Joe Gould's Secret


Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. A delicate yet haunting movie, a meditation on friendship, on the roots of bohemianism, on the sad comedy of madness.
  2. 90
    The alchemy of good acting under the pressure of sublime film sense makes for a miracle in the hearts of the audience.
  3. 90
    A brainy, superbly acted buddy movie.
  4. 88
    There is anguish here that makes "American Beauty" pale by comparison.
  5. A wonderful, heart-breaking movie.
  6. Reviewed by: Edvins Beitiks
    Tucci and Holm brilliant as magazine writer and artist.
  7. 85
    Tucci has crafted a poignant remembrance of a bygone era, and a touching examination of the responsibilities of creativity.
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    A fitting tribute to an era, a writer, and an unapologetic eccentric.
  9. A series of subtly interlocking character studies.
  10. 80
    A vivid double portrait of the artistic sensibility in its many weathers -- expressed by two fine actors clearly engaged in a labor of love.
  11. An elegant, quietly comical but slightly constricted period piece whose stately pace is all but offset by several impressive performances.
  12. Holm is dazzling as the grubby little misfit, just a little brilliant and a little insane.
  13. 75
    Finely etched and acted but too often limpid and punchless in its impact.
  14. (Holm) nails one of the best roles of his career.
  15. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Makes for a great story.
  16. 70
    It's a tall order that Tucci is not up to filling. But don't discount the pleasure of watching him try.
  17. 70
    A quietly ambitious, well-wrought, and tastefully poignant treatment of two local literary legends.
  18. A gentle and often beautiful study in opposites.
  19. Settles for being an atmospheric scenes-in-the-life biography of someone's most unforgettable character. It could have been so much more.
  20. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Drags on far too long.
  21. 50
    Carefully made, respectful and dull.
  22. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    There's a great story here, but Tucci's literate, civilized, wistful movie lacks savage impulse and refuses to show how mutual exploitation led to minor tragedy.

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