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
Biography:
reel.com film critic.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Ghosts of the République (2020) [T]his is vital territory that will open less initiated viewers' eyes to the deep commitment and dramatic lengths it can take for many gay couples to become parents. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
94% Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds (2020) Its subject matter is contemplative and alluring, fearsome and wondrous, yet often inherently inconclusive, made more so by the musings and dissections of the film's eclectic array of voices - including Herzog's. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
93% Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) Writer-director David E. Talbert's marvelous, groundbreaking musical-fantasy "Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey" stands to join the ranks of holiday movie classics. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
75% Clouds (2020) "Clouds" has all the makings of a profound and powerful heart-tugger. So why isn't it more wholly moving and cathartic? - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2020
84% Misbehaviour (2020) Good intentions, deft performances and vivid dollops of period style and sensibility go a long way to patch over the bumps. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
68% The Artist's Wife (2020) [A]n absorbing, at times moving look at a woman caught between her own artistic and emotional desires and her devotion to a man who doesn't seem to deserve her. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
98% Disclosure (2020) "Disclosure," takes an engrossing, smartly contextual look at the history of transgender depictions in film and television. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2020
No Score Yet Climate Of Change (2010) There's as much beauty in the deeply felt commitment of the film's environmentalists as there is in its visual splendor and in Tilda Swinton's lyrical narration. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2020
93% Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same (2012) It's got midnight movie written all over it - and not in a bad way. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
80% Chichinette: The Accidental Spy (2019) Writer-director Nicola Hens eschews the classic documentary mix of archival footage, interviews with outside observers, dramatic re-enactments and the like to support her narrative - and it tends to work against her. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2020
32% Love Wedding Repeat (2020) The movie can feel like a not-very-well-oiled, Rube Goldberg-like machine. And a predictable one at that. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
100% Slay the Dragon (2020) [A] compelling and instructive look at the political practice of gerrymandering. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
20% Coffee & Kareem (2020) Although its lame-pun title is a tip-off, it still won't prepare you for the 88 irretrievable minutes of your life that is the barrel-bottom action-comedy "Coffee & Kareem." - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
43% The Roads Not Taken (2020) Despite the noble ambitions of writer-director Sally Potter ("Orlando, "The Party"), "The Roads Not Taken" proves a morose and baffling drama; a painful, snail's-paced 85 minutes with little payoff. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
63% Hope Gap (2020) [A]n intelligent and absorbing, if slightly bland domestic drama scripted and directed by William Nicholson, inspired by his own parents' divorce. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
92% Straight Up (2020) Sweeney and Findlay, who's a real find, are head-spinningly good here, juggling their torrents of dialogue with aplomb. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
52% Guns Akimbo (2020) [A] brash, crass, often mind-numbing ride. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
47% Greed (2020) Let's just say the phrase "Eat the rich" takes on a whole new meaning here. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
No Score Yet Emerald Run (2020) The movie, filmed over several start-and-stop years contains lots of weak dialogue, heavy-handed faith talk, awkward voiceovers, thin characterizations and illogical plot turns. Any questions? - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
5% The Last Thing He Wanted (2020) There's some overreach and muddle here - you wouldn't want a pop quiz on the plot - but "Last Thing" remains an intriguing, visually diverting piece, well shot by Bobby Bukowski. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
70% Olympic Dreams (2020) "Olympic Dreams" is a wispy, quasi-romantic dramedy whose affecting moments are eclipsed by its overly random, sometimes awkwardly played and constructed narrative. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
80% A Simple Wedding (2020) The film's second act ends too soon leaving an overlong third act more focused on the predictable romance between Alex's divorced mother and Nousha's visiting uncle than on the Nousha-Alex dynamic. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
86% José (2020) "José" is hardly the first movie to spotlight a young person navigating their homosexuality... Nonetheless... this sophomore feature.. feels like a singular and essential entry in that subset of LGBTQ coming-of-age films with an international beat. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
33% Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words (2020) With its shrewdly chosen archival clips and lack of opposing voices, this lengthy, often tone-deaf section (especially from today's #MeToo vantage point) plays as if Thomas simply wanted his say for a new generation and got it... - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
84% The Traitor (2020) [I]t ultimately seems as if there was a more economical, propulsive and entertaining way for a master such as Bellocchio to recount this explosive and pivotal chapter of Mafia history. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
17% Tyler Perry's A Fall from Grace (2020) [A] convoluted legal/romantic thriller that, ironically, might be best enjoyed with a theaterful of moviegoers whose astounded reactions might be more entertaining than this off-the-rails potboiler. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
88% Afterward (2020) No matter, it's a timely and essential portrait. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
40% The Song of Names (2019) [The Song of Names] remains among the better serious, adult-oriented films of this holiday season. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
42% Lost Holiday (2019) Sorry, not cute. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
75% Only Cloud Knows (2019) [F]rankly, you could turn a camera on most any average couple's life and come up with something just as involving - or not. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
17% The Great War (2019) Luke fills his at times heavy-handed, anachronistic script with enough sincere emotion and grace notes to counter the film's physical and financial restraints, narrowly staged combat scenes and limited character development. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
No Score Yet Broken Dreams (2019) Although vital and intriguing, the film could have been more seamlessly assembled. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
83% After Class (Safe Spaces) (2019) We've seen many versions of this kind of story before, but there's something so spot-on and involving about the film, written and directed by Daniel Schechter... that it proves surprisingly refreshing. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
97% The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (2019) Don't let its florid, mouthful of a title mislead you: "The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open" is a film that's as urgent and unpretentious as it is remarkable. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
94% When Lambs Become Lions (2019) Fascinating and affecting, if a bit sluggish until it finds its narrative way... - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
80% 16 Bars (2019) The sobering, candid, sadly profound documentary "16 Bars" may center on a 2017 music workshop for prisoners in a Richmond, Va., jail but emerges as an unsettling snapshot of recidivism and the flaws in America's criminal justice system. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
No Score Yet A Fish in the Bathtub (1999) A wan crisscross of romantic issues and missteps involving several of the supporting characters ineffectively pads the thin central story scripted by John Silverstein, David Chudnovsky and Joan's now-late husband, Raphael D. Silver. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
No Score Yet To Be of Service (2019) More specifics about the dogs' training, care and the costs involved would have been a plus. Otherwise, it's a stirring portrait of war, duty, sacrifice and the love of a good dog. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
61% Mrs. Lowry & Son (2019) If often sad and unsettling, the film is also livelier and less oppressive than it may sound thanks to the fine writing, deft direction by Adrian Noble, and the superb, if painful interplay between Redgrave and Spall. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
58% Frankie (2019) [A] film that whisks us away, showcases such a talented and eclectic array of performers, and reconfirms a singular filmmaker's affecting artistry. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
78% The Cat and the Moon (2019) This indulgent, overlong film takes a solid hour for its bigger themes of love, loss and guilt to settle in. By then, however, the movie has tried our patience to the point that many may not care. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
81% Cyrano, My Love (Edmond) (2019) [A] brisk, funny, sneakily poignant love letter to words, plays, playwrights and actors. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
50% High Strung Free Dance (2019) This follow-up to 2016's "High Strung" has its visual dazzle and performance highs but the story and characters are just too fake, chaste and grit-free to take seriously. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
No Score Yet Liberty: Mother of Exiles (2019) The fine HBO-produced documentary "Liberty: Mother of Exiles" serves as a comprehensive primer on all things Statue of Liberty. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
66% Mister America (2019) Prolific actor-comedian-musician Tim Heidecker may have a sizable cult following but it's doubtful he'll find many new fans with his latest effort, the tedious and laugh-free mockumentary "Mister America." - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
No Score Yet Game Day (2019) With its deeply creaky gender and racial themes, this strained film evokes something unearthed from several decades ago, if not before. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
70% The Game Changers (2019) The movie could have used a more thorough, gram-for-gram comparison of plant-based and animal proteins. No matter, there's much fine food for thought. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
100% Chasing Einstein (2019) [A] brainy, niche, often arcane documentary... - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
92% The Harvesters (2019) This darkly powerful psychodrama finds fear and tension in its hermetic world of rural farming and religious immersion amid the almost contradictory beauty of its sprawling South African locale. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
86% Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (2019) [A]n intimate, often vérité look at how hearing loss affects three generations of a close-knit Portland, Ore., family. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019