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Joe Gould's Secret (2000)

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75

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 2

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Movie Info

This historical comedy-drama is based on the true story of Joe Gould, a bohemian eccentric who was a fixture in New York's Greenwich Village from his arrival in 1916 to his death in 1964. Gould, who claimed to be a graduate of Harvard, would cadge drinks and subsist on catsup as he regaled patrons of neighborhood saloons with stories, poems, opinions, and his imitation of a seagull. In a 1942 New Yorker profile by journalist Joseph Mitchell, Gould spoke of his life's work, a book entitled An

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Drama, Comedy

Stanley Tucci, Howard A. Rodman

Sep 26, 2000

USA Films

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All Critics (57) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (11) | DVD (5)

promise for dealing with the homeless common man is there, but ... falls short in this vein

January 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

Like its lead character, eventually becomes so aggravating that it long overstays its welcome.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

An interesting little movie.

November 14, 2005
ColeSmithey.com

Tucci's slow-paced storytelling in "Big Night" was brave and worked beautifully, but the same technique in "Joe Gould's Secret" becomes annoying.

June 15, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Joe Gould's Secret - slow, detailed, cautious, and ultimately kind of obtuse. Perhaps the problem is that this is the first movie he has directed that he hasn't written.

June 15, 2001 Full Review

An inventive drama where most of the characters are driven by a glorious and maddening love of New York City.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

All the film's energy goes into Ian Holm's stellar performance.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

After the conceptually madcap and sophisticated The Impostors, one expects better.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Stanley Tucci has once more grabbed a brass ring, spinning a self-immersed, character-driven tale of a flinty mad hatter and the man who would be his storyteller.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

Most of the movie is refreshingly light and good-hearted.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Audience Reviews for Joe Gould's Secret

Good on you Stanley Tucci. You are as good a director as you are a performer. What a delightful tale.
February 16, 2010
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