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
No Score Yet 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
64% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
No Score Yet Chasing Einstein (2019) [A] brainy, niche, often arcane documentary... - Los Angeles Times EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
86% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
94% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
80% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
63% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
87% Freaks (2019) It's watchable and intriguing stuff, yet also silly and inconsistent. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
60% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
81% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
71% Consequences (Posledice) (2018) For all its loaded potential to evolve into a gripping look at life in a correctional facility plus an atypical spin on gay longing, the film squanders much of its running time with thin, repetitive scenes of young men behaving badly. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
100% Teacher (2019) [A] tense and propulsive thriller with several vital, provocatively rendered thoughts on its seething mind. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
59% Astronaut (2019) Better to revisit "Cocoon" or "Space Cowboys" instead. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
No Score Yet Wish Man (2019) "Wish Man..." is affecting, absorbing and inspiring enough to make you wish it was an all-around better film. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
No Score Yet The Price For Silence (2019) An unconvincing, late-breaking tragic turn; several dubious, go-nowhere supporting characters; and a blurrily provocative ending don't help. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
No Score Yet One Bedroom (2019) When it finally calms down and takes a more serious look at the nitty-gritty of romantic relationships... "One Bedroom" offers some authentic insight into what brings people together, keeps them united and splits them apart. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
67% Lying and Stealing (2019) The jaunty, neo-noirish crime outing "Lying and Stealing" has its moments - chiefly the engaging performances of sexy leads Theo James and Emily Ratajkowski - but is too short on depth and logic to prove much more than a glossy, forgettable trifle. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
83% Opening Night (2017) Anchored by an engaging turn by Topher Grace as Nick, a failed Broadway performer turned stage manager, the film, directed by Isaac Rentz from a script by Gerry De Leon and Greg Lisi, packs plenty of music and mischief into its brief running time. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
44% Back to the Fatherland (2019) Several engaging main characters and warm cross-generational relationships can't quite offset patchy storytelling and uncertain aims in "Back to the Fatherland." - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
90% Before Stonewall (2019) "Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community..." remains a vital, well-told, if slightly rough-around-the-edges chronicle of LGBTQ history from the early 20th century to 1969's birth of the modern gay rights movement. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
10% The Professor (2019) Depp, sporting a distractingly foppish, unfurling-flag hairdo, commits to his character's tricky balancing act but over-relies on his signature rakishness to fully convince. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
No Score Yet Madame Yankelova's Fine Literature Club (2019) It's a workable fantasy setup that's undermined by a seemingly deliberate lack of detail about the characters, the Club and the world at large. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
67% The Quiet One (2019) "The Quiet One," director Oliver Murray's nostalgic documentary... enjoyably lives up to its unassuming title. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
96% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) This moving and profound portrait serves as a fitting biographical tribute as well as a piercing, often painful recount of African American history from slavery and the Civil War to the Jim Crow era, the Civil Rights movement and beyond. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
91% Framing John DeLorean (2019) Dramatic reenactments in documentaries are rarely that effective. And the ambitious, starry level to which they're taken in the otherwise involving biodoc "Framing John DeLorean" only underscores how distracting and unconvincing they can be. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
100% 5B (2019) "5B" proves as inspiring as it does unsettling with its heroic stories of the hospital staffers and allies who fought ignorance, fear, bigotry and political wrangling to protect the rights and integrity of AIDS patients. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
44% Hampstead (2019) The quasi-credible friendship that develops between Emily and Harry gives way to a less plausible romance. But the winning, sympathetic Keaton and an enjoyably puckish Gleeson largely sell the contrived setup. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
100% Barbara Rubin & the Exploding NY Underground (2019) Director-producer-editor Chuck Smith deserves kudos for exhuming the spirit of this complex, contradictory, largely forgotten soul. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
No Score Yet Arrangiarsi (Pizza... and the Art of Living) (2019) Yet the movie's energy, ebullience, vivid scenery and pizza porn keep us watching, even when it loses its thematic way - which is often. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
95% The Lavender Scare (2019) A wealth of archival footage and stills, candid chats with victims of this harrowing era plus effective voiceovers... combine for a vivid, disturbing and rousing picture of specious government intrusion at its worst. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
No Score Yet Everything Is Free (2017) "Free" proves a bold, amusing and enjoyable ride. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
100% Canary (Kanarie) (2018) [A] rich, poignant and finely observed musical-drama. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
100% The Cold Blue (2019) How great that these inspiring and poignant patriots are still around to tell their tales - and that Nelson had the foresight and skill to create such an exceptional tribute to them. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
No Score Yet The Lumber Baron (2019) Ambition overtakes ways and means in "The Lumber Baron," a fusty and unpersuasive if well-intentioned drama about the American logging industry circa 1910 that has "Masterpiece Theatre" aims but far more pedestrian results. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
88% Chasing Portraits (2019) Still [Rynecki] effectively captures a raft of emotional beats, especially those involving her kindly, Holocaust-survivor dad, who prefers to keep his dark childhood at arm's length. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
80% Photograph (2019) Patient viewers who enjoy deeply felt films that take their sweet (in a good way) time to tell a small, human and relatable story should find writer-director Ritesh Batra's... "Photograph" a lovely, charming and gently transporting journey. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
62% XY Chelsea (2019) This frequently fascinating, frustrating study in naiveté, personal turmoil and self-discovery leaves the viewer stranded in process. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
No Score Yet Game Girls (2018) It's a one-day-at-a-time kind of portrait that's dispiriting, unsettling and undeniably authentic. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
55% My Son (Mon garçon) (2019) Think a more bare-bones, French-language "Taken." - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
93% If the Dancer Dances (2019) Modern dance devotees and fans of legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham will find much to appreciate in the lovingly crafted documentary "If the Dancer Dances." - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
70% Bolden (2019) No one could ever call "Bolden," a vivid and inventive musical-drama about the unsung life of New Orleans jazz "inventor" Charles "Buddy" Bolden, a by-the-numbers biopic. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
100% The River and the Wall (2019) Director Ben Masters' compelling, gorgeously shot, super-timely documentary "The River and the Wall" should be required viewing of anyone charged with making a public case for or against a border wall between the United States and Mexico. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
83% Marilyn (2019) "Marilyn" isn't another take on Hollywood's iconic bombshell but rather a gripping, sensitive coming-of-age drama set in Argentina. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019