A sweet junket into the land of the new agers, and youth that refuses to grow old.
| Original Score: 7/10
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.
| Original Score: 6.2/10
This is a very effecting drama about a teenage boy buffeted by starkly contrasting role models from the adult world.
| Original Score: 7
Pretty, confused and thrilling to analyze and revisit, Goats is just like adolescence.
| Original Score: 3/4
Goats may cover an all-too-familiar terrain, but at least it grazes it well.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: C-
A capable cast can't elevate this mediocre coming-of-age comedy.
Nibbles on a lot of stuff it never gets around to digesting.
| Original Score: 2/5
If I were Holden Caulfield, I might call it lousy.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
"Goats" is just b-a-a-a-aad.
| Original Score: 0/5
Christopher Neil's film is more location-scouted and photographed than directed and acted.
[The] solid cast ... can't make the film feel like anything more than a meander through the familiar-feeling angst of a privileged teenager.
| Original Score: C
... 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.'
Loses the flavor of the journey.
| Original Score: C+
Mellow, but very much a work in progress, Goats has a bland but overcrowded menu that could benefit from a little feta.
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.
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.
"Goats" is an amateurish coming-of-age movie made up scattershot ideas that are never developed.
| Original Score: D+