Lisa Alspector
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For 529 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Alspector's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 Tarzan
Lowest review score: 0 Whatever It Takes
Score distribution:
529 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Alspector
    Possibly the most daring and honest drama about sexuality I've ever seen.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Alspector
    The stylized physiques and movements of the characters in this exciting animated musical-romance-adventure are at once realist and fantastic.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Alspector
    Few things are more enthralling than unrequited love, as demonstrated by this drama.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Alspector
    This is the scariest movie I've ever seen.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Alspector
    Using archly staged interviews and reconstructions that draw attention to the components of the documentary form, Morris does justice to the complexity of hot-button issues by suggesting several layers of subtext at once, portraying the articulate Leuchter as both rational and prone to rationalize.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Alspector
    It's an inspired pairing. Wilson is electric as he seduces Chan into a partnership in this self-consciously crafted western, whose cleverness is only part of what makes it so funny.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Alspector
    Some delicately interwoven and unresolved subplots help make the young character's rite of passage wholly, disturbingly compelling.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Alspector
    A wonderfully complex examination of sexual and material politics that's full of bravely provocative, gently funny, and warmly human encounters.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Alspector
    This movie restores genre elements to a level of potency that's disturbing, satisfying, and rare as hell.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Alspector
    A scene set inside the chicken-pie-making machinery proves that the Rube Goldberg formula is infallible.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Alspector
    This terrifyingly beautiful movie blends metaphor and stark social commentary to achieve a spontaneous grace.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Alspector
    Almost cagily creating understated drama from high-stakes reality.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Alspector
    A hearty style of self-referential filmmaking that only adds to the persuasiveness of Lillard’s stunning performance.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Alspector
    Inspired, elaborately plotted, and unusually satisfying variable-speed chase comedy.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Alspector
    It's easy to suspend disbelief and embrace this historically creative fiction, whose clever relationship to what's known and what's unresolved is part of what makes it so intriguing and so romantic.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Alspector
    It may not be “The Bridges of Madison County,” but the latest Kevin Costner romance is nearly as good as they get.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Alspector
    Sumptuously hued in its emotional and visual tones, this drama is also a fairy tale, its plot contrivances beautifully justified by its minimalism.
    • Chicago Reader
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Alspector
    Lee performs magic. He's preserved and expanded the experience of an adrenaline-pumping, uproarious night of racism-, classism-, and sexism-subverting humor.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Alspector
    A movie whose story may be even more innovative than the superreal solidity of the animated characters.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Alspector
    It's scary and hilarious, with a magical, nonrealist tone, and it emphasizes physical comedy as much as disturbing, beautifully integrated metaphors.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Alspector
    Full of adventure, spectacle, light romance, and the kind of suspense that doesn't require an unpredictable outcome to make your spine tingle.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Alspector
    The visuals are wild, the sound track has the audacity to underscore the subtext instead of just echoing the obvious, the comedy is irreverent and occasionally slapstick, and the metaphorical details are consistently strong.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Alspector
    Mitchell, who also directed and wrote the screenplay, originally created this glorious rock opera for the stage with composer-lyricist Stephen Trask.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Alspector
    Director George Tillman Jr.'s screenplay covers an array of events in the characters' lives so replete with drama it could easily be too much, but the movie's humor is vibrant, the sorrow unexploitive, the sexuality character enhancing, and the love heartfelt--and Tillman is tremendously skilled at bridging the vast shifts in tone.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Alspector
    Writer-director Wong Kar-wai makes these five self-consciously idiosyncratic types--often seen through distorting lenses in cinematographer Christopher Doyle's somber, garish Hong Kong--fully and instantly believable.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Alspector
    With the devout collaboration of the cast, Williams blurs the boundary between experience and storytelling as if the distinction were not only irrelevant but presumptuous.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Quaid's buoyant earnestness complements the stunning, low-key performance by Caviezel, whose close-ups give new meaning to the idea that still waters run deep.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Jensen's use of the conventions of documentary making -- and his undermining of them in ways both bold and subtle -- seems too canny and consistent for the form. Yet the harder I try to decide whether this is a documentary or a parody, the more I wonder why it matters.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Subtly profound love story.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Many of the elements in this story about a woman who's nearly eclipsed by her overbearing mother are all too familiar, yet the combination is utterly charming.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    The movie is truly an open text--its generous poetry inspires free association rather than predictable emotion.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Dark fantasy triumphs in this gorgeously animated surrealist adventure.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    It goes beyond sympathy and authenticity to insight as it examines the plight of a man who loves a man but feels he must love a woman.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Dizdar inventively examines bigotry, combining daring humor and hyperbole, dark realism and shining idealism.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    A hopeless romantic meets a hapless realist in this gritty, elegant drama brimming with spontaneous-seeming close-ups.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Beautiful story of doomed love.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    One girl's melancholy (beautifully expressed by actress Kerry Washington) is a response to a fractured romance.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Funny? This one is. It's also sweet and thoughtful.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Kitschy, clever expressionist sets, subtly marvelous 70s costumes, and an almost monolithic rock sound track enhance the meaty performances of actors who clearly appreciate the opportunity to riff on a classic--and promote vegetarianism.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Surprisingly, this didactic and self-consciously clever romantic comedy isn't annoying -- it's refreshing, moving, and at times quite funny.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Provides glorious escapism without asking you to turn your brain off.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    A delicate balance of fantasy and realism, caricature and character study that isn't driven primarily by its plot or even the development of its protagonist.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Without becoming manipulative, sensational, or trite, the movie lets us know what became of the animals -- many dogs and one stowaway cat -- on the ill-fated ship.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    In a perfect marriage of player and part, Reese Witherspoon is Elle Woods.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    After a slow setup, this charming fable wisely spends most of its time on the golf course.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Solid formula comedy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Gutsy romance-drama that breaks a cardinal rule of storytelling and pop psychology: its iconic lovers aren't forced by a tragedy to learn that they shouldn't depend on each other to feel whole.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    The tone -- a combination of earnestness and gallows humor -- is strangely appropriate.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Deep and textured drama.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Rodriguez's unironic directing brings out the complexity of characters painfully aware of the stereotypes they represent and allows this gripping, scary, and romantic movie to offer more than factoids about other movies the filmmakers have seen too many times.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Often coming across as simultaneously out of control and self-possessed, Borchardt can't have been an easy target, but the filmmakers seem to have nailed him.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    The simple premise of one scene of table-turning voyeurism is brilliant.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    The blend of animation techniques somehow demonstrates mastery modestly, while the special effects are nothing short of magnificent.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Where other King stories and hundreds of other movies simplistically exploit the archetype, this tale intricately relates the actions of its young evildoer to the more abstract forces bearing down on the adults.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Director John Madden calmly dissects the emotions of a woman whose personal life is effectively nonexistent.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    The extravagant makeup and special effects are actually unobtrusive because they're demanded by the pleasantly formulaic story, whose conflicts -- and broad, innocuous political allegory -- justify the heartwarming resolution.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    This wonderful 1997 comedy--about an unlikely group of men who are determined to strip to music rather than get day jobs--is genuinely effective at inverting gender stereotypes and other assumptions, and it's not the slightest bit heavy-handed.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    The slick satire cleverly equates materialism, narcissism, misogyny, and classism with homicide, but you may laugh so loud at the protagonist that you won't be able to hear yourself laughing with him.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Mesmerizing dark fable, which also contains moments of comedy and action that don't disrupt its oddly earnest tone
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Director Ron Howard's deftness in suggesting the subjective experience of Crowe's character, who's later diagnosed with schizophrenia, makes for inspirational narrative.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Goldblum and Murphy outdo each other in their odd roles, each minimizing his tendency toward shtick and giving a convincing dramatic performance.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Scenes of ingenious slapstick violence.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Exciting mainly because anything can happen and does, the movie drags a bit as it approaches a climax set atop the Statue of Liberty.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    All the macho men who let down their guard for Blaustein can be proud of the loving deconstruction of violence-as-entertainment that resulted.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Director Simon West hits just the right note between self-conscious silliness and real dramatic intensity in this 1997 action thriller, which uses typecast actors to make the characters' one-liners and predictable behavior resonate.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Though passionate, doesn't pity or flatter the rank and file.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Audaciously combining conviction and childish humor, this SF thriller reminds us that the distinction between the tangible and the intangible may be frighteningly arbitrary--an idea that's made too scary ever to seem trivial, no matter how silly things get.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    A consistently light yet derisive tone, modest production values, and masterful comic timing allow writer-director-star Trey Parker to expose cultural hypocrisies with precision. His performance--in both the movie and the movie within the movie--is dramatic and poker-faced, seamless and hilarious.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    The theories about sexuality and trauma artfully advanced in this previously unreleased 1975 debut of director Catherine Breillat (Romance, Fat Girl) are more nuanced and intuitive than those of most schools of psychology.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    This low-key romantic comedy proves that destiny-powered love stories can be formulaic without being predictable.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    This surreal, subversive teen drama tanked at the box office but has since become a cult favorite, prompting this new release with 20 minutes of additional footage.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    This moving story is full of breathtaking compositions, gorgeous spectacle, and inspiring philosophies articulated by sympathetic figures.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    An unprecedented friendship between a monster and a child leads to an amazing chase scene.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Eventually writer-director M. Night Shyamalan neutralizes Willis's star presence with impressive plotting that's a fine excuse for the powerful atmosphere.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Doesn't try too hard to be anything other than a vicarious experience that makes you crave the satisfaction you know you'll get when the hero gets his revenge.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    It's a heady mix of the earnest, the grave, and the frivolous. Wizardly director Kevin Reynolds even manages to condense into a single shot, with a wisp of humor, several of the hero’s long years in a dungeon without making them any less grueling.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    It's not a sex movie but a parody, and the loose feel is part of its genius.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Transcendently kitschy, trippingly funny fairy tale, which has a surprising amount of psychological insight and a dance number to die for.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Elegant flamenco tragedy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    The movie's no roller-coaster ride, but there isn't a boring moment either.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Scary and exciting.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    It's not supposed to be a revelation--just a pleasant rendition of a teen-comedy trope
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    A text that provokes thought more than directs it, which should fascinate new and repeat viewers for a long time.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    This corny and manipulative movie taxes your ability to suspend disbelief and predictably punishes characters for their hubris--earmarks of a great disaster flick, if the tone is just right.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    The script by Brannon Braga and Ronald Moore provides all the background necessary for viewers unfamiliar with the characters' previous movie and TV-series exploits, but not so much as to annoy fans.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Writer-director Deepa Mehta fuses the soap-opera elements of her plot -- which reveals one sexual secret after another of the variously betrayed, selfish, and self-actualizing members of the two couples' New Delhi household--into profound drama.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Spheeris, who includes her offscreen questions, evidently sympathizes with her subjects, though this doesn't stop her from pointing out their hypocrisy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Kelly is a supple and courageous storyteller, boldly free-associating as he mixes parody and satire with earnest psychodrama and coming up with plot points no one could anticipate.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Challenges us to reconcile its snapshots of earnest entrepreneurs, colleagues, and fans with its long takes of her disillusionment.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Movies about the trajectory from outsider to insider in LA social and professional circles--the two always seem inextricably linked--are a dime a dozen, but this one is fresh, thanks to a script by lead actor Jon Favreau that lets us know Mike knows he resembles a character in a movie even if he doesn't know he is one.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Improves as it unfolds.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Disarming-misfit story, which combines elements of a road movie, romance, small-town idyll, and police procedural.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Intending to study the degree to which social class would determine the subjects' destinies, the series actually documents something more filmable--the degree to which the subjects believed social class would determine their destinies and the degree to which they believe it has.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    A sense of authenticity overshadows any contrivance in this subtly classic drama.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Persuasive stylized drama.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Favreau, who also plays the long-suffering Bobby, mixes elements of drama into this appropriately annoying comedy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Kempner's lighthearted yet not apolitical collage conveys how Greenberg's success as an athlete in the 30s and 40s contradicted an ethnic stereotype.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    This gorgeous expressionist drama makes the comparisons so effectively at the outset that by the end they seem belabored.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Despite a melodramatic score that at times seems almost facetious, the movie's tone is sober and sincere, its unlikely ending persuasive.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    The characters--their motives at once obvious and obscure--are almost painfully fascinating.