Goats Reviews

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Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine
August 9, 2012
Christopher Neil's film is more location-scouted and photographed than directed and acted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
August 7, 2012
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 | Original Score: C-
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
August 8, 2012
... 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 | Original Score: 2/5
January 31, 2012
Random and disappointing. Even Capricorns will give it a hooves' down. Rent "Running with Scissors" instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Tim Grierson
Screen International
January 26, 2012
A coming-of-age comedy/drama that unfortunately doesn't have much new to say on the topic of coming of age.
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
August 9, 2012
[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 | Original Score: C
Todd Gilchrist
The Playlist
January 26, 2012
"Goats" is standing on the shoulders of its coming-of-age predecessors, adding nothing except a reminder that every generation goes through the same thing - evidently, cinematically as well as personally.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
August 7, 2012
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.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 9, 2012
"Goats" is just b-a-a-a-aad.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
August 7, 2012
"Goats" is an amateurish coming-of-age movie made up scattershot ideas that are never developed.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
August 10, 2012
If I were Holden Caulfield, I might call it lousy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
January 26, 2012
A debut feature lacking both finesse and ingenuity.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 8, 2012
Loses the flavor of the journey.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 9, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
August 10, 2012
Nibbles on a lot of stuff it never gets around to digesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
August 13, 2012
A capable cast can't elevate this mediocre coming-of-age comedy.
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Rob Nelson
Variety
January 26, 2012
Genial but gratingly irrelevant and none too witty.
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
August 10, 2012
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.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 14, 2012
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 | Original Score: C-
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
August 8, 2012
Mellow, but very much a work in progress, Goats has a bland but overcrowded menu that could benefit from a little feta.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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