Gary Goldstein
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For 403 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 0.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gary Goldstein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Aliyah
Lowest review score: 0 Left Behind
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 66 out of 403
403 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet, adapted from the book by Philip Shabecoff, proves a worthy reminder of how much has been done to help heal our planet's ecological woes as well as how much remains to be achieved.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    It's best not to overthink the sci-fi love story Upside Down and just enjoy its dazzling visuals, dream-like inventiveness and lush romanticism.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Loyalties are tested, futures are reconsidered and the body count climbs in the effective action import New World.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    What you see is pretty much what you get. Fortunately, what we see is often vivid and lovely.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Unfortunately, the film often feels somewhat random and disorganized, with Newnham and Grainger-Monsen never zeroing in on a cohesive narrative structure. Still, the movie's engaging subjects (including several parents) and valuable themes largely carry the day.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Antiviral is often fascinating to watch. If Cronenberg's not yet a dead ringer for his iconic dad, he's taken an intriguing first step.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    With the nimble Greenwood and a kinder, gentler-than-usual Posey in charge, "And Now" proves a thoroughly engaging lark.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    With a two-state solution still elusive, "State 194" may feel a bit like yesterday's news — literally and figuratively. But as an aid to better understanding this vital, complex dispute, the film is definitely worth a look.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    There's something healing about simply watching Free the Mind, Danish filmmaker Phie Ambo's gentle, compassionate documentary.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    "Ain't in It" offers a warm and largely satisfying look at a man and his music and, for some, the end of an era.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Blackfish, named after the Native American term for orcas, remains decidedly one-sided. But when that "side" is such a vital, convincing proponent for the greater protection and understanding of such evolved and majestic creatures, it can't help but win.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    A vivid reminder of the hand-in-glove importance of right actor/right role — and the indispensability of those casting mavens who helped make movie history. Good stuff.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The Lifeguard is a watchable, emotionally redolent trip down one woman's memory lane.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    An involving primer on the realities of homegrown versus global industrialization.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    If forewarned is forearmed, Seifert's movie might one day prove quite prescient.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    [An] enjoyable documentary.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Grace Unplugged proves a far more involving, accessible and enjoyable movie than its peek-a-boo marketing strategy suggested.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Despite some diffused messaging and oddly elliptical storytelling, "In the Name Of" proves an absorbing, at times hypnotic drama about religion, repression and sexuality.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The film, named for "Calvin" creator Bill Watterson, offers not only an in-depth look at the comic strip's unique influence but also a concise snapshot of the dwindling state of newspapers and their "funny pages."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Although enjoyable, the movie is perhaps best suited to cinéastes already intimate with Bergman's venerated body of work as well as with Ullmann's many acclaimed screen roles.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The film has several smart twists and surprises up its well-tailored sleeve.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The noirishly titled Cold Comes the Night is a tense little thriller that provides juicy roles for its deft lead actors, Alice Eve and Bryan Cranston, as well as some well-played action and several neat twists.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    A unique, unsettling experience.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    While the story's conceit brims with metaphor and symbolism, it rarely comes off as didactic or heavy-handed. Instead, it's smart and provocative. The movie's late-breaking twist also feels about right.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The film's more heartfelt moments are what ultimately work best.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Part sword-and-sandal spectacle, part disaster epic, Pompeii accomplishes its ambitious agenda to largely engrossing effect.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Lucky Bastard is a bold little thriller — and deft cautionary tale.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Healy and Embry commit to their enervating roles with a heady mix of desperation and gusto, while Koechner is cleverly modulated as the evening's madman emcee. But Paxton, as the complicit yet impassive Violet, remains mostly a shiny accessory.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Like the film itself, Kakkar and Pastides are lively, adorable and thoroughly winning.

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