Owen Gleiberman

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For 2,350 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 5.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Owen Gleiberman's Scores

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Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Elegy
Lowest review score: 0 Undead
Score distribution:
2,350 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Brie Larson, as the caring but tormented Grace (who's pregnant and doesn't know if she has the faith to have her baby), and John Gallagher Jr., as her gentle-dweeb fellow worker Mason (who fears his love can't save her), show you what emotionally naked acting is all about.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Searing, powerful, and morally entangled.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The rare Hollywood epic that dares to entertain an audience by engaging the world.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Hoop Dreams is an astonishing emotional experience — it has highs, lows, and everything in between.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    May be the first movie to fully capture the way that drugs dislocate us from ourselves.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    An extraordinary film; it may be the most haunting documentary since ''Crumb.''
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    As riveting as its title.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Extraordinary new documentary that turns Robert Crumb's twisted life story into a disturbing, exhilarating work of biographical art.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Mesmerizing.
    • 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?
    • 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
    A haunting and incandescent work of art.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    One of the most revelatory rock portraits ever made.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Kevin Costner, as Bobby's carpenter brother-in-law, does the finest character acting of his career.
    • 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.
    • 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
    Disciplined script -- bitingly funny.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Go
    The one truly thrilling movie I've seen so far this year.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Leaves you shaken and ecstatic at the same time, transported by the vision of a major film artist.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Another beautifully chiseled piece of filmmaking - sharp, funny, generous, and moving.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    It's a hilarious, and unexpectedly moving, documentary about the greatest metal band you've probably never heard of.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A rapturous and enlightening look at the history of the environmental movement in America.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A marvelous and touching yuletide toy of a movie.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The thriller that's exciting, cathartic, and powerfully disturbing. Prisoners is that type of movie. It's rooted in 40 years of Hollywood revenge films, yet it also breaks audacious new ground.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    All in all, Blood Simple looks better than ever.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The movie is rich with class tension, and if Allen nails the moods of the wealthy, he also gets surprising, dynamic performances from Hawkins, Cannavale, and Andrew Dice Clay as the folks who have no money but may have a fuller sense of what life is.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    It's a film of jaw-dropping virtuosity and pleasure, one that leaves you revved, enthralled, tickled, moved, and amazed.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Lusciously revealing fly-on-the-wall portrait of Anna Wintour.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Lindhardt, sweet and childish and achingly vulnerable, gives a stunning performance.
    • 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
    Titanic floods you with elemental passion in a way that invites comparison with the original movie spectacles of D.W. Griffith.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    An exquisitely fun documentary.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The Past, is hugely ambitious — it's Farhadi seizing his moment — yet it's also a wrenchingly intimate tale of lives torn asunder by forces within and without them.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A great, searching, incendiary chronicle of the Sex Pistols, the razor-hearted visionaries of punk anarchy.
    • 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.''
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A work of intimate and wrenching humanity.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The movie version, directed with unobtrusive precision by James Foley, stays amazingly true to the play's feisty spirit.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Fruitvale Station is great political filmmaking because it's great filmmaking, period.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    It's a fluid cinematic essay, rooted in painstakingly assembled evidence, that heightens and cleanses your perceptions.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A comedy of the ridiculous in which the ridiculous turns unexpectedly sublime.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Sensational and accomplished.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A madcap gem.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A spooky, heartbreaking documentary.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Fast, convulsive, and densely exciting new British gangster thriller.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A movie of staggering virtuosity and raw lyric power, a masterpiece of terror, chaos, blood, and courage.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A work of staggering intelligence and emotional force -- a mosaic of broken dreams.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Blue Valentine is lushly touching and gorgeously told.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    It's been a while since a movie made the game of love this winning.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A beautifully sinister and transfixing entertainment-age daydream.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The rare movie that turns cruelty into art.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.''
    • 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.

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