Lisa Nesselson
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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 9.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Nesselson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
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
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    A small, affecting road movie peopled with sharp vignettes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    While not a classic, this is a pleasantly disturbing, nominally voyeuristic romp in the territory Chabrol knows best.
    • 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.

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