• Released
  • August 10, 2012
  • R , 1 hr 34 min
  • Comedy
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60

Time Out New York

By Eric Hynes
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.
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58

The Playlist

By Todd Gilchrist
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.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
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.
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50

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
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.
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50

Slant Magazine

Christopher Neil's film is more location-scouted and photographed than directed and acted.
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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.
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50

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
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.
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50

Los Angeles Times

By Robert Abele
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.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

A coming-of-age story without any clear epiphany, Goats meanders rather aimlessly through 92 minutes of running time.
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0

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Goats is just b-a-a-a-aad.
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38 out of 100
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