Lisa Alspector

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For 531 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 10.5 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:
531 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Sometimes come together exquisitely.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Alspector
    Two generic ideas amount to nothing in this theatrical dark comedy about violence and information overload.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    It's a heady mix of the earnest, the grave, and the frivolous. Wizardly director Kevin Reynolds even manages to condense into a single shot, with a wisp of humor, several of the hero’s long years in a dungeon without making them any less grueling.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    In a perfect marriage of player and part, Reese Witherspoon is Elle Woods.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Alspector
    The movie's repeated attempts to combine seriousness and humor as in a blender give it a dysfunctionally earnest tone.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    The coincidences that make the destined lovers' paths cross aren't contrived with much finesse, but the characters get in some decidedly clever lines.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Subtly profound love story.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Alspector
    This kind of wheel spinning comes from having the desire to speak but nothing much to say, and Smith, who's made a slight movie about his being a slight filmmaker, seems to know this.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Alspector
    Funny, moving, and insightful look at questions about identity and community.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    This spiritual thriller is too wooden to be taken as seriously as was clearly intended.
    • 10 Metascore
    • 20 Lisa Alspector
    This gross sex farce actually has a point, though about half the population won't like what it is.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    Tiresome, blood-filled comedy.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    This thriller largely succeeds in putting quotation marks around its use of genre conventions, mixing subtlety and overkill to create a pensive mood that transcends the plot.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Alspector
    The hinted romance, featuring Aaliyah, makes for some decent drama and some fine comedy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    One girl's melancholy (beautifully expressed by actress Kerry Washington) is a response to a fractured romance.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    A text that provokes thought more than directs it, which should fascinate new and repeat viewers for a long time.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Alspector
    Contrasting the erotic with the disgusting is usually provocative and can be funny, but not in this underdog comedy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Director Ron Howard's deftness in suggesting the subjective experience of Crowe's character, who's later diagnosed with schizophrenia, makes for inspirational narrative.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    This romantic comedy turns stereotypes inside out as the main character, whose sense of commitment is represented by a tattoo on her finger instead of a wedding ring.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Alspector
    Surprisingly, this didactic and self-consciously clever romantic comedy isn't annoying -- it's refreshing, moving, and at times quite funny.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 10 Lisa Alspector
    Adam Sandler displays no virtuosity and stirs no pathos in this special-effects comedy.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Lisa Alspector
    Full of meaningless tragedies left unjustified by the absurdly optimistic ending .. (an) intolerable story.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Nobody ever shuts up in this schmaltzy, mannered drama.

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