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Owen Gleiberman

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Owen Gleiberman
Born (1959-02-24) February 24, 1959 (age 65)
Lausanne, Switzerland
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Occupation(s)Film critic, writer, author
Years active1981–present

Owen Gleiberman (born February 24, 1959)[1] is an American film critic who has been chief film critic for Variety magazine since May 2016, a title he shares with Peter Debruge [de; ru]. Previously, Gleiberman wrote for Entertainment Weekly from 1990 until 2014. From 1981 to 1989, he wrote for The Phoenix.

Early life and education[edit]

Gleiberman was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, to Jewish-American parents.[2] He was raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.[3]


Gleiberman's work has been published in Premiere and Film Comment, and collected in the film criticism anthology Love and Hisses.[3] Gleiberman reviews movies for NPR and NY1.[3] He is a member of the New York Film Critics Circle.[3] 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.[4] Gleiberman's autobiography, Movie Freak, was published by Hachette Books.[5] He and his wife Sharon live in New York City with their three daughters.[5][6]

In 2016, Gleiberman incited controversy over a piece on the film Bridget Jones’s Baby, criticizing the physical appearance of actress Renée Zellweger. Actress and MeToo activist Rose McGowan penned an op-ed in The Hollywood Reporter defending Zellweger and lambasting Gleiberman.[7]


  1. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (2016). Movie Freak: My Life Watching Movies. United States: Hachette Books. ISBN 978-0316382946.
  2. ^ Movie Freak: My Life Watching Movies Owen Gleiberman.
  3. ^ a b c d "Owen Gleiberman". New York Film Critics Circle. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
  4. ^ "For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism". Turner Classic Movies. 2009. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Owen Gleiberman". Hachette Book Group. 27 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Obituary: Orest Lewinter". Albany Times Union. October 25, 2012.
  7. ^ 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. Retrieved March 3, 2023.

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