Gary Goldstein

Gary Goldstein

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% of the time.

Biography:
reel.com film critic.
Publications:
Baltimore Sun , Chicago Tribune , Los Angeles Times , Reel.com
Total Reviews:
629

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
83% Kid Cannabis (2014) " Energetic and involving ..." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 17, 2014
100% Vanishing Pearls: The Oystermen Of Pointe A La Hache (2014) " 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." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 17, 2014
—— Fray (2014) " Kaplan comes off so convincingly, it's not unfair to wonder if he's truly an actor (he is)." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 17, 2014
59% Hank And Asha (2014) " Like the film itself, Kakkar and Pastides are lively, adorable and thoroughly winning." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 17, 2014
—— Antboy (2014) " Take off your thinking cap and simply enjoy the mini-pleasures of "Antboy."" — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 16, 2014
—— Jesus People (2014) " The world of Christian pop music gets the "Best in Show" and "A Mighty Wind" treatment in the clever, consistently amusing mockumentary "Jesus People."" — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
65% The Railway Man (2014) " An impressively crafted, skillfully acted, highly absorbing journey into a dark corner of world history." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
53% Cuban Fury (2014) " Don't let the cheesy title deter you. "Cuban Fury" is a thoroughly engaging crowd-pleaser - sweet, quite amusing and even a tad inspiring." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
13% Jinn (2014) " A watchable if rather convoluted effort." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 7, 2014
40% A Farewell to Fools (2014) " Call it a dark farce, human comedy or wartime satire. But however you slice it, the ill-conceived morality tale "A Farewell to Fools" is a bust." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 3, 2014
0% 10 Rules For Sleeping Around (2014) " A dreadful sex farce with barely an authentic emotion, credible character or plausible plot point in its midst." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 3, 2014
14% Locker 13 (2014) " An alternately creaky and intriguing ride, one of earnest ambition and dashed potential." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 27, 2014
7% Maladies (2014) " A pretentious head-scratcher involving would-be artistic expression, mental illness and shaving cream (don't ask)." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 20, 2014
84% Cheap Thrills (2014) " If the way things wind up for Craig and Vince is perhaps inevitable, how they get there is not. As for the movie's audacious final shot, it's nothing short of iconic." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 20, 2014
17% The Single Moms' Club (2014) " Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club is a sitcom masquerading as a feature film. And given Perry's snowballing small-screen presence, an eventual TV show of it would be no surprise." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 14, 2014
—— Tennessee Queer (2014) " In attempting to skewer persistent red state-style homophobia, writer-producer Mark Goshorn Jones and fellow co-director Ryan Earl Parker too often overplay the stereotypes - both gay and straight - to diminishing returns." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 13, 2014
21% Better Living Through Chemistry (2014) " A bit of a cheat - and goes soft in the clutch." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 13, 2014
57% Lucky Bastard (2014) " [Nathan], who co-wrote the clever, resourceful and at times darkly wry script with Lukas Kendall, effectively combines the eclectic footage (kudos to editor Tony Randel) to form a kicky, highly involving narrative." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 6, 2014
—— The Activist (2014) " As the action unfolds almost entirely within the walls of a South Dakota sheriff's substation, the film can't escape a stagy, at times claustrophobic feel." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 6, 2014
—— Blood And Ties (2013) " Increasingly intrigues as events unfold, all against a convincing ticking clock." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 4, 2014
—— Venus Talk (2014) " It's an enjoyable, often amusing, occasionally touching ride that may not break much new ground but still satisfies its modest goals." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 27, 2014
8% Chlorine (2014) " A flat, undercooked suburban comedy. Or is it a drama? Or maybe a kind of satire? Regardless, it's short on style, substance or any clear raison d'ĂȘtre." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 27, 2014
24% Pompeii (2014) " Part sword-and-sandal spectacle, part disaster epic, "Pompeii" accomplishes its ambitious agenda to largely engrossing effect." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 20, 2014
29% Angels in Stardust (2014) " A creaky coming-of-age fantasy-drama whose luminous lead actress, A.J. Michalka, has hopefully seen the last of this kind of ungainly corn pone." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 20, 2014
33% Date And Switch (2014) " A largely enjoyable and credible coming-of-age romp, despite some forced broadness and uneven pacing." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 13, 2014
70% About Last Night (2014) " Has little new to offer about romantic entanglements that audiences haven't seen countless times in movies and, especially, on TV sitcoms since 1986, not to mention before that." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 13, 2014
52% Adult World (2014) " A smart, incisive comedy about a recent college grad's booby-trapped immersion into real life." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 13, 2014
8% Cavemen (2014) " "Cavemen" writer-director Herschel Faber has sketched such a thin and unfunny look at L.A. singles, it should mark the death knell for movies about child-men on the make." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 6, 2014
77% After the Dark (2014) " An unusually creative and ambitious film of ideas that offers so much more than its forgettable title and sensationalized publicity may imply." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 6, 2014
—— Let's Ruin it With Babies (2014) " The film ultimately rights itself in ways that are honest, convincing and just plain adorable." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 30, 2014
91% 12 O'clock Boys (2014) " The young filmmaker rarely digs beneath the harsh environment's many fraught surfaces. He simply lets his cameras be his guide." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 30, 2014
100% The Great Flood (2014) " Most of all it's a unique, highly immersing audio-visual experience that would be as at home in a museum as it is in a movie theater - and that's a first-order compliment." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 30, 2014
25% 24 Exposures (2014) " Unfortunately, this would-be erotic thriller is just too unfocused and slapdash to satisfy its promise." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 23, 2014
80% If You Build It (2014) " 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." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 23, 2014
13% Reasonable Doubt (2014) " Contrived and predictable yet fairly tense ..." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 16, 2014
81% G.B.F. (2014) " Until being young and gay is a nonissue for everyone everywhere, these kinds of stories will always have their place." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 16, 2014
14% Free Ride (2014) " The result, while sincere and nicely evoked, feels choppy, familiar and, despite the script's heavily stacked deck - and a few harrowing episodes - lacks sufficient momentum." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 9, 2014
—— The Saratov Approach (2013) " Uneven acting, some trite dialogue and several overplayed emotional beats flatten instead of round out the storytelling here." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 9, 2014
55% The Best Offer (2014) " The film has several smart twists and surprises up its well-tailored sleeve." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 9, 2014
43% Cold Comes The Night (2014) " 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." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 9, 2014
86% It's Better to Jump (2013) " A provocative, if lopsided snapshot of the ancient walled city of Acre (or Akka), located on the northwest coast of Israel." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 2, 2014
60% For No Good Reason (2014) " The inventively shot and constructed documentary "For No Good Reason" is an absorbing look at the unique, surreal work of British cartoonist Ralph Steadman." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 2, 2014
—— A Journey To Planet Sanity (2013) " It mostly plays like a slapdash mockumentary crossed with a bad reality TV show." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 2, 2014
—— The Great Passage (2013) " [Ishii] takes his time telling this warm story of the 15-year creation of a definitive print dictionary, but it's a worthy journey." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 12, 2013
92% Liv & Ingmar (2013) " A lovely and lyrical documentary about the passionate, mutually inspiring yet fraught relationship between the late filmmaker Ingmar Bergman and his lover, frequent collaborator and, ultimately, dear friend, actress Liv Ullmann." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 12, 2013
—— Re-emerging: The Jews Of Nigeria (2013) " Captivating ..." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 12, 2013
44% The Unbelievers (2013) " 'Unbelievers' is a high-minded love fest between two deeply committed atheistic intellectuals and their rock star-like fan base." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 28, 2013
76% Bettie Page Reveals All (2013) " [A] highly watchable portrait." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 28, 2013
—— Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird (2013) " Wilson ... happily and thoroughly participates in this highly dimensional recap of his life and career, to compelling effect." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 26, 2013
64% Geography Club (2013) " When it comes to constructive gay-themed material aimed at teens, perhaps half a loaf remains better than none." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 21, 2013
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