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Based on 13 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 2 )
  • NA
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Goats is just b-a-a-a-aad. show more

  • 40
    The Hollywood Reporter

    A coming-of-age story without any clear epiphany, Goats meanders rather aimlessly through 92 minutes of running time. show more

  • 50
    New York Post

    First-time director Christopher Neil (a Coppola cousin) scores points for scenery: The treks in the Arizona desert are shot beautifully - as is Duchovny's chiseled, oft-naked bod. show more

  • 50
    Slant Magazine

    Christopher Neil's film is more location-scouted and photographed than directed and acted. show more

  • 50
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    Ms. Farmiga is the only one who seems to be having any fun, as an aging flower child stuck in an earlier decade and addicted to healing vortex workshops and primal screams. Mellow, but very much a work in progress, Goats has a bland but overcrowded menu that could benefit from a little feta. show more

  • 60
    Eric Hynes Time Out New York

    Farmiga persuades as a kooky monster of a matriarch, while Javier is an ideal vessel for Duchovny's laconic line readings (he's grown into an even more deadpan Bill Murray). Goats may cover an all-too-familiar terrain, but at least it grazes it well. show more

  • 58
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    Ellis (The Good Wife's Graham Phillips), an alienated teen, smokes weed and hangs out with a goat-obsessed, pot-cultivating surrogate father (David Duchovny, hidden by hair). New Age details aside, though, Ellis is easily identifiable as a distant cousin-by-genre to J.D. Salinger's Holden Caulfield. show more

  • 58
    Todd Gilchrist The Playlist

    Overall, it's not that Neil's directorial debut is boring or even disappointing, it's that it's just unexceptional – almost exactly the sort of dime-a-dozen growing-up story that's become a Sundance/ independent film world cliché. show more

  • 50
    Robert Abele Los Angeles Times

    It all remains remarkably free of memorable comic situations, dramatic tension or emotional insight. Adolescence may be bruising, crazy or normal, but it's rarely this staid. show more

  • 50
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    If Mr. Neil had the tonal mastery of Wes Anderson, Goats could have been so much more than an episodic sequence of whimsical little psychodramas. show more

  • August 11, 2012 davidmarcel1
    Report This User

    Interesting and honest coming of age story with an awesome cast. Nice if you\'re looking for an alternative to the mainstream action or super hero flick. Nothing wrong with those types of films, just neede a break.

  • August 10, 2012 circeswrld
    Report This User

    I love coming of age films, so I knew I had to check out this film. It\'s pretty charming. Duchovny is the standout, but I enjoyed the entire cast. I\'ve known kids like Ellis-- great kids trying to find their way with parents who have their own, rather significant, issues. I really enjoyed this journey.

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