Loses the flavor of the journey.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
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
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.
Nick Schager - Village Voice
"Goats" is just b-a-a-a-aad.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
... 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
Mellow, but very much a work in progress, Goats has a bland but overcrowded menu that could benefit from a little feta.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Genial but gratingly irrelevant and none too witty.
Rob Nelson - Variety
If I were Holden Caulfield, I might call it lousy.
Sara Stewart - New York Post
Despite the ever-escalating cost of private education, there are still some who feel that there's no character more empathetic than a boarding school lad.
Jordan Hoffman - Film.com
A debut feature lacking both finesse and ingenuity.
Justin Lowe - Hollywood Reporter
Nibbles on a lot of stuff it never gets around to digesting.
Robert Abele - Los Angeles Times
A sweet junket into the land of the new agers, and youth that refuses to grow old.
Ron Wilkinson - Monsters and Critics
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
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
A capable cast can't elevate this mediocre coming-of-age comedy.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
This is a very effecting drama about a teenage boy buffeted by starkly contrasting role models from the adult world.
Kirk Honeycutt - honeycuttshollywood.com
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
[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
Christopher Neil's film is more location-scouted and photographed than directed and acted.
Kalvin Henely - Slant Magazine
Pretty, confused and thrilling to analyze and revisit, Goats is just like adolescence.
Phil Villarreal - OK! Magazine
"Goats" is an amateurish coming-of-age movie made up scattershot ideas that are never developed.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Goats may cover an all-too-familiar terrain, but at least it grazes it well.
Eric Hynes - Time Out New York
Random and disappointing. Even Capricorns will give it a hooves' down. Rent "Running with Scissors" instead.
Kimberly Gadette - Doddle
A coming-of-age comedy/drama that unfortunately doesn't have much new to say on the topic of coming of age.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
"Goats" is standing on the shoulders of its coming-of-age predecessors, adding nothing except a reminder that every generation goes through the same thing - evidently, cinematically as well as personally.
Todd Gilchrist - The Playlist