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 Whatever It Takes
Score distribution:
529 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    A sense of authenticity overshadows any contrivance in this subtly classic drama.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Shtick isn't all this movie has to offer.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    The luminous images--as much the filmmakers' as the painter's--are occasionally transcendent.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Funny, moving, and insightful look at questions about identity and community.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    The bitterly beautiful black-and-white industrial and residential landscapes reflect the sense of anonymity felt by the characters.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Mostly it's an overearnest examination of emotional and sexual fidelity.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Set in an expressively underlit environment, this rivetingly moody drama is enhanced by the restrained use of incidental music.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Some powerful dialogue.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    A painstakingly crafted nonrealist story, which doesn't seem to imply anything beyond what it depicts.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    This bleak vision directed by Darren Aronofsky ("Pi") is pointless with good reason.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    There's charm and insight in the candid depictions of the teenagers' sexual experiences and discussions.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Realist fairy tale.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    The lush, emotional scenes are enhanced by the sound track.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    The wavering style and tone fragment the movie, undermining both characters' development, though each retains her power as a symbol.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Deftly realist character study.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Drew Barrymore's virtuoso performance smooths over the plot holes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    A sparing use of exterior shots during the mesmerizing buildup to the match heightens their impact, while invasively tight close-ups put the actors to the test.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    With its persuasive special effects, gentle pace, and more expressionistic than surreal production design, this serious yet far from ponderous drama is something of a marvel.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    A hallucination sequence and a scene set in a Vegas nightclub are so engrossing you forget they're animated; even the showiest techniques don't detract from the story.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    But Peter Hyams, who's both director and director of photography, forces us to constantly strain to see what isn't there, until ultimately the screen explodes in welcome light, a cathartic finale in broad visceral terms even if the drama hasn't inspired much emotion.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    At a relaxed pace, accompanied by restrained pop music.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Powerful, funny romantic drama.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Persuasive stylized drama.

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