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 9.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Nesselson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner
Lowest review score: 10 Twentynine Palms
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 111
  2. Negative: 2 out of 111
111 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    While not a classic, this is a pleasantly disturbing, nominally voyeuristic romp in the territory Chabrol knows best.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    An extravagant suspense cocktail of wacky and lascivious ingredients that goes down fine.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    Slick kidnapping yarn starts off like a bat out of hell and never sags.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    A terrific multigenerational cast brings a subtle, mordant, frequently funny tale of family secrets vividly to life.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
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    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Nesselson
    An entertaining ensembler marbled with wit and heartache.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Nesselson
    In what is arguably her best performance since "Van Gogh," Zylberstein brings Mathilde to life with grace and fervor.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Nesselson
    Uneven but affecting.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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