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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
80% Chichinette: The Accidental Spy (2019) Writer-director Nicola Hens eschews the classic documentary mix of archival footage, interviews with outside observers, dramatic re-enactments and the like to support her narrative - and it tends to work against her.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2020
31% Love Wedding Repeat (2020) The movie can feel like a not-very-well-oiled, Rube Goldberg-like machine. And a predictable one at that.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
100% Slay the Dragon (2020) [A] compelling and instructive look at the political practice of gerrymandering.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
20% Coffee & Kareem (2020) Although its lame-pun title is a tip-off, it still won't prepare you for the 88 irretrievable minutes of your life that is the barrel-bottom action-comedy "Coffee & Kareem."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
41% The Roads Not Taken (2020) Despite the noble ambitions of writer-director Sally Potter ("Orlando, "The Party"), "The Roads Not Taken" proves a morose and baffling drama; a painful, snail's-paced 85 minutes with little payoff.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
61% Hope Gap (2020) [A]n intelligent and absorbing, if slightly bland domestic drama scripted and directed by William Nicholson, inspired by his own parents' divorce.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
90% Straight Up (2020) Sweeney and Findlay, who's a real find, are head-spinningly good here, juggling their torrents of dialogue with aplomb.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
53% Guns Akimbo (2020) [A] brash, crass, often mind-numbing ride.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
48% Greed (2020) Let's just say the phrase "Eat the rich" takes on a whole new meaning here.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
No Score Yet Emerald Run (2020) The movie, filmed over several start-and-stop years contains lots of weak dialogue, heavy-handed faith talk, awkward voiceovers, thin characterizations and illogical plot turns. Any questions?‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
5% The Last Thing He Wanted (2020) There's some overreach and muddle here - you wouldn't want a pop quiz on the plot - but "Last Thing" remains an intriguing, visually diverting piece, well shot by Bobby Bukowski.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
68% Olympic Dreams (2020) "Olympic Dreams" is a wispy, quasi-romantic dramedy whose affecting moments are eclipsed by its overly random, sometimes awkwardly played and constructed narrative.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
77% A Simple Wedding (2020) The film's second act ends too soon leaving an overlong third act more focused on the predictable romance between Alex's divorced mother and Nousha's visiting uncle than on the Nousha-Alex dynamic.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
86% José (2020) "José" is hardly the first movie to spotlight a young person navigating their homosexuality... Nonetheless... this sophomore feature.. feels like a singular and essential entry in that subset of LGBTQ coming-of-age films with an international beat.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
35% Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words (2020) With its shrewdly chosen archival clips and lack of opposing voices, this lengthy, often tone-deaf section (especially from today's #MeToo vantage point) plays as if Thomas simply wanted his say for a new generation and got it...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
82% The Traitor (2020) [I]t ultimately seems as if there was a more economical, propulsive and entertaining way for a master such as Bellocchio to recount this explosive and pivotal chapter of Mafia history.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
17% Tyler Perry's A Fall from Grace (2020) [A] convoluted legal/romantic thriller that, ironically, might be best enjoyed with a theaterful of moviegoers whose astounded reactions might be more entertaining than this off-the-rails potboiler.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
86% Afterward (2020) No matter, it's a timely and essential portrait.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
40% The Song of Names (2019) [The Song of Names] remains among the better serious, adult-oriented films of this holiday season.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
36% Lost Holiday (2019) Sorry, not cute.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
86% Only Cloud Knows (2019) [F]rankly, you could turn a camera on most any average couple's life and come up with something just as involving - or not.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
17% The Great War (2019) Luke fills his at times heavy-handed, anachronistic script with enough sincere emotion and grace notes to counter the film's physical and financial restraints, narrowly staged combat scenes and limited character development.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
No Score Yet Broken Dreams (2019) Although vital and intriguing, the film could have been more seamlessly assembled.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
89% After Class (Safe Spaces) (2019) We've seen many versions of this kind of story before, but there's something so spot-on and involving about the film, written and directed by Daniel Schechter... that it proves surprisingly refreshing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
97% The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (2019) Don't let its florid, mouthful of a title mislead you: "The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open" is a film that's as urgent and unpretentious as it is remarkable.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
94% When Lambs Become Lions (2019) Fascinating and affecting, if a bit sluggish until it finds its narrative way...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
80% 16 Bars (2019) The sobering, candid, sadly profound documentary "16 Bars" may center on a 2017 music workshop for prisoners in a Richmond, Va., jail but emerges as an unsettling snapshot of recidivism and the flaws in America's criminal justice system.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
No Score Yet A Fish in the Bathtub (1999) A wan crisscross of romantic issues and missteps involving several of the supporting characters ineffectively pads the thin central story scripted by John Silverstein, David Chudnovsky and Joan's now-late husband, Raphael D. Silver.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
No Score Yet To Be of Service (2019) More specifics about the dogs' training, care and the costs involved would have been a plus. Otherwise, it's a stirring portrait of war, duty, sacrifice and the love of a good dog.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
60% Mrs. Lowry & Son (2019) If often sad and unsettling, the film is also livelier and less oppressive than it may sound thanks to the fine writing, deft direction by Adrian Noble, and the superb, if painful interplay between Redgrave and Spall.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
59% Frankie (2019) [A] film that whisks us away, showcases such a talented and eclectic array of performers, and reconfirms a singular filmmaker's affecting artistry.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
75% The Cat and the Moon (2019) This indulgent, overlong film takes a solid hour for its bigger themes of love, loss and guilt to settle in. By then, however, the movie has tried our patience to the point that many may not care.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
80% Cyrano, My Love (Edmond) (2019) [A] brisk, funny, sneakily poignant love letter to words, plays, playwrights and actors.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
60% High Strung Free Dance (2019) This follow-up to 2016's "High Strung" has its visual dazzle and performance highs but the story and characters are just too fake, chaste and grit-free to take seriously.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
No Score Yet Liberty: Mother of Exiles (2019) The fine HBO-produced documentary "Liberty: Mother of Exiles" serves as a comprehensive primer on all things Statue of Liberty.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
66% Mister America (2019) Prolific actor-comedian-musician Tim Heidecker may have a sizable cult following but it's doubtful he'll find many new fans with his latest effort, the tedious and laugh-free mockumentary "Mister America."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
No Score Yet Game Day (2019) With its deeply creaky gender and racial themes, this strained film evokes something unearthed from several decades ago, if not before.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
70% The Game Changers (2019) The movie could have used a more thorough, gram-for-gram comparison of plant-based and animal proteins. No matter, there's much fine food for thought.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
No Score Yet Chasing Einstein (2019) [A] brainy, niche, often arcane documentary...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
92% The Harvesters (2019) This darkly powerful psychodrama finds fear and tension in its hermetic world of rural farming and religious immersion amid the almost contradictory beauty of its sprawling South African locale.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
85% Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (2019) [A]n intimate, often vérité look at how hearing loss affects three generations of a close-knit Portland, Ore., family.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
95% End of the Century (2019) [T]his seductive drama, written, directed and edited by Lucio Castro in his feature debut, carves its own niche as an intimate, time-jumping look at life and love's fortuitous twists and turns.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
76% Britt-Marie Was Here (2019) [T]he movie, though at times engaging and relatable, never works up the requisite head of steam.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
65% The Sound of Silence (2019) "The Sound of Silence," anchored by a superbly modulated performance by the always intriguing Peter Sarsgaard, is fascinating, original and, yes, deeply resonant.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
87% Freaks (2019) It's watchable and intriguing stuff, yet also silly and inconsistent.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
91% The Blonde One (2019) Although deliberately paced and a bit repetitive, the movie contains many lovely subtleties and two superb, swoony lead turns that keep us invested.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
58% Becoming Nobody (2019) Still, if "Becoming Nobody" may dig only as deeply as the filmmaker and/or Alpert chose to go, it remains an inspiring, stirringly meditative portrait of one man's profound spiritual influence on a world that has surely needed him.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
No Score Yet Last Ferry (2019) "Last Ferry" has much creative, emotional, sexual and sociocultural terrain in mind, at least according to its production notes. So why does the film feel so convoluted and unconvincing?‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
No Score Yet The Second Sun (2019) Save Mailer's pushy "New Yawk" accent, the leads do what they can with their unconvincing characters and the rusty plot, but it's a hopeless effort. Nice opening title sequence though.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
80% The Amazing Johnathan Documentary (2019) A deeper dive into Szeles' ostensibly complex psychological makeup might have given the movie more heft, though Szeles, magician that he is, clearly remains more about the illusion than the reveal.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019