Gary Goldstein

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For 658 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 12% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gary Goldstein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Closet Monster
Lowest review score: 0 Left Behind
Score distribution:
658 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    A terrifically entertaining, smartly constructed trip down memory lane with one of the American stage's most legendary troupers.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Director Maurice Dekkers stops far short of shooting “food porn” here, instead deftly capturing the often spare beauty of Redzepi and company’s rarefied concoctions including, yes, ants on a shrimp.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Vividly captures a year in the life of eastside Detroit's Engine Company 50.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    This handsomely made suspense yarn proves an engrossing, pulse-quickening journey.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Although Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf says The President was inspired by the turbulent events of the Arab Spring, there’s also a timeless quality to this absorbing and powerful fable that provides added resonance.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    A stirring commentary on our better angels.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    As the filmmaker unfurls the harsh, essential facts, both past and present, about America's complex relationship with drugs — along with tobacco and alcohol's longtime place in the equation — the movie gains serious power and momentum.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    [A] compelling and energetic documentary.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    The film brings us vividly inside the life - and head - of its determined hero, Bud Clayman, as he depicts the process of what he calls "getting normal."
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    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    It's a stirring and involving character study that may not cover much new ground but still packs a quiet punch.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Thee inside-Hollywood dramedy Trust Me contains so much terrific writing, acting and observation that it becomes a bit easier to forgive writer-director-star Clark Gregg when his ambitions best him during the movie's convoluted last third.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Lapid confidently peppers the film with enough provocative beats, unsettling behaviors and bold camera moves to keep us intrigued — if not necessarily invested.
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    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Despite the use of strong archival clips and photos, the film, with its ongoing stream of talking heads, can make for static, at times sluggish viewing. Still, this key episode in American military history deserves to be commemorated.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Bold and unsettling, Eastern Boys is a long, strange trip of a film that touches on myriad social, economic and sexual themes.
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    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Though dizzyingly informative and diffuse at times, it's a well-shot portrait that's at its best when it eschews the facts for the folks.
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    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    This is a weirdly compelling look at a weirdly compelling auteur.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Sure, there are lapses in logic. But nice messaging, some zippy dance moves and a great use of the classic tune "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" end this charming, adult-friendly tale on a high note.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    808
    Everything you ever wanted to know — or perhaps never knew you wanted to know — about the wildly influential Roland TR-808 drum machine is laid out with entertaining, if exhaustive, brio in the documentary 808.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    How Norman and his gang learn the ropes, work the game and earn their fleeting, if nerve-wracking moment in the sun proves an enjoyable, well-crafted ride in the hands of writer-director John Stockwell.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    It all adds up to create a dicey morality tale that's as improbable as it is strangely believable.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    You don't have to be a "Star Wars" nut to enjoy this fast-paced film, though it's sure to resonate most with those whose childhoods - and beyond - were shaped by the 1977 phenomenon.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The mythically powerful demigod is back on the big screen in the simply titled Hercules and the results are canny, fast-paced, and, for what the film attempts to accomplish, enjoyable.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    For all its emotional roller-coastering and wild intrigue, the film's purpose — as well as its title character — feels more symbolic than specific. Still, this well-shot and -designed picture is a mostly compelling, intrepid ride.

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