Joe Gould's Secret
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This historical comedy-drama is based on the true story of Joe Gould, a bohemian eccentric who was a fixture in New York's Greenwich Village from his arrival in 1916 to his death in 1964. Gould, who claimed to be a graduate of Harvard, would cadge drinks and subsist on catsup as he regaled patrons of neighborhood saloons with stories, poems, opinions, and his imitation of a seagull. In a 1942 New Yorker profile by journalist Joseph Mitchell, Gould spoke of his life's work, a book entitled An Oral History of Our Times , which he claimed would be eleven times longer than the Bible,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

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"promise for dealing with the homeless common man is there, but ... falls short in this vein"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Tucci's slow-paced storytelling in "Big Night" was brave and worked beautifully, but the same technique in "Joe Gould's Secret" becomes annoying."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"All the film's energy goes into Ian Holm's stellar performance."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Most of the movie is refreshingly light and good-hearted."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Like its lead character, eventually becomes so aggravating that it long overstays its welcome."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Joe Gould's Secret - slow, detailed, cautious, and ultimately kind of obtuse. Perhaps the problem is that this is the first movie he has directed that he hasn't written."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"After the conceptually madcap and sophisticated The Impostors, one expects better."
‑ Peter Henne, Film Journal International
"An interesting little movie."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"An inventive drama where most of the characters are driven by a glorious and maddening love of New York City."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Stanley Tucci has once more grabbed a brass ring, spinning a self-immersed, character-driven tale of a flinty mad hatter and the man who would be his storyteller."
‑ Elias Savada, Nitrate Online
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