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

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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
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Rarely have two actresses been so effortless in their intimacy.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    A spooky, moving documentary.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The finest rock doc since "Anvil: The Story of Anvil." Matt Berninger, lead singer of the National, is a 40ish indie-rock star who carries himself like a hip lawyer.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Jarecki is no glib ideologue thumbing his nose at power.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The Trip looks like a lark - and is - yet there's a sneaky resonance to the way it celebrates what acting means to these two rogue cutups.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Perhaps the best thing about the film is that it doesn't let those other players in the political process off the hook: the voters.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Penn Badgley saunters around with an air of spooky self-possession, and he does a dead-on impersonation of Buckley's high-vibrato wail.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Rachel Boynton’s gripping doc shows you what happens when the greed of oil companies meets the chaos of postcolonial Africa.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    A singular and haunting experience.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The film is a bit too chronological, but its historical reverence is true to gospel's joyful insistence on locating the spiritual in the everyday.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The film is sketchy as biography, but it proves an aging artist can still crackle with the electricity of youth.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    You may want to dispute Ruppert, but more than that you'll want to hear him, because what he says -- right or wrong, prophecy or paranoia -- takes up residence in your mind.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Stonewall Uprising does an evocative job of coloring in the oppression of gay life before Stonewall, so that when the eruption happens, we feel its necessity in our bones.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Bigger, Stronger, Faster is a portrait of a culture that claims to hate steroids but may, by now, be too pumped to do much about it.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The film says that the U.S. immigrant situation is untenable, but then it forces US to ask: What should be done?
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Leigh gives you such a strong sense of his characters as fluky individuals that even his most lackadaisical scenes are alive with possibility. What holds Life Is Sweet together is his perception — at once funny and wise — that people, when they change at all, do so in small, nearly imperceptible ways, and that that may be enough.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Soderbergh is able to execute his games without pigeonholing his characters. He has made that rare thing, a modern-day noir with feeling.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Marley was directed by the gifted Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), who shows off his chops not by doing anything dazzling - the film is documentary prose, not poetry - but by treating Marley as a man of depth and nuance, of inner light and shadow.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Breathless and petite yet powerfully in-your-face, Fisher combines dizzy femininity and no-nonsense verve in the manner of a classic screwball heroine. She's like Carole Lombard reborn as a tiny angel-faced dynamo.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The film casts a hypnotic spell all its own. It artfully sketches out the events for anyone who's coming in cold, but basically, its strategy is to take what we already know and go deeper.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    For nostalgia junkies, it's one from the heart.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The result is something as original as it is unlikely: a study in grief that is flooded with happiness.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The baby-voiced costar of "Chasing Amy" proves an effortless filmmaker, turning Lucy’s journey into the awakening of a soul.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Turns the tricks of psychology into duplicitous high play.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Days after I saw The Artist, I was still thinking (and grinning) about it, because the movie's real romance is the one between us, the jaded 21st-century audience, and the mechanical innocence of old movies, which here becomes new again.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The movie also captures Thompson's tragedy: the haze of drugs and bad writing that consumed him for no less than his last 30 years.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    A rowdy, richly offbeat biopic.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Romantic comedies usually strike one or two moods, but in Afterglow, the writer-director Alan Rudolph runs through rainbows of feeling in a single scene.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Moving and marvelous new cross-cultural family saga.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    There have, over the years, been a lot of terrific undersea documentaries, but if you want to know what distinguishes this new one, it comes down to a single word: technology.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The clever and infectious reboot of the amazingly enduring sci-fi classic, director J.J. Abrams crafts an origin myth that avoids any hint of the origin doldrums. That's because he rewires us back into the original Star Trek's primal appeal.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    An Inconvenient Truth can't, of course, reveal a future that is still up to us, but by the time you're done watching, the real question is, Which way on God's green earth would you want to err?
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Requiem is drawn from an incident that was also the basis for last year's demon-seed hit, "The Exorcism of Emily Rose."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    A spectacular windup toy of a thriller -- a contraption made by an artist.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    It's scary good fun.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The supersmart and rousing Moneyball, which may be the best baseball movie since "Bull Durham," is also about talk, but in a coolly heady and original inside-the-front-office way.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    A sprightly, lovingly researched, rather misty-eyed sports documentary that's steeped in ethnic pride.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The Passenger isn't finally the masterpiece some have made it out to be, but it retains a singular intrigue: It's the first, and probably the last, thriller ever made about depression.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Acting doesn't get more personal, or much greater.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The Great Buck Howard is in love with kitsch, the backwaters of showbiz, and true magic. It's a wee charmer that left me enchanted.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Godzilla is still the most awesome of tacky movie monsters.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    In the end, the most impressive performance may be Spike Lee's. He uses skill without gimmickry, flash without fuss, to tap the mesmerizing soul of this pulp.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    A movie of tough excitement and surprise, even grace.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    On the Outs parses the hopes and terrors of blasted lives with an empathy that never cheapens into pity. The movie wounds as much as it heals, and that's its true power.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The end will haunt you.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Agreeably skewed fun.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The movie is Mike's story, and Channing Tatum proves himself a true movie star. His Mike glides through the world with the ease of a god, and on stage he's electrifying.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Trekkies is hilarious, fascinating, and, at times, almost scary.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    I will say that it's been a while since a romantic comedy mustered this much charm by looking this much like life.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    You could describe Margin Call as a thriller (it's wired with suspense), yet the tension all comes from words.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Then there's Todd Solondz's Palindromes, which is that rare event: a memorable provocation.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    A domestic tragedy of lacerating vision.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The scary culminating flashback, in which Stephanie gives birth -- in a public restroom, on a high school ski trip -- is a marvel of authentic disturbance.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Directed by Tony Scott, Crimson Tide is the kind of sumptuously exciting undersea thriller that moves forward in quick, propulsive waves.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    This one, as thoughtful as it is rousing, scores a TKO.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    A richly tender and moving experience.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    A fascinating film -- more docudrama than biopic.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Painfully beautiful autobiographical kaleidoscope.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Has the resonance to stand not just as a terrific cartoon but as an emotionally pungent movie.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Sheridan, however, works with such piercing fervor and intelligence that In the Name of the Father just about transcends its tidy moral design.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Anthology films usually work better in theory than execution, but this feature parade of shorts is a blithe, worldly, and enchanting exception.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Capote honors its subject by doing just what Truman Capote did. It teases, fascinates, and haunts.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    In a world ruled by process, is compassion still real? Or is it just another scam? In Ocean's Thirteen, it is deviously, and merrily, both.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    He's a bombs-away provocateur, and in Religulous, Maher's blasphemous detonation of all things holy and scriptural, he doesn't really pretend to play fair. He's like Lenny Bruce with an inquiring mind and a video camera.
    • 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.
    • 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.''
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Rouses you in conventional ways, but it's also the rare animated film that uses 3-D for its breathtaking spatial and emotional possibilities.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Harmony Korine's first ''mainstream'' movie, Spring Breakers, is by far the best thing he's ever done.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The result is a wacked kiddie Rashomon in which the different versions dovetail with a logic as impeccable as it is flat-out buggy. So who do we root for? Everyone and no one. Hoodwinked's most radical feature is that it's a ride without heroes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The movie never loses its affectionate, shaggy-dog sense of America as a place in which people, by now, have almost too much freedom on their hands.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Wendy and Lucy is like "Lassie Come Home" directed by Antonioni. What's piercing about it, and also disturbing, is that Reichardt views the renunciation of society with something close to righteous purity -- as a lefty romantic dream.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The movie excoriates the hypocrisy of self-hating gay lawmakers (several of whom it outs), yet it also explores the burden of the public closet.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The beauty of Into the Wild, which Penn has written and directed with magnificent precision and imaginative grace, is that what Christopher is running from is never as important as what he's running TO.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Morris, using a welter of photographs (many of which we haven't seen), constructs a day-to-day sense of how Abu Ghraib descended into a medieval hell.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    The movie is a toxic dart aimed at the spangly new heart of American hypocrisy: our fake-tolerant, fake-charitable, fake-liberated-yet-still madly-closeted fame culture.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    Crowe, staying close to his memories, has gotten it, for perhaps the first time, onto the screen.

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