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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Owen Gleiberman Narrator: Owen Gleiberman Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2016 ISBN: 9781478960829
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From a personal obsession with film, to an unorthodox mentorship with the legendary Pauline Kael, to establishing himself with the upstart Entertainment Weekly, Movie Freak is the memoir by veteran film critic Owen Gleiberman that will speak to anyone whose life has been changed by a great film.

What molds a critic? Perhaps it takes parents willing to buy nine-year-old Gleiberman drive-in tickets for Rosemary’s Baby. Like millions of us, Gleiberman loves movies, and in this frank and funny memoir he not only reveals the details of how he became a critic but attempts to show why we find cinema so defining as a society. As one of the premiere tastemakers for more than three decades, Gleiberman, a self-confessed movie freak, explains why he, and so many others, equate film with life. Readers will revel in the juicy details of the behind-the-scenes life of a critic, and cheer as he lifts the curtain on life along the red carpet.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Movie Freak is a chronicle of rapture…The book is exuberant and candid, a celebration of appetite, an essential, turned-on guide to American pop culture in the last forty years.”

    New Yorker

  • Movie Freak is a blast…Part autobiography, part magazine-industry tell-all, and part love letter to movies, the book feels like a long, wide-ranging conversation with Gleiberman…. elegant, insightful, funny and provocative.”

    Miami Herald

  • “This is a coming of age drama as moving and profound as the big screen achievements that inspired its author.”


  • “Film and journalism buffs will be equally served by this revealing and ardent memoir of a life lived in images and words.”

    Library Journal

  • “The author’s prose style is conversational, even colloquial. At the end, he writes affectingly of the slow disappearance of newspapers and of print film criticism…A story of societal change, rich in cultural as well as personal history.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Film critic Owen Gleiberman narrates his memoir with a candidness that reinforces the frankness of his writing. His tone is serious but intellectually lively as he explores his early film obsessions and the development of his career…Thought-provoking listening for fans of film and pop culture.”


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About the Author
Owen Gleiberman is an American film critic. He wrote for The Boston Phoenix and is best known as the founding movie writer for the then-startup Entertainment Weekly, where he was the lead critic for 24 years. Today Gleiberman continues to write for BBC.com and lives in New York City with his wife Sharon and two daughters.