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Owen Gleiberman
Born (1959-02-24) February 24, 1959 (age 60)
ResidenceNew York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
OccupationFilm critic, writer, author
Years active1981–present

Owen Gleiberman (born February 24, 1959)[2] is an American film critic who has been the chief film critic for Variety since May 2016.[3][4] Previously, Gleiberman wrote for Entertainment Weekly from 1990 until 2014.[5] From 1981 to 1989, he worked at The Boston Phoenix.[6]

Gleiberman was born in Switzerland, to American parents.[1] He was raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan,[2] and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.[6] His family is Jewish.[2] His work has been published in Premiere and Film Comment, and collected in the film-criticism anthology Love and Hisses.[6] Gleiberman reviews movies for National Public Radio and for the NY1 television news channel.[6] He is a member of the New York Film Critics Circle.[6] 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.[7]

In a 2016 podcast interview with American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis, Gleiberman criticized the modern abundance of comic-book film franchises, characterizing them as "cinematically dramatized Wikipedia entries" due to what he perceives as fan obsession with the "minutia" of interconnecting storylines.[8]

Gleiberman is also the author of Movie Freak, his autobiography, published by Hachette Books.


  1. ^ a b Movie Freak: My Life Watching Movies Owen Gleiberman.
  2. ^ a b c Gleiberman, Owen (2016). Movie Freak: My Life Watching Movies. United States: Hachette Books. ISBN 0316382949.
  3. ^ "Owen Gleiberman Joins Variety as Chief Film Critic". Variety. May 4, 2016. Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  4. ^ McGowan, Rose (July 6, 2016). "Rose McGowan Pens Response to Critic of Renee Zellweger's Face: "Vile, Damaging, Stupid and Cruel" (Guest Column)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  5. ^ Beaujon, Andrew (April 2, 2014). "Entertainment Weekly lays off Owen Gleiberman and six others". Poynter. Retrieved April 2, 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Owen Gleiberman". New York Film Critics Circle. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
  7. ^ "For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism". Turner Classic Movies. 2009. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
  8. ^ Nils, Everling (Dec 12, 2016). "Owen Gleiberman explains Marvel movies and information culture". YouTube. YouTube. Retrieved Oct 8, 2018.

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