Owen Gleiberman
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For 2,348 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 6.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Owen Gleiberman's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Deliver Us from Evil
Lowest review score: 0 Best Laid Plans
Score distribution:
2,348 movie reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Brokeback Mountain is that rare thing, a big Hollywood weeper with a beautiful ache at its center. It's a modern-age Western that turns into a quietly revolutionary love story.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    To call Match Point Woody Allen's comeback would be an understatement - it's the most vital return to form for any director since Robert Altman made "The Player."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    It's a fluid cinematic essay, rooted in painstakingly assembled evidence, that heightens and cleanses your perceptions.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Munich, Steven Spielberg's spectacularly gripping and unsettling new movie, is a grave and haunted film, yet its power lies in its willingness to be a work of brutal excitement.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Of the idiosyncratic ''little'' movies that Soderbergh has made to clear his head (Full Frontal, Schizopolis), this is the first that truly connects.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The film takes off from formula elements-it's yet another variation on "Die Hard"-but it manipulates those elements so skillfully, with such a canny mixture of delirium and restraint, that I walked out of the picture with the rare sensation that every gaudy thrill had been earned.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The enthralling spirit of Dave Chappelle's Block Party, its mood of exuberant democracy, extends to every rap and soul performance in the film.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    To say that Eastwood, who directed, has done a first-rate job of adaptation fails to do him justice. What he's brought off is closer to alchemy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Russian Dolls captures how being a sexual cad has become an essential phase in the life of the modern male.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    "Andy Warhol" makes you see that beneath the gargoyle hipster mask, he filled that emptiness with an art of transcendent sincerity.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Maggie Gyllenhaal is such a miracle of an actress that she makes you respond to the innocence of Sherry's desperate, selfish destruction.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Brilliant and psychologically transfixing documentary.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A work of staggering intelligence and emotional force -- a mosaic of broken dreams.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Sweet Land is a movie of extraordinary tenderness, in which Reaser and Guinee, using a language of looks, make you happy to think about what love once might have been.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Relaunches the series by doing something I wouldn't have thought possible: It turns Bond into a human being again -- a gruffly charming yet volatile chap who may be the swank king stud of the Western world, but who still has room for rage, fear, vulnerability, love.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    It's a poison bonbon tastier than just about anything else out there.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Nader became famous as a "consumer advocate," but as the thrilling first hour of An Unreasonable Man makes clear, that humdrum bureaucratic term didn't do justice to his courage, his vision.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Zodiac never veers from its stoically gripping, police-blotter tone, yet it begins to take on the quality of a dream.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    It's cleansing to see the facts laid out with intimacy and rigor, and the film earns the comparison it makes to the squelching of due process for some of today's terror suspects.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Grindhouse, like "Ed Wood" and "Boogie Nights," celebrates how certain low-grade entertainment, viewed in hindsight, looks different now than it did then, since we can see the ''innocence'' of its creation -- the handmade quality of it -- in a world not yet ruled by corporate technology.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A love poem to the New York City of the '50s and '60s, when Smith, the visionary of camp (Andy Warhol stole from him), more or less invented performance art.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Extraordinary new documentary that turns Robert Crumb's twisted life story into a disturbing, exhilarating work of biographical art.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A wee romantic charmer, a delectable Dixie screwball romp that never loses its spry sense of discovery.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Until Once, I'm not sure that I'd ever seen a small-scale, nonstylized, kitchen-sink drama in which the songs take on the majesty and devotion of a musical dream.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Stone takes his characters right over the top, rubbing our noses in our own lust for excess, and some viewers are bound to say that he's gone too far. Yet this may be one case where too far is just far enough-where a gifted filmmaker has transformed his own attraction to violence into an art of depraved catharsis.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Ferguson spotlights two massive mistakes: the looting that was allowed to continue, destroying Iraqi infrastructure and morale; and--far more revelatory -- the apocalyptically stupid decision to disband the Iraqi army, sending half a million angry soldiers into the streets.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A funny and madly arresting new documentary.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    In the Shadow of the Moon finds new resonance in the moment when America redefined progress -- but also when it heeded the siren song of a world so desolate it reminded you what a paradise ours truly is.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    It's the first Hollywood Iraq movie to remind me of a Vietnam film like Coming Home, and it does more than disturb. It scalds, moves, and heals.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Between clips of the concerts Seeger staged as hootenanny hosannas, the film chronicles how the blacklisted star stuck true to his beliefs -- which were more patriotic than those of his accusers.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    It's better than good; it's such a crackling and mature and accomplished movie that it just about restores your faith.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Mesmerizing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    I'm Not There lets you hear it again, more majestically than ever.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    In Oswald's Ghost, his vast chronicle of the JFK assassination and its cultural aftermath, Stone uses little-seen footage to assemble the events of Nov. 22, 1963, with a fascinating present-tense density.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    There's a poetic irony to the idea that it took a female filmmaker to finally do justice to Philip Roth on screen.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    David Gordon Green's captivating winter-chill tragedy, is a tale that encompasses murder, divorce, adultery, alcohol abuse, mental breakdown, and the disappearance of a small child. In other words, it's downbeat enough to make the recent Oscar-nominated films look like party games.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Searing, powerful, and morally entangled.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    It whisks you to another world, then makes it every inch our own.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The stunning images aren't enough for Herzog, though. He wants us to see how these quirky researchers, in their lust to explore, are acting out a drive as primitive as nature: the need to break away from the world in order to find it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Beautiful, wise, and poker-faced comedy of discombobulation.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    If they handed out an Academy Award for Most Gripping Graphs and Charts, this film would take it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A triumph -- Demme's finest work since "The Silence of the Lambs," and a movie that tingles with life.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The Wrestler is like "Rocky" made by the Scorsese of "Mean Streets." It's the rare movie fairy tale that's also a bravura work of art.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    By far the best Judd Apatow comedy that Judd Apatow had nothing at all to do with.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    It's a hilarious, and unexpectedly moving, documentary about the greatest metal band you've probably never heard of.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A movie as layered and enthralling as its subject.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    It's a feat of star acting, and it helps make (500) Days not just bitter or sweet but everything in between.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The Girlfriend Experience is one of Steven Soderbergh's bite-size, semi-improvised, shot-on-DV doodles (like Bubble or Full Frontal), and it's the best one he's made.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Raimi has made the most crazy, fun, and terrifying horror movie in years.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Food, Inc. is hard to shake, because days after you've seen it, you may find yourself eating something -- a cookie, a piece of poultry, cereal out of the box, a perfectly round waxen tomato -- and you'll realize that you have virtually no idea what it actually is.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    In The Beaches of Agnès, you get addicted to watching Agnès Varda watch the world.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    It's a potent and moving experience, because by the end you feel you've witnessed nothing less than the birth of a soul.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A marvelous rock doc that manages to be wistful, tasty, and jam-kicking at the same time.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A rapturous and enlightening look at the history of the environmental movement in America.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    With its virtuoso tomfoolery, Fantastic Mr. Fox is like a homegrown Wallace and Gromit caper. To Wes Anderson: More, please!
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Lusciously revealing fly-on-the-wall portrait of Anna Wintour.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Along the way, Black Dynamite blends satire, nostalgia, and cinema deconstruction into a one-of-a-kind comedy high.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Toy Story 3 is a salute to the magic of making believe.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Up in the Air is light and dark, hilarious and tragic, romantic and real. It's everything that Hollywood has forgotten how to do; we're blessed that Jason Reitman has remembered
    • 55 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A marvelous and touching yuletide toy of a movie.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Emotionally mesmerizing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Awesome documentary.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    An exhilarating hall-of-mirrors look at what happens when global art fame turns anonymous, artists become objects, fans turn into artists, and the whole what's-sincere-and-what's-a-sham spectacle is more fun than art was ever supposed to be.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    She's a teller of hilarious gutbucket truths as surely as Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor ever were. Yet while they were consumed by their demons, Rivers is just the opposite.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The power of The Social Network is that Zuckerberg is a weasel with a mission that can never be dismissed. The movie suggests that he may have built his ambivalence about human connection into Facebook's very DNA. That's what makes him a jerk-hero for our time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A true-life adventure that turns into a one-man disaster movie - and the darker it gets, the more enthralling it becomes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Kevin Costner, as Bobby's carpenter brother-in-law, does the finest character acting of his career.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Blue Valentine is lushly touching and gorgeously told.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    What it does have is an overwhelming bittersweet melancholy at the passing of life from middle age into…well, you could call it late middle age.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The Wizard of Oz remains the weirdest, scariest, kookiest, most haunting and indelible kid-flick-that's-really-for-adults ever made in Hollywood.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    She's an Everywoman you can believe in, showcased in the kind of deft comedy of feminine passion - where deep despair meets Wilson Phillips - that a great many people have been waiting for. Now that Wiig and company have built it, will they come?
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The film sweeps us up like a thriller, forcing us to at least ask whether terrorism like the ELF's (which targeted property, never human lives) might ever be justified.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    At 88 minutes, Tabloid is short and sweet (it's pure movie candy), but by the end we've forged an emotional connection to Joyce McKinney at the deep core of her unapologetic fearless/nutty valor. And that's what really makes a great tabloid story: It's a vortex that's also a mirror.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Nothing more (or less) than an enchanting light comedy of romantic confusion... It's a movie that understands love because it understands pain.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A marvelous movie.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Merrily outrageous, over-the-top fun.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Another beautifully chiseled piece of filmmaking - sharp, funny, generous, and moving.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Oren Moverman's Rampart is a terrific film: tense, shocking, complex, mesmerizing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Fincher has made The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo into an electrifying movie by turning the audience into addicts of the forbidden, looking for the sick and twisted things we can't see.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Ghost Protocol brims with scenes that are exciting and amazing at the same time; they're brought off with such casual aplomb that they're funny, too.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Farhadi is no mere formalist. His film is a spiritual investigation into the rise of women and the descent of male privilege in Iran, and a look at the toll that has taken. In a movie of flawless acting, it is Moadi - terse, proud, angry, haunted - who shows us that rare thing: a soul in transition.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    He (Spurlock) takes Comic-Con seriously. He talks to Kevin Smith, Harry Knowles, and other famous grown-up geeks, but mostly he follows a handful of people whose dream it is to pass through the fan/professional looking glass and carve out a place for themselves in the industry of fantasy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Easy Money is not merely an early-career curiosity. It's one of the best underworld films I've seen in years, and Kinnaman gives a fantastic performance in it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A succulently entertaining movie that invites you to splash around in the dreams and follies of folks so rich they're the 1 percent of the 1 percent. It's like a champagne bath laced with arsenic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has achieved a prominence that makes him, in effect, the Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn of the Twitter age. He's also the least stuffy of dissidents, and Alison Klayman's stirring, important documentary catches his complex humanity.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    It's a lesson in character to hear directors from David Lynch (digital believer) to Christopher Nolan (celluloid diehard) spout off.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Lindhardt, sweet and childish and achingly vulnerable, gives a stunning performance.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The movie is tough-minded: It zeroes in on Patrick's anger at dating a closeted football star, and it doesn't let Charlie off the hook for his cruelty or self-pity.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Argo is never less than wildly entertaining, but a major part of its power is that it so ominously captures the kickoff to the world we're in now.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    David Simon, creator of "The Wire," who argues that the targeting of minorities, fused with mandatory sentencing, has turned the war on drugs into ''a holocaust in slow motion.''
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The movie is grand and immersive. It plugs us into the final months of Lincoln's presidency with a purity that makes us feel transported as though by time machine.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Killing them Softly is a lurid and nasty little nihilistic hitman noir, with an ingenuity that sneaks up on you.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Most of us consider Marilyn Monroe a born star with modest acting skills, but Love, Marilyn deepens the argument that the ditzy, dim-bulb ''Marilyn'' was every inch a performance, and a brilliant one.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Once in a long while, a fresh-from-the-headlines movie - like "All the President's Men" or "United 93" - fuses journalism, procedural high drama, and the oxygenated atmosphere of a thriller into a new version of history written with lightning. Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow's meticulous and electrifying re-creation of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, is that kind of movie.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    In Amour, these two actors show us what love is, what it really looks like, and what it may, at its most secret moments, demand.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    This story of a 12-year-old boy who drops through the net of middle-class life invites us-in each shimmering frame-to gaze upon the world with a child's freshly awakening vision.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Room 237 makes perfect sense of "The Shining" because, even more than "The Shining" itself, it places you right inside the logic of how an insane person thinks.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Into Darkness is a sleek, thrilling epic that's also a triumphantly witty popcorn morality play. It's everything you could want in a Star Trek movie.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Before Midnight confounds expectations in powerful and even haunting ways. It's not just darker than the previous two films. It's bigger, deeper, and more searching. It follows the characters through a tale of embattled love that extends far beyond them.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    It's the wildest screen comedy in a long time, and also the smartest, the most fearlessly inspired, and the snort-out-loud funniest.

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