Owen Gleiberman

Owen Gleiberman
Owen Gleiberman's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

The Unspoken (2016)

"The phrase "low-budget horror" once held out the promise of seedy grisly sensation that big-budget horror wouldn't give you. But in the case of a movie like "The Unspoken," it just means: standard glossy horror tropes executed with scary ineptitude." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 26, 2016

By Sidney Lumet (2016)

"The movie is simply Lumet and his films, which turns out to be an astonishingly satisfying experience, because he's an incredible talker, with the same earthy electric push that powers his work." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 22, 2016

Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016)

"It's another of Perry's raucous and slovenly comedies of responsibility, which means that its heart is in a very old - and right - place. If only a message that was this solid equalled solid laughs." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 20, 2016

Michael Moore In TrumpLand (2016)

""Michael Moore In TrumpLand" comes on with a bombs-away fury, but it winds up being a tossed hand grenade that doesn't fully detonate." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 18, 2016

Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016)

"Earth to movie executives: This is not what Jon Hamm should be doing!" ‐Variety
Posted Oct 18, 2016

The Lost City of Z (2017)

"It makes no major dramatic missteps, yet it could have used an added dimension - something to make the two-hour-and-20-minute running time feel like a transformative journey rather than an epic anecdotal crusade." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 16, 2016

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016)

"The film isn't simply a technological experiment; it's also a highly original, heartfelt, and engrossing story. And part of the power of it lies in the way that those two things are connected." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 16, 2016

Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016)

"A little of this is funny, but a lot of it raises the question: Why is the new king of comedy working so hard to grab and hold our attention? Is he secretly worried he's going to lose it?" ‐Variety
Posted Oct 11, 2016

Trolls (2016)

"Kids should adore it, but don't let that scare you - the movie is every 3D psychedelic inch a fairy tale for adults." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 8, 2016

20th Century Women (2016)

""20th Century Women" is an endless chain of anecdotes, and though many individual moments are winning, the movie as a whole is rudderless. It never achieves an emotional power surge." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 7, 2016

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016)

"The movie wants us to raise our fists and shout, "Yes, that's what happened. And it's an outrage!" Instead, you may feel like raising your hand and asking "Is that really what happened? If so, it's an outrage! Now please show us some evidence."" ‐Variety
Posted Oct 5, 2016

I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

"If you watch "I Am Not Your Negro," you'll spend a kaleidoscopic and transporting 90 minutes living inside James Baldwin's mind, coming thrillingly close to his existential perception of the hidden meaning of race in America." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 3, 2016

The Girl on the Train (2016)

"As a big-screen thriller, "The Girl on a Train" is just so-so, but taken as 112 minutes of upscale psychodramatic confessional bad-behavior porn, it generates a voyeuristic zing that's sure to carry audiences along." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 3, 2016

13th (2016)

"More than just another documentary, it's a crucial and stirring document - of racism and injustice, of politics and the big-picture design of America - that, I believe, will be watched and referenced for years to come." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 29, 2016
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The Sixth Beatle (The 6th Beatle) (2016)

"Much ado about nothing." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 25, 2016

Generation Startup (2016)

"By the time "Generation Startup" is over, you feel like you've spent some quality time with people who incarnate both the unique opportunities offered to their generation and, in a certain unstated way, the lack of opportunities." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 23, 2016

Storks (2016)

"A strenuously unfunny animated comedy." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 20, 2016

The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

"Steinfeld makes Nadine a hellion you can't tear yourself away from. She isn't just the star of "The Edge of Seventeen" - she's its center of gravity." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 16, 2016

Trespass Against Us (2016)

"As a thief trying to break away from his criminal father, Michael Fassbender can't act his way out of this pile of grungy nonsense." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 15, 2016

LBJ (2016)

"Reiner has been around the block enough times to relish everything in Johnson that's rudely incorrect." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 15, 2016
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Birth of the Dragon (2016)

""Birth of the Dragon" is a strange film: It huffs and puffs about what a mythic fight this was, yet it bumbles and stumbles when it comes to showing us what happened, and why it mattered." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 13, 2016

My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2016)

"The annoyance factor of "My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea" extends to the animation, which is remorselessly clever and original yet still oddly uninvolving; it's like being buried in a dump truck's worth of antic indie drollery." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 12, 2016

Denial (2016)

"The crucial thing missing is what should be the essence of a courtroom drama: our immersion in how Lipstadt's lawyers stake out their strategy." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 11, 2016

Barry (2016)

"Set in 1981, a canny and absorbing drama paints a highly convincing portrait of Barack Obama when he was a 20-year-old college student in New York, still piecing together who he was." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 11, 2016

Mascots (2016)

"It's got a few chuckles, but mostly it plays like a rerun of past comic glories." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 10, 2016

Snowden (2016)

"Stone's exile in the desert of overheated irrelevance has now ended. "Snowden" isn't just the director's most exciting work since "Nixon" (1995) - it's the most important and galvanizing political drama by an American filmmaker in years." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 9, 2016

Amanda Knox (2016)

"The film captures how the unreality of tabloid journalism has slid through digital portals into the mainstream, becoming part of the toxic air of misinformation that we all now breathe." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 9, 2016

Planetarium (2016)

"A meandering mess." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 7, 2016

The Journey (2016)

"It's a movie that follows every trope in the book, and does so with pleasing fireworks and finesse." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 7, 2016

Voyage of Time: Life's Journey (2016)

"Making a film that has the contemporary aspect of a planetarium show is, in its way, a deeply cool and populist thing to do, and "Voyage of Time" is likely to connect with audiences ..." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 6, 2016

One More Time With Feeling (2016)

"If it is sometimes a rambling and indulgent experience, it's also a beautiful one." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 5, 2016

Brimstone (2016)

"For all of Martin Koolhoven's talent, a hifalutin exploitation picture like "Brimstone" has too much - and not enough - on its mind." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 4, 2016

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

"It immerses you in the violent madness of war - and, at the same time, it roots its drama in the impeccable valor of a man who, by his own grace, refuses to have anything to do with war." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 3, 2016
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In Dubious Battle (2016)

"Franco's first watchable dramatic feature." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 2, 2016

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

"Tom Ford's first film since 'A Single Man' is another winner, an ambitious high-wire noir thriller with Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal in an explosive tale of love, violence, and revenge." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 1, 2016

La La Land (2016)

"The most audacious big-screen musical in a long time, and - irony of ironies - that's because it's the most traditional." ‐Variety
Posted Aug 30, 2016

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

""The Light Between Oceans" winds up taking one too many self-serious twists and turns. The film earns its darkness, but it might have been even more affecting if it didn't shrink from the light." ‐Variety
Posted Aug 30, 2016

Morgan (2016)

"Instead of developing its themes, it uses them as grist for an overload of "commercial" action." ‐Variety
Posted Aug 29, 2016

Mechanic: Resurrection (2016)

""Mechanic: Resurrection" is the movie "The Mechanic" should have been - a bite-sized Bond film, or maybe a grittier homicidal knockoff of the "Mission: Impossible" series, with a lone-wolf renegade as the entire team." ‐Variety
Posted Aug 25, 2016

Kampai! For the Love of Sake (2016)

"You wish this portrait of Japan's rice-wine elixir were half as intoxicating as its subject." ‐Variety
Posted Aug 20, 2016

Ben-Hur (2016)

""Ben-Hur" is an oddly lackluster affair: sludgy and plodding, photographed in nondescript medium close-up, an epic that feels like a mini-series served up in bits and pieces." ‐Variety
Posted Aug 17, 2016

War Dogs (2016)

"With the 'Hangover' trilogy behind him, director Todd Phillips has made his first terrific movie for grown-ups, starring Miles Teller and Jonah Hill in a true-life tale of hip-geek arms dealers." ‐Variety
Posted Aug 16, 2016

The Lost Arcade (2016)

""The Lost Arcade" is an engaging minor movie, but it touches on something that's being lost in the age of technology that's much bigger than video-game arcades: the feeling that there's a reason - driving and inescapable and romantic - to leave home." ‐Variety
Posted Aug 11, 2016

Olympic Pride, American Prejudice (2016)

"Draper paints affecting thumbnail portraits of athletes like Ralph Metcalfe, a slightly older sprinter who became a role model for Owens, and Howell King, a boxer who... was forced, for no good reason, to do his qualifying bout a second time." ‐Variety
Posted Aug 8, 2016

Nine Lives (2016)

"Spacey, who is known in showbiz circles for his wicked improvisations, could probably have made up wittier dialogue in his sleep. He's hamstrung by this glum paycheck dud, and so is everyone else." ‐Variety
Posted Aug 4, 2016

Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny (2016)

"A documentary portrait of the director of 'Boyhood' and 'Dazed and Confused' is full of revealing offscreen footage as well as a pinpoint feeling for the filmmaker's visionary humanism." ‐Variety
Posted Aug 4, 2016

Bad Moms (2016)

"The laughter this movie offers could provide cathartic medicine for the middle-class mom blues." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 27, 2016

Hieronymus Bosch, Touched by the Devil (Jheronimus Bosch, Touched By The Devil) (2016)

"The film offers a true immersion in his artistry. But it's also a little slipshod - an off-kilter window into the politics of the art world. It's like a fascinating magazine feature with some missing pieces." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 27, 2016

Nerve (2016)

""Nerve," let's be clear, isn't a movie to take seriously, yet its fast lunge at topicality - the way it uses the contest at its center as a lightning-rod metaphor for how young adults interact in the digital age - is part of what's fun about it." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 26, 2016

Hooligan Sparrow (2016)

"A whistleblowing documentary made with fearless guerrilla cunning ..." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 22, 2016
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