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 6.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Owen Gleiberman's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear
Lowest review score: 0 Assisted Living
Score distribution:
2,347 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Offers terrific interviews with the surviving Funk Brothers, who provide a tasty insider history of 4 a.m. recording sessions inside ''the snake pit'' (as the fabled Studio A was known) as well as a chilling description of their final kiss-off from Berry Gordy, the Motown mogul who treated them like indentured servants.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    This documentary about the triumph of the New Hollywood employs a treasure trove of interviews and clips to create a rich understanding of the many forces -- cultural undertows, really -- that flowed together to fill the void left by the dying studio system.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Bold and brilliant.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Presents Glass as a masterfully corrupt fabulist who convinced himself of the ultimate seductive lie, which is that there can't be anything wrong with telling people what they want to hear.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Watching Eternal Sunshine, you don't just watch a love story -- you fall in love with what love really is.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A deliciously amusing socio-culinary prank.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The movie version, directed with unobtrusive precision by James Foley, stays amazingly true to the play's feisty spirit.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    One of the most revelatory rock portraits ever made.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A conventionally heightened series of escapes and clashes and hide-and-seek gambits, yet the way the film has been made, nothing that happens seems inevitable -- which is to say, anything seems possible. There's a word for that sensation. It's called excitement.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The film is at times harrowing to watch, yet it's also wry and delicate and absorbing. It's infused with the messy excitement of imperfect passion.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Potent and eye-opening documentary.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    A gripping documentary that uses voluminous period evidence — unedited news footage, tape recordings of SLA leader Cinque's rants — to brilliantly reconstruct the entire freak event.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Still the grandest of all science-fiction movies.
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    The most resonant and haunting movie I've seen this year.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Beautifully edited, Go Tigers! is an enthralling look at the drama that can transpire in the autumn of one small town on any given Friday.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    As riveting as its title.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    Nimble, engrossing, and journalistically eye-opening, a movie that pulls into focus 30 years of porn in America. It also pulls no punches.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 100 Owen Gleiberman
    It's been a while since a movie made the game of love this winning.

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