Gary Goldstein

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For 1,048 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 13% same as the average critic
  • 35% 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: 59
Highest review score: 100 Heli
Lowest review score: 0 Don Peyote
Score distribution:
1048 movie reviews
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    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    "Mustangs,” which was shot in California, Wyoming, Texas, Colorado and elsewhere, is a lovely, essential portrait that’s also a little dull. It sometimes feels more like a promotional film than penetrating documentary.
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    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Despite many fine moments and a valuable story to tell, “Golden Voices,” directed by Evgeny Ruman, feels like a missed opportunity.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    The movie is also notable for featuring not just one but two unconvincing romantic dynamics.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    The result is a cinematic curio in search of a more conclusive theme and emotional payoff.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    Special kudos go to Martin Ziaran’s innovative, at times vertiginous and even upside-down camerawork, which lends a you-are-there feel to the film’s already viscerally unnerving action. It’s a master class in cinematography.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Gary Goldstein
    It may seem churlish to knock a film that works so hard to present everyday, well-meaning folks facing unspeakable, real-life pain. But between the picture’s uncertain tone, quirky-for-quirk’s-sake elements and such self-conscious dialogue as “What color is the sky in your world, kemo sabe?” it’s tough to be all that supportive.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    This well-constructed film effectively highlights the key points of the Southern-born icon’s singular, often troubled life and proves a vivid, enjoyable portrait of a one-of-a-kind provocateur.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Never Gonna Snow Again, Poland’s submission for the 2021 international film Oscar, is an intriguing, hypnotic, often beautiful but ultimately inconclusive dramedy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Gary Goldstein
    Quibbles aside, Whirlybird proves a memorably evocative time capsule of 1980s and ’90s Los Angeles and the people who made — and captured — the news, as well as a stirring portrait of regret.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Gary Goldstein
    Good intentions aside, this sluggish film never soars beyond its innate contrivances and frequently flat, knee-jerk humor.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    This is a compelling, often profound film, one that creatively surmounts its inherent limitations and shines a vital and heartfelt light on being transgender.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    Casanova, Last Love, which looks at the famed 18th century philanderer’s infatuation with the supposed “one true love of his life,” is a dull and uninvolving portrait that, despite its sumptuous settings and costumes, never takes flight.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    Clear-eyed, compassionate and compelling, the documentary “The Price of Freedom” efficiently unpacks and debunks the myths it posits the National Rifle Assn. of America has deployed to further its all-guns-all-the-time agenda and foster a culture war.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    Vreeland’s documentary serves as both a wonderfully evocative time capsule and a candid tribute to a pair of artistic legends.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Gary Goldstein
    It’s an evocative film that creeps up on you in unpredictably tender ways, so prepare to shed a tear or two — or three.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Period re-creation is decent (the interiors-heavy film was shot entirely in Puerto Rico), Polish effectively peppers in bits of archival footage, and the story is often involving despite its missteps. Still, it’s hard not to wonder where the picture might have landed with a more skillful, charismatic lead and a subtler retelling.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Roth wisely manages to avoid excess mawkishness and keeps the action moving apace.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 100 Gary Goldstein
    Monster is a terrific film: a strong, absorbing, beautifully performed and crafted social drama that, unfortunately, proves even timelier today than when it was shot in 2017.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Oberli and Ziesche, who’ve divided the story into three chapters plus an epilogue (the less said about the plot the better to protect a few solid twists), attempt to lay bare the thorny issue of outsourcing care work to migrants but don’t layer in enough heft or context to make a wholly satisfying statement.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    Unfortunately, writer-director Emma Seligman’s Shiva Baby, despite its thematic acuity, loopy vitality and committed acting, doesn’t add up to enough in its too-brief 72 minutes (plus end credits) to warrant all the cross-wired mayhem that gets us over the movie’s dubious finish line.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    It’s a potentially intriguing bit of fiction that plays out in, at best, serviceable ways.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Grünberg effectively incorporates archival photos and footage, drawings, and lyrical, illustrative bits of animation into this brief but rich documentary, which ends on a lovely note that brings Elbaum’s journey full circle.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Joanna’s journey of creative and emotional enlightenment — including the balancing act of trying to write when consumed by a day job — is managed with grace, tenderness and touching credibility by a wonderfully winning Qualley in concert with Philippe Falardeau’s smart, engaging direction and screenplay.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Gary Goldstein
    For all its energy and charm, this overlong film contains its share of undermining missteps.
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    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Had Baudelaire knocked out 20 or so minutes and leaned less into the vérité of it all, he might have had something more special — and less patience-testing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Some may also wish this low-key film spent more time with Pak and Hoi together than it does with them apart. Yet this approach lends the story a kind of mosaic quality, effectively fleshing out our protagonists vis-a-vis their friends, family members and home lives.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Gary Goldstein
    Despite the film’s compact length, it contains a wealth of tense action, complex emotion, deft observations, vital messaging and gorgeous vistas.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Gary Goldstein
    Convoluted doesn’t begin to describe the sci-fi drama Bliss, which starts off intriguingly enough but loses its way once it attempts to explain itself, before surprising us entirely in the end — and not in a particularly satisfying way. How this loopy film got made may prove its biggest mystery.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Gary Goldstein
    Ultimately, this grueling, overlong picture — think a chamber piece but with multiple characters and locations — never zeroes in on what it wants us to think or feel about Willis or John. But if it’s sympathy, it doesn’t get there.

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