Owen Gleiberman

Owen Gleiberman
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
64% Project Power (2020) "Project Power" is basically an overblown sketchbook of a movie with showcase effects. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
100% You Never Had It: An Evening With Bukowski (2020) When you read Bukowski, you're carried along by the music of his voice, and that happens in this movie too. You want to keep listening. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
67% The Swamp (2020) "The Swamp" is full of insights and tasty details about how the culture of Washington operates. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
67% The Secret Garden (2020) In its top-heavy image-driven way, "The Secret Garden" is trying for some of the atmospheric poetry that was missing from Agnieszka Holland's 1993 version. Yet if anything, that just makes it fall further away from the novel's essence. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
75% An American Pickle (2020) It's pungent but flavorless: an unkosher dill. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
87% Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind (2020) "If You Could Read My Mind" celebrates how Gordon Lightfoot turned his own wreckage into something sublime. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
No Score Yet Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President (2020) Watching "Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President," it's hard not to be stirred by the testimonials, from people like Dylan and Nelson and Bono, to Carter's fine-grained humanity. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
67% Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful (2020) An engaging and surprisingly playful documentary about the man who was arguably the most transgressive photographer to emerge from the 1960s and '70s... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2020
74% The Rental (2020) Most of it is skillful and engrossing enough to establish Franco as a director to watch. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
95% Showbiz Kids (2020) Child stardom now feels like one of the last aspirations of a decadent, no-future America. And Showbiz Kids is an invaluable primer of its risks and rewards. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
100% White Noise (2020) [It] isn't a work of fiction, though on some level you watch it thinking: It takes reality to create characters as rivetingly contemptible as these. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2020
100% Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo (2019) A compelling and heartfelt documentary... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
79% Greyhound (2020) What was it like to fight in WWII? For those of us who'll never know, that question has a thousand answers. "Greyhound" does a sturdy job of depicting one of them. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
81% The Old Guard (2020) Prince-Bythewood stages the fight scenes with ripe executionary finesse, and she teases out a certain soulful quality in her cast. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
95% The Ghost of Peter Sellers (2020) A documentary about the making of one of the worst movies of its time, and maybe all time. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
64% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) It's a badly shot one-joke movie that sits there and goes thud. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
40% Irresistible (2020) The film is a lot like a politician: It makes a big show of leading the viewer, but without rocking the boat. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
100% Athlete A (2020) [A] disturbing and illuminating documentary... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2020
40% You Should Have Left (2020) The movie won't disturb your dreams, but it grabs hold of you and keeps tugging. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
89% You Don't Nomi (2020) "You Don't Nomi" takes "Showgirls" seriously, obsessively, looking at it from every angle, presenting a chorus of critical voices who analyze the film in ways that are highly enlightening and provocative. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
73% The King of Staten Island (2020) If there were any lingering doubts that Pete Davidson has what it takes to be a terrific actor, this movie should dispel them. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
65% Mighty Oak (2020) The director, Sean McNamara, keeps hitting the most ragged of cliché notes. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2020
82% Screened Out (2020) Why watch "Screened Out"? Because it shows you something you didn't know. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
69% The High Note (2020) Ganatra stages it with a hit-or-miss geniality that keeps cutting corners on the story's emotional honesty. The feel-good factor hovers over this movie like a fuzzy bland cloud. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2020
65% The Lovebirds (2020) "The Lovebirds" quickly descends into the kind of synthetically plotted, harmless-at-its-core caper that may remind you of a ramshackle Hollywood action comedy like "Date Night." - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
34% The Wrong Missy (2020) Sandler has packaged far worse films for Netflix, and watching "The Wrong Missy" it's easy to sit back and give in to the movie's it-is-what-it-is-ness. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
41% Capone (2020) Hardy's performance is starkly unsentimental, yet part of its fetishized authenticity is that Capone never has anything too interesting to say. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
100% Kubrick by Kubrick (Kubrick par Kubrick) (2020) Amid the steady outpouring of Kubrickiana, the 72-minute-long "Kubrick by Kubrick" may be the least exotic, but it still gives any Kubrick believer a heady share of morsels to chew on. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2020
94% Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2020) Trust me this is a movie that provokes a consistent sense of "Whoa!" By the end, you'll know with greater clarity than you did before why we're in the mess we're in. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2020
56% All Day and a Night (2020) There's an excitement to seeing this landscape of yearning hunger and cyclic rage treated with neorealist humanity. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
44% Robert the Bruce (2019) Directed by Richard Gray, "Robert the Bruce" feels like a producer's movie - a somber package, with elements all lined up that don't fully come to life. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
95% Beastie Boys Story (2020) "Beastie Boys Story" is less seamless, but more personal, than a classic documentary. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
40% The Quarry (2020) "The Quarry" is so diagrammed that it uses its undernourished dark-side-of-the-heartland atmosphere to excuse the fact that nothing of note is really taking place. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2020
No Score Yet Stardust (2020) Given the excitement of the subject, what a prosaic and sodden journey it is! - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2020
32% Love Wedding Repeat (2020) Craig... has written and produced episodes of shows like "Hit the Road" and "Off the Hook," but this is his first time directing, and he's got a spry and glancing champagne touch, a way of crafting scenes that go right to your head. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
69% We Summon the Darkness (2020) It's like a good Blumhouse movie, told in elegantly framed images, and though the situation is extreme, the violent action is staged in a manner that one might describe as the understated version of over-the-top. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
17% Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind: Contact has Begun (2020) As it goes on, this all becomes a marketing hook for an increasingly flaked-out fantasy. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
70% Trolls World Tour (2020) If you're a fan of "Trolls," "Trolls World Tour" will make you recall what you cherished about it. But this one is too cautious to match that blissed-out sparkle. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2020
44% Shooting Heroin (2020) "Shooting Heroin" gives the emotions of vengeance a minor workout, only to come out the other side of them. The film argues, in theory, for a richer understanding of the problem. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
91% Blue Story (2020) "Blue Story" is very much a blast of something present tense. Rapman's scenes boil over with life, as he crafts an opera of innocence infected by gangsta pathology. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
100% Disneynature: Dolphin Reef (2020) A puckish, bedazzling, and memorable entry in the Disney nature canon. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
78% Disneynature: Elephant (2020) A Disney doc that hits the right notes but feels less majestic than the creatures it's about. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
93% Uncorked (2020) An earnest, scrappy, and finally touching drama about a young man from Memphis who's got a dream... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
89% Banana Split (2020) When the movie is over, you've chuckled at it and been touched by it, and you're glad that you got to spend time with these actors, who are good enough that I could foresee any one of them blowing up big. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
61% Tape (2020) Even as the film feels up-to-the-minute, it's been made with a certain threadbare, streets-of-New-York punk feminist mythologizing that may remind you, at times, of the films of Beth B. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
64% DOSED (2020) It sold me on the possibility just enough to think that if I knew someone who was battling a chronic addiction, I might recommend that they watch this movie. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2020
100% After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News (2020) An absorbing and impressively researched documentary directed by Andrew Rossi. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
100% The Toll (2020) "The Toll" is an okay calling-card movie, shivery at times but too eager to embrace illogic as the language of nightmares. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
30% Bloodshot (2020) [Diesel] looks, more than ever, like Mr. Clean fused with Adam Sandler, but that's part of his action charisma, which in "Bloodshot" is at full boil. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
77% The Banker (2020) "The Banker" aims high. It doesn't dumb down the banking jargon or try to trick up the front-man stuff into some sort of facile racial suspense thriller. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020