Gary Goldstein

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For 744 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 3.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gary Goldstein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Kind Words
Lowest review score: 0 Jewtopia
Score distribution:
744 movie reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    The results, although emotional, intriguing and a bit surprising, lack the journalistic urgency, heft and deeper danger often connected to these sorts of cinematic unravelings.
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    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Misfortune recycles such familiar genre tropes as ill-gotten gains, double-crosses, ruthless gunplay and last-chance locales, but serves them up in a taut, twisty and involving way.
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    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    Battle Scars is an uneasy mix of military drama and low-rent crime thriller whose seamy elements, under-examined characters and forced plot turns undercut its attempted messaging about war-induced post-traumatic stress disorder.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Gary Goldstein
    Writer-director Daniel Y-Li Grove impresses with his sleek, inventive style and effective pacing but falls short on depth and substance.
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    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    Tunick’s clearly budget-conscious choice to shoot largely inside the couple’s nicely appointed home compounds this routinely shot and edited film’s stagy, static quality.
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    • 40 Gary Goldstein
    Unfortunately, with its on-the-nose dialogue, abrupt turns and overuse of fades and dissolves, the film can feel more like a checklist of scenes than a fully plumbed and cohesive work.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    The movie itself plays more like a corporate recruitment video — or an extended episode of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” — than a deep, discerning dive into an American success story.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 20 Gary Goldstein
    The time-travel stoner comedy Ripped blows a potentially funny idea on slapdash filmmaking and lazy storytelling. If much of this overly broad eye-roller wasn’t made up on the fly, it sure looks that way.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Anyone looking for a definitive survey may want more, but this enjoyable film will undoubtedly score with musicians and cinephiles alike.
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    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    More specific sense of time and route (a map, anyone?) and a bit of even basic scientific scrutiny would have improved this otherwise compelling and provocative journey.
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    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    It’s a gutsy, often off-putting piece whose eccentric little New York story and experimental vibe might have been better served by a short film.
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    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Striking images of sex and violence combine with an often effective sense of dread as these grim story lines unfold. But without sufficient context and psychological underpinning, less proves decidedly less.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Jalali peppers this darkly funny, often absurdist piece with enough socio-political messaging to add heft but not didacticism. It all makes for a singular, well-observed balancing act.
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    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Although I Love You Both never quite pays off on its provocative set-up, it proves to be a funny and endearingly quirky comedy about siblings, love and loyalty.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Although the film can feel a bit been-there-seen-that, this earnest, well-drawn tale ultimately proves distinct and winning enough to warrant a look.
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    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    It’s about as plausible as your average stage — or movie — musical, but Opening Night proves a funny and sexy, if decidedly slight, backstage comedy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    [A] playful, intriguing documentary.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Cox masterfully captures Churchill’s contradictory nature, obsessive dutifulness to queen and country, and a volatility born out of fear, desperation and impending loss.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    At its heart, the film is a kind of mystical fairy tale whose messages of belief, endurance, family and belonging transcend its memorably specific people and setting.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    An intriguing audio-visual sense, deft editing and Shawkat’s committed performance elevate this strangely watchable film.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    A handsomely mounted if largely melodramatic affair that gains steam as it gives way to truer emotions and bits of veiled humor.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Director Paolo Virzì, who co-wrote with Francesca Archibugi, keeps the jam-packed film moving apace with a whirlwind of high-wire emotionality, memorable set pieces and vivid location work.
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    • 40 Gary Goldstein
    Flights of fancy are peppered in throughout but can’t make up for this concoction’s missing ingredient: romantic chemistry.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    When this well-acted picture calms down and focuses on real emotions, it proves a poignant, absorbing look at a modern family.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Gary Goldstein
    Mell never quite knows how to mine this conceit to best effect. The result: a tonal mishmash involving silly demon-trapping bits, supernatural speculation and lots of yakking that derails the film’s potential tension and credibility.
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    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    The film’s narrative engine remains too choppy and clunky, and the characters too cursorily developed, to hold attention.
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    • 40 Gary Goldstein
    For anyone unfamiliar with physics or averse to a while-you-watch cram course, this film might prove a mind-numbing slog.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Lucid interviews with human-rights activists, attorneys, anthropologists, authors and others help frame this multi-faceted portrait.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Lynch devotees should dig this respectful, offbeat portrait.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The film is often a marvel of visual and narrative resourcefulness. But with its single primary location, blistering atmosphere, small cast and narrow focus, “Mine” may prove too grueling for some.

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