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 8.1 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
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    A black waitress and a white corrections officer in rural Georgia experience more misery in the first hour of this movie than some people do in a lifetime, and to its credit the drama doesn’t collapse under the weight.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    As a ditz who's just smart enough to know something isn't right, Lyonne blends hyperbole and sincerity in perfect proportions.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Jas lots of action, drama, comedy, and corn -- and few pauses, which is striking.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Improves as it unfolds.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Potential irony is everywhere in this movie's subtly surreal situations and candy-colored imagery.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Much of this fractured drama and dark fantasy takes place inside the mind of Charlie (Futterman),
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    The fluidity with which the story frequently makes the transition between the different characters' perspectives is refreshing, even daring.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    A persuasively feminine coming-of-age story.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    A graceful, understated sense of period allows the behavior of the characters in this love story to be unusually nuanced, making their experiences seem uncontrived as well as archetypal.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    With a distinctively middle-aged zest, Carpenter retools even the hopeless cliche requiring action heroes to spout bad puns while dispatching bad guys; his eminently stylish movie proves that new blood can flow from an old vein.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Even the melodramatic score can't ruin the essentially serious tenor of this old-style non-self-referential horror story, whose characterizations are unassailable--stereotypical shtick you buy because the performers are working so hard and their faces are so skillfully lit.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    At once self-conscious and generic, this smart monster movie about smart monsters -- supersharks cleverer than the scientist who created them -- repeatedly lulls you into thinking it's paint by numbers.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Though its startling shifts in tone sometimes seem unmotivated, this dark yet syrupy 1998 romance has an adolescent charm.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    It's all very clever but not really provocative - though a layer of political subtext may make the scenario seem funnier and more meaningful.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    The behind-the-scenes revelations are thoroughly convincing.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    A wizard at manipulating time, Kitano introduces staccato elements that interrupt the meditative pace even as they help set it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Challenges us to reconcile its snapshots of earnest entrepreneurs, colleagues, and fans with its long takes of her disillusionment.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    The characters--their motives at once obvious and obscure--are almost painfully fascinating.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    This friendly, briefly exciting story (1998), inspired by John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany, achieves a nice balance between caricature and nuanced characterization and even manages not to be cloying.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    By the time the fighting between clones and their originals turned to fraternal bonding, I was quite moved, even blissed out.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    At once a light comedy and a reasonably serious meditation on the perils of fame.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    [Farrellys'] great achievement is forcing those of us addicted to eye candy to see we have a problem.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    The movie manages to push buttons without seeming formulaic.

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