Joe Gould's Secret
Joe Gould's Secret (2000)

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,… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: April 7, 2000
DVD Release Date: September 26, 2000
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gavin Smith
Film Comment Magazine

The film is too lackluster and inconsequential to pack any punch. Director Tucci's mise-en-scène is too self-regarding and fussy, the just-so period design is stifling, the cinematography arid.

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Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Like its lead character, eventually becomes so aggravating that it long overstays its welcome.

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Karina Montgomery

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.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Stanley Tucci's lovingly crafted film pretends to be about Joe Gould, and all the time its real subject is hidden right there before us in plain view.

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Cole Smithey

An interesting little movie.

Rob Gonsalves

Most of the movie is refreshingly light and good-hearted.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

promise for dealing with the homeless common man is there, but ... falls short in this vein

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Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Tucci's slow-paced storytelling in "Big Night" was brave and worked beautifully, but the same technique in "Joe Gould's Secret" becomes annoying.

Elias Savada
Nitrate Online

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
Good on you Stanley Tucci. You are as good a director as you are a performer. What a delightful tale.