A] playful, intriguing documentary.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    This gripping exposé of the dark side of the commercial dog sledding industry, particularly as it pertains to Alaska’s annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, is a horrifying heartbreaker.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Boy
    Writer-director and co-star Taika Waititi ("Eagle vs Shark") never builds much momentum for his largely uneventful if sometimes inventive story.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Love & Taxes is an amusing, endearing trifle.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    The ambitious Peepli Live manages to mine substantial dark humor from this tragic situation while offering pointed - and sometimes poignant - social commentary in the process.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    The result is a kind of quiet Scandinavian cousin (OK, twice removed) to "Home Alone," in which patient viewers will find sporadic rewards.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    A crafty, brainy and uniquely stirring concoction.
    • 69 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    For a drama that’s as quiet and circumspect as Chronic, it’s a decidedly bold film, one that pulls few punches as it slowly peels away the emotional layers of its complex protagonist. t also features an ending that’s as devastating as it is shocking.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    It's unique, powerful stuff.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    This ambitious first feature film about the period made entirely by Rwandans (shot in a remarkable 16 days), while hardly an all-inclusive look at this complex conflict, paints a heartfelt, fairly restrained picture of a nation under siege.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    As it stands, "Terms" proves too uncertain.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Unfortunately, there’s not enough story here to warrant the film’s more than two-hour running time; 90 taut minutes tracking a week in the ruined tunnel would have sufficed. Still, it’s a vivid and relatable tale.
    • 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."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The Meddler offers a charming, authentic and well-observed mix of comedy and poignancy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Lapid confidently peppers the film with enough provocative beats, unsettling behaviors and bold camera moves to keep us intrigued — if not necessarily invested.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    The filmmakers vividly illustrate the power and depth of the long-spiraling problem of "food insecurity" by immersing us in the hardscrabble lives of a cross section of our nation's poor.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Winston Churchill: Walking With Destiny nonetheless serves as an informative look back at one of the 20th century's most celebrated figures. (Nov 4, 2010)
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Unfortunately, Dylan Mohan Gray's slow and steady exposé never quite manages the propulsive gut punch its incendiary subject demands.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    [An] absorbing, well-crafted documentary.

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