Gary Goldstein
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For 455 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 1.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gary Goldstein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Boy Meets Girl
Lowest review score: 0 Jewtopia
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 77 out of 455
455 movie reviews
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Starts off feeling clever and original but turns silly and diffused as its convoluted story spins out.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    The result, while sincere and nicely evoked, feels choppy, familiar and, despite the script's heavily stacked deck — and a few harrowing episodes — lacks sufficient momentum.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Given the subjectively interpretive nature of scripture and ancient religious history, which informs most of the Christian-centric debate here, the result is an often dense, contradictory discourse.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    The film's many violent action scenes are quite well, er, executed. But there's a far more emotional and profound story here to be told, one that becomes largely eclipsed by the mayhem.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Despite its grander ambitions, the film ultimately feels minor and superficial.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Some eerie answers are revealed, and there are a few decent left-field jolts en route. But the plot is hardly airtight — at times the holes are downright gaping — and viewers will likely have their fair share of questions once the film's final corner is turned.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    The film's overall presentation...feels a bit too cloistered and the subject perhaps too limited for feature-length attention.
    • 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.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    An alternately creaky and intriguing ride, one of earnest ambition and dashed potential.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    "Swearnet" builds up enough brazen energy and crass goodwill to propel a watchable first hour before it starts to flounder.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Modestly entertaining film.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Christensen manages his fairly dimensional antihero role with physical and emotional aplomb, but onetime A-lister Cage looks and sounds too silly to take seriously. Worry not, fans of Cage's over-the-top stylings: Scenery is reliably chewed.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Unfortunately, this well-acted cautionary tale is hampered by a lack of visual finesse and a script in need of a narrative rethink and a dialogue polish.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Despite much archival and news footage, along with ample face time from that initiative's most ebullient supporter, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the contest lacks the kind of inherent drama and tension that could have helped quicken the movie's measured pulse.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    The result is a well-meaning checklist of a film that lacks sufficient charm or off-the-field vigor to fully score its intended goal.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    The movie's raison d'etre, its many highflying, wildly violent, often digitally enhanced kung fu fighting sequences, are edited with so much sleight of hand they may evoke more eye rolls than gasps. But the hard-working sound design, effectively stark visual palette and propulsive score do manage to impress.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    The documentary Craigslist Joe fulfills its unique premise - without providing much in the way of stakes, obstacles, tension or, frankly, greater meaning.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Ambitious, sometimes clever but largely sputtering, The Mafia Kills Only in Summer works better as a childhood memory piece than as an adult tale of love and larceny.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    A melodramatic third act strains to reconcile the film's disparate parts, and the feel-good ending is not quite earned. Still, the film offers a few lessons for those inclined to hear them.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    The cast does what it can with — and clearly self-improves upon — the essentially thin, at times choppy material.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Writer-director siblings Jen and Sylvia Soska allow their film to turn slack and unfocused after an enticingly lurid, wickedly tense first half.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Let's Kill Ward's Wife gets by on the casual charms and deft timing of its appealing cast until the midpoint, when the film's pacing and narrative structure take a hit — and never quite recover.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    The new installment is, at best, a serviceable creep show, one with far more chills than thrills.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Statham's broody charisma and veteran cinematographer Chris Menges' ("The Killing Fields") eclectic views of contemporary London help hold interest, even as we ponder what Knight is really trying to say.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    A stylish, serviceable recounting of Saint Laurent's life from the late 1950s through the '70s. But watchable as it may be, this drama lacks intimacy and urgency.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    The appealing Doleac, who also produced, acquits himself as an actor. But as a director, he shows a wobbly visual sense and an uneven hand with his cast.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Despite its gorgeous soundtrack, historical sweep and wealth of archival material, (the film) is weakened by sluggish pacing and an overly detailed, increasingly narrow focus.
    • 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.

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