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Owen Gleiberman

Owen Gleiberman
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Dawson City: Frozen Time (2017) The true magic that "Dawson City" captures is, simply, the mystery of film itself: a medium that turned people into shadows that burned brighter than life.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
90% Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press (2017) What the film offers is evidence of a pattern, the shadows of a disturbing trend that add up to a warning: If we, as a society, don't push back against the chipping away of the freedom of information, it's only going to get worse, until it eats us alive.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
16% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) For the first time, the messy hyperactive form and nihilistic crunched-metal content seem to reinforce each other.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
No Score Yet On the Seventh Day (2017) Each elegantly framed shot, every deftly observed moment expresses something organic and moving.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
19% All Eyez on Me (2017) [A] messy, hugely flawed, but fascinating biographical drama ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
22% The Book of Henry (2017) The film's muted yet still rather flamboyant terribleness derives from the fact that it seems to be juggling three or four borderline schlock genres at once.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
48% Rough Night (2017) The best thing about "Rough Night" is the feisty, claws-out spontaneity of its competitive banter between "sisters" who love and hate each other.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
67% Cars 3 (2017) "Cars 3" is very much a tale of mentorship, of learning how to give up your ego in order to bolster someone else's. As such, it's touching in a pleasingly formulaic, pass-the-torch way.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
15% The Mummy (2017) "The Mummy" is a literal-minded, bumptious monster mash of a movie. It keeps throwing things at you, and the more you learn about the ersatz intricacy of its "universe," the less compelling it becomes.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
75% Becoming Cary Grant (2017) Even with a subject as great as Cary Grant, and a take on him that appears to have all its metaphysical Old Hollywood signifiers in place, "Becoming Cary Grant" is a murky and rather disappointing biographical portrait.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
89% Promised Land (2017) Two elements - America and Elvis - come together in ticklish, surprising ways that expand and delight your perceptions.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
85% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) "Captain Underpants" isn't out to be more than a trifle; that's part of its appeal. It's not so much potty-mouthed as it is a potty-minded kiddie burlesque, one that finds the supreme innocence in naughtiness.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
49% Churchill (2017) A small, watchable, rather prosaic backroom docudrama ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
100% Visages, villages (2017) Agnès Varda, in the glory of her golden years, has become a humanist magician.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
20% Alive in France (2017) Abel Ferrara directs a documentary about his rock & roll band, but Ferrara the aging bad-boy legend deserves a better movie.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
74% The Beguiled (2017) I count myself as a Coppola believer, but this may be the first film she has made in which her essential personality as a director gets buried under the movie she's making.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
100% The Florida Project (2017) As a filmmaker, Baker is a graceful neorealist voyeur who thrives on improvisation, and his storytelling, in The Florida Project, is mostly just a series of anecdotes. But that turns out to be enough.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
86% 24 Frames (2017) Takes up residence in your mental jukebox in a way that's so haunting, for a while it crowds out all the other beauty you've heard.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
19% Baywatch (2017) Stupidly entertaining...for a while.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
70% The Square (2017) Ostlund, at his best, is a heady and enthralling filmmaker, but unfortunately, he has so much on his mind that he is also, at his weakest, a shapeless and didactic one.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
57% Redoubtable (Le redoutable) (2017) A lightly audacious and fascinating movie (if not exactly one to warm your heart) ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
71% Filmworker (2017) It's a portrait of Kubrick's right-hand man, who devoted himself to the religion of all things Kubrick, but beyond that the film has a special value: It ushers you into the world of how Kubrick put his movies together.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
28% How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2016) The film enunciates its raw themes - punk means individuality! the aliens are all about conformity! - but never begins to figure out how to embody those themes in a narrative that could lure in the audience.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 21, 2017
89% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2017) Takes an ominous, reverberating look not at the politics of Russia but at the crisis of empathy at the culture's core.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
71% Wonderstruck (2017) An ambitious doohickey impersonating a work of art.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
87% It Comes At Night (2017) The movie is a close-quarters psychological thriller built artfully and honestly, from the ground up, with more of a nod to early John Carpenter than mid-period Danny Boyle.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
89% Get Me Roger Stone (2017) Lively, fun, sickening, and essential.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 14, 2017
100% Harold And Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2017) A passionate and beguiling movie-love documentary that shines a light on two of the unsung artisan heroes of Hollywood.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
35% Snatched (2017) An aggressively cartoonish mother-daughter vacation-from-hell comedy that never strays far from the fractious, one-note surface.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
83% The Boy Downstairs (2016) Mamet has a quick, spry reaction time and a gently forlorn focus that holds the screen, and she holds this movie together.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
100% Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS (2017) "Hell on Earth" portrays the Syrian citizens, who live in a morass of civil war, with an emotional directness we can't turn away from, to the point that it's no longer possible to think of those citizens as "them." They are us, or could be.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2017
88% Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017) "Whitney: 'Can I Be Me'" has no conspiracies to uncover. It just has a story to tell, and it does that incredibly compellingly.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2017
100% My Friend Dahmer (2017) It sees Jeffrey Dahmer for what he was: a young man who could express himself only through the most hideous violence. Yet it shows you that what he had to express was real.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
15% The Circle (2017) "The Circle" is a swankly sinister little mind teaser of a thriller. It's a nightmare vision of what digital culture is turning all of us into, with all of our help.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
88% The Trip to Spain (2017) If you're a fan of the first two movies, it's hard to imagine that you won't like this one.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
91% I Am Heath Ledger (2017) "I Am Heath Ledger" is a catchy and seductive portrait of an extraordinary artist, but it leaves you wanting more, because you know it's not close to being all of Heath Ledger.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
81% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Shot for shot, line and line, it's an extravagant and witty follow-up, made with the same friendly virtuosic dazzle. Yet this time you can sense just how hard the series' wizard of a director, James Gunn, is working to entertain you.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
86% The Lovers (2017) "The Lovers" is a comedy of Middle American doldrums that leaves you rooting for its characters instead of smirking at them.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2017
50% Behind the White Glasses (2016) There was a time when audiences lined up around city blocks to see the movies of Lina Wertmüller. "Behind the White Glasses" lets you revisit a bit of that passion, without quite nailing what it was.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
83% Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives (2017) An example of how a movie can be flagrantly hagiographic, sentimental, and hypnotized by its own subject - and still make you want to keep watching it.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
67% Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (2017) "Chasing Trane" is a seductive piece of middle-of-the-road documentary filmmaking; it gives you the basics, but beautifully.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
85% Disneynature Born In China (2017) A gently stirring doc about pandas, snow leopards, and golden monkeys in the China wilds traces the circle of life - and death.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2017
66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) A dazzling action spectacle that proves this franchise is far from out of gas.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2017
46% Going in Style (2017) The movie will probably find a modest audience for a weekend or two, but it could have been so much bigger if it didn't reduce senior citizens to sympathetic data cards. If it truly gave us something to see.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
16% Mine (2017) The Fabios appear to have some talent, but not a lot of common sense.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
10% Despite The Falling Snow (2017) It's the kind of dud in which the bad decisions pile up as you watch.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2017
70% Gifted (2017) The movie is a bit of a crock - a stacked-deck family drama that's all bits and pieces stuck together out of a screenwriter's handbook.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
90% A Woman, A Part (2017) "A Woman, a Part" knows how to hold an audience, and it's got a fresh, if commercially limited, subject: What happens when hipsters get old.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
37% Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) It's a pure digital fantasy, with elegant and tactile animation, so it's more true to the Smurf spirit, and should perform solidly.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2017
100% Tickling Giants (2017) Mostly, the movie makes you understand how every society - and ours more than ever - needs people like Bassem Youssef to demonstrate that laughter will always be one of the essential ways to keep power in check.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2017