Owen Gleiberman

Owen Gleiberman
Tomatometer-approved critic

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Who Will Write Our History (2019) A vital and sobering documentary...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
No Score Yet Sheeple (2018) A violent, charged-up, attack-the-block movie that comes at you with a feverish spirit of underworld degradation that's startling to behold.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
36% Glass (2019) The movie, watchable as it is, is still a disappointment, because it extends and belabors the conceits of "Unbreakable" without the sensation of mystical dark discovery that made that film indelible.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
50% American Hangman (2019) The film is done in by its cardboard indictment of The System. Trial by social media is a good subject for a movie, but not when it spends so much time smacking its lips at the corruption it's pointing its finger at.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2019
53% Escape Room (2019) Even when these movies are good, they're pure carny contraptions. But next to the unevenly diverting trap-door convolutions of "Escape Room," something like "Deathtrap" begins to look like Chekhov.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
96% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) You could call it a transcendental scrapbook, because it wipes away the muck of subjectivity that guides most movies. It turns the audience into direct receptors of experience.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
40% Second Act (2018) It's got flow, a certain knowing ticky-tackiness about its own contrivances. You know you're watching a connect-the-dots comedy, but the dots sparkle.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
31% Welcome to Marwen (2018) The film is far from incompetent, and it brims with ambition, but too much of the time what's happening just sits there.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
64% Vice (2018) "Vice..." though it pretends to reveal how power works, is ultimately content to remain on the outside, sticking its finger in the eye of power.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Emily Blunt is practically perfect in every way in a 'Mary Poppins' sequel that uncannily recreates the original's wholesome studio-system vibe.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
74% Back Roads (2018) The effect, in this case, is more audacious than convincing.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
17% The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) She's possessed, although she's lifeless. Sort of like the movie.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
No Score Yet Las Sandinistas! (2018) "Las Sandinistas!" emerges as a documentary of ripe impact and value, even if it's sometimes a ramshackle piece of filmmaking.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
16% Robin Hood (2018) "Robin Hood" is no classic, but if it sometimes seems like it's trying to be "Baz Luhrmann's Robin Hood," more power to it.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
60% Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams (2018) Even if you're a fan of the band (which I am), the movie may leave you wanting.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
83% Creed II (2018) "Creed II" has been made with heart and skill, and Jordan invests each moment with such fierce conviction that he makes it all seem like it matters.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
82% Instant Family (2018) You could call it sentimental and glib and say that it was put through a processor, and you'd be right, but in its on-the-nose cookie-cutter way this slice-of-life pablum has a lite humanity.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
71% Narcissister Organ Player (2018) Narcissister comes off as both a liberated and mind-opening deconstructionist of our addictive/oppressive image culture and an unapologetic paragon of the middle class.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
C- 70% Dead Man (1995) Blake and Nobody meander through a wilderness as shrubby and nondescript as a '50s B horror movie, all to the accompaniment of an echoey Neil Young guitar score that sounds like something Wayne Campbell made up in his basement. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
A 92% Ed Wood (1994) Ed Wood [is] a comedy of the ridiculous in which the ridiculous turns unexpectedly sublime. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
B- 89% What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) Despite Depp's tender melancholy, the performers who stay with you are those who dare to crack the surface of their characters' alienation. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
B 71% Benny & Joon (1993) Inconsequential as it is, Benny & Joon is that rare thing, a crazy-versus-sane movie that likes one kind as much as the other. ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
C- 21% Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) The joke is on the filmmakers: By taking the finality out of death, they've already robbed the horror genre of its giddy sting.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
58% The Grinch (2018) Cumberbatch, in his droll and tasteful way, respects the grinchiness of the Grinch: that he's a force of mischievous mayhem who represents something in all of us - the potential to be bad when unhappiness takes over.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
24% Nobody's Fool (2018) It's another Tyler Perry film with a lot of lessons, and I don't want to come off like I'm looking down on that (which I don't), but good lessons don't necessarily add up to a good movie.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
0% Marfa Girl 2 (2018) You'd think if you were going to tell a story of isolated Texas nobodies who wind up with families they didn't plan on, you might dig into how they're changed by that reality. But no; there's no change.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
93% Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Ingmar Bergman - Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies) (2018) A documentary that bubbles over with anecdote and insight.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
100% A Bread Factory, Part Two: Walk with Me a While (2018) It's as if Eric Rohmer had made a Christopher Guest film - "Waiting for Guffman" recast as an ardent inquiry into what small-town American life has become.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
100% A Bread Factory, Part One: For the Sake of Gold (2018) It's as if Eric Rohmer had made a Christopher Guest film - "Waiting for Guffman" recast as an ardent inquiry into what small-town American life has become.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
No Score Yet The Lost Village (2018) It is, or should have been, an elegy for something, but the film doesn't do the loving and detailed historical work of showing us what it's an elegy for. It's too busy shoving Marxist dirt on the West Village's grave.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
C+ 42% My Life (1993) Even as the characters grow huffy and "confront" each other, the movie never loses its compulsive desire to soothe.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
C- 59% Malice (1993) The only thing that makes this ludicrous botch even borderline watchable is Alec Baldwin's enjoyably supercilious performance as a leering stud surgeon who thinks nothing of belting back shots of bourbon before going in to perform an operation.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
C 48% Far and Away (1992) Far and Away looks like an epic, but it lacks flavor and texture. It's so predigested there's nothing left to chew on.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) With a performance as commanding as Rami Malek's at its center, why isn't Bohemian Rhapsody a better movie?‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
B 59% Face (2002) Ling, delicate and haunted, and Wu, a real spitfire, make their reconciliation sting as much as it soothes.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 19, 2018
100% The Panama Papers (2018) The Panama Papers is a lively and level-headed exposé, but it's also a moral inquiry into how the top echelon is now united, structurally and spiritually, in robbing the rest of us blind.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
100% Nigerian Prince (2018) [Okoro] creates a drama with a vivid and personalized sense of locale (the streets are alive), and he shows us how the characters emerge from it...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
No Score Yet The Times of Bill Cunningham (2018) "The Times of Bill Cunningham" is only 74 minutes long, yet it's a snapshot of a life that leaves you grateful for having encountered it.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2018
47% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) "Goosebumps 2" isn't a movie, exactly - it's a piñata of effects posing as a movie. By the end, there's nothing to do but sweep up the pieces.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
20% Bayou Caviar (2018) You can't say "Bayou Caviar" doesn't have twists, but it has the wrong ones.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
100% Moynihan (2018) A documentary that takes the full, fascinating measure of the charismatic maverick that Moynihan was.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
29% Venom (2018) "Venom" is a textbook case of a comic-book film that's unexciting in its ho-hum competence, and even its visual-effects bravura.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
63% The Public Image is Rotten (2018) The Public Image Is Rotten is a documentary that serves its potential audience well.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
89% Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) A well-made documentary that leaves you with the imprint of Roger Ailes' domineering arrogance, and the way he used it to shape American political reality and, finally, the world.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
38% Cruise (2018) By the time "Cruise" is over, you're invested enough to want to see where this real-life fairy tale is going. You also want to see more Robert Siegel movies.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
28% Night School (2018) A movie starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish shouldn't leave you with the lingering sensation that its concept would have worked a lot better on the small screen.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
35% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) More than even before, this series has a leftover-goods, what-is-this-movie-doing-here? quality.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2018
96% Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable (2018) The pull of Garry Winogrand's photographs is that they dissolve the line between art and life.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
82% Her Smell (2018) Once you're in there, you go with it. Elisabeth Moss's commitment, and the burnished bravura of her talent, pull you through.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
86% The Land of Steady Habits (2018) No matter how much you want to like the film, something is missing: a spark, a shimmer, a thrust of discovery.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018