Owen Gleiberman

Owen Gleiberman
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T-Meter Title | Year
34% Shaft (2019) It's mix-and-match thriller MacGuffin clichés, but the movie barely pretends to be interested in this generic crime plot. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
93% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) It contains some of the most exciting footage of Dylan in concert that's ever been seen. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
100% The Lavender Scare (2019) [An] essential and absorbing documentary about the political repression of homosexuality in America... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) "Dark Phoenix" took me by surprise. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
32% Domino (2019) Even when we can tell what's going on in "Domino," there's a sense of the tail of De Palma's intentions wagging the dog of a plot. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2019
87% Pavarotti (2019) Howard adopts a no-muss-no-fuss tone of benevolent civility that feels like a legitimate way to go, keeping Pavarotti's identity as a singer front and center. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
56% Ma (2019) It's a squalid formula picture that's too busy connecting dots, hitting beats, engineering situations designed to make you squirm. But you will squirm. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
40% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) You won't feel cheated; at stray moments, you'll feel the wonder. But for every high point, there's a moment when the thrill threatens to leak away. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
83% Room 212 (Chambre 212) (2019) The film wants to be a meditation on love, but before long it starts to feel as overstuffed as a family reunion at Thanksgiving. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2019
80% Tommaso (2019) Ferrara, working with a stately roving camera... has made a movie of feints and digressions, a portrait of a filmmaker who gets dragged down, even though he's doing all he can to lead a sober, moral life. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
92% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) It's a heady, engrossing, kaleidoscopic, spectacularly detailed nostalgic splatter collage of a film... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
64% Frankie (2019) "Frankie" may the closest that anyone has come to making an American version of an Eric Rohmer film. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
82% Diego Maradona (2019) It's a heady, engrossing, indulgently sprawling profile of a modern athlete in all his glory and contradiction, but it's also a film that leaves you with more questions than it should. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
98% The Lighthouse (2019) "The Lighthouse," made with extraordinary skill, is a movie you can't pigeonhole, and that's part of its appeal. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
83% Vivarium (2019) The movie leaves the audience every bit as numb as the characters are supposed to be. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
68% Little Joe (2019) Hausner works in a shivery and deliberate modernist spook-show style, one that calls up echoes of early David Cronenberg and the Stanley Kubrick of "The Shining." - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
75% Sorry We Missed You (2019) Loach has now done it again. His new film, "Sorry We Missed You," is another intimate and powerful drama about what's going on in people's everyday lives - not just in England, but all over the world. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
83% Deerskin (Le Daim) (2019) Dujardin is the sort of leading man who likes to mix it up, and in "Deerskin" he gives an adventurous downbeat performance that tosses vanity - and sanity - right out the window. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) "The Dead Don't Die" fancies itself a cutting-edge macabre comedy, but the truth is that it's behind the curve of pop culture. That's why it's a disappointing trifle. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
93% Burning Cane (2019) "Burning Cane"... isn't a major work, yet it's a movie of minor fascinations and seductions; it exerts the pull of a natural-born filmmaker's eye. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2019
15% The Hustle (2019) "The Hustle," fun as some of it is, is a tall fizzy drink in which the fizz never completely rises to the top of the glass. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
No Score Yet I Want My MTV (2019) The first thing you want from a history of MTV is to get dunked in the hot-but-cool nostalgia of it, and the fast, fleet documentary "I Want My MTV" delivers those 1980s goods about as good as you can get. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) In "Yesterday," a world without the Beatles doesn't look any different, so there's little potency to the film's fantasy of the Beatles coming back. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
80% Lost Transmissions (2019) "Lost Transmissions" is a murky and unfocused journey, set in a Los Angeles that looks as sodden as London on an overcast day. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
100% Rewind (2019) Watching the movie is like staring at a blurred image of the past that gradually, over 86 minutes, comes into terrifying focus. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
29% UglyDolls (2019) The sincerity with which "UglyDolls" pits unblemished conformity against ungainly soul is touching - and, yes, instructive - in all the right ways. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
88% Framing John DeLorean (2019) A tasty and satisfying look at the rise and fall of the self-styled auto magnate of the '70s and '80s... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
57% American Woman (2019) "American Woman" tries to give us a fresh angle on a familiar subject, but the film is listless and desultory. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
No Score Yet Slay the Dragon (2019) "Slay the Dragon" is the most important political film of the year, and it may prove to be one of the key political films of the decade. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
100% Blow the Man Down (2019) The movie is clever enough to hold you, even when you wish it had taken the extra step and gone full Patricia Highsmith. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
75% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) It captures the life and career of a rock 'n' roll star who never looked back, never apologized, never compromised, virtually never made a wrong move, and made it all seem effortless. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
100% Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (2019) As we get to know Marion Stokes, her motivation for doing what she did comes to seem more and more resonant and fascinating and less and less of a private compulsive geek-out. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
100% The Apollo (2019) The movie, through its addictive and exhaustively researched film and video clips, salutes a shocking range of genius... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
97% Carmine Street Guitars (2019) "Carmine Street Guitars" is a one-of-a-kind documentary that exudes a gentle, homespun magic. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2019
83% Nureyev (2018) To plunge into this saga, especially if you don't know it, and to see what it was that made Rudolf Nureyev onstage such a furious and transporting poet-of-the-body, is to be at once moved and awed. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
15% 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
17% 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
60% 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
15% 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
53% 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
44% 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
90% 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
39% 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
83% 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
34% 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
52% 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