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 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 Bless the Child
Score distribution:
529 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    In a perfect marriage of player and part, Reese Witherspoon is Elle Woods.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Subtly profound love story.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    One girl's melancholy (beautifully expressed by actress Kerry Washington) is a response to a fractured romance.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Solid formula comedy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    The tone -- a combination of earnestness and gallows humor -- is strangely appropriate.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Mesmerizing dark fable, which also contains moments of comedy and action that don't disrupt its oddly earnest tone
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Provides glorious escapism without asking you to turn your brain off.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    The blend of animation techniques somehow demonstrates mastery modestly, while the special effects are nothing short of magnificent.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    The movie's no roller-coaster ride, but there isn't a boring moment either.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    It's not supposed to be a revelation--just a pleasant rendition of a teen-comedy trope
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    This low-key romantic comedy proves that destiny-powered love stories can be formulaic without being predictable.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    The movie is truly an open text--its generous poetry inspires free association rather than predictable emotion.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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