Owen Gleiberman

Owen Gleiberman

Owen Gleiberman (born 24 February 1959) is an American film critic for Entertainment Weekly, a position he has held since the magazine's launch in 1990. From 1981–89, he worked at the Boston Phoenix.

Besides Entertainment Weekly, his work has been published in Film Comment, and collected in the film criticism anthology Love and Hisses. Gleiberman reviews movies for National Public Radio and for NY1, New York City's 24-hour cable news television station and is a member and former chair of the New York Film Critics Circle. He is one of the critics featured in Gerald Peary's 2009 documentary film For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism.[1]



Gleiberman's first foray into journalism came at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School while working as the film critic for The Optimist, the student newspaper. There, he gained notoriety for his review of The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975), in an article entitled "Dumplings of Justice" wherein he praised the eponymous "gang" as a "proto-typical revolutionary People's movement opposing the forces of crypto-fascist capitalism as represented by Don Knotts."

A group of his most loyal friends and admirers in high school formed "The Owen Gleiberman Club", and dressed for functions wearing Gleiberman's trademark University of Michigan sweatshirt.

He graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in English.


Gleiberman has acknowledged that he has difficulty dealing with the grading system at EW and that it has "never been [his] favorite thing."[2]

Owen Gleiberman is featured in For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism discussing the implications of being a young critic championed by Pauline Kael, and also explaining the impact on him as child watching Rosemary's Baby: "Ruth Gordon really freaked me out in that movie."[3]

On the film review website Rotten Tomatoes, Gleibermann agrees with the Tomatometer (proportion of critics who label the movie "fresh" or "rotten") 74% of the time.[4]


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