Gary Goldstein
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For 414 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 0.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gary Goldstein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Warsaw Uprising
Lowest review score: 0 Jewtopia
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 66 out of 414
414 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    It's not all doom and gloom. This crisply shot picture also offers stirring views of these industrious little creatures, their complex habitats and the rich amber goodness they create. Some jaunty animation enlivens things as well.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    It's predictable, painless, occasionally amusing fluff perked up by a clever visual interplay with the book text and John Cleese's avuncular narration.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Quirky, creepy and increasingly involving, the Montreal-set thriller Good Neighbors throws a trio of offbeat apartment dwellers together under one shaky roof as a serial killer wreaks havoc around town.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Although not exactly even-handed, the movie proves a deft look at a reluctant crusader and how financial sway and political override can so effectively trump the power of the average citizen.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Kazemy and Boosheri are excellent, and Soheil Parsa and Nasrin Pakkho are also fine as Atefeh's doting, liberal parents. And if Keshavarz is less successful managing the film's sometimes choppy narrative, she is clearly willing to take risks on all fronts. More power to her.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Margaret Whitton strikes a pleasing balance between amusing and sensitive, largely eluding the potentially precious minefields in their way.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    It's all presented with equal parts humor and sensitivity, though Buford doesn't much delve into the potential landmines here - racism, classism, exploitation - allowing the power of assimilation and opportunity to carry the day.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    These profiles are frank, absorbing and heartbreaking, if also a bit inconclusive.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The result is an unhurried, visually compelling look at a man and his music - as well as of a bygone America filled with shuttered downtowns and the ghosts of such late musicians as Elvis Presley and blues pioneer Robert Johnson.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Loosies (slang for singly bought or bummed cigarettes - and a nod to Bobby's commitment phobia) proves a largely enjoyable ride.
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    A film whose poignancy is hard to deny whatever side of the abortion debate you fall on.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Aided by a nimbly voluble script by Kat Coiro and Ritter, it emerges as an amusing kaleidoscope of contemporary urban angst and romantic aspirations.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Fortunately, Pajot and Swirsky don't overdo the minutiae (this is a movie even non-gamers can enjoy), offering just enough insight into the creative process to feel enlightening.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Campbell Scott's strong narration (well-written by Allentuck) and fun vintage musical selections effectively round out this provocative portrait.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    With its gorgeous big-sky vistas, stirring shots of the majestic mustangs and intimate bits between trainers and trainees, Wild Horse proves a warm and memorable ride.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    As one observer here aptly - and non-hyperbolically - sums it up, White is "a founding father of the current state of pop art."
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    It's simple stuff, but it works.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    While the movie's second half feels more consequential - and more impressively action-packed - than its first part, it also loses some of its initial charm and quirk via a protracted, often dizzying descent into a kind of booty-centric game of hot potato.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Fisher's separate visit with several still-traumatized American World War II vets who helped liberate the death camps is also stirring - and horrifying.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    An impressive array of archival news footage, enlightening interviews with activists, politicos, academics and journalists, plus a dispensable Alfred Molina-narrated animated parable, round out this provocative, if at times overly ambitious effort.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    It all adds up to create a dicey morality tale that's as improbable as it is strangely believable.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Despite the familiar setup, this is no "Same Time, Next Year," what with its hot-sheets trysts, full-frontal flashes and frank language. But the brief - sometimes very brief - encounters glimpsed here between the film's leads and sole characters (billed only as "Man" and "Woman") are inventive and telling.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    What the film lacks in biographical depth, it makes up for with stirring visuals (including effective bits of split screen, time-lapse photography and animation), a vibrant score and an infectious, in-the-moment spirit.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    "Addicted" proves a strangely sad yet wildly compelling cautionary tale.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    That's not to say Heleno, with its magnetic energy, sensual re-creation of 1940s and '50s Brazil and bold storytelling lacks punch; the movie is nothing if not watchable. But, by presenting more surface than depth to De Freitas' womanizing, arrogance and volatility (an implied closeness to his unseen mother is about as far as the film digs), it largely feels like an arm's length effort.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    It's an enjoyable snapshot that effectively explores the colliding - often complicit - worlds of fame, entertainment publicity, the public's infatuation with gossip and the dogged paparazzi at the epicenter of it all.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Ultimately, more than 800 demonstrators died amid countless displays of bravery and commitment. Uprising is a vital and valuable tribute to these courageous men and women - and to love of country.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    I Am Not a Hipster is the kind of lovingly crafted, deeply affecting drama that gives small indie films a good name. It's also a terrific showcase for first-time feature writer-director Destin Daniel Cretton and his superb leading man, Dominic Bogart.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    [An] amusing, freewheeling documentary.

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