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
100% 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
43% 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
47% The Hummingbird Project (2019) A smartly entertaining and unexpectedly human film... - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
53% 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
42% The Kid (2019) [An] absorbing, well-structured and superbly acted movie. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
81% 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
32% 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
No Score Yet 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
88% 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
34% 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
75% 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
48% 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
No Score Yet Delaware Shore (2018) Sub-amateur acting, dialogue, storytelling and tech aspects; curious aging and timeline discrepancies, and an embarrassingly dated take on being gay, are among the many nails in this turkey's coffin. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
90% The Second Time Around (2018) Unfortunately the film, directed by Leon Marr needs more pep in its step, could use some judicious trimming and... features an unmemorable, under-drawn group of resident seniors, a missed opportunity to help flesh out... this slender, tender tale. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
93% Sicilian Ghost Story (2018) Although the story can feel chilly and oblique, it gets under your skin. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
No Score Yet Kill the Monsters (2018) Zippy editing, cool black-and-white photography, an excitingly used classic score and whirling, kooky performances add to this deceptively brainy film's look-at-me fun. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
No Score Yet Frank and Ava (2018) It's a valiant but awkward effort. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
30% Elliot The Littlest Reindeer (2018) Undistinguished CGI animation, wan humor and uninspired dialogue further undermine this middling, if nicely-voiced journey. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
69% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
69% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
74% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
93% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018