Gary Goldstein

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For 1,086 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 12% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gary Goldstein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Intent to Destroy
Lowest review score: 0 The Remake
Score distribution:
1086 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Too much of the film (an official selection at 2020’s Cannes Film Festival and Colombia’s entry in the 2021 Oscar race) lacks sufficient conflict and an organic sense of storytelling.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Sr.
    Sr. proves a tender portrait and fitting tribute to an offbeat hero and creative pioneer.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Spirited, the umpteenth screen incarnation of Charles Dickens’ evergreen “A Christmas Carol,” is such an amusing, buoyant and good-natured entertainment that it’s not hard to forgive this flashy musical-comedy-fantasy’s missteps. Grinchy viewers, however, may sing a different tune.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    My Policeman is an absorbing, resonant, deeply wistful adaptation of the 2012 novel by Bethan Roberts that will probably be best appreciated — stylistically, thematically, romantically — if judged more within the context of its mainly mid-20th century setting than by contemporary expectations.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    Ultimately, and perhaps most beautifully, the film makes a case, à la the musical “Rent,” about how, in the end, we must measure our life in love. On that score, Eli Timoner left the world a very wealthy man.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Loving Highsmith is a well-intentioned effort; a respectable start. But perhaps a more definitive and dimensional documentary — or even narrative feature — about this singularly intriguing talent will still be made.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Specific as Ozon’s approach here may be (nothing feels accidental or arbitrary), his lovingly made curio, which often borrows verbatim from its predecessor, comes off a bit tired and trifling.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    It’s an absorbing, affecting, well-performed look at several years in the life of Sara Góralnik.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Rise scores as first-rate family filmmaking and a worthy reminder that some dreams can and do come true — big time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Don’t go into the immersive, observational documentary “Bitterbrush” looking for profound insights or roiling conflict but rather a captivating and meditative look at two intrepid young women surviving — and seasonally thriving — in a traditionally male-dominated field: cattle herding.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    The documentary Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen is as wondrous, buoyant and heartwarming as the film it celebrates.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Director Peeter Rebane and his co-writer (and star), Tom Prior (they also produced), have created a compelling, tender, tragic, occasionally melodramatic look at forbidden love and desire.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    For the chance to become acquainted with Salomon’s tragic and unique tale, as well as with her enduring output, this well-intended portrait is worth a look.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    The Rose Maker is a slender but engaging tale about competition, cooperation and creativity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Despite occasional dips in energy that usually coincide with the root-worthy characters’ own flailing moments, 7 Days remains a buoyant and involving jaunt.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    This is a daring and memorable depiction of trauma, compassion and resilience.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    [An] absorbing, entertaining and lovingly crafted documentary.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    [A] lovely, deeply nostalgic tribute.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Deftly mounted, shot and scored, The Pact is a master class in ensemble acting, led by Neumann in a visceral, deeply layered and knife‘s-edge turn.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    If only co-writers Paul Riccio (he also directed) and Jamie Effros (he stars) had dropped some of their story’s quirks and shaggy-dog bits for a deeper, more authentic dive into their main characters’ truer selves, the film might have taken off in a more distinctive and memorable way.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Despite being often preposterous, the cross-cultural comedy Book of Love is an entertaining watch. Just don’t scratch even the slightest bit beneath its glossy, super-contrived surface.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 10 Gary Goldstein
    Overall pacing is flaccid and too many scenes peter out when they should punch. But perhaps the movie’s biggest infraction is that there’s hardly a chuckle in it.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    The script wields its symbolic hammer so heavily that it tends to smother the story’s more authentic emotions.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Haddock proves the beating heart of the piece, infusing her role with a quiet strength, determination and equitability; neither plucky enabler nor long-suffering victim but something believably fresher and more heroic. Maybe she should have been the film’s true focus.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Though the performers rally throughout, the film, sweet as it is, fails to strike a manageable or engaging enough tone as it treads some overly familiar territory, jarringly plays around with the Russian characters’ accents (there’s a reason, but still) and becomes too earnest and gimmicky for its own good.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    It’s a vibrant, amusing comedy whose story, from returning writer-director Garth Jennings, may be a bit overstuffed for its intended audience. Though that’s not likely to hurt this peppy, often visually dazzling followup.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    It’s such an astute and warmhearted journey that it’s hard not to succumb to its underdog charms.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    As a crash course in extreme mountain climbing, the triumph of the human spirit, love of country and family, and those driven, fearless souls who choose to reach above the clouds, “14 Peaks” is a uniquely stirring journey.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Michell, working off a jaunty script by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman, keeps the action bubbling along with little room to ponder the stranger-than-fiction improbability of the steal, one that, with the plethora of security measures and protocols in place nowadays, feels quaint — though in a fun, nostalgic way.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Ultimately, if Miller and Pollard don’t paint a particularly warts-and-all portrait of Ashe, they don’t set him up as some sort of saint either: just a certain man of a certain era with an amazing talent. It’s a fitting tribute.

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