Lisa Schwarzbaum
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For 1,909 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 71% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 27% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

  • Movies
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Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Distant
Lowest review score: 0 Old Dogs
Score distribution:
1,909 movie reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This charm-filled documentary about passionate Harry Potter fans (and one foe) leaps all over the place.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Does a great job of being in two places at once: In the head and gangly bodies of kids, and in the hearts of those of us who have survived grades 6-8.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Gorgeous as the underwater life-forms are, the excitement of Aliens of the Deep comes from that most old-school, low-tech of elements: real human beings.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Sagnier is yummy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Director Sérgio Machado, who worked as an assistant to Central Station's Walter Salles, lingers sensually over every wrong move his attractive tragic trio make.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Fan-ready and saga-solid.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie's hide-and-seek attitude toward truth mirrors the intricacies of one lover getting to know another -- an arresting notion of the heart that's much more than paper-deep.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie is so finely minced a mixture of Sondheim's original melodrama and Burton's signature spicing that it's difficult to think of any other filmmaker so naturally suited for the job.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    By the time Worf (Michael Dorn), knocking off a slimy attacker, growls a Schwarzeneggerish ''Assimilate this!'' we've already done so, with pleasure.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Anderson brings compassion to his amused sense of yuppie tragicomedy, as he does to his nuanced understanding of Boston, the setting of this appealing fairy tale.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The two XXL personalities are in fit, fighting form in a comedy as bracing and furiously right for the moment as it is broad and huggable.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The already heavy-footed clomp of Grisham's declamatory storytelling style has been given an extra-thick-soled, wing-tipped, liberal-leaning, reality-tampering kick thanks to a screenplay credited to four writers.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Charms because of its natural, non-magical attitude toward humanity.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Although In the Mood for Love isn't in the mood for action, it dazzles with everything but.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's a contemplative loveliness to The Way, an affecting personal project both for Emilio Estevez, who wrote, directed, and plays a small role, and for his father, Martin Sheen.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Gehry sketches and free-associates about how he's not nearly the menschy aw-shucks pussycat from Canada he appears to be but rather a wily, complicated L.A. lion.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A ferocious, funny, gory, and astute Canadian horror parable.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Redgrave shimmers like one of Tuscany's magnificent cypress trees as an Englishwoman searching for Lorenzo (Nero).
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's refreshingly low on the kind of Cinema of Empowerment pedantry that often goes along with stories about ethnic families, sweatshop working conditions, or women confronting issues of weight and body image -- and this little crowd-pleaser embraces all three.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Satisfying, melancholy political suspense story.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Korine remains unnecessarily smitten with sordidness, and there's plenty of it here.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    An animated family movie about penguins -- in the wake of "March of the Happy Feet," they're the Angelina Jolie of animals, both cute and admired everywhere. Plus, it's about surfing.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Hilariously fake and rude. And thus true and tonic, if you know what I mean.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Bridges' guileless performance makes this piquant little indie tale of country music, redemption, and the love of a pretty younger woman such a sad-song charmer.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Genre-hoppers like Steven Soderbergh ought to love this neat triple doozy. [Note: From a review of the entire trilogy.]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Writer-director Tanya Hamilton's intellectually ambitious debut drama Night Catches Us is all the more notable for setting well-drawn fictional characters in a fraught, real moment in civil rights history.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The hoot and giggle of a girl-power fairy tale blended from potions of ''Monty Python,'' ''Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,'' and ''Shrek.''
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The daffy, innately British joke that propels the cheeky U.K. comedy hit Shaun of the Dead is that although real zombies have risen up -- slacker wankers Shaun (Simon Pegg) and his best pal and roommate, Ed (Nick Frost), are too slack, wankerish, and blitheringly British to notice.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The generosity and gorgeousness with which Aussie writer-director Stephan Elliott (and costume designers Lizzy Gardiner and Tim Chappel) turn this most unlikely road picture into something arresting - if a tad sentimental - in its naive vision of a perfectly tolerant world.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Underneath the ravishing imagery however, hearts are in flux.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    X2 sparkles with a lightness of spirit that was missing from ''X-Men.''
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In One Hour Photo, Williams is a snapshot of human complexity worth framing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Wide-eyed Sara Paxton and hipster-bespectacled Pat Healy play the joint's only two employees, working each other into a lather of what turns out to be well-founded hysteria. Kelly McGillis is a surprise treat as a grouchy medium.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Damon's how-to-break-the-law lesson - as ludicrous as anything else in this enjoyably zigzaggy exercise in accumulating peril - grants Neeson the fun of experimenting with an American ex-con accent for his one scene.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    As engrossing and logic-resistant as the state of dreaming it seeks to replicate, Christopher Nolan's audacious new creation demands further study to fully absorb the multiple, simultaneous stories Nolan finagles into one narrative experience.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Reflect the robust status of Yiddish theater in the early 20th century, and its post-Holocaust decline.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's something invigorating about this unpretentious dog tale. And if a penguin drops by to promote his own movie product, well, there's room on the frozen continent for all.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Mamet regulars Ricky Jay and Joe Mantegna blend well with Mamet newbie Tim Allen, a treat as a spoiled-rotten aging Hollywood action star.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Ozon specializes in dissecting the vulnerability, erotic longing, and garbled intentions with which people regularly rub up against one another.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Lasse Hallström calms Irving's typically busy 1985 best-seller with a balm of the Swedish director's typically soothing lyricism.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Johnson also grabs hold of a fundamental truth and seduces us with it: The schoolyard can be the noirest burg of all.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The characters in Alien Trespass (directed by X-Files producing alum R.W. Goodwin) are specimens of Sputnik-era determination, led by a gung-ho Eric McCormack.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    I'm holding the filmmaker responsible for getting us all back again - to feelings of excitement and delight. Vital as they are, Gollum and Bilbo can only do so much to keep us enchanted. Is Jackson able to sustain the magic in two more installments? I peer into Tolkien's Misty Mountains and embrace the journey.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The ever-magnetic Sam Rockwell is Kenny, Minnie Driver is full of beans as Betty Anne's best friend, Melissa Leo is wicked good as an ornery cop, and, in her two chewy scenes, Juliette Lewis reminds fans why we want her to run free forever.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's in the brightly observed vignettes from mall-society life, captured with a low-key, on-the-run visual style, that Burman shows his best stuff and deadpan wit.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Good times and bum times, they've seen it all and they're still here. Lucky us.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The result is a duet of outstanding loveliness between Kendrick and Gordon-Levitt, also an actor of nuanced control.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The performances are razor sharp. And the ideas in this movie are, no kidding, big.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    New-era losers (the cast is a cheery scrum of relaxed kids, led by genuine whiz pitcher Sammi Kane Kraft in the role created by Tatum O'Neal) now include a rotten kid in a wheelchair.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    An elegant adventure of a different kind.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A majority oriented movie that assumes sophisticated familiarity with a sexual minority.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Intense, autobiographically based drama.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's not quite the same thrill as glimpsing the man behind the curtain of the great and powerful Oz, but for journalism junkies, the fascination of Page One: Inside The New York Times is something like that.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    As ever, Egoyan assembles a devoted repertory cast, including Christopher Plummer.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Nakedness has rarely looked so...naked. And innately, universally comic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Their love story was inevitably complicated. And so is the documentary Chris & Don: A Love Story -- not simply a love letter to love -- by Guido Santi and Tina Mascara.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This striking, slow-building drama from Cate Shortland uses fractured, impressionistic imagery as a mirror of moral dislocation as the children make their way through an unfamiliar landscape.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    After teeny indies, this studio release retains the trademark love of warped American gothic that the Polishes share with David Lynch and the brothers Ethan and Joel Coen. But the unexpected streak of yearning sunniness -- the Spielbergian touch of boyhood dreams propelling a grown man -- gives The Astronaut Farmer a warmth that's new for them.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    As loose and restful as pajamas.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Cynical and cheerily merciless.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A nifty, entwined, ultimately gripping adaptation of British crime writer Ruth Rendell's novel ''The Tree of Hands'' by French director Claude Miller.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Martha Marcy May Marlene leaves a viewer hanging, quite literally, lost in an enveloping fog of mood without resolution. Olsen, meanwhile, definitely marks her arrival.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Hope Springs dares viewers to look closely at the remarkable sight of naked adult intimacy and its discontents.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Cheery, expertly constructed Spanish farce.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jeunet maintains a firm control of his dreamscape creation, drawing on influences as varied as "Toy Story," "Children of Paradise," and TV's "Mission: Impossible."
    • 46 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Director Betty Thomas demonstrates her expertise at keeping indulgence at bay in even the coarsest of comic situations.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Luc Jacquet's exquisitely shot eye-of-God study of a year in the lives of these distinctive birds is a nature film built with a feel for the epic and a love of operatic narrative.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In our summertime-movie world of aliens and superheroes who look all too familiar, Dodge and Penny look all the rarer in their precious humanity.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In his elliptical and somewhat loopy drama about the slipperiness of love at any age, French filmmaker André Téchiné uses the sight of scudding motorboats on the waterways around workaday Venice as a visual reinforcement of time as a river.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Allusions to "Vertigo," "Rebecca," and Georges Franju's great 1960 French horror movie "Eyes Without a Face" are intentional: The Skin I Live In is, above all, the creation of a movie fanatic who loves to look.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In the handsome, haunting submarine thriller Below, the usual perils of deep-sea maneuvers are heightened by psychic unraveling.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Conveys the heaving passion of Puccini's famous love-jealousy-murder-suicide fandango with great cinematic innovation.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There are moments in Baran as wholesomely heart-tugging as any involving Charlie Chaplin and a blind girl, but the film is saved from aren't-kids-cute sentimentality by a warmth that isn't faked and a stately sense of composition.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Pandaemonium goes a long way toward capturing the compelling delirium of opium among a crowd of freethinking British iconoclasts.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Genre-hoppers like Steven Soderbergh ought to love this neat triple doozy. [Note: From a review of the entire trilogy.]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Slums of Beverly Hills has the kind of big heart, strong voice, vivid look, and original sense of humor many young artists -- particularly young female artists -- don't find until they're riper, and some never find at all.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Lee's bigger theme isn't God or survival, but the awesome adventure of making the imaginary visible, the adventure of making movies.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Gentle study in human resilience and luck.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's the first futuristic disaster movie that's as cute as a button. Which, when all the special effects blow over, is what we Americans like in a monster hit.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A funny and intermittently sharp German satire that musters gentle nostalgia for East German communism while mocking the not-so-distant past.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This patient, righteous documentary by Ken Burns, David McMahon, and Sarah Burns recounts the story of justice undone (a serial rapist confessed) with extensive interviews, a thorough use of archival footage, and a less-than felicitous use of ominous-rumble music that unnecessarily insists, Isn't this an outrage?
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Wild Grass is itself odd stuff: Sometimes it's as playful as Marguerite's crayon-red corona of frizzy hair, and other times as autumnal as the sight of Georges alone in his study, feeling stuck.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's a grim modern parable to be read into the dangerous effects of the gospel-preaching local crazy lady Mrs. Carmody (brilliantly played by a hellfire Marcia Gay Harden) on a congregation of the fearful.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    May not tell a great story, but it's a great wow.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Reveling in mess and homegrown multiracial mayhem, Death at a Funeral finds a new lease on life.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Rock and Mac exult in the kind of highly charged verbal and physical antics that are star-turn rewards for performers currently at the tops of their games.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's a painterly translucence to this ''Springtime,'' and a mystery, too; each frame is as delicately poised and lit as a Vermeer portrait of a woman, beckoning but unknowable.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's a bouncy, loose limbed, ''families do the darnedest things'' sitcom that elicits ungrudging laughs.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Chiara Mastroianni charms here just as her maman, Catherine Deneuve, did in Demy's 1964 classic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The Cuban escapade, designed to provoke, backfires when he loses focus by including Cuban firefighters in an homage to 9/11 first responders.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    If all this sounds awfully classroom-bound, it isn't -- far from it. Each man's story as he tells it is riveting, truly stranger than fiction, and awesome, too, in the way of unfathomable humans.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This is jumbo-size science fiction, with a handsome, impermeable titanium gleam - and a thick coating of creationism lite.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's a good bet the average American moviegoer, however familiar with the rhythms of cinematic global culture, has never experienced such a handsomely self contained world.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Well-made film. Indeed, discovering such a small pleasure is the kind of experience that rewards film lovers who browse with open eyes as well as hearts.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Where ''Rushmore'' surprises and delights with its spiky depiction of sprawling American idiosyncrasy, Tadpole's more urbane, less complicated charms are specifically made in New York City.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Genre-hoppers like Steven Soderbergh ought to love this neat triple doozy. [Note: From a review of the entire trilogy.]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Although it shares a bitter interest in slum desperation with last year's Brazilian-underbelly docudrama ''City of God,'' Bus 174 pulls ahead, I think, by not confusing cinematic pizzazz with the content of misery.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Baumbach's movies are addictive dispatches from a genteel jungle of white privilege, where highly educated people behave badly. I can't take my eyes off the exotic wildlife.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The interviews Bitton conducts, almost all with Arabs and Jews who share her despair, are less meaningful than what she captures in silence: the sight of farmers separated from their farmland, everyday people thwarted in their dailiness, and children playing next to what looks like prison walls.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A sly catalog of deceits and a gentle commentary on slippery creativity and desire.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Scott gets into the zip and rush of urban energy with an enthusiasm bordering on hilarity.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The performances are vividly alive.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Terry Gilliam-ish territory here, spiked with imagery from Holocaust nightmares and drug trips. Attention, university film clubs: Here's your cult-ready midnight-movie programming.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    While inevitably oversimplified, is never less than engrossing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Art history majors may write in with corrections. Meanwhile, I'm declaring that the masterly, big-canvas biographical drama Chi-hwa-seon: Painted Fire is about the Jackson Pollock of 19th-century Korea.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    An unexpectedly alert teen-scream disaster chiller.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The technique is impressive. But it would count for little if the human story -- of a magnetic, resourceful, and, in the way of all Rohmer heroines, articulate woman who was mistress to the Duke of Orleans -- weren't engrossing on its own dramatic terms.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The chemical energy between Bullock and Reynolds is fresh and irresistible.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The unexpected star is Hathaway, looking cool as a runway model in the role originated by Barbara Feldon, lithe as a (pink) panther, and displaying great comic timing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Larrain's (literally) dark, edgy movie is a precise artistic commentary on Augusto Pinochet's miserable regime.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Something particularly clean shines in this American fairy tale, a quality of simplicity that's almost as hard to achieve in such movies as a middle-aged man's boyhood dreams.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The result is an unabashedly home-cooked homage to New York eccentricity.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    What's lost in translation is recovered easily enough in Michael Sheen's astonishing performance as Clough.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Narc is as cop movie as a cop movie can be.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's something Slavic about Warner's storytelling.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Lucy Walker's observant film Blindsight is about profound East-West differences in the importance of journey versus destination and comradeship versus competition.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    An effortlessly clever animated confection.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This is familiar psychological as well as stylistic territory for Anderson after "Rushmore" and "The Royal Tenenbaums." But there's a startling new maturity in Darjeeling, a compassion for the larger world that busts the confines of the filmmaker's miniaturist instincts.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The most spellbinding aspect of Bright Future is that the surrealism sustains its own squiddish logic, concluding with one of the most breathtaking film finales of the year.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Not only makes excellent use of the singer's sweetly coltish acting abilities, but it also promotes a standardized set of sturdy values with none of Mariah Carey's desperate ''Glitter,'' or any of Mandy Moore's gummy pap in ''A Walk to Remember.''
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    An affecting, old fashioned, antiwar war story.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    That his (writer-director Tom McCarthy) strange, often funny film is so well-disciplined and deadpan refreshing is an achievement.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The intense interviews and damning statistics (20 percent of all female personnel have experienced sexual assault) do the work of whipping up outrage.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    First-time writer-director Rodney Evans makes a ballsy leap into historical fantasia, with heartfelt fervor outrunning stray moments of artistic gawkiness.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Arriving amid the traditionally withered harvest of January releases, Orange County is peachy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    For the love of all things sensual and mysterious, see this one on a big screen.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's a shocking, casual quality to the self-destructive narcissism of the pretty, petty kids squandering their lives in the L.A. sunshine of The Young Unknowns.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Honoring the literary ground beneath it, spotted yellow lizards and all, the movie Holes is easy to dig.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Hanna's intriguing, disorienting pleasures - the movie is part poetic dreamscape, part sinister spy saga - lie more in the filmmaking flourishes than in the narrative.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    As an exception to the norm, Kitano doesn't appear this time, confining himself merely to writing, directing, and editing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    McAvoy and Fassbender are a casting triumph. These two have, yes, real star magnetism, both individually and together: They're both cool and intense, suave and unaffected, playful and dead serious about their grand comic-book work.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The time swivels in Looper evoke some of Inception's fancy temporal tricks... But it's the glimpses of Children of Men-like societal dystopia that give the movie its real weight, and distinguish Johnson's third feature as a marked step forward.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    By rocketing ahead 200 years from the previous film and jiggering the story cleverly (with a script by Toy Story coscreenwriter Joss Whedon as late-'90s wiseacreish as Alien3 was early-'90s portentous) to create a Ripley reconstructed through a mix of human and alien DNA, Alien Resurrection power-kicks the whole definition of the Horrifying Other into a fresh, deep, exhilaratingly thoughtful, millennium-sensitive direction. [5 Dec 1997, p. 47]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    An artlessly powerful performance by newcomer Nicole Behaire anchors American Violet.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Shows a beguiling aptitude for self-mockery in the pursuit of polemic.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Children bumps into a few dead spots along its irreverent way... But casual sophistication and wiggy Australian self-awareness give this product of unreconstructed bourgeois decadence its idiosyncratic charm.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Dumont's rigorous, serious attention to the mysteries of good, evil, and faith rewards those willing to be confounded.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The story itself is so powerful and troubling, the moral geometry so vertiginous, and the photography so big that anything other than the natural sounds of snowfall and footfall is a Flat Earth Society intrusion.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The denouement of the movie is as preposterously happy as a children's fairy tale. But the moral is ageless.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This gallantly imperfect indie pops with attitude.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The intimate movie hums with a back-in-the-hood vibe that gets the two stars playing contentedly, and delightfully, for the love of local filmmaking.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    James Westby's loving and self-aware homage to mouth-breathing boys who worship Wong Kar-Wai and can't talk to girls is the opposite of Tarantino-esque: It's Westby-ish, interspersing settings of biting social oafishness with spasms of film knowledge.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Every moment spent in the company of Keaton... is such a joy that the whole is more delightful than the sum of the formulaic ingredients. Keaton makes Nicholson bounce the way Shirley MacLaine once did in ''Terms of Endearment.''
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Let loose in a plot that's surprisingly modern about sex and relationships, Morton gives Eva's torn longings an immediacy that transcends a lot of damp, 1950s rusticated preciousness.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    For one of those obstreperously original books that are themselves impossible to translate, Everything Is Illuminated is impressively well lit.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Part supernatural thriller, part Oliver Sacks-style meditation on the neurological mysteries of perception, and part Buddhist treatise on reincarnation, the story luxuriates in shadows.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The discreet stink of the bourgeoisie perfumes the wonderfully mordant, dry-eyed family saga, The Flower of Evil.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Marvelously inventive, often-ironic Israeli storyteller Etgar Keret and his life- and workmate, Shira Geffen, spin in Jellyfish a dreamy, arty, alluringly cockeyed tale involving three unrelated women in Tel Aviv.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A grandly entertaining historical drama.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Fados connects today's leading interpreters with legendary fadistas of the past. And it's the last title to be released under the banner of the venerable New Yorker Films.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    With a taste for dark lyricism, the director delicately emphasizes the contrast between surface innocence and subterranean danger, and between grown-up secrets and boyhood bravery.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Graeme and Clive, representatives of a nation of nonbelievers in UFOs and big dinner portions, come to the psychic capital of a country that wants to believe, and they're transformed. In Paul, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost do likewise, in celebration of what the Spielbergian cosmos is all about.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Bale is mesmerizing and Rodriguez keeps up with him as the whole unsafe contraption zooms.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The visual and verbal jokes are as bouncy and multilevel (hip height for adults, knee-slap-size for kids) as we have come, no doubt selfishly, to expect from DreamWorks.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Clever, laid-back.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    So jaunty, so limber, and so visually self-assured that art peeks through where crap has traditionally made its home.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Slow -- sometimes maddeningly, soporifically so.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This gripping if tamped-down drama is steeped in ancient Albanian culture, where the real, tragic consequences of blood feuds can keep families trapped in their homes for generations.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This charming, if unnecessarily coronation-length production gets the duckling-to-swan ambivalence just right.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lynn Collins are so interesting that it's easy to put up with the decision-making dithering that goes along with the title.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    With every detail in this clever peekaboo, the sly filmmaker dangles the possibility that fiction is fact and that Yvan and Charlotte are real -- or at least as real as the movies.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The easygoing silliness with which this late-summer movie surprise scuttles from mayhem to mayhem and the verve with which the cast throws itself into the fray are so cheering and liberating.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Mesmerizing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Charms with its amalgam of absurdity, optimism, humor, and avuncular regard for the million small daily chores, rituals, suspicions, and courtesies of dwellers on even the sparsest spots on earth.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The whole film is cracked, but in a stylish, downtown way.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This is a sensual, psychologically modern costume drama influenced by both "The Godfather" and gals' guides to empowerment.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Every signifier in this quintessentially American domestic thriller is in satisfying running order.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    These guys are not charming; they're horrifying in their ignorance, and they cause real damage. But there's a weird relief to be found in the opportunity to laugh ourselves sick at their expense, if only for an instant.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jack Nicholson's dyspeptic retiree in "About Schmidt" would no doubt identify with O'Horten's entertaining pain.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Like a dowser who can divine hidden sources of water, Atom Egoyan has a talent for locating the dream-state perversity that runs just under the surface of everyday life;
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Oscillates between streaky black comedy and sanitary instruction.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The best thing about this long-awaited feature-length project, a classic Simpsonian interplay of family psychology, social commentary, and brainy visual and verbal jokes tossed off at rat-a-tat speed, is how relaxed it manages to be.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A spare, controlled study in communication gaps and a piercing sketch of suburban American loneliness.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Kicky, elaborately constructed fantasy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The story and setting may be ancient, but under the direction of Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), and with a nicely textured screenplay by Macdonald's Scotland coscreenwriter Jeremy Brock, the vigor is fully modern.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The hilarious Malkovich, coiffed in an artful pageboy and savoring a fruity French accent, would overpower the competition on sheer thespian madness.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    More naturalistic -- and as a result, more believable.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The newcomer kids are delightfully...kidlike. Cosmic bonus: "The Office's" Rainn Wilson plays a New Agey science teacher.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie's most artful feature is the fluidity with which the past slides into the present, echoing Murdoch's own unmoored sentience, so that the younger self, played with dash and vigor by Kate Winslet, turns into the old woman lost in her own home.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The mechanics of the actual plot are pretty amazing. Singer has assembled a top-notch international cast.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A serving of "True Blood's" Ryan Kwanten in his native accent is the chief selling point of this picturesque, contentedly imitative Australian Western/thriller/Coen-brothers homage, the feature debut of writer-director Patrick Hughes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The comic moments in this ingratiating bit of malarkey from director Peter Cattaneo and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (both TV trained, both making their feature debuts) are winning.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Miracle -- the title taken from TV announcer Al Michaels' famous game-clinching cheer, ''Do you believe in miracles? Yes!'' -- wins not when it exhorts by word but when it shows by action.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Veteran French farceur Francis Veber proves that feature-length idiot humor is not limited to the Farrelly brothers.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Against all odds in heaven and hell, it creeped me out just fine.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie is a guzzle of yahoo-Mountain Dew empty-calorie satisfaction: A quick blood-sugar high, an eyeful of bikes and bosoms, and you're out of the theater in 80 minutes. And on a bleak winter's day, that can be meal enough.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    God forgive me, but I enjoyed the nerve-racking silliness of this newest, loudest exercise in destruction.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    To contextualize the story's lack of subtlety, it helps to see these casting choices as ongoing penance for the time when, as a boy, Chen denounced his own father to the Red Guard.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Driven by Bogosian's finger-snapping dialogue and theatrical structure, subUrbia doesn't allow for much pleasurably Linklaterish lounging; each character has got some serious orating to do before the night is over.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Inside the Norwegian director's glove of empathy is a fist of unappeasable anger.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Russian-born Xenia Rappoport gives it her tragic-heroine all as an abused Ukraine prostitute-turned-sneaky housemaid in Italy in The Unknown Woman.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Bears the weight of too many genres jostling for screen time.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's scariest as a parable about the evil that exists in the hearts of adolescent boys.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's a tidiness and affection to this British homage to John Hughes movies.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Married Life congratulates its audience on a sophisticated, humorous complicity in the obvious immorality of Harry's murder plans, as well as in Richard's own ungentlemanly designs on his pal's gorgeous girl. Every adult, the movie suggests, has got a secret.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Bon Voyage arrives like one of those old soldiers who stumbles from his hiding place unaware that the war is over and the world has changed -- and with it, French cinema.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The pleasure of any Star Trek movie lies in experiencing the familiar mixed with the inventive.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In their stark, black-and-white visual style, they are redolent of Italian neorealist cinema or fine muckraking WPA photojournalism.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In Final Destination 5, Death makes the point yet again that it will not be cheated. And happily for those of us who enjoy the FD series' grotesquely clever premise beyond reason, unfortunate folks still refuse to pay attention, with inventively dire consequences.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    With the same affinity for stories of culture clash he showed in "The Quiet American" and "Rabbit-Proof Fence," director Phillip Noyce embraces the tale with gusto.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    And if real eroticism is missing - this is a Disney movie, with bosoms heaving more in a gentle parody of heaving than in full desire - the great discovery of this Casanova is Hallström's recovered capacity for play.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    At selected moments the Pee Wee's Playhouse-scaled visual goofiness and flights of thespian bravura in this long-awaited movie adaptation of Douglas Adams' goofy-wise cult classic are in perfect celestial harmony with the existential tomfoolery of Adams' peerless (and peerlessly Monty Python-British) creation.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Broody fun.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A parable for adults -- particularly men.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Had O. Henry set his stories in China, he might have come up with Happy Times, a comedy for which the adjective ''bittersweet'' could have been invented.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Aware of its own cuteness because the dialogue plays by the rules of meta-entertainment.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Dark of the Moon is hardly a fleet production, but here Bay makes his best, most flexible use yet of all the flamboyant bigness at his command: Computer-drawn characters and human actors seem to occupy the same narrative for once.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's only one Carax, uncompromisingly ambiguous.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    What a fun-dumb relief! In the isolationist Expendables world, all foreigners are bad news. All buddy bonding is done with a wink. All pretenses of art are checked at the door. Someone even says, ''I'll be back.'' (Guess who?)
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie is sometimes profound in its simple, optimistic message of friendship -- and sometimes it's plain simple.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A genial story of friendship among three young African-American men that gets far on charm even when the cinema technique falters and stalls.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Perfume misses some of the subtler base notes of Süskind's creepier, more self-aware original, but Whishaw and Tykwer blend the movie into something quite heady in its own bottle.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's impossible to watch Tony Kaye's theatrically supercharged, equal-opportunity button-pusher without experiencing a welter of emotions -- which is just what the filmmaker planned.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The performances are tender, the script elegant, the cinematography (especially during a virtuoso chase scene in a soccer stadium) artful.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The air smells sweet and there's a thrumming beat in Bossa Nova.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The best vignette, at the very end of the film, is the story Auster originally wrote for a newspaper as a Christmas piece, the one that inspired Wang to make Smoke in the first place. It's the one you'll want to inhale.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Sad, menacing, empathetic story.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Not Fade Away is Chase's reward to himself - a transparently autobiographical work, his first feature-length film, and one that he's said he has wanted to make for years.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jindabyne -- named for the lakeside town in which the troubles spill -- can't contain all that the filmmakers want to throw in. Best to keep glued to the taut performance by Laura Linney.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    And here's the revelation: Miley Cyrus is a really interesting movie star in the making, with an intriguing echo-of-foghorn speaking voice, and a scuffed-up tomboyish physicality (in the Kristen Stewart mode) that sets her apart from daintier girls in her celebrity class.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    About two people on a stage, talking their way into and out of alienation.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The writer-director bestows honor -- generously, apolitically -- not only on the dead and still living American veterans who fought in Ia Drang, but also on their families, on their Vietnamese adversaries, and on the families of their adversaries too.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    And the guy is really good at his job: He knows how to combine impossibly macho action plus attractive self-amusement into a reliable rhythm of ooof! and wink-wink.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There are moments of real funniness in this smarter-than-anticipated goof-fest.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    For a visual bonus, Hugh Dancy appears in bike shorts as the lone male Jane-ite.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    All the nuggets of spoken wisdom rattle around with a tad too much space and (at 2 1/2 hours plus) too much length.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    As is true in most buddy pictures, the real love in This Means War is between FDR and Tuck. Pine and Hardy are an odd choice as Men Who Bond. Pine behaves like a player on Entourage; Hardy broods as if he thinks dating is torture. But as a result, they're kind of cute in an itchy and scratchy way, ­bumping shoulders in a pantomime of what men do in love and war.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Sophie Scholl has a certain quiet dignity that wins its audience popularity honestly.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's a lovely gravity and specificity to the story that transcends instances of bumpy filmmaking.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Best part: Colorful Croatian-Danish actor Zlatko Buri´ reprises his role as the jovially menacing foreign heavy out to collect his dough.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    You're either in the mood to go along with the puzzle pieces or you're not. I'm not usually a puzzle-piece fan myself, not when it's clear that the filmmaker rigs the moves. But I couldn't help but fall for the repurposed real estate, and cheer for the lady strong enough to break through walls when she senses a child is waiting.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    For those newbies, this update, starring peppery Disney re-do queen Lindsay Lohan as wannabe car racer Maggie Peyton, is as serviceable an introduction as any to the notion of a sentient set of wheels.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Fiennes speaks with his body what the script cannot formulate about what it's like to be a man apart. The actor creates particulars of time, space, class, and personality with one crook of a finger, one twist of a wrist. I call that nobility of craft; he's the actors' prince.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    As a follow-up to his striking 2002 directorial debut, "The Believer," this second obsessive study in fanaticism by writer-director Henry Bean has its own delirious integrity and outsider-art charm.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Tautou is a fascinating, unsmiling, petite presence with a severe brow and an androgynous appeal, so much so that I wish Alessandro Nivola (Junebug) were a more robust beau as Arthur ''Boy'' Capel, the love of Chanel's life.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This feature-length dose of boyish sexual fumbling and fantastically dirty British slang is bound to expand an American viewer's vocabulary.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This measured bio-production might be viewed as a lesser companion piece to "Vera Drake" -- although in the case of Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman, all the period-piece tastefulness makes for a story more instructive than emotionally tangible.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Shaped and softened by producer Ivan Reitman, screenwriters Len Blum and Michael Kalesniko, and director Betty Thomas, however, the movie-star Stern is a defanged tiger, funny but tranquilized.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Mouret not only stars (opposite a delicate Ledoyen) as the slightly schlemiely fellow in want of a woman's affection, he also wrote and directed this enticing, weightless divertissement.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    May be the first time travel fantasy to move grown fellows with 401(k) accounts to tears.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    As charmingly verklemmt New York women with bad luck in men and good luck in apartments go, Nora Wilder in Broken English has all the breaks.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The filmmaker's decision to shoot the past in color and the present in murky black and white is an inspired visual translation of psychological truth.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The troubles are broad, the plot twists giant, and the performances cheery in this carol to ethnic pride in Chicago's traditionally Latino Humboldt Park.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    And for a movie that stars acts of God, this work of mortals provides surprisingly little liftoff. The stuff that whips through the angry skies in Twister is the most exciting part of the spectacle. Essentially, we're turned on by debris.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Best of all, there's a lot of Jolie, barrels blazing. The star's fearlessly sexy hauteur is unique in the biz today. And when she works it in Wanted, she kills, bullets optional.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    As a horror picture, Blair Witch may not be much more than a cheeky game, a novelty with the cool, blurry look of an avant-garde artifact. But as a manifestation of multimedia synergy, it's pretty spooky.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's also a Disney den of big, comically dumb-looking bad guys who turn sweet when Rapunzel sings to them. Because Happily Ever After never goes out of fashion
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The loveliest moments put both politics and theatrics aside, conveying the strange beauty of a hard life involving little else than fish, water, and gray sky.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    With sharp riffs on the intersection of '80s pop culture (ALF, Kid 'N Play, Ronald Reagan!) and 21st-century culture (Twitter, Viagra, Second Life!), this Time Machine is a fun dip into a pool of memories that are best forgotten again once the booze wears off.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Mike Myers and Austin Powers may stick to their old Beatle boots, but they've both come a long way, luvvy. For proof, just look at all the A-list celebrities-I-won't-mention happy to crash the party.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    These tales are as highly designed as fashion layouts. But they're as relaxing to thumb through as those NYT Magazine trend pieces.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Enlightenment is good, Dai acknowledges. But the movie's more provocative assertion is the notion that ignorance was also a kind of bliss.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Even Moore's target ticket-buyers are likely to squirm with concern, unsure of who the real weasels and idiots are in this large, unkempt, rambunctious country of ours.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Director Roger Michell (''Notting Hill'') conveys some of the sharpest insights into the woman buried beneath the wife and mother in those early scenes, using ragged, vérité-style camera work that takes merciless inventory of a certain stripe of posh, hard-edged modern family life in which dowdy grannies are invisible.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In Tarantino's besotted historical reverie, real-life villains Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels are played as grotesque jokes. The Basterds are played as exaggeratedly tough Jews. The women are femmes fatales.?
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's fun robot stuff, some good philosophical ideas, and a brief, nutty Willis-Ving Rhames reunion 15 years after "Pulp Fiction."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A light romantic do-si-do.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The audience for this grimly disquieting film is, or ought to be, self-selecting.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's also filled with scenes of extraordinary survival challenges. But the result is oddly impersonal and undifferentiated.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Perhaps the highest praise that can be given Paltrow is that there are no appreciable performance gaps between her green talents and the rest of the truly top-drawer cast.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The class warfare in The Housemade feels dated, but there's something nicely kinky in this lusciously photographed erotic Korean thriller by Im Sang-soo.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Skarsgard's utter finesse in the role provides a satisfying warmth.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's got the pleasing proportions of a stocking stuffed with agreeable little treats in the absence of an exciting big surprise.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A vinegary fable with a Splenda aftertaste -- is a harbinger of hope not only for future feminist comedies of any grit but also for ''SNL''-staffed feature films that don't disproportionately suck.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Hits you on the head until you laugh.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Smith profiles five extraordinary American homes, and because the owners seem fully aware of the uses and abuses of fame, it's a pleasure to enjoy their eccentricities.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The story may be thin, but the project, a feat of stop-motion animation, is made with generous care by the same impressive LAIKA studio artists who conjured up the gorgeous "Coraline."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Overly fussy and self-conscious in its noir details. But in The Missing Person, Buschel makes striking use of the Mike Hammer/Philip Marlowe tradition.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    An anguished Macedonian drama.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A great subject goes a long way in this standard but effective entry in the amazing-kids documentary category.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Not your average divorce gift: Clean's writer-director Olivier Assayas created the role of recovering rock-world druggie Emily Wang for his ex-wife, art-house/action-pic royalty Maggie Cheung (In the Mood for Love).
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The Stoning of Soraya M.'s drawn-out torture sequence is harrowing and lurid.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This jovial tour through changing attitudes toward cannibis is so plugged into pothead logic that the opening credits are rerun at the end.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Fun in its raunchy unwieldiness.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Although the big picture itself gets mushy, the small moments, especially involving Fey, are sharp.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Like the comic strips of Ben Katchor, Tokyo Godfathers artfully appreciates the beauty and humanity in junked lives and landscapes.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The three are so full-bodied and so powerfully affecting that you're carried along on the pleasure of being in the presence of their extraordinary talent.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Dustin Hoffman, a 75-year-old first-time feature director better known as a great old acting pro, conducts at a pleasant tempo.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The footage, by Dereck and Beverly Joubert, is stunning.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It took me two viewings to enjoy the landscape of Weerasethakul's mysterious jungle -- so very thick, steamy, and foreign -- without wishing for clearer trail markers.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Excessive, but I, like Mr. Jingles, can't resist the Christmas-season cheese.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The Dutch born Janssen sparkles serenely.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    If it's not up to the cups-and-balls elegance of previous Mamet movies like ''The Spanish Prisoner'' and ''House of Games,'' if it piles on more psychological fake-outs than is safe in a setup this size -- well, at least it's got that talk, that language, that thing Mamet does that is at this point as identifiable as the cadences of the Bard.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Allen has fun in his imaginary French capital, turning his star-studded cast loose to interpret their characters as they wish.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Everything you've ever loved (or hated) but were afraid to laugh at in Asian martial-arts movies, ''Matrix''-ian bullet-time actioners, and Farrellyesque slapstick comedies -- all rolled into Hong Kong's highest-grossing local production ever.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A lot of fun early in the evening, when the Rat Pack ambiance is novel, but gets bleary by 4 a.m. in the story.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe) makes a believable cocky lad who signs on for the con; an oddly bewigged Ben Kingsley is fussier and too actorly as his handler.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    When Rock finds his authentic swing as an actor as well as a comedian, he'll be, like, a movie god.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    An amiably raucous, scorched-earth mockumentary.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The title refers not only to particular music by Beethoven but also to the fictional string quartet of Yaron Zilberman's fussily genteel, overplotted Manhattan tale in which interpersonal stresses build to a crescendo when one of the foursome becomes ill.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Slippery issues about trust, parental responsibility, and the inalienable American right to personal and political freedom are ceded to Hollywood's inalienable right to stage high-pitched chase scenes and a shocking big finish.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The documentary takes on its own engaging shape - one of edgy editorial and political ambivalence.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This fresh and interesting story about a tight-knit clan of Irish grifters in the rural South who make their living scamming is a ''con men on the road'' picture all the more welcome during a season of junky action thrillers and indie-style explorations of kinky sex.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Tobey Maguire's characteristic placidity makes a fine mask for a man who is thoroughly awful.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The drama ultimately retreats to safer, duller, more illogical, and more reactionary impulses and stereotypes.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The dramatic conflicts are soapy and unsubtle, but Karanovic pours intense authority into Esma's scarred psyche.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The mechanical beauty and android possibilities of the future excite the filmmaker, and that's where Minority Report becomes an alluring postcard from the edge. But it's an edge over which Spielberg never seems to want to step.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Bridget's most attractive asset is that she's played by Renée Zellweger.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Almereyda's fascination with creative creatures and their mysterious ways is abundantly clear. And distracting.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A muscular, ardently naturalistic retelling of the ninth-century Anglo-Saxon saga.

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