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Joe Gould's Secret (2000)


Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 33
Fresh: 22
Rotten: 11

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 920



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 … More

R (for some language and brief nudity)
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Stanley Tucci , Howard A. Rodman
In Theaters:
Sep 26, 2000
USA Films


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Critic Reviews for Joe Gould's Secret

All Critics (58) | 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

Full Review… | January 22, 2011
Old School Reviews

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

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
One Guy's Opinion

An interesting little movie.

November 14, 2005

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

Full Review… | June 15, 2002
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.

Full Review… | June 15, 2001

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

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Spirituality and Practice

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

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Nitrate Online

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

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

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.

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