Gary Goldstein

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For 641 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 11% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gary Goldstein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 The Kind Words
Lowest review score: 0 Left Behind
Score distribution:
641 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Gary Goldstein
    Night Will Fall proves a riveting, devastating, heartbreaking and deeply important film, one that you will likely never forget.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Gary Goldstein
    Dunn juggles the story’s vital, at times fantastical narrative, eclectic imagery, and wellspring of human fears, flaws and desires with vision and confidence. But Jessup’s powerfully empathetic performance really seals the deal.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Gary Goldstein
    Emotions run deep and wide here; anyone who’s ever lost a parent, longed for love and acceptance, or tried to find his or her true self should easily relate. It’s a terrific film.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Gary Goldstein
    By turns lyrical, impressionistic and profound, the documentary The Pearl Button requires patience but offers stirring rewards.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Gary Goldstein
    Mills peppers his fresh script with an assortment of throwaway lines, kooky character beats and off-kilter emotional truths. That he packs so much memorable silliness into one 80-minute film is quite the feat. Sequel, please.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Gary Goldstein
    Warsaw Uprising is not only a unique, remarkably assembled documentary-narrative hybrid but also a powerful look at the personal and public devastation that can occur during wartime. Movies rarely feel as authentic as this.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Gary Goldstein
    For a movie that involves creating laughs on the fly, the story is tightly told and acted, which adds to its buoyant pacing, astute observations and well-judged poignancy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Gary Goldstein
    The profoundly sensitive, often wryly funny look at friendship, romance, sexual attraction and gender identity carries themes and dynamics that feel as timeless as they do up-to-the-minute.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Gary Goldstein
    Tense, smartly crafted and highly resonant, Aliyah is one of the best films so far this year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    Fine performances (MacKay is a revelation), bristling tension, strong atmospherics and a wealth of superbly wrought, often heartbreaking scenes add up to make "Peril" a must-see for serious filmgoers.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    It’s a terrific film that deserves far more attention than its low-profile release is likely to receive.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    The wildlife documentary One Life is a visually gorgeous, at times astonishing screen experience.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    It's the flesh-and-blood lead performance by Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani as a profoundly conflicted Muslim wife and mother that seals this cinematic deal. She's superb.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    [A] captivating documentary.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    The Railway Man is an impressively crafted, skillfully acted, highly absorbing journey into a dark corner of world history.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    Fouce mixes vivid, often disturbing archival footage and photos with moving latter-day interviews with several elderly Frank family members and Holocaust survivors, plus glimpses of Otto’s letters and daughter Anne’s famed writings.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    Wish You Were Here is mystery moviemaking at its most intriguing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    A haunting, immersive portrait of a romance between two men, one that's marked - and marred - by both drug dependency and emotional codependency. Not unlike last year's gay-themed drama, "Weekend," it proves an important and mature piece of business.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    It's exhausting, exhilarating, riveting stuff that fans of high-octane filmmaking should not miss.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    It's a terrific little film worthy of discovery.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    Bursting with a rich blend of timely themes, superb voice work, wonderful visuals and laugh-out-loud wit, Walt Disney Animation Studios' Zootopia is quite simply a great time at the movies.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    With its startling mix of 16-millimeter-shot, handmade animation styles using stop-motion, sketches, collages and models, along with uncensored characters often resembling cadaverous marionettes, this twisted look at life in a faded Appalachian town is one decidedly idiosyncratic ride.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    Add one more extraordinary survival tale to the canon of Holocaust documentaries: No Place on Earth.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    Gorgeous, evocative and well performed.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    Ultimately, though, it's Abbott's show to steal — and steal it he does — as he rivetingly conjures a character who's chaotically charismatic, hugely affecting and for better or worse thoroughly real.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    A sensitively wrought profile in courage, hope and self-respect that's truly transfixing.
    • 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.

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