Owen Gleiberman
Select another critic »
For 2,346 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Owen Gleiberman's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
Lowest review score: 0 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Score distribution:
2,346 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The movie draws us into the illusion that we're simply eavesdropping on the lives of three inner-city black and Hispanic girls.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    All in all, Blood Simple looks better than ever.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Disciplined script -- bitingly funny.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    For sheer dramatic wallop outpowers virtually every fiction feature I've seen this year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Arenas' life zigzags before us in a manner as heady and unpredictable as it must have felt to the man who lived it.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Someone has finally done it -- made a sexually explicit feature that is also a genuine and harrowing work of erotic drama.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Voluptuously engrossing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A great, searching, incendiary chronicle of the Sex Pistols, the razor-hearted visionaries of punk anarchy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Remains the only rock & roll film that exerts the saturnine intensity of a thriller.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A delicate yet haunting movie, a meditation on friendship, on the roots of bohemianism, on the sad comedy of madness.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Fred Leuchter is just one deluded figure, but by the end of this great and chilling sick-joke documentary he stands as a living icon of the banality of evil.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Ulee's Gold is a story of redemption, and Nunez doesn't make redemption look any easier than it is.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Lean, elegant, and emotionally complex -- a marvel of backwoods classicism.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Go
    The one truly thrilling movie I've seen so far this year.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Sensational and accomplished.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The beauty of Swingers lies in the irony of its title: Despite their lounge-lizard posing, these guys will never really live up to their Rat Pack dreams.
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A comedy of the ridiculous in which the ridiculous turns unexpectedly sublime.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    True art is a journey to somewhere you've never been, and there has never been a movie quite like Breaking the Waves.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Jim Carrey's performance is an impersonation on the level of genius.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Leaves you shaken and ecstatic at the same time, transported by the vision of a major film artist.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The rare movie that turns cruelty into art.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    No dramatic feature has ever come quite this close to the matter-of-fact ugliness of the Nazi crimes.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    By the end, Campion views all her characters with a compassion bordering on grace, a humanity-like her heroine's-as dark, quiet, and enveloping as the ocean.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A candy store for film buffs.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    With an authenticity that is tender and merciless, the movie shows you what it looks like when youth rebellion becomes a form of fascism.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A madcap gem.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    They're like gods at play, paragons of pure delight, as they mock and feign their way through a universe of mere mortals. To see the movie again is to realize that they were never entirely of this earth and that they never will be.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Working from a superb script by Paul Attanasio, Redford has caught the way a show like Twenty-One offered a carny-barker version of the American Dream.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The film catches us by surprise in its moving portrayal of the love between Larry and Althea, played by Courtney Love in a performance that glides from kinky abandon to stark tragedy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    It's Swank, however, who's the revelation. By the end, her Brandon/Teena is beyond male or female. It's as if we were simply glimpsing the character's soul, in all its yearning and conflicted beauty.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Bleak, brilliant, and unsparing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    This is the rare movie that gets you to fall in love with characters you don't even like.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    In E.T., Spielberg proved a herald of the age when moviegoers would make full-time friends with fantasy, but his most special effect was taking us into ourselves.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    It becomes as savage as ''Reservoir Dogs,'' ''The Killing,'' or any of the other dozens of films over which it still casts a shadow.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Mark Wahlberg, in a star-making performance, has the kind of electric ingenuousness that John Travolta did in "Saturday Night Fever."
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The richest and most satisfying romantic movie of the year. It's really about two great loves at once -- the love of life and of art -- and the way that Shakespeare, like no writer before him, transformed the one into the other.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A bold, searching, wrenching experience. It may be the most complexly impassioned message movie Hollywood has ever made.
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    In this brilliantly sustained climax, Coppola unveils a vision of corruption that embraces the entire world, but he's also reveling in sheer theatrical magic in a way that only a master can.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    An existential chain reaction, yet as remarkable as his cinematic gamesmanship is the way that he traces the anatomy of feeling in Lola.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Carries so much impacted menace and visual narrative gamesmanship that it brought back some of the excitement I felt nearly a decade ago watching Quentin Tarantino's ''Reservoir Dogs.''
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Titanic floods you with elemental passion in a way that invites comparison with the original movie spectacles of D.W. Griffith.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    By the time The Crying Game is over, you'll never look at beauty in quite the same way.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    It's a scrumptious and dizzy-spirited lark, a what-the-hell-let's-rob-the-casino flick made with so much wit and brains and dazzle and virtuosity that the sheer speed and cleverness of the caper hits you like a shot of pure oxygen.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Like David Lynch, Quentin Tarantino, and Paul Thomas Anderson, Solondz revels in ironic pop passion. It's a signature moment when he transforms Air Supply's "All Out of Love" into a geek-love rhapsody.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The movie is pulp, yet it attains a surprising emotional power-especially when Anjelica Huston's Lilly, a survivor who'll do whatever it takes to master her surroundings, is on-screen.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    It would be hard to imagine a movie about drugs, depravity, and all-around bad behavior more electrifying than Trainspotting.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    It's a mad cycle of arrogance and despair, and Bloody Sunday etches it onto your nervous system.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A beautifully sinister and transfixing entertainment-age daydream.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    An extraordinary film; it may be the most haunting documentary since ''Crumb.''
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A voyeur's delight.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The film is sublime entertainment, at once ticklish and suspenseful, cynical and sincere. By its very existence, Altman's comedy about the death of Hollywood lets you know that movies are still alive and kicking.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The rare Hollywood epic that dares to entertain an audience by engaging the world.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    May be the first movie to fully capture the way that drugs dislocate us from ourselves.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A haunting and incandescent work of art.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A work of intimate and wrenching humanity.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A movie of staggering virtuosity and raw lyric power, a masterpiece of terror, chaos, blood, and courage.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Spielberg restages the Holocaust with an existential vividness unprecedented in any nondocumentary film: He makes us feel as if we're living right inside the 20th century's darkest-and most defining-episode.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The first animated feature produced entirely on computer is a magically witty and humane entertainment, a hellzapoppin fairy tale about a roomful of suburban toys who come to life when humans aren't around.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The movie is so hilariously sly about something so fetishistically trivial that at times it appears to take in an entire culture through a lens made of cheese.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The most excitingly original movie of the year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Offers terrific interviews with the surviving Funk Brothers, who provide a tasty insider history of 4 a.m. recording sessions inside ''the snake pit'' (as the fabled Studio A was known) as well as a chilling description of their final kiss-off from Berry Gordy, the Motown mogul who treated them like indentured servants.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A no-frills docu-Dogma plainness, yet Miller lingers on invisible, nearly psychic nuances, leaping into digressions of memory and desire. She boxes these women's souls right open for us.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    As tricky and satisfying as any of David Mamet's airless cinematic shell games. Mamet's films are all plot and no atmosphere; this one has a squalid, urban-greed-meets-the-gutter mood that lends its filigreed cleverness an unusually resonant kick.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The most exhilarating movie so far this year. It's made up of many familiar elements -- think ''Monsoon Wedding'' meets ''My Beautiful Laundrette'' meets ''Personal Best'' -- yet before long, you catch on to how buoyant and funny and original it is.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    This documentary about the triumph of the New Hollywood employs a treasure trove of interviews and clips to create a rich understanding of the many forces -- cultural undertows, really -- that flowed together to fill the void left by the dying studio system.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Bold and brilliant.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Memento, which may be the ultimate existential thriller, has a spooky repetitive urgency that takes on the clarity of a dream.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A movie that re-creates its object of satire with such pitch-perfect flair that it all but erases the line between derision and love.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The School of Rock was made by gifted veterans of the American indie scene, but it's still the most unlikely great movie of the year.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Presents Glass as a masterfully corrupt fabulist who convinced himself of the ultimate seductive lie, which is that there can't be anything wrong with telling people what they want to hear.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Harrison Ford as the President of the United States is such a perfect piece of casting that it's at once a fantasy and a joke: The joke is how perfect the fantasy is. [25 Jul 1997, p. 48]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The beauty of Two Girls and a Guy is that it presents us with a hero so craven, so indefensible in his duplicity, that his twin victims leapfrog past vengeance into an almost physical state of curiosity.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Watching Eternal Sunshine, you don't just watch a love story -- you fall in love with what love really is.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A deliciously amusing socio-culinary prank.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The movie version, directed with unobtrusive precision by James Foley, stays amazingly true to the play's feisty spirit.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    As he rises to each challenge, you realize that von Trier, the most exalted of prankish sadists, has orchestrated the filmmaking equivalent of the story of Job. The Five Obstructions glories in art, life, and the faith that binds them.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    It reveals Bukowski to be a far grander artist than his bum's armor would suggest.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The new film, which unfolds in real time over the course of 80 minutes, is a deeper, darker, altogether more memorable experience. It doesn't extend the characters so much as fulfill them.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    One of the most revelatory rock portraits ever made.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A conventionally heightened series of escapes and clashes and hide-and-seek gambits, yet the way the film has been made, nothing that happens seems inevitable -- which is to say, anything seems possible. There's a word for that sensation. It's called excitement.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    In spirit, Open Water reduces us to children peering through our fingers, waiting for the horrid deliverance we're not quite sure we want to see.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The film is at times harrowing to watch, yet it's also wry and delicate and absorbing. It's infused with the messy excitement of imperfect passion.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Potent and eye-opening documentary.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A gripping documentary that uses voluminous period evidence — unedited news footage, tape recordings of SLA leader Cinque's rants — to brilliantly reconstruct the entire freak event.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Still the grandest of all science-fiction movies.
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The most resonant and haunting movie I've seen this year.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Beautifully edited, Go Tigers! is an enthralling look at the drama that can transpire in the autumn of one small town on any given Friday.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    As riveting as its title.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Nimble, engrossing, and journalistically eye-opening, a movie that pulls into focus 30 years of porn in America. It also pulls no punches.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    It's been a while since a movie made the game of love this winning.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A deeply straightforward yet beautifully crafted documentary.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Fast, convulsive, and densely exciting new British gangster thriller.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Lords of Dogtown is a docudrama, rare in its grit and authenticity, that also strives for the mythical youth-rebel excitement of something like "8 Mile."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Pawlikowski has made a romance that becomes a horror movie in which love, more than anything around it, is a delusionary fever to fear.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Those Oompa-Loompas are the beat, and soul, of Burton's finest movie since "Ed Wood": a madhouse kiddie musical with a sweet-and-sour heart.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    It's a quiet dream of a movie, a vision of loneliness giving way to love, then to loneliness again; it's like "Vertigo" remade in a sedately haunted style of Japanese lyricism.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Amy Adams in a performance as deep as it is delightful, is the film's heart and also its flaky, wonderstruck soul.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Rapt, heady, and startling: the most profound documentary I've seen this decade.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Keira Knightley, in a witty, vibrant, altogether superb performance, plays Lizzie's sparky, questing nature as a matter of the deepest personal sacrifice.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Down to the Bone achieves what only the best independent films have: making life, at its most unvarnished, a journey.