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% The Mustangs: America's Wild Horses (2021) A lovely, essential portrait that's also a little dull. It sometimes feels more like a promotional film than penetrating documentary. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2021
100% Golden Voices (2021) This evocative tale is worth experiencing for Belkin's lovely, lived-in turn as a woman of a certain age trying to find her place in a world not of her making. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2021
70% Falling for Figaro (2021) It's hard to fall for "Falling for Figaro." - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2021
100% The Auschwitz Report (2021) Tells yet another true-life Holocaust-era tale of courage and daring with harrowing and deeply affecting results. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2021
81% The Most Beautiful Boy in the World (2021) The result is a cinematic curio in search of a more conclusive theme and emotional payoff. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2021
21% The Starling (2021) Screenwriter Matt Harris' overreliance on whimsy and a seemingly desperate need to tug at our hearts - instead of our minds - undercuts the film's more valid situations and sentiments. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
92% The Capote Tapes (2021) This well-constructed film effectively highlights the key points of the Southern-born icon's singular, often troubled life and proves a vivid, enjoyable portrait of a one-of-a-kind provocateur. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2021
82% Whirlybird (2021) Quibbles aside, "Whirlybird" proves a memorably evocative time capsule of 1980s and '90s Los Angeles and the people who made - and captured - the news, as well as a stirring portrait of regret. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2021
94% Never Gonna Snow Again (2021) Don't look for logic or literalness here, but rather magic and metaphor and let the film's transporting, imaginative elements take over. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2021
81% Ride the Eagle (2021) Good intentions aside, this sluggish film never soars beyond its innate contrivances and frequently flat, knee-jerk humor. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
94% No Ordinary Man (2021) This is a compelling, often profound film, one that creatively surmounts its inherent limitations and shines a vital and heartfelt light on being transgender. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
42% Casanova, Last Love (2021) "Casanova, Last Love," which looks at the famed 18th century philanderer's infatuation with the supposed "one true love of his life," is a dull and uninvolving portrait that, despite its sumptuous settings and costumes, never takes flight. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
100% The Price of Freedom (2021) Clear-eyed, compassionate and compelling, the documentary "The Price of Freedom" efficiently unpacks and debunks the myths it posits the National Rifle Assn. of America has deployed to further its all-guns-all-the-time agenda and foster a culture war. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2021
92% Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation (2021) Watching this captivating film, especially during Pride month, one can't help but wonder how these outsized talents would have fared in a more open and embracing society - or would their demons have simply followed them into the 21st century? - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
91% Sublet (2021) It's an evocative film that creeps up on you in unpredictably tender ways, so prepare to shed a tear or two - or three. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
14% American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally (2021) Period re-creation is decent (the interiors-heavy film was shot entirely in Puerto Rico), Polish effectively peppers in bits of archival footage, and the story is often involving despite its missteps. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
80% Shepherd: The Story of a Jewish Dog (2021) Younger viewers will receive a worthy, accessible lesson in the era's dreadful legacy, though older audiences may sometimes find its approach - and a few of the performances - a tad on-the-nose. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
92% Final Account (2021) It's a fascinating look, yet again, at one of history's most horrendous periods and explores the era's eternal question: "Were you a perpetrator if you knew, but said or did nothing?" - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
68% Monster (2019) "Monster" is a terrific film: a strong, absorbing, beautifully performed and crafted social drama that, unfortunately, proves even timelier today than when it was shot in 2017. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2021
70% My Wonderful Wanda (Wanda, Mein Wunder) (2021) Still, a busy third act that features... several other emotionally charged moments help close things out on a more affecting note. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2021
97% Shiva Baby (2021) As is, it largely plays like one of those semi-hip farces from the late 1960s or early '70s - only with minivans and sexting. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
35% Six Minutes to Midnight (2021) It's a potentially intriguing bit of fiction that plays out in, at best, serviceable ways. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
15% Deadly Illusions (2020) Movies don't come much clunkier than "Deadly Illusions," an unconvincing mishmash of psychodrama and erotic thriller filled with silly plot holes, obvious dialogue, and risibly bad actions and reactions. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
71% Still Life in Lodz (2021) Grünberg effectively incorporates archival photos and footage, drawings, and lyrical, illustrative bits of animation into this brief but rich documentary, which ends on a lovely note that brings Elbaum's journey full circle. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
74% Boss Level (2021) "Boss Level" takes a well-worn gag and injects energy, showing the genre is still a game worth playing. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
71% My Salinger Year (2021) Joanna's journey of creative and emotional enlightenment... is managed with grace, tenderness and touching credibility by a wonderfully winning Qualley in concert with Philippe Falardeau's smart, engaging direction and screenplay. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
69% Moxie (2021) Likable, well-performed and admirably inclusive, if not terribly deep... - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
80% A Dramatic Film (Un Film Dramatique) (2019) The openness, warmth and respect the kids show one another is heartening to watch. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
100% Twilight's Kiss (Suk Suk) (2021) [T]his approach lends the story a kind of mosaic quality, effectively fleshing out our protagonists vis-a-vis their friends, family members and home lives. How Pak tends his beloved cab speaks volumes. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
91% Cowboys (2021) Writer-director Anna Kerrigan's western-tinged "Cowboys" feels like the right movie at the right time. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
28% Bliss (2021) Writer-director Mike Cahill takes earnest stabs at big ideas and themes, including the concept of "bliss," but never clearly or cogently enough to draw us in on an emotional or intellectual level. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
67% Falling (2020) Ultimately, this grueling, overlong picture - think a chamber piece but with multiple characters and locations - never zeroes in on what it wants us to think or feel about Willis or John. But if it's sympathy, it doesn't get there. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
83% Pinocchio (2020) For all its flaws and missteps (more nose growing antics, please), the movie gets under your skin and holds interest... - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
67% Penguin Bloom (2021) Aided by its deft performances, the film manages its tricky emotional territory with aplomb, rarely dipping into sentimentality or easy conciliations. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
96% Breaking Fast (2020) As in most rom-coms, it's not if the couple will get together but how. Still, Mosallam's incisive and heartfelt, if occasionally on-the-nose, approach to matters of love, religion, family and culture sets the film apart. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
85% Our Friend (2020) Yet it's the strength of its cast, in the capable hands of director Gabriela Cowperthwaite, that truly makes the film such a poignant and profound experience. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
93% Some Kind of Heaven (2021) [D]espite its merits, this wry look at several beleaguered senior citizens living in the world's largest retirement community - Central Florida's the Villages - is often undercut by this telescoped approach. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
75% Wander Darkly (2020) Although the whole thing's a bit of a jumble, the L.A.-set film becomes more immersive as we slowly adjust to its ambitious conceit and unique rhythms. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
26% Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) Writer-director John Patrick Shanley's old-fashioned, at times transporting, romantic comedy "Wild Mountain Thyme" has a lot going for it, which makes it a shame that it's not a wholly stronger film. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
56% All My Life (2020) Rothe and Shum Jr. have such nice, authentic chemistry that they should put it to good use again. Perhaps there's a jaunty rom-com out there with their names on it. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
100% Mayor (2020) More background on Hadid's earlier life and political ascendance would have also been welcome. Still, "Mayor" proves a unique, involving and edifying experience. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
77% Uncle Frank (2020) "Uncle Frank," a finely acted, often deeply emotional period piece that, despite its share of strong moments, stacks the deck too much for its own dramatic good. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
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
98% 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
89% 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
76% 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
85% 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
63% 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