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Owen Gleiberman

Owen Gleiberman
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet 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
16% 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
86% 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
100% 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
87% 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
83% 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
60% 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
No Score Yet 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
83% 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
44% 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
17% 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
64% 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
38% 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
16% CHIPS (2017) The movie is what it looks like when mindless slumming convinces itself that it's hip.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
47% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) The characters in "Power Rangers" have all the depth and idiosyncrasy of walking talking robo-teen action figures.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
No Score Yet Long Strange Trip (2017) At three hours and 58 minutes, it has the sprawl and generosity of a good Dead show, yet there's nothing indulgent about it - it's an ardent piece of documentary classicism.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2017
No Score Yet Ben-Gurion, Epilogue (2016) The Israel Ben-Gurion talks about is more than a fading memory; it now seems a distant planet. Yet there are moments when he seems to look forward, with prophetic insight, at much of what has happened since.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
No Score Yet I Am Another You (2017) What begins as a celebration of reckless freedom, then turns into a revelation of a broken soul, becomes something deeper ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
53% The Boss Baby (2017) "The Boss Baby" still feels standard issue and a wee bit tiresome.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2017
100% Love & Taxes (2017) Watching "Love & Taxes," you feel as if you're witnessing a life presented without much filter. It's Kornbluth's willingness to revel in what a screw-up he is that carries you along.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) It's a lovingly crafted movie, and in many ways a good one, but before that it's an enraptured piece of old-is-new nostalgia.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) The film is beautifully acted by Shahab Hosseini, who makes Emad a knight with a control freak inside, and Taraneh Alidootsi, who suggests a woeful Iranian version of Marion Cotillard. But the great performance here is that of Babak Karimi.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
77% Kong: Skull Island (2017) The surprise is that Skull Island isn't just ten times as good as Jurassic World; it's a rousing and smartly crafted primordial-beastie spectacular.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
19% The Shack (2017) A Hallmark-card therapy session, a kind of woodland weekend-retreat self-actualization seminar hosted by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
22% Table 19 (2017) The strangers-at-a-table concept turns out to be a thin excuse to cobble together what might have been the pilot episode for a glibly forgettable TV series.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
92% Logan (2017) The analog pace and elemental story work for it. Each time the violence explodes, it's slashingly satisfying, because it's earned, and also because Mangold knows just how to stage it.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
50% Return to Montauk (2017) "Return to Montauk" is Volker Schlöndorff's tasteful, high-minded Euro-literate version of a Lifetime Movie - and I mean that (mostly) as a compliment.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
80% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) Tame, competent, mildly touching, and a little dull - except for Catherine Deneuve's fearless turn as a boozing, ailing wreck.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
91% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) "The Other Side of Hope" wants to take you back to a time when quirkiness in cinema felt not cute but bold. Apart from the songs, though, it just feels cute now. If that.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
No Score Yet Mr. Long (Ryu san) (2017) The maverick director Sabu has made a hitman fable that's like Charlie Chaplin meets Takeshi Miike. The weird thing is, it works.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
No Score Yet The Young Karl Marx (Le jeune Karl Marx) (2017) It's dutiful, but it's also superficial and polite, and it commits the genteel sin of the old biopics: It turns its hero into a plaster saint.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
No Score Yet Erase and Forget (2017) "Erase and Forget" is an inadequate documentary.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
71% Spoor (Pokot) (2017) The movie is murky and disjointed, held together not so much by what happens as by a vague atmosphere of obsession.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
No Score Yet The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov (2017) A scrappy testament to the true nature of the Vladimir Putin regime.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
60% Final Portrait (2017) In "Final Portrait," Stanley Tucci, directing his first film in 10 years, takes the biopic to an even more exquisitely homespun level of miniature close-up.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
50% The Dinner (2017) Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, and Rebecca Hall make a riveting quartet in Oren Moverman's adaptation of the Herman Koch novel about a dark-hearted dinner gathering.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
100% Chasing Coral (2017) Did you ever think you'd shed a tear for dying coral?‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Your average Pixar comedy thumbs its nose at a great many things, but "The Lego Batman Movie" is a helter-skelter lampoon in the daftly exhilarating spirit of Mad magazine and the "Naked Gun" films.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2017
100% Strong Island (2017) Ford's intent as a filmmaker isn't just to expose and protest the injustice of his brother's murder. It's to say: Behold what was lost. A life. A human being. A complex soul. A family's equilibrium. Feel what was lost.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2017
6% Rings (2017) It's now the file-share that kills. I don't know why that's less threatening, but it is, kind of like seeing your favorite album cover reduced to a digital postage stamp.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
100% The Force (2017) The strength, and fascination, of "The Force" is that the movie isn't on anyone's side.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
100% Roxanne Roxanne (2017) A skillful and ironically gripping coming-of-age movie: a hip-hop anti-biopic.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
33% Trumped: Inside the Greatest Political Upset of All Time (2017) A sharp, fun, disquieting, and fleetly edited chronicle of the entire campaign year, inside and outside the media bubble, with the focus held obsessively on Donald Trump's rise.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
70% Lemon (2017) It's a watchable curio, because beneath it all the director, the Panamanian-born Janicza Bravo, has a more conventional sensibility than she lets on.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
33% The Last Word (2017) MacLaine has something that shines through and elevates a film like this one. The movie is prefab indie whimsy, but she gives it an afterglow.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017