Goat Reviews

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September 24, 2016
Like a driver's-ed filmstrip of bloody car wrecks, its scenes of ritualized cruelty, initially grueling, soon blur together.
September 23, 2016
Effective and jarring, Goat is a tough pill to swallow, but that's the point.
September 23, 2016
A pretty fantastic character study that really keeps you invested in the story and where it goes.
September 23, 2016
Goat is a suitably horrific expos of campus hazing, but it's wise about the difficulties of ending it, even when victims and perpetrators both want it to stop.
September 23, 2016
Ultimately...it's the story of the real brothers, well played by Schnetzer and Jonas, rather than the pseudo ones of the frat that gives the picture its power.
September 23, 2016
A shocking descent into debauchery that's as gripping as it is disgusting, [with] Neel delivering a searing portrait of abuse I'm not sure I could have torn my eyes away from had I wanted to try.
September 23, 2016
Neel and co-writer David Gordon Green make an ungainly attempt to wrap its unsavory subject matter in a melodrama that's just not convincing, despite some strong performances.
September 23, 2016
It's unflinching in showing what happens and how it happens, but the whys of the culture elude it.
September 22, 2016
If the story takes familiar turns, it does nothing to lessen its impact. The calamities arrive like way stations in a classic Greek tragedy of hubris and excess.
September 22, 2016
Director Andrew Neel and writer David Gordon Green masterfully infuse the latent physical threat that arises when a group of hyper-masculine frat boys get together into a quiet indie drama.
September 22, 2016
Goat depicts a sheep among wolves, and the only scenes that feel untrue are the ones that imply the sheep are winning.
September 22, 2016
[it's] is about a male fraternity, which easily could qualify it as a boys-will-be-boys lark... [but] Goat is a more serious venture -- one that tackles this all-American institution's casual brutality with a refreshingly bare-bones candor.
September 22, 2016
These scenes put the strong young cast through their paces, with Schnetzer in particular giving a breakout performance that encapsulates Neel's exploration of masculinity and its faults.
September 22, 2016
Andrew Neel's Goat wants to be a shocking expos of fraternity hazing, but it undercuts itself at every step.
September 22, 2016
Goat wouldn't be as strong as it is without the strength of Schnetzer's lead performance, which provides the emotional anchor around which the rest of the film orbits.
September 22, 2016
This one's a tough sit. I had to look away at times; at the film's midpoint, the hazing rituals of hell week begin in earnest, and Neel doesn't elide much. There's a numbing aspect to "Goat." But the best of it, I'd say, is honorably harsh ...
September 22, 2016
This isn't an easy film to watch. But it's even harder to forget.
September 22, 2016
A narrowly focused but unsettling indictment of campus culture.
September 22, 2016
The film is another near-miss talking point in an endless deluge of reminders that this system creates a breeding ground for toxic masculinity.
September 22, 2016
Competent and finely-acted as it is - and that includes the former Jonas brother - it's talented enough to make you wish it had something more surprising to say.
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