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 8.2 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 Jawbreaker
Score distribution:
529 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Scenes that should have been uproarious are weaker than many of the movie's smaller moments.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Many of the plot points seem belabored because they're introduced in the voice-over, then ploddingly dramatized, then analyzed by the family over meals.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    The music's great, but frequent tight shots of actors ostensibly blowing their horns look phony enough to be distracting.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    This gorgeous expressionist drama makes the comparisons so effectively at the outset that by the end they seem belabored.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    For the sake of more irony--the movie is lousy with it--the precocious characters have an infantile response to the discovery that their parents are missing: all want their mommies after a night of junk-food excess.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Entrancingly lurid live-action fantasy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Stylistic excess, comedy, and romance often help make extremes of cruelty and horror function as cathartic metaphor, and all three figure, not always successfully, in this sequel.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    The social criticism is as unforced as the humor (and the references to "The Conversation") in this 1998 conspiracy thriller, whose spirited action is balanced by an almost contemplative attitude toward surveillance phobias and the movie cliches they've spawned.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Mildly exciting sports-in-prison movie.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Disarming-misfit story, which combines elements of a road movie, romance, small-town idyll, and police procedural.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Their blossoming love is thwarted at every opportunity by wicked stepmother Anjelica Huston, whose practical motive -- she wants her own daughter to become queen -- is part of an unusually nuanced characterization.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Political incorrectness, gross-out humor, references for their own sake, and some real wit are distributed over the 85 minutes with an unusually consistent sense of timing and proportion, and the tone is just right.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Favreau, who also plays the long-suffering Bobby, mixes elements of drama into this appropriately annoying comedy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    Whether the story's bald ironies are historical cliches or just dramatic ones, they convey only platitudes about gender, sexuality, and power.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    Vigilant viewers may spend many of the 101 minutes fixating on tiny holes in the plot, but I was busy being moved by the premise and the filmmakers' confidence in the power of their metaphor: a little boy who's disappointed in the man he grew up to be.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    I kind of liked this slow, stoner comedy.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    A pleasure.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    Even though I appreciate this movie's craft, I wish I hadn't seen it. It's a heady, progressive -- or perhaps elaborately conservative? -- romance, but it's also a tale of terrible suffering.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    A realist mode that strains credibility; it's tenuous and inflexible -- and easily ruptured by the contrived irony in Jimmy McGovern's screenplay.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    There's little rapport between Duchovny and Driver after their initial meeting. More exciting and suspenseful is the relationship between Driver's confidant (Hunt) and her husband (James Belushi), who can't seem to get all their kids to go to sleep at the same time.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    As the driven competitor who learns to make hubris work for him, Jared Leto gives a complex performance that suggests a deep, intriguing interior to the character even as he maintains a convincing one-dimensional facade.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    The hinted romance, featuring Aaliyah, makes for some decent drama and some fine comedy.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    As personal and political agendas mix, with deadly results, director Jim Sheridan parallels the moderated violence of boxing with the unchecked violence of terrorism.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    Despite the practical nature of the costars' bond, I spent most of the lukewarm actioner wondering when the hell they were going to start kissing.

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