Owen Gleiberman

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For 2,392 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Owen Gleiberman's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 A Mighty Wind
Lowest review score: 0 Tideland
Score distribution:
2392 movie reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    It's Ejiofor's extraordinary performance that holds 12 Years a Slave together.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A movie as layered and enthralling as its subject.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A funny and madly arresting new 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.
    • 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."
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    It's a mad cycle of arrogance and despair, and Bloody Sunday etches it onto your nervous system.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    It whisks you to another world, then makes it every inch our own.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Toy Story 3 is a salute to the magic of making believe.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Emotionally mesmerizing.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Working with affectionate mockery, the Coens take the cinder-block-synagogue banality of American Jewish life in 1967 and make it look as archly exotic as the loopy Scandinavian-American winterscape of "Fargo."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    It's not art, but it's mighty fun.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Greenwald floats the vital issue of whether Wal-Mart should be restrained by antimonopoly regulations, but his real question is cultural: Even with its rock-bottom prices, is Wal-Mart in the best interest of American consumers?
    • 56 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    You'll laugh - a lot - but you'll also shed tears of recognition at this funny, salty, strife-torn look at the agony and ecstasy of family.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Cyrus cues us to expect it to go over the top, but the film never does. That may be its neatest trick
    • 59 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    This Is 40 isn't always hilarious, but it's ticklishly honest and droll about all the things being a parent can do to a relationship. And why it's still worth it.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Brashly engaging.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Here, in paranoid, bad acid trip form, is the real birth of girl power.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Anyone who thinks that Josh Hartnett isn't a true movie star should see his riveting, high-wire performance in August.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Spins a thorny tale of political corruption laced with personal sleaze.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Buoyantly clever and amusing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    A haunted-house movie that has some of the most shivery and indelible images I've seen in any horror film in decades. Yes, it's that unsettling.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    An artful piece of exploitation vérité.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Has a fractured fairy-tale charm, even if it isn't a nonstop laugh riot.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Enchantingly witty.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Who Killed the Electric Car? makes you angry, and also sad, to live in a country where innovation could be contrived into an enemy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Bateman deserves props for sustaining Bad Words as a little balancing act between sulfurously funny hatred and humanity.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Does more than capture the excitement of marching bands; it gets their clockwork beauty as well.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    This lone, fallen Nazi's obsessive distance from his actions is enough to give The Specialist a lingering chill.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    An attack-of-the-aliens disaster film crafted with sinister technological grandeur -- a true popcorn apocalypse.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Light and goofy, yet the fight scenes, which are the heart of the film, are lickety-split mad fun.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    In Shoot Me, she wears her spiked cynicism like a cutting form of grace, and everyone around her (including audiences) gets healed by it.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The unlikeliest enthralling movie to be released so far this year.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    El Bulli becomes a haunting celebration of the human desire to turn food into art - even if the results are consciously insane.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    It's the rare portrait of a happy marriage that is honest about the complex currents of desire, and the drama is beautifully played by Bale, who gawks with soulful sweetness, and Watson, who does her most piercing work since "Breaking the Waves."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    As compelling as it is bizarre.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    A marvelous contraption, a wheels-within-wheels thriller that's pure oxygenated movie play.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Just about the only documentary that works like a novel, inviting you to read between the lines of Baker's personality until you touch the secret sadness at the heart of his beauty.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Dishes up some very corny jokes, but the images have a brighter-than-life vivacity.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The most original and excitingly executed wow-factor-meets-handheld-video feature since "Blair Witch" itself. It's also a movie that rebuilds the power of special effects from the ground up.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The movie is an unblinking look at the hidden (or perhaps not so hidden) pathology of American sports mania.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Countdown to Zero makes old terrors radioactively new again.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The documentary equivalent of a page-turner.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The movie is a bumpy road of twists that leads to a revelation that has the shock and force of Greek tragedy.
    • 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
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The final shot, of the three characters now united, may be the quietest affirmation of life I've ever seen in a movie, and one of the truest.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    It's a crackerjack B movie worthy of comparison to such stylishly low-down, smart-meets-dumb, hyper-violent entertainments as the 1997 Kurt Russell thriller "Breakdown," Clint Eastwood's infamous police bloodbath "The Gauntlet," John Carpenter's original "Assault on Precinct 13," and Arnold's own overlooked 1986 outing "Raw Deal."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The film is like East of Eden replayed as a hyperbolic rock fever dream. There are a few sour, juvenile moments, but this is the rare pop movie that works the way a great rock & roll song does: It tells a simple, almost elemental tale and uses the music to set it aflame.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Shrewd, tough, and lively -- a junior-league "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    His (Townsend) staging has a tumult, a multi-POV immediacy that brings to mind Paul Greengrass' "Bloody Sunday."
    • 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.''
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Clooney certainly brings out the best in his actors, but his driving trait as a filmmaker is that he knows what plays - he has an uncanny sense of how to uncork a scene and let it bubble and flow.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    There's a slightness to Postcards From the Edge, and a little too much satirical self-help jargon (the story is all about how Suzanne learns to like herself). But the movie captures — and celebrates — how easy it is to turn your problems into show biz.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    That Thing You Do! is neither overly sentimental nor overly cynical. It looks at the invention of our pop-rock mythology, and the bands that fed it until they were consumed by it, just as you'd expect Tom Hanks to: with open eyes (and a raised eyebrow).
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    What hooks you from the start is Dakota Fanning's unfussy passion as Fern.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The War Tapes captures how the war in Iraq, for all its terrible carnage and death, is in a way too random in its destruction to even be called ''combat.''
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Firth plays him as a man of his time who is also mournfully ahead of his time. He's addicted to his own broken heart. A Single Man may break yours as well.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The film's darkly bedazzled view of the '70s is spurred by great dish from André Leon Talley, Liza Minnelli, and Nile Rodgers, who set the stage for Halston's triumphs - and his jaw-dropping fall.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The rare commercial comedy that leaves you entranced by what can happen only in the movies.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    It's a comedy of manhood for the age of emasculation.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Bad Lieutenant doesn't go where you expect, but it has a stubborn, trippy logic.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Moncrieff pushes a view of women as victims that might create its own pornography of masochism if it didn't touch so many authentic shattered nerve endings.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The 3-D visuals envelop you, majestically, and that effect fuses with the band's surround-sound rapture to create a full-scale sensory high. U2 3D makes you feel stoned on movies.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Bilbo, as played by Freeman, suggests a sly-dog Dana Carvey without irony, and he is certainly overmatched, but that doesn't mean he's outplayed. Desolation is now his business.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    A nimble and supple and moving comedy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The movie is literally a series of showstoppers, unified by the impulse to turn life, at its scruffiest, into theater - into a rhapsody of the everyday.
    • 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.''
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Any doubts as to whether Sienna Miller is a gifted actress should be laid to rest by Interview.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The home-studio recording sequences in Hustle & Flow are funky, rowdy, and indelible. Brewer gives us the pleasure of watching characters create music from the ground up.
    • 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.''
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    With Inside Llewyn Davis, they've made a film that is almost spooky in its perversity: a lovingly lived-in, detailed tribute to the folk scene that — hauntingly — has shut their hero out.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    It's a film noir that grows more potent as its secrets are revealed.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The film doesn't turn its issues into a glorified essay, but it does use them to give the audience a vital emotional workout.

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