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 Chuck & Buck
Lowest review score: 0 Jawbreaker
Score distribution:
529 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    The bitterly beautiful black-and-white industrial and residential landscapes reflect the sense of anonymity felt by the characters.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Realist fairy tale.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    The narrative--a complex structure of flashbacks and shifts in perspective that's part inspirational story, part courtroom drama, part character study, part exposé--never makes it seem that history is being oversimplified.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    The behind-the-scenes revelations are thoroughly convincing.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Largely free of generic horror-movie elements, such as exploitative torture and murder scenes. Those it does contain draw attention to the difference between the conventions of psychological drama and those of pulp horror.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Funny, moving, and insightful look at questions about identity and community.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    The characters have been designed to make fun of themselves, disguising the craft of writer Neil Cuthbert and director Kinka Usher in getting us to laugh at them.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    This is a sensitive and at times gently humorous love-and-war story; the flight scenes are exciting and exquisitely crafted, the characters lovingly drawn.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Though the jokey lines seem out of place, the somber tone of this 1998 action movie makes the political subtext -- nearly obscured by the expected double crosses, extravagant destruction, and incongruous-buddies shtick -- more sincere and less grandiose than usual.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Exciting, clever sequences driven by surprisingly little plot and culminating in a climax full of the transmogrification animation was invented for.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    A judicious mix of the lightly gory, the generously cartoonish, and the unexpectedly atmospheric makes for action that's scary yet unintimidating.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Depp conveys his character's ambivalence and ambiguity with utter conviction, and though the annoying score tries to throw Pacino's monologues over the top, his persuasive, low-key performance puts the violins in their place.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    The coincidences that bring some characters together and keep others apart in this romantic comedy are plotted with musical grace.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    The fluidity with which the story frequently makes the transition between the different characters' perspectives is refreshing, even daring.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    The conventional ghost-appeasement scenario isn't very suspenseful, which may be part of the reason it's so gripping.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Shtick isn't all this movie has to offer.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Though hypocritical in the way it sensationalizes sexuality, this serious and funny 1998 movie about a 15-year-old coming to terms with her body and her family in 1976 is, refreshingly, never coy or ironic.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    There's charm and insight in the candid depictions of the teenagers' sexual experiences and discussions.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    At first Costner seems to distrust the hokey character he plays, but his performance and the movie's slanted humor, rash melodrama, and ludicrous action soon become riveting.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Divided into sections bracketed by the arrival of each new DJ and is enlivened by the edgy yet trendy environment.