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 Chuck & Buck
Lowest review score: 0 Bless the Child
Score distribution:
529 movie reviews
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Alspector
    The message must have got lost somewhere in the plot twists of this would-be topical thriller about the power of hearsay on a college campus.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Alspector
    Even the revelation of what the fifth element is at the end is disingenuous--in fact, the archness of this whole project is repellent.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Alspector
    This Farrelly brothers "hommage" replicates the mechanics of their work without echoing its spirit or complex tone, and many of the deliberate offenses fail to transcend mere exploitation.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Alspector
    A story that holds little suspense; we know exactly how happily this animated musical will end--and the wait isn't very diverting.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Alspector
    It's almost always night and almost always raining.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Alspector
    By the time the manic camera slows down to reveal the back stories of the characters, everyone's motives are either moot or redundant.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Alspector
    As the characters behave with symbolic excess in situations designed to provoke their bigotry and self-interest, superficial black comedy periodically gives way to painful drama.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Alspector
    This ambiguously pitched comedy--its idea of sexy humor is a cheerleader farting--shoots for camp without bothering with satire.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Alspector
    If misery were inherently interesting, this adaptation starring Emily Watson and Robert Carlyle as a couple plagued by alcoholism and child mortality might be too.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Alspector
    Ultimately the movie is alluring and respectful--its sadness may be what saves it from becoming sensationalist or trite.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Alspector
    Their splashy gore is more convincing than this incompetent horror-comedy's attempt to mock bourgeois high school dissoluteness without appearing judgmental.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Alspector
    Even the most shocking elements of the story are made bland by childish overkill.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Alspector
    The story, which is even dumber than it sounds, is told in flashback.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Alspector
    If DiCillo had been going anywhere with this, I'd have gladly followed. But setting up petty ironies and pathetic references to Woody Allen seems to be his only goal.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Alspector
    Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn are too good for this embarrassing remake.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Alspector
    Boring, irksome family movie.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Alspector
    Slow, arty thriller.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Alspector
    It’s a heart-tugging scenario undermined by a striking hypocrisy: obscuring a hot-button issue in casting, some actors with Down's syndrome have minor roles, while Penn plays the lead -- and chews the scenery.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Alspector
    Ritchie may be skilled at generating controlled chaos, but his surprise-a-minute strategy ultimately holds no surprises; Snatch is even more frenetically boring than his 1999 "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels."
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Alspector
    Exploits all the cliches about shrewish women and pussy-whipped men without achieving satire.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Alspector
    Tedious mockumentary.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Alspector
    This comedy-thriller that has no particular motive for changing tones.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Alspector
    The movie occasionally makes an unexpectereference -- though with more desperation than wit.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Alspector
    The premise of this neither dark nor funny movie--which wants to be both--is that it's somehow ironic when wealthy characters are motivated by greed.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Alspector
    The thin story covering her acquisition of one wave after another while narrowly escaping death time and again is strictly for player one.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Alspector
    Conveys little sense of a connection, as if di Florio had made it mainly because she had access to a celebrity.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Alspector
    The fundamental problems with David Cronenberg's disastrous 1993 adaptation, written by Hwang himself, are twofold: the unsuitability of such a premise for film, where the actors and audience no longer share the same space, and the miscasting of Jeremy Irons as the accountant and John Lone as the diva.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Alspector
    The plot is largely a series of excuses for one-liners expertly delivered by Maguire, making all the hatred, maiming, and killing seem like digressions.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Alspector
    Writer Barry McEvoy and director Barry Levinson might want to brush up on the use of metaphor.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Alspector
    The majesty of the landscape and the sweetness of a plot strand about the horse learning survival skills from a 12-year-old girl might have been more intriguing without the cloying voice-over.

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