• 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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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
Jordan Hoffman
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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
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

Random and disappointing. Even Capricorns will give it a hooves' down. Rent "Running with Scissors" instead.

Full Review Source: Doddle | Original Score: 4/10

January 31, 2012
Tim Grierson
Screen International

A coming-of-age comedy/drama that unfortunately doesn't have much new to say on the topic of coming of age.

Full Review Source: Screen International

January 26, 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
Todd Gilchrist
The Playlist

"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 Source: The Playlist | Original Score: C+

January 26, 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
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
Cole Smithey

"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
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
Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
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A debut feature lacking both finesse and ingenuity.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

January 26, 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
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
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
Todd Jorgenson

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

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

August 13, 2012
Rob Nelson
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Genial but gratingly irrelevant and none too witty.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 26, 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
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
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
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