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Rated R for drug content including teen drug and alcohol use, language, sexuality and nudity.

R In Theaters 08/10/2012 , 94min.
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Critic score based on 13 reviews

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August 11, 2012
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
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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The Hollywood Reporter
A coming-of-age story without any clear epiphany, Goats meanders rather aimlessly through 92 minutes of running time. Full Review
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. Full Review
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
Goats is just b-a-a-a-aad. Full Review
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. Full Review
Nick Schager
Village Voice
Incapable of energizing Mark Poirier's leaden script (based on his own novel), Christopher Neil directs with a mechanical blandness made more tedious still by a score of gentle guitar strumming so aggravatingly benign it might inspire you to partake in one of Wendy's climactic, cathartic primal screams. Full Review

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