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Gary Goldstein

Gary Goldstein
Gary Goldstein's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Reel.com

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Sea of Hope: America's Underwater Treasures (2017) Lovely and vital, if decidedly brief ... ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 14, 2017
41% 100 Streets (2017) It's six or so characters in search of a meaningful movie. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 12, 2017
No Score Yet Retake (2017) A potentially precious and maudlin conceit gets an absorbing and intriguing treatment in "Retake," an impressive road drama about a middle-aged gay man who hires a young hustler to join him on a life-changing ride to the Grand Canyon. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 5, 2017
No Score Yet Lost & Found (2017) Filled with too many broad strokes, faux close calls, plot conveniences and questionable story points to feel fully baked. Still, parents seeking a harmless diversion for their kids could do worse. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 5, 2017
No Score Yet The Boatman (2016) Exists in a world of its very own making, lending it a compellingly elusive sense of time and place. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 15, 2016
No Score Yet Boy 23: The Forgotten Boys of Brazil (Menino 23: Infâncias Perdidas no Brasil) (2016) [A] resonant, not untimely portrait of a dark and frightening chapter in Brazil's past. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 15, 2016
No Score Yet 808 (2015) Everything you ever wanted to know - or perhaps never knew you wanted to know - about the wildly influential Roland TR-808 drum machine is laid out with entertaining, if exhaustive, brio in the documentary "808." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 8, 2016
80% Best and Most Beautiful Things (2016) Rarely feels unique, insightful or engaging enough to fully justify our attention. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 8, 2016
40% All We Had (2016) Although well-acted and well-intended, offers little that's new, exciting or meaty enough to warrant revisiting that subgenre of movies involving flighty single moms on the move with their steadier daughters. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 8, 2016
No Score Yet The Earthquake (Zemletryasenie) (2016) What the film lacks in high-octane disaster-movie thrills it makes up for with its focus on personal relationships, acts of heroism and a capable visual sense. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 7, 2016
No Score Yet Evan's Crime (2016) As a loaded look at overzealous drug-offense sentencing, the film makes a mark. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 1, 2016
46% The Duelist (Duelyant) (2016) Dazzles and provokes as it makes little real sense beyond the confines of its hermetic milieu. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 1, 2016
No Score Yet 77 Minutes (2016) A gritty, no frills, at times sensationalistic immersion into grim criminal territory. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 1, 2016
93% Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened... (2016) Covers a rich swath of emotional and creative ground as it tracks the unexpected failure of theater gods Stephen Sondheim and Hal Prince's hugely anticipated 1981 Broadway collaboration "Merrily We Roll Along." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 24, 2016
No Score Yet Po (2016) An earnest drama that could have used a subtler, less didactic approach to its tender subject matter. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 24, 2016
100% Disturbing The Peace (2016) Well-chosen news and archival clips, footage from CFP's provocative rallies, plus a series of skillful and useful reenactments help flesh out this inspiring portrait. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 17, 2016
100% Esteros (2016) A lovely, lyrical drama that follows the reunion of two young men who shared their sexual awakening as boyhood friends. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 17, 2016
No Score Yet Love Is All You Need? (2016) Better to revisit such related films as "Boys Don't Cry" or TV's "The Matthew Shepard Story" for a more persuasive look at a topic that demands clarity more than gimmickry. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 16, 2016
94% Hunter Gatherer (2016) "Hunter Gatherer" is a warmly eccentric little indie that's amusing, authentic and works against expectation. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 15, 2016
No Score Yet Don't Look Down (2016) [An] enjoyable, if oddly non-propulsive, documentary ... ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 10, 2016
67% Come And Find Me (2016) This remains a taut, haunting ride thanks to solid writing and directing by Zack Whedon (Joss and Jed's younger brother) and a strong, sympathetic performance by Paul. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 9, 2016
No Score Yet The David Dance (2016) Logy, stagey and overlong. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 3, 2016
40% New Life (2016) Although it aspires to be a kind of latter-day "Love Story," the rote, overly earnest drama "New Life" exists largely on the surface. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 27, 2016
No Score Yet USS Indianapolis: The Legacy (2016) Director Sara Vladic, who also co-edited, does a masterful job assembling, in what emerges as a kind of verbal relay race, the recollections of countless interview subjects, including many of the survivors of the fateful incident. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 27, 2016
95% Little Sister (2016) [A] fine, darkly poignant tale of a conflicted young nun-in-training facing her own version of "hope and change." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 27, 2016
No Score Yet The Remake (2016) Lynne Alana Delaney should have simply taken story credit for "The Remake" and handed over her roles as writer, director and star to more competent folks. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 20, 2016
60% It Had to Be You (2016) A memorable romantic comedy that stands to bring back the genre's good name, "It Had to Be You" is as funny, endearing and enjoyably off-kilter as its adorable star, Cristin Milioti. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 20, 2016
23% American Pastoral (2016) A haunting, engrossing, often eerily timely adaptation. It's a movie that makes you think and feel - and then think some more. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 20, 2016
No Score Yet NY84 (2016) French writer-director Cyril Morin's unconventional, collage-like approach to telling his skeletal story won't be for everyone, but it's a bold effort. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 13, 2016
93% Blue Jay (2016) If the first hour or so of "Blue Jay" were anywhere near as compelling as its last 15 minutes, the film could have proved quite a special little experience. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 13, 2016
No Score Yet Homecoming (Best Fake Friends) (2016) If there's a message to be had, it gets lost in the shuffle of parties, primping and mean-girl-style politics. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 13, 2016
53% Mascots (2016) Not only seems overly familiar and only modestly inspired but also stuck in a bit of a time warp. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 12, 2016
65% The Great Gilly Hopkins (2016) The movie feels too hokey and retrograde to appeal to its intended young audience. There's also a miscalculated racial element that may offend or confuse. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
No Score Yet Better Off Single (2016) With its muddy timeline, kaleidoscope of fantasies, flashbacks and hallucinations, broad characterizations and sitcom slickness, the film never settles down long enough to congeal, much less feel remotely connected to reality. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
No Score Yet All in Time (2016) What if you could go back in time to see a legendary band perform before it was famous? That's the intriguing notion that plays like a blurry afterthought in the earnest, underwhelming dramedy "All in Time." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
No Score Yet People You May Know (2016) Once we settle into the twisty stories of the four BFFs who drive writer-director J.C. Falcón's earnest drama, the characters become a fairly absorbing bunch. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 29, 2016
76% Chronic (2016) For a drama that's as quiet and circumspect as "Chronic," it's a decidedly bold film, one that pulls few punches as it slowly peels away the emotional layers of its complex protagonist. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 29, 2016
93% Harry & Snowman (2016) Gallop, don't trot to Ron Davis' winning documentary "Harry & Snowman," which recounts the inspiring story of an underdog show horse, his tenacious trainer and their rise to fame in the late 1950s. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 29, 2016
No Score Yet Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story (2015) Despite the film's brief running time, it packs in vital social context, gay history and nostalgic imagery along with some sad truths. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 29, 2016
86% Closet Monster (2016) It's nothing less than an emotional exorcism. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 29, 2016
81% My Blind Brother (2016) Writer-director Sophie Goodhart, who based the film on her 2003 Palme d'Or-nominated short, has crafted three cleverly flawed and dimensional lead characters, all vividly brought to life by their astute players. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 22, 2016
29% Beauty And The Beast (La belle et la bête) (2016) The film is most acceptable when it sticks to its beauty-and-beast dynamic. Even then it's too dizzying and grandiose and the chemistry between the lead characters is pretty much nil. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 22, 2016
No Score Yet The Abolitionists (2016) Hidden cameras and surveillance equipment are deftly employed to capture the precarious rescue missions as well as those participants on both sides of the law. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 15, 2016
65% The Vessel (2016) It's a strange brew: stark yet beautiful, urgent yet dreamlike. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 15, 2016
89% Miss Stevens (2016) As a portrait of a seemingly unstable, often inappropriate young teacher haunted by her mother's death, the script doesn't infuse the title character with the depth, empathy or allure needed to power such a slight story. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 15, 2016
67% Finding Altamira (Altamira) (2016) A well-mounted if largely prosaic period drama ... ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 14, 2016
12% When the Bough Breaks (2016) Writer Jack Olsen's glossy script goes light on logic, credibility and mining some of the story's deeper ramifications, as it works its way toward the inevitable, largely predictable final showdown. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 9, 2016
87% Other People (2016) Emotions run deep and wide here; anyone who's ever lost a parent, longed for love and acceptance, or tried to find his or her true self should easily relate. It's a terrific film. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 8, 2016
35% Max Rose (2016) A maudlin, ham-fisted dud... ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 8, 2016
No Score Yet Black Women in Medicine (2016) It runs less than an hour, but the inspiring documentary "Black Women in Medicine" packs in enough smarts, context and emotional clarity for a far longer film. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 1, 2016