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 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
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    Has an adolescent energy and a tempered sexuality.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    Elmo's obsessive reaction is never examined, compromising the ability of this rambling minor spectacle to put across its obvious lesson about sharing.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    The filmmakers realize that playing baseball isn't nearly enough to fix what's wrong in these kids' lives, which might have made a more provocative ending than what follows.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    If spelling out stereotypes were inherently funny the movie would be a hoot.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    The childish humor and sensationalistic effects undercut the movie's philosophical agenda.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Leaking platitudes and cutesy ambience, this comedy folds a smarmy, social-issue subplot into a Saturday-morning-kids'-show sensibility; it's full of geeky gadgetry, and must've been a lot more fun to make than it is to watch.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Sometimes come together exquisitely.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Nobody ever shuts up in this schmaltzy, mannered drama.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Two obnoxious, swaggering brothers -- whose sexual naivete is supposed to make them endearing as well as pathetic -- find happiness in this more schmaltzy than funny Saturday Night Live spin-off.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Director Ron Howard makes too much of camera and editing tricks, as if momentarily confusing us about where a character is or which character's point of view the movie is taking will somehow deepen the narrative.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    The perfectly acceptable shtick executed by Williams--whose I-know-you-better-than-you-know-yourself seduction techniques ought to make him a hotter leading man--occasionally justifies the relentlessly light tone of this preachy 1998 comedy-drama.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    The plot keeps switching tracks.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Not even supercool Robert De Niro can enliven this boring tale about a team of mercenary operatives.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Told from too many perspectives, the narrative puts suspense above substance, and its social consciousness seems contrived.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Writer Philip Stark ("That '70s Show") and director Danny Leiner ("Freaks and Geeks") apply mature comic instincts to an adolescent genre.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    The best short on this program of five is Bradley Rust Gray's 18-minute "Hitch."
    • 21 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Sweetly mediocre.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Sappy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Its blurring of the line between parody and exploitation only makes it totally innocuous.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    This serious if assaultively stylish meditation on faith uses traditional elements of religion-based horror in a way that's more innocent than calculating.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Instead of a credible main character this 1999 button pusher has lots of showy cinematography and generic dread.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    The comic timing and Gibson's mugging are skillful, but the movie fulfills expectations of plot twists and ironic atmosphere only after having made clear that it won't be offering much else.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Big, schmaltzy melodrama with mini melodramas.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Bruce Willis's marvelous performance as a contract killer only makes everything else about this comedy seem more pathetic.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    The plot is more convenient than intriguing, the characters more cartoonish than iconic--especially the heroine, who grapples with feminism in a way that should have been fascinating.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    The more pathetic the role, the more evident Robin Williams's conscientiousness--but his professionalism doesn't make this fantasy worthwhile.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Time and space are condensed by means both elegant and crafty, and rarely are any of the characters made to be more--or less--than allegorical.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    All the movie's free-form horror phenomena might have been more interesting if the plot didn't keep insisting on a systematic explanation for them.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Somewhat depressive anecdote drawn out to feature length.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Overwhelmingly grisly.

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