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 8.4 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 Whatever It Takes
Score distribution:
529 movie reviews
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    The scenes set on earth--messy, predictable satire about the commercial exploitation of fevered genius. The unconscious/underworld scenes may be boring because neosurrealism is a cliche.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    The draggy narrative of this 1997 comedy is tough to sit through--there are even several overproduced musical numbers--but it does have an intriguing subversive element that I don't want to give away.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    The acting--especially Dreyfuss's ability to roll with the mood swings--is impressive if not redemptive.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    An ounce of self-awareness about its almost gleeful use of cliches would have improved this dance soap opera.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Geek-triumphs-after-all comedies can be charming, but in this one the triumphing begins so early it's hard to feel for the geek.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    This earnest yet cynical drama makes the gang-infiltration genre seem exhausted.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Yet another unironic war movie.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    The rest of these animated sequences...depend on gimmickry, cuteness, or facile ideology, and don't come close to demonstrating the complex relationship between sound and image found in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    The clunky plot is set in Santa Fe, and includes a foil character who might as well wear a sign on his forehead.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Pesci proves he can act his way through anything.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    This 1998 movie is essentially a compilation of things-aren't-what-they-seem games played on the viewer; all its little tricks, including Ricci's snide and smart-alecky voice-overs about movie conventions, are really old--except one. But it's not worth the wait.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Neither good nor terrible.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Oscar baiting is the main point of this unintentionally silly drama.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Stodgy storytelling and a hyperbolic score reduce their experiences to melodrama.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Hokey.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    An intriguing noir whose conceptual sophistication is partly undermined by naive execution.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Satisfying in small ways.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Rowan Atkinson's recalcitrant TV character is the hub of this 1997 feature that will disappoint fans and nonfans alike.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Never seems to find its tone.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Nat Mauldin and Larry Levin's screenplay, indifferently directed by Betty Thomas, is simply an excuse for tired scatological jokes involving animal characters with the voices of well-known actors.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    The tectonic shifts in this camp-horror extravaganza are unsettling.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Cliched narrative, which isn't funny as often as seems intended.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Clunky and obvious.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    All of this comedy's jokes are old.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    The feature has some lovely effects.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    A narrative that tries to juggle thriller elements, tons of pop culture imagery, and way too much philosophical baggage.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Olympia Dukakis and Illeana Douglas come off poorly in silly supporting roles that make Aniston seem to have screen presence by default. Her character's habit of compulsively adjusting her bodice ensures our attention has the proper focus.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    The buildup to social criticism in what at first appears to be pointless and partly misogynist exploitation is subtly impressive.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Partly because the seducer's technique is methodical--as a former conquest explains to the naive heroine--the movie's answers are too easy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Blends extremes of violence and humor to create an irreverent tone that nullifies everything; the plot is so clever it crushes the characterization, making all the action seem perfunctory.

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