Gary Goldstein Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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 Frank and Ava (2018) It's a valiant but awkward effort.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
100% Mr. Fish: Cartooning from the Deep End (2017) Booth's conflicted forays into "straight jobs..." deftly illustrate the classic struggle between art and commerce - and one man's uncompromising campaign to tell his truth.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
44% Write When You Get Work (2018) "Write When You Get Work" doesn't work. Not as a romance, not as a Robin Hood-tinged caper flick, not as a social commentary on racial inequity or classism, and not as a male-buddy picture.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
No Score Yet Head Full of Honey (2018) A raucous, wildly implausible, overlong jumble saddled by a host of misguided creative instincts. It's a potentially warm and delicate story that required a scalpel, but saw the blunt end of a sledgehammer instead.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
28% Elliot The Littlest Reindeer (2018) Undistinguished CGI animation, wan humor and uninspired dialogue further undermine this middling, if nicely-voiced journey.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
75% Song of Back and Neck (2018) The story... never comes together as a satisfying whole, even if it all proves relatively painless viewing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
No Score Yet Miss Dalí (2018) Ventura Pons, the writer-producer-director of "Miss Dalí," has crafted an oddly clunky, egregiously overlong biopic that's technically about Salvador Dalí's younger sister and his onetime model, Anna Maria.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
50% Postcards From London (2018) Despite a skillful use of color, lighting, framing and music, the movie's artificiality might have played in a short film but becomes tedious and pretentious when stretched to 90 minutes.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
68% The Christmas Chronicles (2018) Russell, he of the shaggy mane and those twinkly, crinkly eyes, digs into the classic role with a sleighful of energy, humor and gusto, deftly making the character his own with guidance from Matt Lieberman's inventive, myth-bending script.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
45% You're Not You (2014) It's unfortunate, then, that this earnest, hard-working adaptation of the 2006 Michelle Wildgen novel... isn't a more satisfying dramatic portrayal of the disease and its impact.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
32% Hits (2015) Unfortunately, by the end, thanks to a misguided use of a few offensive slurs against gays and African Americans, the whole thing turns needlessly ugly, undermining the goodwill Cross had mustered.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
89% Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain (2018) The fast-paced, globe-hopping documentary "Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain" provides plenty of words, examples and context to help define its complex subject, blockchain technology.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
79% Anchor and Hope (2018) There's a potentially smart and sexy lesbian dramedy at the heart of "Anchor and Hope" that gets lost amid idiosyncratic filmmaking and a lack of narrative discipline.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
50% 55 Steps (2018) The wild-haired Carter has the flashier role and, although she digs into it with gusto, she's all over the emotional map.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
92% Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Ingmar Bergman - Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies) (2018) A chatty and enjoyable but decidedly nondefinitive look at one of the cinema's most acclaimed, influential auteurs.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
No Score Yet The Divide (2018) A sluggish film that incessantly tries but never quite hits its big-as-a-barn emotional targets.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
70% The Delinquent Season (2018) O'Rowe... evokes both a theatrical and literary sense of narrative, with scenes effectively unfolding like well-honed chapters.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
95% This Is Congo (2018) A haunting window into a deeply anarchic world too-rarely glimpsed.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
67% Time Trap (2018) This opens things up to plenty of new dangers, including aliens and some seriously hostile cavemen, but not the kind of wholly propulsive, time-tripping fun that might be expected.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
100% Number 37 (Nommer 37) (2018) Deeply emotive performances by Ally and Rockman plus a strong turn by Sandi Schultz as the dead cop's partner, further elevate this tough, vivid film.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
88% What They Had (2018) One of the year's best indie dramas, one that should hit home with a wide range of viewers sure to relate to the achingly authentic family dynamics on display.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
75% Dovlatov (2018) An unusually entertaining bio-drama covering six days in the life of beleaguered Russian writer Sergei Dovlatov.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
94% Life and Nothing More (La Vida y Nada Más) (2018) It's a vital, singularly crafted film that simply tells it... like it is through the eyes of a struggling African American single mother and the adolescent son she desperately wants to keep out of trouble against the mounting odds.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
92% 1985 (2018) This profoundly resonant, smartly understated black-and-white film greatly benefits from more than 30 years worth of sociosexual perspective that reminds us how much has changed, yet how much else has not.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
80% Fail State (2018) [Fail State] remains a truly eye-opening and crucial exposé of yet another way, not unlike during last decade's subprime mortgage crisis, that vulnerable Americans get hurt just by trying to better their lives.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
No Score Yet Travel Ban: Make America Laugh Again (2018) If the way to a bigot's heart is through his funny bone, the smart, provocative documentary "Travel Ban" could definitely help change how some intolerant folks see Muslims and Middle Easterners. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
0% London Fields (2018) The aggressively awful "London Fields" is, once again, proof that not every successful novel should become a movie.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
89% Studio 54 (2018) The film greatly benefits from having the more introverted Schrager still around to provide firsthand insight, with the luxury of 40 years of reflective perspective, into the inner workings of his and Rubell's legendary creation.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
68% The Happy Prince (2018) Tells the gay scribe's tragic, slyly poetic story in a dreamy, inventive and beautifully crafted way that decidedly sets it apart.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
32% Loving Pablo (2018) "Tolerating Pablo" might have better suited this unremarkable picture...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
80% A Crooked Somebody (2018) Sommer, who did fine supporting work on TV's "Mad Men," doesn't prove a distinctive or charismatic enough presence to carry an entire film, especially one as uneven as this.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
50% Trouble (2018) It's a film that begins as a raucous rural comedy and deftly evolves into a poignant and reflective, yet still wryly amusing, story of what becomes of a family.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
No Score Yet Longing (2018) A gutsy slice of emotional complexity that straddles an intriguing, if not always successful line between the deeply poignant and the darkly absurd.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
89% Museum (Museo) (2018) "Museo" is a fun, stylish, singular heist flick that's about so much more than the theft itself.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
96% Jane Fonda in Five Acts (2018) An intriguingly human mirror of eight decades' worth of whirling social, political and cultural change.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
18% A Happening of Monumental Proportions (2018) Seldom has so much name talent been assembled in the service of a film as wan and misguided as "A Happening of Monumental Proportions," a title that couldn't be less apt if it tried.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
67% Hot to Trot (2018) Ultimately, it's the social, sexual, political and artistic power of the same-sex dance phenomenon that gives the topic its unique heft and vitality.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
97% Blaze (2018) A valiant if studied effort, one that occasionally calls to mind Terrence Malick's 2017 freeform music drama, "Song to Song."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
No Score Yet The Elephant and the Butterfly (Drôle de père) (2018) Belgian director Amélie van Elmbt's lovely trifle The Elephant and the Butterfly is as sweet and gentle -- and at times simplistic -- as its storybook title may imply.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
55% The Bookshop (2018) Despite its flaws, the film possesses such a clear passion and advocacy for writing, knowledge and personal expression that it emerges as a largely worthy and poignant accomplishment...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
20% The Little Mermaid (2018) There are likely enough sweet, effective moments to engage kids and their parents looking for a safe escape.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
No Score Yet Dr. Brinks & Dr. Brinks (2018) There are ultimately kernels of truth buried amid the film's random yakking, mini-crises and bits of forced bad behavior, but they prove too little, too late.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
100% Milla (2018) Although this quietly daring, decidedly nonjudgmental film doesn't ask or answer a lot of questions, it paints a cumulatively vivid portrait of young love and early motherhood.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
96% The Atomic Cafe (1982) Viewers old enough to remember "duck and cover" drills and homemade fallout shelters (and suits!) will get a special charge out of "Atomic's" many archival gems.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
92% A Prayer Before Dawn (2018) Although gruesome and grueling, it's an immersive, deeply powerful and darkly inspiring tale.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
100% The Spy Gone North (2018) A taut, slowly engrossing, effectively old-fashioned Cold War thriller.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
59% Dog Days (2018) [The] four-legged stars bring out the best in the movie's crisscross of humans - and in the film itself.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
47% Like Father (2018) "Like Father" swamps its workable emotional core and adept lead turns with some slapdash plotting and a raft of floating festivities.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
No Score Yet Brotherly Love (2018) The inept, painfully overlong "Brotherly Love" is a film so seemingly taken with its own endlessly campy, corny and clichéd self that, at nearly two hours, it contains maybe 30 minutes of flab.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
88% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) As a candid and involving socio-sexual time capsule of postwar to pre-AIDS Hollywood and how one free-thinking pioneer made a secret society of legendary artists and performers undeniably happy, "Scotty" definitely succeeds.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018