Owen Gleiberman
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For 2,346 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 Room 237
Lowest review score: 0 Corky Romano
Score distribution:
2,346 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Owen Gleiberman
    Anyone expecting a tender sunset elegy, however, has wandered into the wrong film. Saraband, despite a few wistful moments, is a poison pill of a reunion.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Remains the only rock & roll film that exerts the saturnine intensity of a thriller.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Owen Gleiberman
    Set in the 1960s, Robert De Niro's directorial debut is a work of vitality and flair. [22 Oct 1993, p.58]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Rapt, heady, and startling: the most profound documentary I've seen this decade.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    A richly tender and moving experience.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The movie version, directed with unobtrusive precision by James Foley, stays amazingly true to the play's feisty spirit.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Owen Gleiberman
    Good Night, and Good Luck has a small-scale time-capsule fascination, yet its hermeticism is really a form of moral caution -- a way of keeping the issues neat, the liberal idealism untainted.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    A spooky, moving documentary.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Owen Gleiberman
    If you're going to get on the wavelength of Little Miss Sunshine, you've got to be able to enjoy a comedy in which the characters fit into hermetically cute, predetermined sitcom slots.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Owen Gleiberman
    Sweetgrass is austere enough to make Frederick Wiseman's films look like Jersey Shore episodes, yet it has its own suspense.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Owen Gleiberman
    Moving and eerily beautiful.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 58 Owen Gleiberman
    The Peoples Temple congregation was sizably African-American. But when it comes to how those followers turned into a zombie Kool-Aid death cult, Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple leaves you with more questions than you went in with.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 67 Owen Gleiberman
    For all its music-trivia affection, High Fidelity is finally a pretty thin melody.
    • 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.''
    • 79 Metascore
    • 67 Owen Gleiberman
    The trouble is, he's preaching to the choir -- or, at least, to a culture, profoundly influenced by Tom Brokaw's "The Greatest Generation" and Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan," that has already absorbed the lesson that ''the Good War,'' while it may have been noble, was never less than hell.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Owen Gleiberman
    This one, as thoughtful as it is rousing, scores a TKO.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Owen Gleiberman
    Even at his coolest, Downey's Iron Man remains a ghostly, neurotic crusader -- one whose life, in the Marvel tradition, has become a grand spectacle of overcompensation.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Owen Gleiberman
    The stab at sublimity-by-proxy doesn't take.