Owen Gleiberman

Owen Gleiberman
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
100% After Parkland (2019) The film records this experience in a moving and memorable way. After you've seen it, you know more about the meaning of this kind of horror than you did before, and that's a vital thing. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
No Score Yet Searching for Mr. Rugoff (2019) An enthralling documentary that movie buffs everywhere will want to see... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2019
57% No Safe Spaces (2019) "No Safe Spaces" makes the case for why it's actually healthy, if not essential, to be exposed to ideas you disagree with and even violently don't like; it toughens the muscles, preparing you for the rigors of the world. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
51% Noelle (2019) Whatever your idea of a sentimental connect-the-dots Christmas comedy is, this is sub that. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
92% Dark Waters (2019) Todd Haynes has made the first corporate thriller that's a call to action because you'll emerge from it feeling anything but safe. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
53% Charlie's Angels (2019) The new "Charlie's Angels" is a heavier chunk of escape than any previous "Angels" incarnation - if the early-2000s films were pop, this one is metal. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
22% Playing with Fire (2019) Cena may be the first bodybuilder-turned-actor who has what Arnold Schwarzenegger had: the ability to project a mocking light soul trapped in a musclehead's body. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
66% The Good Liar (2019) The pleasure of "The Good Liar," and it's a major one, is the chance to watch Mirren and McKellen act together in a cat-and-mouse duet that turns into an elegant waltz of affection and deception. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
43% Midway (2019) The film's drama is B-movie basic. But the destructive colliding metal-on-metal inferno of what war is what makes "Midway" a picture worth seeing. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
47% Last Christmas (2019) It's not so much clever, toasty, and affectionate as it is the faux version of those things. It's twee, it's precious, it's forced. And it's light on true romance, maybe because the movie itself is a little too in love with itself. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
77% Doctor Sleep (2019) I found myself lured into a movie that dares to depict evil as something that makes us suck in our breath. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
87% Ne Zha (2019) As a movie, "Ne Zha" is most fun when it gets high on spectacle, literally chewing up the splendid scenery... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
96% Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) "Making Waves" is about the evolution of film technology, yet the key to its appeal is that it revels in the holistic, aesthetic side of technology: not just buttons and dials and gizmos, but technology as an expression of something human. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) The new movie earns its lavishly staged action (and its emotions, too), because no matter how violently baroque its end-of-days vision, its storytelling remains tethered to the earth. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
94% QT8: The First Eight (2019) Even those who already know a great deal about Tarantino will groove on the anecdotes and insights. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019
71% Jay & Silent Bob Reboot (2019) Smith has every right to be older and wiser here, and "Jay and Silent Bob Reboot," with its gentle anarchy and not-quite-mock nostalgia, is a time-machine sequel that passes the time amiably enough. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
11% Jexi (2019) Lucas and Moore write some whiplash funny lines, and since the film is just a throwaway, you can enjoy it on a trivial synthetic revenge-of-the-nerd level. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
43% The Addams Family (2019) "The Addams Family" has a rote plot built out of bits and pieces from a lot of other animated films that had nothing to do with lumbering eight-foot-tall butlers or posh mistresses of the house who look like spindly vampiric cadavers. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
No Score Yet The Booksellers (2019) "The Booksellers" is a documentary for anyone who can still look at a book and see a dream, a magic teleportation device, an object that contains the world. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
No Score Yet Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn (2019) In its loosely anecdotal way it may bring us a notch or two closer to who Roy Cohn was. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
No Score Yet Born to Be (2019) [A] moving and fascinatingly forward-looking documentary... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
No Score Yet Oliver Sacks: His Own Life (2019) Part of the teasing mystery of "Oliver Sacks: His Own Life" is that the movie, like Sacks himself, refuses to pin its subject down to anything as earthly as a diagnosis, because that would reduce him. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
97% The Irishman (2019) Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman" is a coldly enthralling, long-form knockout - a majestic Mob epic with ice in its veins. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
75% The Death of Dick Long (2019) With "The Death of Dick Long," Daniel Scheinert proves himself just good enough a filmmaker to earn the attention he's courting. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
59% In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) A police thriller powered by a "head-spinning" sci-fi twist that's revealed so gradually you'll feel older by the time the movie ends. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
77% Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) A bit of concocted fluff that never asks to be taken on the level, and that allows Galifianakis to oscillate, with his usual stoic myopic cunning, between idiocy and ire. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
No Score Yet David Foster: Off the Record (2019) A once-over-lightly portrait that teeters between offering a fascinating close-up look at how the sausage of pop gets made and being a kind of infomercial. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
91% Sound of Metal (2019) Marder hasn't filled in the dramatic interior of what does happen. He has made a movie about deafness that's at once experiential and too muffled to hear. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
No Score Yet Desert One (2019) You emerge from "Desert One" knowing certain aspects of the Iran-hostage crisis better than you did before. That makes it a worthy film, and an absorbing one. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
74% Harriet (2019) "Harriet" is nothing if not a dutiful and eye-opening salute. But it still leaves you feeling that the great movie about Harriet Tubman has yet to be made. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
No Score Yet The Capote Tapes (2019) The essence of "The Capote Tapes" is a kind of immersion in Truman Capote - in who he was and the worlds he moved within. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) It's a feel-good movie, all right, but one that uses the fake danger of defanged black comedy to leave us feeling good about the fact that we're above a feel-good movie. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) Yet a morose and downbeat movie, too lost in the maze of its designer seriousness, is what "The Goldfinch" finally is. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) As its title character might put it, "Dolemite Is My Name" is a total motherf-kin' blast. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" is a lovely, soft-hearted fable that works on you in an enchanting way. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
82% Just Mercy (2019) There were moments you wish it was shorter. Yet if the chain of courtroom battles at the end spin around facts we already know, what's unpredictable is the human factor. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
71% The King (2019) Too many movies set in this period end up as action films in medieval drag. The excitement of "The King" is that Michôd lays out the consequences of combat with gruesome precision, demythologizing the battle. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
14% American Skin (2019) It's a good movie: tense, bold, angry, empathetic, provocative, observant, morally engaged. And also, to be honest, a trifle gimmicky. Yet that's tied to its power as a racially charged, socially urgent gut-punch drama. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
41% The Laundromat (2019) "The Laundromat" is a fluky contradiction that works. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
83% Ema (2019) Di Girolamo has a rapt millennial-void presence, like Garbo on mood stabilizers, and she's the lone force holding a precarious, prismatic movie together. "Ema" is an estranging experience at first but slowly lures you in. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
69% Joker (2019) A dazzlingly disturbed psycho morality play, one that speaks to the age of incels and mass shooters and no-hope politics, of the kind of hate that emerges from crushed dreams. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
63% An Officer and a Spy (J'accuse) (2019) The first half of the movie sucks you right in, but after a while it starts to play like the dramatized version of a Wikipedia entry. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) The movie, for what it is, isn't a cheat. At heart, it's a short story set in space, decorated with major FX (the double rings of the evanescent blue Neptune are its most memorable image), held together by Pitt's stalwart presence. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
97% Marriage Story (2019) It's the work of a major film artist, one who shows that he can capture life in all its emotional detail and complexity - and, in the process, make a piercing statement about how our society now works. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
80% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) From first shot to last, it's a film of high wit and confidence and verve, an astonishingly fluid and accomplished act of boundary-leaping. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
5% Jacob's Ladder (2019) The new "Jacob's Ladder" plays like a half-hearted sketch of the movie it could have been. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) As staged by director Ric Roman Waugh, the film's hand-to-hand combat is so routine it's deadening - and, for that matter, so is its assault-rifle-to-assault-rifle combat. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
100% ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band from Texas (2019) Though it's far from the last word on ZZ Top, "That Little Ol' Band From Texas" fills in the nuts and bolts, giving you enough of a glimpse of how it all happened to make it seem like a down-home rock 'n' roll mirage come true. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) She has chosen this life, and she rejects it. We should all have such woes. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
42% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) There's little in "47 Meters Down: Uncaged" that really sticks. The shocks, however, are consistently well-timed, and for the audience that seeks out a movie like this one that's probably enough. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019