Owen Gleiberman

Owen Gleiberman
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
22% After (2019) An innocuous teen pulp soap opera that flirts with "danger" but, in fact, keeps surprising you with how mild and safe and predictable it turns out to be. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
15% Hellboy (2019) It's lunging to be a badass hard-R epic, but it's basically a pile of origin-story gobbledygook, frenetic and undercooked, full of limb-hacking, eye-gouging monster battles as well as an atmosphere of apocalyptic grunge that signifies next to nothing. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
64% Breakthrough (2019) "Breakthrough"... presents itself as the true story of a modern miracle. But it's also a portrait of what religious faith looks like when there's no pesky doubt to get in the way. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
13% The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019) The movie's petty folly - its failure of imagination and morality - is that it actually goes out of its way to turn the Manson murders into schlock horror. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
52% The Best of Enemies (2019) A rock-solid movie: squarely deliberate, a little long and predictable, but honest and thoughtful enough, precise in its period and locale, with very strong performances. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
41% The Chaperone (2019) It's a small-scale movie, and no harm in that, but it's tidy and stagy in a fusty middlebrow way. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
48% Unplanned (2019) "Unplanned" preaches to the pro-life choir, and it does so by making a case against abortion that's absolutist and extreme, at certain points twisting "facts" into a narrative of conspiracy. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) It transforms a miraculous tale into a routine story by weighing it down with a lot of nuts and bolts it didn't need. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
91% Shazam! (2019) "Shazam!" suggests that if you're taking a superhero's powers deadly seriously, you may not be totally connecting with the spirit of the comics. The movie says: You've got to giggle at this stuff. That's part of the adventure. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
40% The Dirt (2019) It's just a thinly written VH1-style sketchbook of a movie - which is to say, it's a Netflix film, with zero atmosphere, overly blunt lighting, and a threadbare post-psychological telegraphed quality that gives you nothing to read between the lines. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
100% Roll Red Roll (2019) "Roll Red Roll" captures, with potent power, how the "If it feels good, wreck it" ethos of the beer-pong drink-till-you-submit forced "hookup" is finding more and more of a home among high schoolers. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
80% Show Me the Picture: The Story of Jim Marshall (2019) "Show Me the Picture" rarely takes us inside the thrill (or challenge) of what Marshall experienced as a photographer, or parses his technique, or explores why he was drawn to the rock scene in the first place. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2019
33% Wonder Park (2019) Little kids will like "Wonder Park" just fine. But there's a difference between a great escape and a winsomely crafted pacifier. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
50% Finding Steve McQueen (2019) However much the movie might have set off to find Steve McQueen, it never gets close to him. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
72% Triple Frontier (2019) We've seen these sorts of situations once too often, done tighter and better, with more surprise. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) [Boden and Fleck] have brought off something exciting, embracing the Marvel house style and, within that, crafting a tale with enough tricks and moods and sleight-of-hand layers to keep us honestly absorbed. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
13% Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (2019) "A Madea Family Funeral" is raw pulp, but pulp made with conviction - more conviction, I'd say, than Perry has shown in his last three or four films. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
40% Something (2019) "Something" has a few observations to make about the perils of contemporary parenthood, but instead of whipping them into tension it douses them in catch-as-catch-can thriller vagueness. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
84% The Brink (2019) "The Brink" is an impeccably crafted verité ramble - an engaging and enraging, disturbing and highly revealing movie... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
68% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) "Happy Death Day 2U" is more complicated than the first "Happy Death Day," but in this case more complicated means less fun. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
100% What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2018) An exquisitely crafted documentary about the woman who was arguably the greatest movie critic who ever lived... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
80% Light of My life (2019) Scene for scene, Affleck does a decent job of directing - his touch is soft, intimate, humane - but he has saddled himself with a script that isn't entirely there. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
46% What Men Want (2019) The script of "What Men Want," by Tina Gordon, Peter Hyuck, and Alex Gregory, is a hodgepodge that always feels like it's scrambling to cover enough quadrants. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
94% The Mustang (2019) "The Mustang" has an arc you can trace, but you will not, I promise you, predict the final shot, and it's a beauty - a tearjerker as delicate as they come. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
100% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) [I]n "David Crosby: Remember My Name," Crosby is more than just a rock 'n' roll survivor nursing a lifetime of second thoughts. He's a romantic witness to a time that was genuinely about following the road of excess to the palace of wisdom. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
100% Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) If you're a Miles Davis fanatic from way back and think you already know everything about him, the movie, with its sharply edited interviews and stunning archival reach, fills in nuances of the man that feel fresh and new. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
89% Cold Case Hammarskjold (2019) "Cold Case Hammarskjöld" is a singular experience that counts as one of the most honestly disturbing and provocative nonfiction films in years. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
90% Big Time Adolescence (2019) "Big Time Adolescence" isn't bad, but it's a trifle. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
93% Blinded by the Light (2019) "Blinded by the Light" marks an exuberant return to form. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
63% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) How is Zac Efron as Bundy? I think he's startlingly good: controlled, magnetic, audacious, committed, and eerily right. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
94% The Report (2019) A large-scale saga of corruption, justice, and overwhelming relevance that's at once gripping and eye-opening, even if you're the sort of news junkie who thinks they already know the story. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
76% Late Night (2019) With her declarative snap and ability to go for the jugular, Thompson truly seems like a born talk-show host. Even when she's just riffing, she grounds "Late Night" in something real. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
62% Native Son (2019) "Native Son" is a drama of vibrant moodiness, and Matthew Libatique's cinematography lends it a hot sensual street glow. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
90% MEMORY - The Origins of Alien (2019) Philippe goes right to that place where the four-dimensional profundity of cinema touches the ardor of movie-buff obsession. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
98% Apollo 11 (2019) "Apollo 11" is a cool, meticulous, at times enthralling documentary that captures the Apollo 11 flight in its entirety through raw footage drawn from the NASA vaults. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
89% Who Will Write Our History (2019) A vital and sobering documentary... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
No Score Yet Sheeple (2018) A violent, charged-up, attack-the-block movie that comes at you with a feverish spirit of underworld degradation that's startling to behold. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
37% Glass (2019) The movie, watchable as it is, is still a disappointment, because it extends and belabors the conceits of "Unbreakable" without the sensation of mystical dark discovery that made that film indelible. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
50% American Hangman (2019) The film is done in by its cardboard indictment of The System. Trial by social media is a good subject for a movie, but not when it spends so much time smacking its lips at the corruption it's pointing its finger at. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2019
48% Escape Room (2019) Even when these movies are good, they're pure carny contraptions. But next to the unevenly diverting trap-door convolutions of "Escape Room," something like "Deathtrap" begins to look like Chekhov. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
97% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) You could call it a transcendental scrapbook, because it wipes away the muck of subjectivity that guides most movies. It turns the audience into direct receptors of experience. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
43% Second Act (2018) It's got flow, a certain knowing ticky-tackiness about its own contrivances. You know you're watching a connect-the-dots comedy, but the dots sparkle. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
33% Welcome to Marwen (2018) The film is far from incompetent, and it brims with ambition, but too much of the time what's happening just sits there. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
66% Vice (2018) "Vice..." though it pretends to reveal how power works, is ultimately content to remain on the outside, sticking its finger in the eye of power. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Emily Blunt is practically perfect in every way in a 'Mary Poppins' sequel that uncannily recreates the original's wholesome studio-system vibe. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
74% Back Roads (2018) The effect, in this case, is more audacious than convincing. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
20% The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) She's possessed, although she's lifeless. Sort of like the movie. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
83% Las Sandinistas! (2018) "Las Sandinistas!" emerges as a documentary of ripe impact and value, even if it's sometimes a ramshackle piece of filmmaking. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
15% Robin Hood (2018) "Robin Hood" is no classic, but if it sometimes seems like it's trying to be "Baz Luhrmann's Robin Hood," more power to it. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
60% Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams (2018) Even if you're a fan of the band (which I am), the movie may leave you wanting. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018