Lisa Nesselson

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For 114 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 7.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Nesselson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Three Colors: Red
Lowest review score: 10 Twentynine Palms
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 83 out of 114
  2. Negative: 2 out of 114
114 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Nesselson
    Widescreen lensing favors tight close-ups, and multiple shoot-'em-ups are edited with panache.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Nesselson
    Spacey makes an honorable and intelligent helming debut with less-than-dazzling material.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Nesselson
    Gritty, engaging.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Nesselson
    Slick transitions and punchy pace leave just enough time for Hopkins and Freeman to make dopey dialogue sound far smarter than it is. And as both pit bull and puppy dog, Jet Li convinces.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Nesselson
    Thoughtful cross-generational portrait is full of familiar building blocks rendered fresh by first time feature helmer Eleonore Faucher.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Nesselson
    Elegantly written, well-thesped comedy is too hermetic and bittersweet to be laugh-out-loud funny, but sustains a fairly successful ratio of uncomfortable situations to amusing solutions.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Nesselson
    Deftly juggles gore and suspense, and punchline holds an intellectual frisson or two for fans of gender-role speculation, but basically this is one more horror pic on the distinguished road already trodden by "Texas Chain Saw Massacre," "Maniac" and the like.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Nesselson
    An entertaining ensembler marbled with wit and heartache.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Nesselson
    Uneven but affecting.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Nesselson
    Helmer -- an Arab Jew who has lived on both sides of Jerusalem and is comfortable speaking idiomatic Arabic and Hebrew -- is particularly well qualified to tackle her subject.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Nesselson
    Modest but spot-on co-helming debut by actress Yolande Moreau (the concierge in "Amelie") and Gilles Porte is beguiling in the slightly surreal vein of the best of contempo Belgian cinema but without the typical nasty streak.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Nesselson
    In what is arguably her best performance since "Van Gogh," Zylberstein brings Mathilde to life with grace and fervor.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Nesselson
    While the picture may be too subtle and oblique in places for more general audiences, it remains enjoyable as a sardonic glimpse of unspoken codes at the intersection of politics and business.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Nesselson
    Stereotypes abound, dialogue is conventional and pace scattered. Still, resulting stew is pleasant.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Nesselson
    If you've pondered how to order a round of fellatio as one orders a pizza or wondered what gay gentlemen of a certain age talk about, this touching glimpse of faded beauty and looming decrepitude fits the bill.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Nesselson
    An acceptably entertaining but borderline bland vehicle for Jean Reno.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Nesselson
    The kind of tale where even viewers who didn't miss a frame will feel as if they entered in the middle, muddled but amusing account of an adorable yet profanity-prone feline who travels through time and space is fueled by irony and incongruity.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Nesselson
    Gamely thesped, lowbrow farce.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Nesselson
    Valiant attempt to innovate in the well-trod realm of Boy Meets Girl doesn't quite coalesce despite a thoughtful and distinctive visual approach.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Nesselson
    A not terribly creative movie about the creative process.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Nesselson
    No stereotype is left unheralded and no heartstring left untugged in this freely adapted remake of Jean Dreville's mostly forgotten "La cage aux rossignols"
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Nesselson
    Can't overcome a didactic script.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Nesselson
    But what presumably was powerful in Jon Robin Baitz's play has been diluted in opening it up for the screen.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Nesselson
    Viewers who thought the protags were superficial and annoying first time around will find little to change their minds here, but original pictures fans will probably embrace the now-scattered group's marginally more mature dilemmas centered on work and romance.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Nesselson
    Ravishingly lensed, widescreen pic's purely cinematic qualities slightly outstrip its narrative ones as central protag, as a result of the apparent suicide, slowly -- very slowly -- questions whether the aspects of her own marriage she thought were cast in stone may be made of less sturdy material.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Nesselson
    Overall, film may feel too slow and didactic for contempo urban kids conditioned by video games. However, the script is never smarmy or complacent, and shows young people engaged in collective problem-solving and decision-making that is often, quite literally, a matter of life and death.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Nesselson
    For his (Besson) fans, Angel-A is an achingly sincere but protracted effort to trade mostly action for mostly dialogue.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Nesselson
    Valiant attempt to create a modern fairytale ends up being frustratingly creepy instead of haunting and memorable.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Nesselson
    Repetitive and needlessly prolonged tale does build to an inspired final scene, but it's too little, too late.

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