Lisa Nesselson

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For 118 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Nesselson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Genesis
Lowest review score: 10 Twentynine Palms
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 86 out of 118
  2. Negative: 2 out of 118
118 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    A thoroughly enjoyable, visually ravishing feminist Western played out in the widescreen vistas of rural Indonesia, Marlina The Murderer In Four Acts weaves basic elements into a tale worth telling splendidly accompanied by a sit-up-and-take-notice musical score.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Nesselson
    Gut-punchingly authentic with radiant moments of tenderness where least expected, intimate yet not voyeuristic, this first feature by writer-director Camille Vidal-Naquet gets the balance between looking-for-love and settling-for-sensation exactly right.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    Ripped from the headlines, keenly researched and carefully crafted, this fictional tale has near-universal resonance although some viewers may find it forbiddingly French in that talk, talk and more talk is as plentiful as are distinctive characters and punchy imagery.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Nesselson
    The entire cast does their best with borderline hackneyed material, and the proceedings are nicely shot by ace DP Guillaume Schiffman.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    Making fine use of a top-flight Spanish-speaking cast, Asghar Farhadi deftly inserts love, resentment, class, money and family ties into a propulsive narrative replete with doubts, accusations, intimations, red herrings and other welcome ingredients from the suspenseful-drama arsenal.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    For those who remain seated, this is a strange and forthright cinematic object with considerable rough-hewn charm. Those who recall Jesus Christ, Superstar will feel faint pangs of familiarity at the mix of sincerity and crazed audacity.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    None of the interactions come across as a sham or an empty formality. Patients are treated with respect, at least in the hearings room.... There’s also genuine and inadvertent humor in the midst of sadness and administrative formalities.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    Frot and Deneuve work subtle wonders with their purpose-written roles.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    This first film by writer-director Léona Serraille is full of snap and surprises.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Nesselson
    Desplechin delivers with flying colours thanks to an excellent cast and a sometimes serious, sometimes funny story that never lets up or becomes predictable. [Cannes Version]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    There are wonderful, quintessentially French flourishes scattered throughout.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    The film’s freewheeling energy is as appealing as its developments are unpredictable.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Nesselson
    In what is only fitting for a story literally and figuratively embroidered around hearts, the film’s visual and emotional beats are perfectly in synch.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Nesselson
    Even though there’s an enormous amount to look at and digest, little of this film is truly memorable or thought-provoking.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Nesselson
    Tightly focused and ambitious in its multiple themes, the tale touches on how the death penalty radiates out to affect the living.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    The style is minimalist and meandering but does eventually add up to an unsettling portrait of three generations connected by blood if not affection.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    Viewers are in good hands — if they’re not too demanding — as Zhang Yimou puts the easily distinguishable characters through their paces.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Nesselson
    A compact triumph of stop-motion animation in the service of a bittersweet tale, My Life As A Courgette (My Vie de Courgette) is as delightful as it is affecting.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Nesselson
    The protagonists are pathetic yet see themselves as bold and daring and in this Bonello has captured something about the present moment that rings absolutely true.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Nesselson
    This audacious, irony-laced, convention-jumbling tale is just plain fun to watch.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    he film’s unexpected narrative elements — including a few shots you’ve never seen no matter how often you go to the movies — make this a rewarding take on coupledom told with satisfying visual flair.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Nesselson
    This is, quite simply, thoughtful and ultimately moving animation at its best.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Nesselson
    The entire film is a game of cat and mouse in the emotional equivalent of slow-motion, made watchable by elegant compositions and De Laâge’s natural beauty.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Nesselson
    The bittersweet fact that money can buy many things but love and talent aren’t among them is explored with often-thrilling artistry in Marguerite.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    The motivations and the performances are solid in Jane Got A Gun, an attractively mounted post-Civil War revenge drama with plenty of shooting and a well-placed twist or two.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    The only thing that’s clear from start to finish is that Hadžihalilovic is in absolute command of her unsettling cinematic realm.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    Abetted by an excellent cast, vet writer Weber weaves a simple premise into comedy gold.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Lisa Nesselson
    So understated as to sometimes lack a pulse.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    As wrenching as it is funny.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Nesselson
    The first-ever screenplay written in the Inuit language, Inuktitut -- and the first time's a charm.

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