Lisa Alspector
Select another critic »
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 Chuck & Buck
Lowest review score: 0 Whatever It Takes
Score distribution:
529 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Some powerful dialogue.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Alspector
    A movie whose story may be even more innovative than the superreal solidity of the animated characters.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Alspector
    Almost cagily creating understated drama from high-stakes reality.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    The treatment of this touchy material is impressive, neither gratuitous nor mincing, but this satirical comedy doesn't really go anywhere.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    The material is powerful--one boxer has been accused of a crime and the trial conflicts with a crucial competition--but much of it feels predigested, the themes inadvertently one-dimensional.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    A hopeless romantic meets a hapless realist in this gritty, elegant drama brimming with spontaneous-seeming close-ups.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Dizdar inventively examines bigotry, combining daring humor and hyperbole, dark realism and shining idealism.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Scenes of ingenious slapstick violence.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    An unprecedented friendship between a monster and a child leads to an amazing chase scene.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Subplots are woven stealthily into the story, taking the pressure off the central drama, allowing it to be affecting rather than melodramatic, and heightening the atmosphere of the lush Louisiana setting.
    • 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
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    This bright noir, with gleaming cinematography by Jeffrey Jur, is as single-minded as a short story, but the premise is almost too clever.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    One girl's melancholy (beautifully expressed by actress Kerry Washington) is a response to a fractured romance.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    A standard mix of performances, interviews, and gimmickry -- the image and sound sometimes loop or jump in a tiresomely literal attempt to translate the techniques of scratching and "beat juggling" into cinema.
    • 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.

Top Trailers