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 Tarzan
Lowest review score: 0 Jawbreaker
Score distribution:
529 movie reviews
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    Pretty funny caper comedy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    Its charm and humor will be overshadowed for some by the exploitation of gay stereotypes--which is ironic, since their arch usage ultimately allows the movie to be progressive, if only slightly.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    This mild thriller's consistently dark atmosphere makes the scene-of-the-crime tableaux...transcend exploitation and even suggest a kind of feminist odyssey.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    Mined for comedy and milked for drama, though what results is diminished by the very framing device contrived to punch it up.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    Self-congratulatory feature, which artificially exalts the character--a classic saint with clay feet--by casting a grande dame and by reducing her motives to facile psychodrama
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    Not unlike "Eyes Wide Shut," this is an eerily earnest contemplation of fidelity, and it's pitched as farce.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    Nicely toned.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    The ingenious if erratic slickness is disorienting and makes the movie more like drama than journalism.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    Disturbing--if less sophisticated than the best SF (science fiction)-horror TV.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    The script, which infantilizes one of the older siblings as much as the father does, undermines its own admonitions against parents and adult children meddling in one another's lives.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    Nothing's wrong with this movie--the hockey footage is exciting, the characters quirky, the subplots idiosyncratic--but nothing's special about it either.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    Slower, more earnest, and not as gory.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    It's a pleasing but shallow hodgepodge.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    Insights about romance are enhanced by the novel production design, which includes puppetry, but the story's reflexivity is smug and cloying.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    The filmmakers have created a pretentious extended "Twilight Zone" episode with obscenely high production values.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    Labyrinthine yet oversimple, the story seems to hide a more provocative one. But perhaps this is the nature of the beast.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    The new sexism -- the old sexism plus the idea that everything is ironic -- is getting old.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    It's a bitter story played for humor, in which a callous character is never quite allowed to see herself as such.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    Pales in comparison to the controversial "Life Is Beautiful"--a more provocative fiction, if only because it's even less realist.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    The feminist veneer is the most deeply disturbing part of this callow thriller, whose fetishizing of a dead woman's body (and a live woman's sexual behavior) is far more questionable than anything even "The Silence of the Lambs" has been accused of.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    This underdog comedy and its title character have considerable charm.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    The narrative emphasizes coincidences, but they're nicely understated. If it didn't seem gimmicky and self-indulgent...the movie might be more affecting.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    The shtick based on whether other people understand him is subtle enough for 79 minutes.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    Strives for comprehensive coverage of its theme of forbidden love.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    Antonio Banderas signs up for charisma lessons from Anthony Hopkins -- but they just don't take.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    This culinary fantasy is mildly inspired.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    Demands that we see as coincidental if not ironic the ease with which Fraser cuts a rug at a swing club when he's hopelessly naive about everything else that's being revived in the 90s when he emerges.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    The violence is suggested in a way that's neither overwhelming nor insulting to a child's intelligence as this crafty fairy tale ultimately finds a way for human and vampire characters to live and let live.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Alspector
    The makers of this eclectically animated adventure, a follow-up to "The Rugrats Movie," know their audience, though all the "Godfather" references will be thoroughly puzzling to at least half of it.