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 7.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Alspector's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 Chuck & Buck
Lowest review score: 0 Jawbreaker
Score distribution:
529 movie reviews
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Satisfying in small ways.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Ultimately this is a sharp-focus issue movie, decrying intolerance as it explores the effects of labeling, the complexity of fetishizing, and the differences between business and crime.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    All of this comedy's jokes are old.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Not even supercool Robert De Niro can enliven this boring tale about a team of mercenary operatives.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Big, schmaltzy melodrama with mini melodramas.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    An intriguing noir whose conceptual sophistication is partly undermined by naive execution.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    This 1998 romantic comedy mostly bores with its cumbersome exposition and close-ups of trivial objects scattered throughout lackluster montage sequences.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    If spelling out stereotypes were inherently funny the movie would be a hoot.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Overwhelmingly grisly.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Somewhat depressive anecdote drawn out to feature length.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    It's all corny and contrived and usually sensitive. The filmmakers even dare to show the effects of illness--a subject frequently glamorized to the point of being insulting--in a love scene of rare honesty.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Bruce Willis's marvelous performance as a contract killer only makes everything else about this comedy seem more pathetic.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Hokey.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Romantic comedy is set mainly in NYC, where the plight of its ambivalent lovers seems particularly trivial.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Better than slick, though it feels pointless -- another homage to a kind of filmmaking that's had more than its share.
    • 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.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    The feature has some lovely effects.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Instead of a credible main character this 1999 button pusher has lots of showy cinematography and generic dread.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    Told from too many perspectives, the narrative puts suspense above substance, and its social consciousness seems contrived.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Alspector
    A cute send-up of preadolescent stereotypes.
    • 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.