Owen Gleiberman
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For 2,347 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 6.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Owen Gleiberman's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Bubble
Lowest review score: 0 Corky Romano
Score distribution:
2,347 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Fruitvale Station is great political filmmaking because it's great filmmaking, period.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The miracle of the movie is the way that director Alfonso Cuarón, using special effects and 3-D with a nearly poetic simplicity and command, places the audience right up there in space along with them.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    It's Ejiofor's extraordinary performance that holds 12 Years a Slave together.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    This is Robert Redford doing what too many stars should do and don't: taking a chance. And reinventing his art. It's an extraordinary thing to see.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    An exquisitely fun documentary.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    It's hard to think of the last time a Pixar film made you go ''Wow!'' That's part of why The LEGO Movie is such outrageous and intoxicating fun.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A spooky, heartbreaking documentary.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    If ever there were an actor ripe to ''McConaughnesize'' his career, it's Jude Law — and guess what, he has done it, spectacularly, in Dom Hemingway.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Hoop Dreams is an astonishing emotional experience — it has highs, lows, and everything in between.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Shrewd, tough, and lively -- a junior-league "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."
    • 37 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Pungent, funny, and surprisingly forceful.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    As compelling as it is bizarre.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    It's not every day you get to see a movie that begins in satire and ends in reverence, but then, for Kevin Smith, they may ultimately be the same thing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Does the movie, with its sock-puppet intros and narration by RuPaul Charles, mock Tammy Faye, sanctify her, or turn her into a flamboyant image of distressed womanly martyrdom -- the Judy Garland of televangelism? All of the above.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Rarely have two actresses been so effortless in their intimacy.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Watching Bounce, you look at him (Affleck) and believe how much he's got at stake, and you look at Paltrow and know why.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    This lone, fallen Nazi's obsessive distance from his actions is enough to give The Specialist a lingering chill.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    A domestic tragedy of lacerating vision.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Turns the tricks of psychology into duplicitous high play.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    A sprightly, lovingly researched, rather misty-eyed sports documentary that's steeped in ethnic pride.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    It takes skill these days, if not nerve, to put a vital, happy nuclear family on screen and to invite us to share in every quiet tremor, every gentle jostle and smile of their steady, deep-flowing contentment.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Creates a flow of symbolism so potent, so transporting in its physicality, that its impact all but transcends its righteous liberal ''meaning.''
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    A big, square, rousing political thriller docudrama.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The Cockettes weren't talented, exactly, yet the bedazzled flakiness of their passion takes you closer than just about any movie has to what was once really meant by the term ''free-spirited.''
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    A crowd-pleaser in the deepest sense, mixes heartbreak and happiness together until you don't even want to see them apart.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Brashly engaging.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The film defuses all preconceptions about the ''issues'' of transsexual identity to arrive at a place of tremulous human power.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    When the submarine has to dive 400 meters beneath the surface to avoid detection, you can practically feel the water pressure crushing in on the sailors.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Freshly transplanted from the stage, is a thrilling ode to the intertwined glories of sex, showmanship, and lying: what the film calls ''the old razzle-dazzle.''
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The result is something as original as it is unlikely: a study in grief that is flooded with happiness.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The writer-director, Peter Sollett, cast the film with kids from his own neighborhood, who give themselves over to the camera with a spirit of improvised play that morphs into vivid, layered acting.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Here, in paranoid, bad acid trip form, is the real birth of girl power.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The movie is on some level a stunt, but it has the fervent, sun-dazed pull of an authentic experience unfolding in real time, with glints of drama, comedy, and terror mixed into the almost-but-not-quite tedium.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    A dazzlingly crafted documentary about the teenage surf punks of lower Los Angeles who singlehandedly transformed skateboarding into the extreme sport it has become.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Acting doesn't get more personal, or much greater.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Remains a majestic explosion of pure cinema. It's a hallucinatory poem of fear, projecting, in its scale and spirit, a messianic vision of human warfare stretched to the flashpoint of technological and moral breakdown.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    It's a beautiful contraption of a movie, a gothic backwoods fable that uses its naive yet murderous hero to walk a fine line between sentimentality and dread.
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Has the resonance to stand not just as a terrific cartoon but as an emotionally pungent movie.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Sensational sex-and-its-consequences melodrama.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    At times, The Iron Giant is more serene than it needs to be, but it's a lovely and touching daydream.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Trekkies is hilarious, fascinating, and, at times, almost scary.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Crowe, staying close to his memories, has gotten it, for perhaps the first time, onto the screen.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Funny, pungent, and weirdly gripping.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The film satirizes, and celebrates, an idea pivotal to both Hollywood and love: that in a world of impostors, the pretender with the most conviction can become exactly what he pretends to be.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Linklater has hardly been a slacker this year. I'll take the tricky confrontational babble of Tape over some of the gauzier soliloquies in ''Waking Life,'' but either way, he's a filmmaker in love with the music of talk, and let's bless him for that.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Lynch's first movie since ''Blue Velvet'' that truly envelops you in its spell. It's a piece of celestial Americana -- his journey to the light side of the moon.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The savviest and most exciting Bond adventure in years, and that's because there's actually something at stake in it.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Turns out to be a supple, intriguing, and beautifully staged movie. It features Dillon, in his most forceful performance since ''Drugstore Cowboy.''
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The unlikeliest enthralling movie to be released so far this year.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The movie might almost be winking at the fact that any single one of these performers could easily be the featured star of his or her own upper-crust period piece.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Hoffman plays Dan Mahowny's addiction to instant money as something dirty and private and, at the same time, soul-quickening.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Does more than capture the excitement of marching bands; it gets their clockwork beauty as well.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Movie stars radiate a power -- physical, erotic, spiritual -- that draws an audience into their orbit. Yet watching Curtis Hanson's gritty and electrifying 8 Mile, the first thing you notice about Eminem, the most scaldingly powerful artist in pop music today, is how vulnerable he looks.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Dark and giddy at the same time, Leaving Las Vegas takes us into dreamy, intoxicated places that no movie about an alcoholic has gone before.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    A richly tender and moving experience.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    As a flight of fantasy, Jurassic Park lacks the emotional unity of Spielberg's classics ("Jaws," "Close Encounters," "E.T."), yet it has enough of his innocent, playful virtuosity to send you out of the theater grinning with delight.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    This is perhaps the only science-fiction film that can be called transcendental.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    A deft, funny, shrewdly unsettling tribute to such slasher-exploitation thrillers as "Terror Train," "New Year's Evil," and Craven's own "A Nightmare on Elm Street."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The old-world-meets-new mesh is incarnated in the movie's soundtrack, a joyful effusion of disco Bollywood that, by the end of Monsoon Wedding, sent my spirit soaring out of the theater.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    A buoyant, funny, and disarmingly humane comedy of beautiful losers in revolt.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    After a while, a didactic overdeliberateness seeps into Noé's design, but there's no doubt that he's a new kind of dark film wizard: a poet of apocalyptic shock.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The film may be bloody, but it's also bloody gorgeous: a grandly fetishized epic of cinematic aggression. It's a tale of vengeance that hinges on Tarantino's love of ferocity as spectacle -- his immersion in action and exploitation, his addiction to the jazzy catharsis of junk-film kicks.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    This is the richest role Paltrow has had since ''Shakespeare in Love,'' and she rises to the challenge. She digs deep into Plath's mercurial nature, giving us a Sylvia who's fiercely independent and alive yet burdened with demons of insecurity that bubble up in a rage.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Using newsreel footage, clips of artistic propaganda (e.g., joyful proletarian farm ballets), and interviews with survivors, the movie draws us into the annihilating fervor of an era in which purge followed upon purge, in escalating waves of terror and control.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Has a fractured fairy-tale charm, even if it isn't a nonstop laugh riot.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    On the eve of Wuornos' 2002 execution, Broomfield digs deep into her abusive hell of a background (beatings, incest, sleeping homeless in the frozen Michigan woods) as well as her quasi-psychotic defense mechanisms.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Nearly four decades ago, Pontecorvo anatomized the very form of modern terrorist warfare: the hidden cells, the cultish leaders, the brutish cycle of attack and counterattack.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The nature of silent comedy was to elevate its heroes into myths, but after ''Charlie'' I can't wait to see Chaplin's movies again, this time to glimpse the man on the other side of the icon.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Branagh, chewing on a plummy Georgia accent, makes the divorced, boozing, and womanizing Magruder a smug yet touchingly vulnerable legal player.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Peter Berg's scandalous sick-joke thriller is packed with rude and clever twists, and it delves, with surprising force, into the hypocritical postures of corporate-era male bonding. The cast is terrific, especially Christian Slater.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The triumph of ''Spring, Summer'' is that even those of us who don't happen to be Buddhists can catch a glimpse of ourselves in the spinning wheel of hope, destruction, suffering, and bliss.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The rare commercial comedy that leaves you entranced by what can happen only in the movies.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    It's wonderful to see a Japanese movie in which a samurai, for all his somber discipline and skill, is also a touching and complicated ordinary man.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Godzilla is still the most awesome of tacky movie monsters.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Just when you're certain that Jarmusch is treading water with his borderline-tedious cleverness, something happens: Coffee and Cigarettes turns into a movie FULL of talk -- rich, supple, hilarious, masterfully orchestrated talk.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Has a rowdy, jumpin'-jive vivacity. It's not quite as emotionally rounded as ''Shrek'' was... but it's got heart and delirium in equal doses, as well as a firecracker rhythm all its own.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    If Linklater goes to a bit of an extreme here, it's in making both characters so intelligent and sincere, so ardent and giving, that they seem a little too good to believe.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The beauty of Baadasssss! is the way Mario Van Peebles salutes his father's truth by coaxing it into legend.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Deconstructing Harry is Woody Allen's naughty-boy confessional movie, a disquietingly candid and funny portrait of a pathological narcissist.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Gliding from the physical to the metaphysical, Andersen reveals how films like ''Chinatown'' effectively remade the reality of Los Angeles, replacing history with myth in a way that now anchors the city more than that history itself does.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    A smashingly effective documentary -- I found it more resonant than ''Fahrenheit 9/11'' -- yet to say that it's preaching to the converted would be generous; it's preaching to a microscopic sliver of the converted.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The fascination of Dig! is that it invites those of us who aren't alt-rock obsessives into the hive, yet it never feels like a dilettante's tour.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Painfully beautiful autobiographical kaleidoscope.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Ray
    As a musical biography, Ray is driven by the primal excitement of rock-and-soul at the moment of its discovery.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    If the result is often as glib as the targets it's satirizing, it's also driven by a cruelly distilled joy. Wag the Dog is an ode to the thrill of deception, a thrill embodied in Hoffman's inspired performance.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    It's a film noir that grows more potent as its secrets are revealed.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    An outrageously gorgeous spectacle of balletic aggression. At the same time, it offers something we rarely encounter in a whirling martial-arts extravaganza: a romantic passion that's woven into the very fabric of the action.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    A movie of tough excitement and surprise, even grace.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    A singular and haunting experience.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    It's not every comedy that can make you laugh with ridicule and cringe in empathetic horror at the same time.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Like all courtroom dramas, A Few Good Men is gimmicky and synthetic. It's also an irresistible throwback to the sort of sharp-edged entertainment Hollywood once provided with regularity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Enchantingly witty.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Forget Devo, Nico, Bowie, or Beefheart: The most mesmerizing freak show in the history of rock & roll was Klaus Nomi.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Told in a tricky flashback mode that's vivid even with a few too many temporal kinks, Don't Move is the sort of thing that Claude Chabrol was once praised for making with more pretension and a lot less less juice.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    All of Kung Fu Hustle is like that: You don't just watch it, you ride with it, laughing all the way.

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