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Owen Gleiberman

Owen Gleiberman
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

I, Daniel Blake (2016)

""I, Daniel Blake" is one of Loach's finest films, a drama of tender devastation that tells its story with an unblinking neorealist simplicity that goes right back to the plainspoken purity of Vittorio De Sica." ‐Variety
Posted May 12, 2016

Staying Vertical (Rester vertical) (2017)

"The technical bravura that Guiraudie summoned in "Stranger" - the subtle manipulation of light, weather, shot language, and temporal cunning - now falls by the wayside in a story that lurches from episode to disconnected episode." ‐Variety
Posted May 12, 2016

Café Society (2016)

"The movie, watchable as it is, never quite overcomes the sense that it's a lavish diagram working hard to come off as a real movie." ‐Variety
Posted May 11, 2016
4/5 71%

Holy Hell (2016)

"By the time Holy Hell reaches its ominous final scene, the scariest thing about it is that Allen has made a movie about how he fell into a cult and then liberated himself from it, but at the end he still seems the tiniest bit under its spell." ‐BBC.com
Posted Apr 29, 2016
4/5 86%

Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

"Everybody Wants Some!! is about the moment when youth culture began to evolve into a cult of team players. It taps into how the freewheeling '70s gave way to a spirit of creeping conformism. " ‐BBC.com
Posted Apr 5, 2016
2/5 90%

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

"By the end, 10 Cloverfield Lane feels like a marketing plan posing as a movie." ‐BBC.com
Posted Mar 17, 2016
3/5 84%

Deadpool (2016)

"Deadpool hooks you into Wade's trauma, but mostly it's content to skate along on the cheekiness of his death-sport attitude. The film's airy cynicism says: he's not the hero we dream of, he's just the one we deserve." ‐BBC.com
Posted Feb 12, 2016
3/5 72%

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"It's scrupulous and honorable, with moments of scalding power. But it's also just good enough to make me wish it had been better." ‐BBC.com
Posted Jan 28, 2016
4/5 77%

Goat (2016)

"Goat rambles a bit, yet it's a wild, scary, fascinating, and humane portrait of a system of approved depravity that has had way too many young men in its grip, reprogramming them into their own worst enemies." ‐BBC.com
Posted Jan 28, 2016
3/5 98%

Love & Friendship (2016)

"Jane Austen, who used dialogue as a veil that reveals and conceals, and writer-director Whit Stillman, with his love for the elegant pensée, are such an obvious match that you wonder why it took them this long to get together." ‐BBC.com
Posted Jan 28, 2016
2/5 82%

Captain Fantastic (2016)

"It's a crock, but a clever, halfway likable one. You can reject the way it plays you and still feel that you've been effectively played." ‐BBC.com
Posted Jan 28, 2016
3/5 93%

Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off the Wall (2016)

"A movie called Michael Jackson's Journey that leaves out the personal dimension of his transformation is missing a key part of the story." ‐BBC.com
Posted Jan 28, 2016
4/5 97%

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016)

"One of the most enticing aspects of this beautiful and clear-eyed doc is that the movie, while it makes the case for Mapplethorpe as a fearless and important artist, never denies that a number of his photographs were obscene. " ‐BBC.com
Posted Jan 28, 2016
2/5 75%

The Hateful Eight (2015)

"A sluggish, unimaginative dud, brimming with venom but not much cleverness." ‐BBC.com
Posted Dec 23, 2015
5/5 94%

Carol (2015)

"It has a furtive soulfulness that sneaks up on you. It's the real thing - a true romance - merged with a resonant riff on what might be called the metaphysics of tolerance." ‐BBC.com
Posted Dec 8, 2015
2/5 41%

Love (2015)

"It's bold, fleshy and audacious, at least in theory. But it is also numb." ‐BBC.com
Posted Dec 8, 2015
2/5 70%

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)

"If you want to know what the mathematical opposite of suspense looks like, take a look at Mockingjay - Part 2." ‐BBC.com
Posted Nov 19, 2015
5/5 93%

Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)

"It's only 92 minutes long, but it draws the audience into a magisterial biography; it's electric, intimate and heartbreaking." ‐BBC.com
Posted Nov 16, 2015
2/5 82%

Sunset Song (2016)

"Tragedy, by nature, may be inevitable, but when the hand of fate is this heavy, there's simply too much gloom to go with the doom." ‐BBC.com
Posted Oct 15, 2015
4/5 86%

Steve Jobs (2015)

"Steve Jobs is an exciting piece of iconoclasm: a talky, charged thriller for the brain that offers an intimate interpretation of who Jobs really was, even as it shrewdly undercuts many of the high-tech-saviour claims that have been made for him." ‐BBC.com
Posted Oct 7, 2015
4/5 84%

The Walk (2015)

"The Walk, while it could have used a better script, is a transporting experience, and the ultimate reason for that is that the Philippe Petit we see offers up his death-defying showmanship as an act of faith, not just for himself but for everyone." ‐BBC.com
Posted Oct 2, 2015
4/5 92%

Beasts of No Nation (2015)

"Fukunaga, coming off his potent direction of the first season of HBO's True Detective, proves he is an artist who can work, with staggering skill, in the jittery, explosive tradition of movies like Oliver Stone's Salvador." ‐BBC.com
Posted Sep 14, 2015
2/5 20%

I Saw the Light (2016)

"Abraham hasn't done the basic work of interpreting Williams' life; he lays out the incidents as if he were dramatising a Wikipedia entry. " ‐BBC.com
Posted Sep 13, 2015
3/5 92%

The Martian (2015)

"The Martian is like Gravity without the floating, Apollo 13 without the documentary intrigue and 127 Hours without the mental breakdown. It's not nearly as exciting as you wished it was." ‐BBC.com
Posted Sep 12, 2015
4/5 78%

Where to Invade Next (2016)

"Moore has always been a guerrilla filmmaker, but in Where to Invade Next, his provocations dig deep below the surface of politics. He has made an act of guerrilla humanity." ‐BBC.com
Posted Sep 12, 2015
3/5 9%

Fantastic Four (2015)

"A light subversion of today's blockbuster aesthetics... Trank isn't using characters with built-in visual spectacle to wow us. He's inviting us to react with sympathy to what is basically the bodily horror of their new abilities." ‐BBC.com
Posted Aug 7, 2015
D+ 0%

The Walking Dead (1994)

"The zombie-horror-film title is the most dramatic feature of this meandering combat melodrama." ‐Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 5, 2015
2/5 81%

Ant-Man (2015)

"The film isn't terrible but it makes earlier Marvel outings look like masterpieces. There's hardly a trope in it you haven't seen before, and done with far greater flair. It feels like making a mountain out of an anthill." ‐BBC.com
Posted Jul 17, 2015
2/5 63%

Magic Mike XXL (2015)

"Magic Mike XXL is the opposite of prudish, to the point that there's almost nothing at stake. And when they finally perform at the stripper convention, it looks like an off night at the MTV Video Music Awards." ‐BBC.com
Posted Jun 29, 2015
5/5 94%

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015)

"Going Clear unpeels Scientology layer by layer via testimony from former high-level Church officials who have never spoken up before. The result is the most exciting - and disturbing - work of cinematic non-fiction in a long time." ‐BBC.com
Posted Mar 23, 2015
1/5 32%

Chappie (2015)

"It's the audience that's being programmed [here] ... Blomkamp is an outrageously derivative filmmaker, but District 9 is a paragon of originality next to Chappie. " ‐BBC.com
Posted Mar 5, 2015
2/5 26%

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

"The Wachowskis' vision has turned out to be kitsch: reheated tales of good v evil and interplanetary conflict, all dressed up in HR Giger-meets-RuPaul couture." ‐BBC.com
Posted Feb 4, 2015
5/5 99%

Selma (2015)

"Directed with confidence by Ava DuVernay, it's a movie about how King changed America by having the canny political genius to show the country an image of itself that it could not bear." ‐BBC.com
Posted Jan 9, 2015
A- 98%

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014)

"[A] feisty portrait of the musical-theater legend." ‐Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 5, 2015
2/5 65%

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)

"As played by Hutcherson, [Peeta] has all the charisma of the least interesting member of the Yale crew team. Three movies in, [his bond with Katniss appears] more desperately theoretical than ever." ‐BBC.com
Posted Nov 20, 2014
5/5 91%

Dear White People (2014)

"Welcome to the head-spinning gamesmanship of the Obama era - and to the most elegantly candid comedy of racial tension since Spike Lee burst onto the scene 30 years ago." ‐BBC.com
Posted Nov 12, 2014
4/5 96%

Citizenfour (2014)

"In the end, there isn't that much to the movie apart from what Snowden has to say. Fortunately, that proves to be enough. " ‐BBC.com
Posted Oct 24, 2014
3/5 63%

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014)

"Eleanor Rigby isn't Scenes From a Marriage meets Rashomon - it's more like Before Midnight turned into a listlessly melancholy TV miniseries." ‐BBC.com
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3/5 74%

Inherent Vice (2015)

"Inherent Vice has a dazzling and often entertaining atmosphere of debasement, like a smiley face rotting from the inside. Yet there's a real limit to its pleasure. " ‐BBC.com
Posted Oct 12, 2014

Whiplash (2014)

"Whiplash is the second feature written and directed by Damien Chazelle, who expanded it out of a short that played at Sundance last year, and he's a true discovery." ‐Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 6, 2014
2/5 88%

Gone Girl (2014)

"You could call this vision misogynistic, and you wouldn't be wrong, but you'd be far more accurate if you simply called it ludicrous. " ‐BBC.com
Posted Oct 1, 2014
3/5 79%

The Theory of Everything (2014)

"This is acting out of the My Left Foot handbook, except ... Redmayne rarely deviates from Hawking's whimsical quizzicality. It's a less wrenching, more user-friendly tour de force. " ‐BBC.com
Posted Sep 14, 2014
4/5 90%

The Imitation Game (2014)

"This is a very clandestine way to make a liberal message movie, but it works. You could almost say that it serves up Oscar bait in code." ‐BBC.com
Posted Sep 14, 2014
5/5 91%

Love & Mercy (2015)

"You feel like you're right there in the studio with Brian Wilson as he creates Pet Sounds. It's a little like sitting next to Beethoven: the film is tender and moving, but also awe-inspiring." ‐BBC.com
Posted Sep 11, 2014
5/5 88%

Foxcatcher (2014)

"Bennett Miller has made what might almost be called an awards-bait exploitation film, except that he purges the material of sensationalism, and he does so in the most honest and artful way possible. He keeps it real." ‐BBC.com
Posted Sep 10, 2014
5/5 77%

Rosewater (2014)

"One of the most incisive movies about the post-9/11 world ever made." ‐BBC.com
Posted Sep 9, 2014
1/5 9%

The Cobbler (2015)

"Sandler gets lost in The Cobbler, and so does any vestige of the filmmaker's connection to his audience." ‐BBC.com
Posted Sep 8, 2014
4/5 32%

Men, Women & Children (2014)

"Reitman is such a skillful filmmaker that he doesn't just score didactic points. He's made the first movie to capture the tone, the rhythm, the flavour of our experience as it comes filtered through technology." ‐BBC.com
Posted Sep 8, 2014
3/5 84%

While We're Young (2015)

"While We're Young is a mostly enjoyable movie, but what it's trying for is wisdom, and that's a quality that Baumbach doesn't earn." ‐BBC.com
Posted Sep 7, 2014
4/5 64%

Hungry Hearts (2015)

"An audacious little indie ... Hungry Hearts starts off innocently but becomes a new kind of psychodramatic indie thriller, a Rosemary's Baby in which the mother is her own demon. " ‐BBC.com
Posted Sep 7, 2014
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