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
88% Chasing Portraits (2019) Still [Rynecki] effectively captures a raft of emotional beats, especially those involving her kindly, Holocaust-survivor dad, who prefers to keep his dark childhood at arm's length. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
75% Photograph (2019) Patient viewers who enjoy deeply felt films that take their sweet (in a good way) time to tell a small, human and relatable story should find writer-director Ritesh Batra's... "Photograph" a lovely, charming and gently transporting journey. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
50% XY Chelsea (2019) This frequently fascinating, frustrating study in naiveté, personal turmoil and self-discovery leaves the viewer stranded in process. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
No Score Yet Game Girls (2018) It's a one-day-at-a-time kind of portrait that's dispiriting, unsettling and undeniably authentic. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
61% My Son (Mon garçon) (2019) Think a more bare-bones, French-language "Taken." - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
92% If the Dancer Dances (2019) Modern dance devotees and fans of legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham will find much to appreciate in the lovingly crafted documentary "If the Dancer Dances." - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
67% Bolden (2019) No one could ever call "Bolden," a vivid and inventive musical-drama about the unsung life of New Orleans jazz "inventor" Charles "Buddy" Bolden, a by-the-numbers biopic. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
100% The River and the Wall (2019) Director Ben Masters' compelling, gorgeously shot, super-timely documentary "The River and the Wall" should be required viewing of anyone charged with making a public case for or against a border wall between the United States and Mexico. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
82% Marilyn (2019) "Marilyn" isn't another take on Hollywood's iconic bombshell but rather a gripping, sensitive coming-of-age drama set in Argentina. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
88% The Last (2019) Although the script by director Jeff Lipsky lends itself more to a stage or even a book adaptation, much in this complex, cross-generational drama is provocative, profound and worth considering. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
50% Stuck (2019) "Stuck," the film adaptation of Riley Thomas' 2012 off-Broadway musical, is a slight and facile piece that feels egregiously past its sell-by date. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
100% Naples in Veils (Napoli velata) (2017) By the time the noirish thriller "Naples in Veils" draws you into its enigmatic web - which is pretty much from the start - you're sufficiently invested to enjoyably coast through the rest of this hypnotic, if ambiguous, Italian import. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
38% Breaking Habits (2019) It's a stirring, unusually inspiring tale. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
72% Stockholm (2019) [A]n enlightening, lively, perhaps not unfamiliar outing. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
73% A Land Imagined (2018) Yeo eschews wicked thrills for elusive musings. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
85% Mia and the White Lion (2019) There are several uniquely impressive elements to the adventure drama "Mia and the White Lion," but they're undermined by a choppy, at times contrived and implausible script by Prune de Maistre and William Davies. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
61% The Public (2019) [A]n often implausible, stacked deck of social issues, contrived conflicts and feel-good activism. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
No Score Yet In Reality (2018) A convincing, relatable look at one woman's inner workings and the vicissitudes of love and friendship. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
No Score Yet Reinventing Rosalee (2019) It's unfortunate... that "Reinventing Rosalee," the documentary directed by and co-starring her daughter, Lillian Glass, isn't a more deftly constructed journey. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
100% American Relapse (2019) [A] gripping look at the thorny intersection of heroin addiction and its treatment in Delray Beach, Fla. ("Rehab Capital of America"), proves as revealing and involving as it does reflective and heartbreaking. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
90% Tigerland (2019) The chance to view so many gorgeous, majestic tigers up close and personal is alone enough to recommend Ross Kauffman's fine documentary "Tigerland." - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
36% Out of Blue (2019) The plodding "Out of Blue" isn't out of ideas - just out of gas. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
45% Captive State (2019) In "Captive State" aliens have taken over the world (as they will), but it's the viewers stuck watching this messy, lugubrious sci-fi thriller who may feel like the ones being held captive. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
52% The Hummingbird Project (2019) A smartly entertaining and unexpectedly human film... - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
54% Yardie (2019) Elba brings care to the film's performances, period look and musical elements. But the freeze frames, needless voice-over bits and stalled narrative momentum undercut the picture's potential power and uniqueness. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
45% The Kid (2019) [An] absorbing, well-structured and superbly acted movie. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
78% The Gospel of Eureka (2019) There's much to explore and dissect about the intriguing world that directors Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher spotlight in their documentary "The Gospel of Eureka," but the film, strangely flabby at just 73 minutes, leaves us wanting. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
60% We Are Boats (2019) Despite noble intentions, writer-director James Bird's film contains a few too many less-than-engaging or compelling characters and situations to warrant the leap it takes to buy into this at times ridiculous and pretentious tale. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
57% Stray (2019) "Stray" falters in the narrative department but looks good and holds interest. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
31% Mapplethorpe (2019) [D]irector Ondi Timoner... has crafted a stylish, evocative, absorbing snapshot of creative expression, artistic ambition, sexuality and eroticism. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
90% The Last Resort (2018) In 70 short minutes, directors Dennis Scholl and Kareem Tabsch skillfully pack their Miami Beach-centric documentary, "The Last Resort," with a wealth of visual, emotional, social, cultural and historical significance. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
95% What Is Democracy? (2019) [A] kaleidoscopic, somewhat random, yet always involving approach to a major concept that, despite the wealth and breadth of Taylor's offerings here, feels like just the first step in surveying anew where democracy stands. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
100% A Tuba to Cuba (2019) Just sit back and enjoy. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
80% The Maestro (2019) Still, amid the glorious music, the fine period re-creation and burnished photography, the emotionally sound portrayal of artistic endeavor and that award-worthy turn by Berkeley, "The Maestro" often scores. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
No Score Yet The Divorce Party (2019) Despite the film's baked-in predictability... proves funny, gently ironic and ultimately touching. Lovely use of Savannah, Ga., locales as well. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
38% Untogether (2019) Despite flashes of something greater at work, it's a largely unsatisfying, unevenly-paced drama. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
44% The Prodigy (2019) [A] tense and gripping, persuasively acted horror-thriller that evokes such evil-child flicks as "The Omen," "The Exorcist," "The Bad Seed" and "The Good Son," while carving its own pulse-pounding, if inherently far-fetched niche in the process. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
80% St. Bernard Syndicate (2019) "St. Bernard Syndicate," directed by satirical documentarian Mads Brügger, begins as an amusingly eccentric, mockumentary-style comedy but runs out of gas about halfway through. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
89% Arctic (2019) Stirring cinematography by Tómas Örn Tómasson, who captures the film's stark Icelandic location with sweep and dazzle, plus an evocatively pensive, strings-heavy score by Joseph Trapanese, rounds out this enervating and exhilarating film. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
No Score Yet The Gandhi Murder (2019) Its timely messages become muted amid a kaleidoscope of settings, characters, brusque action scenes, blunt speechifying and wan romance. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
No Score Yet Behaving Badly (2014) "Behaving Badly" is a dreadful sex comedy that gets worse and worse as its dopey story snowballs into relative incoherence. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
33% King of Thieves (2019) If only this post-heist section had more tension, suspense and surprise, "King" could have been a real contender. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
70% The Invisibles (2019) Although this movie's unusual mix of first-person interviews, archival footage, voiceover narration and dramatic reenactments is a bit awkward, it still makes for a gripping, involving and affecting experience. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
No Score Yet The Untold Story (2019) [A] bland, rather old-hat take on male reinvention and redemption. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
13% I Hate Kids (2019) Actions and emotions turn on a dime, chuckles are few and it's clear this predictable film, directed by John Asher, doesn't quite realize how retrograde and often offensive it is - which makes it all even worse. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
25% Sgt. Will Gardner (2019) [Martini's] filmmaking instincts... prove too self-indulgent and heavy-handed to tell the kind of emotionally involving tale about post-traumatic stress disorder among returning soldiers that he clearly had in mind. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
86% Beyond the Night (2018) The generically titled "Beyond the Night" spins out a twisty mystery that becomes more engrossing as it unfolds. But writer-director Jason Noto's drama too often proves a drearily one-note look at small-town crime, corruption and narrow-mindedness. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
49% Escape Room (2019) The amped-up psychological thriller "Escape Room" pretty much accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it fairly well. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
No Score Yet Being Rose (2019) Unfortunately, the romance zigzags in and out too much to effectively drive the narrative and inform the dying Rose's emotional arc in the way, by all rights, it should have. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
93% Stan & Ollie (2019) "Stan & Ollie," the story of the bittersweet final bow of legendary duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, should move and delight fans of the beloved performers while enjoyably exposing the less initiated to these comedy giants. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018