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Owen Gleiberman

Owen Gleiberman
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
67% 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
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
37% 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
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
42% 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
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
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
Read More | Posted May 3, 2020
58% 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
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
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
94% Beastie Boys Story (2020) "Beastie Boys Story" is less seamless, but more personal, than a classic documentary.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
39% 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
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
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2020
31% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
67% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
20% 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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
100% Disneynature: Dolphin Reef (2020) A puckish, bedazzling, and memorable entry in the Disney nature canon.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
77% Disneynature: Elephant (2020) A Disney doc that hits the right notes but feels less majestic than the creatures it's about.‐ Variety
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
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
91% 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
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
65% 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
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
69% 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
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
84% The Way Back (2020) [A] modestly well-made Sunday-school lesson.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
90% Straight Up (2020) Sweeney updates that grand and glorious mode of run-for-cover screwball to the age of pop-culture-saturated digital millennials who think faster than they can process. And he does it with a flair that would leave Ben Hecht smiling.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
92% The Invisible Man (2020) "The Invisible Man" is devious fun, with a message that's organic enough to hit home: that in a toxic relationship, what you see is what you get - but what gets to you is what you don't see.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
88% Onward (2020) You won't feel cheated by it, but you won't feel elated, either. Yet Pixar, in its very bravura, has more than earned the right to put out a movie like this one - an unabashed piece of product, a kind of Pixar place-holder made with a tiny dash of soul.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
80% Rebuilding Paradise (2020) "Rebuilding Paradise" is a movie that shows us a great deal without necessarily exploring what it shows.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
62% The Call of the Wild (2020) Much as I wish the filmmakers had put more trust in the organic heartbeat of their material, "The Call of the Wild" gets better as it goes along.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2020
74% The Photograph (2020) The movie isn't the sort of cookie-cutter sugar wafer that tends to get released by studios on that holiday. It's a looser, warmer, and more meditative romance, one that takes its time by giving its actors room to breathe.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
64% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Their truly epic bad decision, far worse than the original fussy humanoid design of Sonic, was to make the "Sonic" movie into one of those clunky live-action adventure comedies with a digitally animated generic weisenheimer plopped into the middle of it.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
35% Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words (2020) "Created Equal" is structured as a monologue of self-justification, a two-hour infomercial for the decency, the competence, and the conservative role-model aspirationalism of Clarence Thomas.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2020
78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Cathy Yan keeps it all hurtling along with impeccable ferocity. Her action scenes have a deftly detonating visual spaciousness, capped by crowd-pleasing moments...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
79% Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind (2020) "Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind" is not the definitive, investigative, leave-no-stone-unturned-and-set-the-record-straight chronicle that you'd want, and expect, from HBO.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
100% Assassins (2020) As you watch the movie, I promise that there are moments when your jaw will drop.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
73% Lost Girls (2020) A haunted and doggedly original drama that shakes off easy categorizations.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
100% The Father (2020) All the actors in "The Father" are vivid (Colman brings her role a loving vulnerability that warms you), but Hopkins is flat-out stunning.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
37% Downhill (2020) The new movie is a teasing trifle with something real on its mind. But in its winking 86-minute way, it stays true to what gave "Force Majeure" its force.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
73% The Glorias (2020) The film is acted with great flair and emotional precision, and it's been staged by Taymor with vividly detailed historical flavor, yet it tells Steinem's story in a way that's more wide than deep.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
100% On the Record (2020) What's extraordinary is the disturbingly intimate communion the film creates between the audience and the survivors.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
44% Four Good Days (2020) "Four Good Days" is based on a true story, and the way it plays out is both watchable and plausible. Yet the movie doesn't shake us to our souls.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
100% The Go-Go's (2020) "The Go-Go's" is a classically crafted rock doc that shows you, more or less, everything you want to know about this game-changing, grinning-and-bopping, God-do-you-miss-the-'80s-or-what? punk-pop band.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
100% The Dissident (2020) It's become common, if not cliché, for a critic reviewing a documentary about a turbulent real-world event to write something like, "It exerts the power of a true-life thriller!" Well, make no mistake: "The Dissident" does.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
92% Miss Americana (2020) In "Miss Americana," the vision Taylor Swift presents of herself is just chancy and sincere enough to draw us in.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) Will Smith and Martin Lawrence bring their A game, never letting us feel like they're going through the motions. The marks may be standard issue, but they hit them with with fury and flair.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
48% Underwater (2020) "Underwater" is a stupefying entertainment in which every claustrophobic space and apocalyptic crash of water registers as a slick visual trigger, yet it's all built on top of a dramatic void. It's boredom in Sensurround.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
20% The Grudge (2020) A reboot of a remake of a movie that wasn't too scary to begin with, the latest version of 'The Grudge' conjures nothing but the dregs of J-horror.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020