Owen Gleiberman
Owen Gleiberman
Chief Film Critic for Variety, Author of "Movie Freak" (2016)Source
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Critics Debate: Is 'No Time to Die' a Triumph or a Letdown? And Where Does the James Bond Series Go From Here?

Critics Debate: Is 'No Time to Die' a Triumph or a Letdown? And Where Does the James Bond Series Go From Here?

The release of “No Time to Die” marks a key turning point — for moviegoing in the pandemic era and for James Bond. Variety chief film critics Owen Gleiberman and Peter Debruge discuss the end of the Daniel Craig cycle, the legacy of Bond, and whether 007 can really live twice. Warning: This dialogue includes major spoilers. Owen Gleiberman: “No Time to Die” arrives at a special moment. For months now, even as movie theaters have slowly stirred back to life, we’ve been asking when a film would come along that could break the dam of trepidation and anxiety that so many viewers still feel —...

Oct 13
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Why 'Tenet' Was the Wrong Movie at the Wrong Time (Column)

Why 'Tenet' Was the Wrong Movie at the Wrong Time (Column)

“” is the only movie I’ve seen in which I couldn’t follow a fistfight., as an unnamed CIA agent, is facing an enemy combatant who’s dressed in what looks like riot gear. As the two pummel each other, we’re supposed to hone in on the fact that Washington’s character is moving forward in time while his antagonist is moving backward in time. I honed in, all right. I furrowed my brain and concentrated on every movement. Yet the more I honed, the more questions I had. Questions like: Does the person moving backward in time have an advantage? Is the outcome of the fight preordained? If so, what’s...

October 4, 2020
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