For 111 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 10.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Nesselson's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Genesis
Lowest review score: 10 Twentynine Palms
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 111
  2. Negative: 2 out of 111
111 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Nesselson
    Eye-poppingly intimate footage of various critters evolving from the fetal stage or eating, strolling, fighting and courting that can only be obtained via infinite patience with special equipment in exotic locations.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Nesselson
    The first-ever screenplay written in the Inuit language, Inuktitut -- and the first time's a charm.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Nesselson
    This autobiographical tour de force is completely accessible and art of a very high order.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Nesselson
    Told primarily via body language and facial expressions with a minimum of dialogue, beautifully observed, emotionally intense tale is an ambitious and rewarding outing for Frederic Fonteyne.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Nesselson
    A period drama marbled with humor, bold gestures and bittersweet consequences.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Nesselson
    A movie so unrepentantly French that viewers who enjoy truly Gallic pics can start (tastefully) salivating now.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Nesselson
    The wrenching tale has something for anyone who likes their melodrama spiked with palpable tension and genuine suspense.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Nesselson
    A breathlessly involving tale of urban indifference, rampant hypocrisy and the difference a little human decency can make, superbly played pic is a black comedy that's frequently funny but never frivolous.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Nesselson
    Visually stunning, practically dialogue-free and very family-friendly.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Nesselson
    A rousing, well-crafted romp packed with ingenuity, duplicity, close calls and heroic gestures, Bon Voyage is true to its title.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Nesselson
    Any negative stereotypes viewers might harbor about education in rural communities are sent packing by this magnificently lensed and cumulatively touching account from documaker Nicolas Philibert.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Nesselson
    Told with a blend of visual mastery and emotional intimacy, ambitious venture sustains a special melding of romance and pragmatism that should engage discerning audiences.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Nesselson
    Most of all, the satisfyingly cinematic screen adaptation puts motion and energy into a story that was mostly internalized from Victor's perspective in Rendell's book.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    Punchy dialogue, excellent thesping and a real feel for the universal tuning fork of great classical music make this a prime candidate for international arthouse play.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    A zippy and sardonic feast of bad decision-making under pressure, 11:14 artfully molds the seemingly unrelated misfortunes of 10 characters into a satisfying and consistently entertaining whole.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    A gripping,stylishly lensed thriller.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    A sly, enormously entertaining romp based on the antics of real-life Brit conman Alan Conway who rooked his way around '90s London posing as Stanley Kubrick.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    Romance, creativity, subterfuge and repartee are among the pleasures to be had in Moliere, a consistently diverting, bittersweet costumer.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    Wonderfully engaging look at 1970-71 from a child's p.o.v.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    Uproarious romp, grounded in believable if gleefully implausible human behavior, is a model of comic timing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    Suspenseful, funny, touching, sexy and painlessly pertinent.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    Building blocks of tale are not new, but there's an appealingly rough-hewn and convincing tone to the proceedings.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    As wrenching as it is funny.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    Abetted by an excellent cast, vet writer Weber weaves a simple premise into comedy gold.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    The whole endeavor pleases with its wealth of tiny observations that add up to an affecting whole.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    Turns on an intellectual gimmick in the vein of "Memento," weaving down sinister byways, the better to click with satisfying symmetry.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    Succeeds as a universal account of frustration applicable to any urban center where the gap between haves and have-nots is tauntingly visible.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    A demanding but rewarding emotional odyssey in a challenging visual package.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    Classy, funny cross-cultural adventure is Alain Corneau's most accomplished and entertaining film since 1991's "Tous les matins du monde."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    A full-bodied, funny and gloriously unpretentious ode to family, friendship and the meaning of life, The Barbarian Invasions is solidly entertaining, sharply written and genuinely touching.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    Almost completely dialogue-free but graced with terrific sound design and a swell score.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    There's plenty for both the eyes and intellect to groove over in Secret Things, a taut, juicy, low-key feast of sexual and office politics filtered through helmer Jean-Claude Brisseau's customary blend of expedient formality and all-stops-out baroque behavior.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    Given its impressive balance of charm and bite, it looks like anything but suicide.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    The daunting logistics and emotional juggling act of child custody and visitation rights post-divorce are examined via spot-on acting and deft helming in docu-styled Children of Love.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    Varda renders the political personal and the personal universal.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    Hockney designed 11 operas, so buffs will be in seventh heaven here; but docu's potential audience extends to anyone interested in the creative process and life's ironies -- music lover Hockney has gone deaf from a genetic condition that surfaces in middle age.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    Or
    Consistently engaging, non-judgmental and cumulatively powerful two-hander marks a noteworthy feature debut for Israeli helmer Keren Yedaya.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    Though almost laughably intricate in its plotting, this thoroughly Gallic adaptation of Harlan Coben's novel reps an entertaining sophomore outing for thesp-turned-director Guillaume Canet.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    An intricate, fetchingly lensed tale of historical speculation framed as a plausible thriller.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    Snappy, affecting documentary.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    5x2
    Excellent perfs and writer-director Francois Ozon's sure, unfussy way with the camera add up to a viewing experience whose richness depends in large part on how much the viewer reads into the human templates on display.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    Slick kidnapping yarn starts off like a bat out of hell and never sags.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    An enjoyable and entertainingly cast fable about love, death and fitting revenge, "Plots With a View" (AKA Undertaking Betty) strikes a near-miraculous balance between the silly and the morbid.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    Fine thesping in the service of characters as meaty as they are immoral makes this material a treat for grown up audiences with an ear for sardonic dialogue.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    Spooky, intellectually titillating and darkly funny picture is definitely the kind of film where the less you know going in, the better.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    Viewers who like their conclusions tidy may rebel, but those who relish outstanding performances in the service of an intriguing idea will be entertained.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    Fast, dumb fun.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    A Cathererine Deneuve-Gerard Depardieu vehicle that leaves ample room for interesting supporting characters, this moody, more-bitter-than-sweet ode to anxiety is intense adult fare reinforced by effective no frills lensing.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    Docu's pace will be a little too meditative for many, but the rigorous, sinewy lensing will have Hypnotic power on those so inclined.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    All-American adaptation by Paul Haggis of Gabriele Muccino's 2001 Italian hit "L'Ultimo bacio" is chummy, consensual and always watchable in Tony Goldwyn's polished rendition of emotional messiness.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    A melancholy actioner that shines a new light on film noir. A sort of "The Third Man" for the 21st century, chiaroscuro curio's level of graphic invention is exceeded only by its pleasingly mournful approach.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    A well-oiled script is nicely served by a multigenerational cast, a bittersweet and consistently entertaining mainstream comedy that tackles the big themes of Life and Art with unpretentious brio.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    Brisseau trains his deft camera on the crescendo of female sexual pleasure and how women can heighten the intensity of already blissful sensations via transgressive flourishes. If exiting viewers could all be asked "Was it good for you?" the likely answer is "Yes."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    Scripter-helmer Denis Dercourt's sixth feature is spare but classy, with an impressively controlled perf by Deborah Francois (the young mother in the Dardenne Bros.' "L'enfant") opposite popular and spot-on vet Catherine Frot.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    Layers of intrigue mesh with Hollywood-style efficiency, pitting sincere feelings against ruthlessly mercenary machinations. Also in Hollywood style, sincerity and integrity carry the day.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    Romania-set scare-fest deploys the full cinematic vocabulary of creepy sounds and hostile intruders.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    Moral ambiguity is the real star of Ben Affleck's helming debut, Gone Baby Gone, an involving Boston-set tale of mixed motives, selflessness and perfidy in the wake of a 4-year-old girl's disappearance.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    Sure to inspire debate in France and Germany and of obvious interest to anyone who follows the roots of modern international terrorism, doc probes gray areas in the colorful life of its controversial, limelight-courting subject.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    Both pertinent and discomfiting, this sober, well-cast drama remains quietly riveting, despite its 140-minute running time.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    Co-scripter/helmer Pierre Salvadori serves up an enjoyable riff on genuine romance versus the pay-as-you-go variety, in crowd-pleasing, exportable picture.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    The painfully spot-on essence of teen angst meets the spirit of Esther Williams in Water Lilies. First film by gifted scripter-helmer Celine Sciamma nails the aching doubts and offhanded cruelty of 15- and 16-year-old girls.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    A spy spoof that -- rarity of rarities -- represents a remake actually worth making. Current comic fave Jean Dujardin plays title character OSS 117 as a kind of James Bond crossed with Maxwell Smart.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    Any buyer who's had success with Troma fare in the past will find the makings to delight the self-selecting audience that generates grosses from gross-out humor.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    Adult fans of good thesping in the service of a lightweight but thoroughly entertaining story should bask in the antics.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    Companion piece to Teboul's "Yves Saint Laurent -- Time Regained" nicely complements that excellent film but is less riveting as a free-standing experience.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    Huppert's mastery aside, this is a European Art Film writ large, complete with classical music, gorgeously filmed landscapes, expository voiceovers, poetic transitions and only a ghost's footprint of a story.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    A terrific multigenerational cast brings a subtle, mordant, frequently funny tale of family secrets vividly to life.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    An extravagant suspense cocktail of wacky and lascivious ingredients that goes down fine.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    Enjoyable, if sometimes scattered, comic exploration of the quest for integrity and depth in a world wowed by artifice and superficiality.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    For all its careful plotting, some viewers may find the exercise ultimately hollow and nasty, but thesps make the experience completely worthwhile.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    Although occasionally both overwritten and overly symbolic, tale carries a satisfying emotional charge.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    A solidly entertaining, cross-generational two-hander, The Butterfly strikes the right balance between humor and observational bite.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    The pleasures are modest but consistent in John Carpenter's Vampires, a part-Western, part-horror flick that doesn't aim too high but nails the range it occupies.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    Consistently entertaining exploration of how much -- or how little -- is required to overcome obstacles to self-actualization should be welcome wherever auds crave a good story told with nuance and flair.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    Compact, ultra-explicit two-character pic about what transpires when a beautiful straight woman hires a handsome gay man to "look" at her is gloriously mannered, proudly pretentious and undeniably compelling.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    Fantasy sequences, including animation, keep the melancholy tone from overwhelming the proceedings.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    A refreshingly unpretentious cocktail of karmic serendipity and a tongue-in-cheek look at Hollywood values vs. ecumenical verities.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    A small, affecting road movie peopled with sharp vignettes.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    Adapting a book by semi-notorious novelist and critic Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly (1808-89), Breillat freely stamps her strong and singular feminine insights on a man's material.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    While not a classic, this is a pleasantly disturbing, nominally voyeuristic romp in the territory Chabrol knows best.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Nesselson
    Spacey makes an honorable and intelligent helming debut with less-than-dazzling material.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Nesselson
    Widescreen lensing favors tight close-ups, and multiple shoot-'em-ups are edited with panache.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Nesselson
    Gritty, engaging.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Nesselson
    Uneven but affecting.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Nesselson
    An acceptably entertaining but borderline bland vehicle for Jean Reno.