Gary Goldstein
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For 440 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 1.3 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 Jewtopia
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 73 out of 440
440 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Though unevenly told and at times too fanciful for its own good, Electrick Children marks an intriguing feature debut for its risk-taking writer-director, Rebecca Thomas.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Gary Goldstein
    Heli is a stunning piece of filmmaking. It's a hypnotic, starkly beautiful, often disturbing drama that puts a working-class Mexican family in the cross hairs of its country's drug war.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    If you can adjust to the film's uneven rhythms and often illusory vibe, there's a treasure trove of off-kilter humor, affecting pathos and first-class acting to be savored.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The various sleights of hand are impressive even if we're afforded little insight into their actual execution. Still, it's fun stuff.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Though Torn contains its share of convincingly lived-in moments, there's a heavy-handed quality to both Jeremiah Birnbaum's direction and the script by Michael Richter that often undermines the movie's potential to truly grip and move.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    It's impossible not to root for these driven, high-spirited participants - and for the longevity of this invaluable program.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    The Railway Man is an impressively crafted, skillfully acted, highly absorbing journey into a dark corner of world history.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    It's a fun, nostalgic, informative journey. Aided by vivid archival footage and photos, the movie charts the evolution of the song through the Holocaust, the birth of Israel and the modern Jewish Diaspora.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    This gripping, innovatively constructed flashback commands attention.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The film proves not only a stirring look at education's potential to rally and invigorate but also a vital snapshot of contemporary rural America.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Loyalties are tested, futures are reconsidered and the body count climbs in the effective action import New World.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Gary Goldstein
    Although children may enjoy the animal action (there's also a fun pelican and a yellow sea turtle) and parents might appreciate the movie's genuinely sweet moments, this is exceedingly mild entertainment.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    The pervasive historical reenactments and voiceovers, however, while clearly well-intended, often turn this otherwise vital film into an uneasy hybrid of authenticity and artifice.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Kid-Thing proves as disturbing for what it is as for what it's not.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    This compelling psychological horror-thriller contains a tremendous amount of heart. That would be largely thanks to a moving and deeply sensitive lead performance by Jim Sturgess
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    Add one more extraordinary survival tale to the canon of Holocaust documentaries: No Place on Earth.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    A stirring commentary on our better angels.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The well-observed script touches on a number of everyday issues about the aging process — whether you're pushing 40 or passing 60 — that add a tender and enlightening layer to this engaging, leisurely paced film.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Skims a host of provocative surfaces without truly dissecting the self-absorbed playboy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Sweet, slight and frequently familiar, Geography Club, based on Brent Hartinger's novel about sexual identity among suburban teens, often feels as if it's circling its expiration date.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Engaging, naturalistic performances and nicely explored real-world issues add to this absorbing film's down-to-earth appeal.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    By turns sweet and tart, airy and rich and, above all, a thoroughly irresistible confection.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Writer-director Zak Hilditch, with a strong assist from cinematographer Bonnie Elliott (who's bathed her frames in a kind of eerie sulfuric yellow), has crafted an urgent yet strangely simple and humanistic doomsday scenario.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The film's more heartfelt moments are what ultimately work best.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Until being young and gay is a nonissue for everyone everywhere, these kinds of stories will always have their place.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    To his credit, writer-director Nathan Morlando has crafted a stylishly shot and evocatively designed period piece. But it's the dashing, quietly charismatic Speedman who proves the main draw, holding our attention even when the movie doesn't.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Despite his cogent finger-pointing, nifty graphs and succinct highlighting of recent climate change history, longtime followers of the hyper-partisan topic may not find much terribly new or revealing here.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    An exceptionally intimate, human-scaled picture. It's also quite a special piece of work.

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