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
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    Luc Besson--and Andrew Birkin wrote the pandering, adolescent screenplay for this pseudosubversive hagiography, and nearly every scene screams out its sensationalist intent, though few actually achieve the status of spectacle.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    This fairly serious meditation on conventionality and monogamy blames his ennui on external forces, remaining adolescent even when it suggests its hero has grown up.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    Though I hate to ruin the complex experience of following a rather calm story about a lonely widower as it becomes something else, I feel obliged to point out that the hard-core gore and soft-core surrealism of this baroque morality play may not support any theme.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    Writer-director Aiyana Elliott gives her father his due in this evenhanded yet impassioned documentary.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    This realist fairy tale of impossible love has a fair amount of nuance and charm.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    This early-1900s costume drama surely differs from Henry James's source novel.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    Though it isn't so much funny as clever, the parody will hopefully discourage some aspiring teen-movie makers from doing the same old thing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    The vicarious catharsis offered by this adaptation of Anna Quindlen's novel is as efficient as that of any family-affected-by-illness drama.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    In a lumbering way, this depressing feel-good drama about the impact of cancer on two children, their divorced parents, and the father's girlfriend offers some useful insights into how feelings of jealousy and betrayal can limit the potential of family relationships.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    The precredits sequence is exciting--it's the only part of the movie that even begins to use the idea of the vulnerability of a horror-movie audience reflexively. The rest of the story is a straightforward narrative that's threatening only to the ingenues in the cast.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    It's doubtful that the haste with which two actors of the same sex break away from a kiss in this comedy was in the script, but otherwise everybody stays in character, which is impressive given the manic range of some of the roles and the comic monotony of others.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    Includes extensive performance footage but never drags, and it isn't exposé or self-mockery.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    Impressively nuanced.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    This insidiously complex satire is filled with apparent digressions, and our complete identification with the man occurs so gradually that it's impossible to pinpoint just when our previous disdain becomes a position of relative comfort.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    Sandler is disarming and compelling as Sonny.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    The deliberately obvious equating of knife throwing with sex would be funnier if it weren't so serious, and the undercut eroticism is part of what makes the movie themeless, merely a conceptual exercise.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    The movie, which leans too heavily on the metaphorical value of the two historic events, dives from heady romance into heavy moralizing.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    This buddy movie grows on you.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    Against the lush backdrop of the Andes, Crowe and Caruso define on-screen cool: good guys in a match of wits and firepower who even talk about their emotions.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    A mildly psychological suspense thriller with military trappings.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    The contrast between Tucker's motormouth and Chan's man of few words should be funnier, but the plot -- which is cliched without quite becoming self-reflexive -- and the uneven pace dampen most of their moments.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    Many of the gags rely on the incongruity of Grant's nervous, cultured character posing as an Italian-American stereotype, but they're subverted by his earnest relationship with his fiancee, whose affection hardly seems worth the trouble.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    Lots of men cry lots of tears in this supremely self-indulgent, supremely moving documentary about making a documentary.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    Engagingly corny drama.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    Though it strives for broad humor, pushing cuteness and light irony, this bland 1998 movie isn't exactly a comedy.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    A businessman is visited by an otherworldly presence who has the nerve to fall in love with his daughter in this savory, extralong feature, whose obvious plotlines unfold with an almost painful slowness that somehow makes them deeper.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    The payoff matters at least as much as the setup, and this story's secret is way too easy to guess.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    This 'heartwarming' thriller refuses to distinguish realism from stylization, and much of the plot is a twisted mess of repetition and unpersuasive motivation.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    Though there's a crime to be solved, a romance to go awry, and lots of trooper-police politics to elaborate on, the strangely drawn out pacing somehow feels fresh rather than oppressive.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    Inspired, self-referential animated musical.

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