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In Goats, Ellis (Graham Phillips) is the most adult member of his eccentric family at 15 years old. His mom (Vera Farmiga) is a New Age hippie that spends all of her time working on self-help rituals with her hustler boyfriend (Justin Kirk). His dad (Ty Burrell) left home years ago and is more focused on his new wife (Keri Russell) and family. And then there's Goat Man (David Duchovny), the goat-herding sage who has lived in their pool house since Ellis was a child, teaching him the meaning of stability, commitment, and expanding one's mind. When Ellis decides to leave Tucson to go to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 20%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Nibbles on a lot of stuff it never gets around to digesting."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
""Goats" is just b-a-a-a-aad."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"A sweet junket into the land of the new agers, and youth that refuses to grow old."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"A capable cast can't elevate this mediocre coming-of-age comedy."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
"Pretty, confused and thrilling to analyze and revisit, Goats is just like adolescence."
‑ Phil Villarreal, OK! Magazine
"If I were Holden Caulfield, I might call it lousy."
‑ Sara Stewart, New York Post
"[The] solid cast ... can't make the film feel like anything more than a meander through the familiar-feeling angst of a privileged teenager."
‑ Alison Willmore, AV Club
"A strong cast and the sweet and simple nature of the script (based on the novel by Mark Poirier) makes Goats a charming little indie tale worth the viewing."
‑ Shannon M. Houston, Paste Magazine
"This is a very effecting drama about a teenage boy buffeted by starkly contrasting role models from the adult world."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, honeycuttshollywood.com
"Christopher Neil's film is more location-scouted and photographed than directed and acted."
‑ Kalvin Henely, Slant Magazine
"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."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"... a stubborn, mangy, tangled-haired mutt of a movie -- one that could have used a little more guidance and construction and a little less free-range 'quirkiness.'"
‑ James Rocchi, MSN Movies
"A movie that isn't terrible, but--apart from the goat fixation and Duchovny's zonked-out turn--doesn't offer much that hasn't been done elsewhere, and often better."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"The actors struggle to seem off-handed, much as the script does. Goats needs to be more goat-like in every way - unbridled, untamed, randy - and it never is."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
""Goats" is an amateurish coming-of-age movie made up scattershot ideas that are never developed."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
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