Goats

Goats

20%
  • R, 1 hr. 34 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Christopher Neil
    In Theaters:
    Aug 10, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Sep 11, 2012
  • Image Entertainment

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Goats Reviews

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Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

A sweet junket into the land of the new agers, and youth that refuses to grow old.

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 7/10

August 23, 2012
Shannon M. Houston
Paste Magazine

A strong cast and the sweet and simple nature of the script (based on the novel by Mark Poirier) makes Goats a charming little indie tale worth the viewing.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 6.2/10

August 16, 2012
Kirk Honeycutt
honeycuttshollywood.com

This is a very effecting drama about a teenage boy buffeted by starkly contrasting role models from the adult world.

Full Review Source: honeycuttshollywood.com | Original Score: 7

August 11, 2012
Phil Villarreal
OK! Magazine

Pretty, confused and thrilling to analyze and revisit, Goats is just like adolescence.

Full Review Source: OK! Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

August 9, 2012
Eric Hynes
Time Out New York
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Goats may cover an all-too-familiar terrain, but at least it grazes it well.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

August 7, 2012
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

A movie that isn't terrible, but--apart from the goat fixation and Duchovny's zonked-out turn--doesn't offer much that hasn't been done elsewhere, and often better.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C-

August 14, 2012
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com

A capable cast can't elevate this mediocre coming-of-age comedy.

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

August 13, 2012
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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Nibbles on a lot of stuff it never gets around to digesting.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

August 10, 2012
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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If I were Holden Caulfield, I might call it lousy.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

August 10, 2012
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

The actors struggle to seem off-handed, much as the script does. Goats needs to be more goat-like in every way - unbridled, untamed, randy - and it never is.

Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine

August 10, 2012
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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If Mr. Neil had the tonal mastery of Wes Anderson, "Goats" could have been so much more than an episodic sequence of whimsical little psychodramas.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 9, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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"Goats" is just b-a-a-a-aad.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 0/5

August 9, 2012
Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine

Christopher Neil's film is more location-scouted and photographed than directed and acted.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

August 9, 2012
Alison Willmore
AV Club
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[The] solid cast ... can't make the film feel like anything more than a meander through the familiar-feeling angst of a privileged teenager.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

August 9, 2012
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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... a stubborn, mangy, tangled-haired mutt of a movie -- one that could have used a little more guidance and construction and a little less free-range 'quirkiness.'

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 2/5

August 8, 2012
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Loses the flavor of the journey.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

August 8, 2012
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Mellow, but very much a work in progress, Goats has a bland but overcrowded menu that could benefit from a little feta.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 2/4

August 8, 2012
Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
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Despite the ever-escalating cost of private education, there are still some who feel that there's no character more empathetic than a boarding school lad.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: C-

August 7, 2012
Nick Schager
Village Voice
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Christopher Neil directs with a mechanical blandness made more tedious still by a score of gentle guitar strumming so aggravatingly benign it might inspire you to partake in one of Wendy's climactic, cathartic primal screams.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 7, 2012
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

"Goats" is an amateurish coming-of-age movie made up scattershot ideas that are never developed.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: D+

August 7, 2012
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