Lisa Schwarzbaum

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For 1,919 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 7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Iraq in Fragments
Lowest review score: 0 Gun Shy
Score distribution:
1919 movie reviews
    • 33 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The star is done in by the deathless mediocrity of the production, an assemblage of random camera shots, messy editing, redundant scenes, and witless dialogue as haphazardly stitched together as the flesh on Jonah Hex's face.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The scenery (prettily captured by There Will Be Blood cinematographer Robert Elswit) is littered with heavy symbolism (fire! rain! dead birds!); the performances are merely heavy.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Silly, undone by lack of faith in its own subject.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Ultimately, the talented cast -- among them M. Emmet Walsh, Faye Dunaway, Skeet Ulrich, and Viggo Mortensen -- play to their easiest star turns rather than their most interesting strengths.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The endless, numbing sameness of it all.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Self-righteous and smug in its use of heartland stereotypes, the movie backfires by assuming that its intended liberal audience is just as intolerant and condescending as the conservative opposition insists it is.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This slapdash, charmless, baldly boomer-chasing romantic comedy, directed by Michael Lehmann (Heathers) from a clunky, orgasm-obsessed script by Karen Leigh Hopkins and Jessie Nelson, is the lazy studio's answer to a call for more age-appropriate entertainment for "More" magazine readers.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Perelman pays such cooing attention to surfaces that our response to violence carries no more importance than our response to the delicate jewelry around the adult Diana's neck.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Terminally muddled crime drama.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Insistently sullen, nihilistic, and successful to the point of smugness at transmitting buzzkill, Art School Confidential is the second collaboration between art-house cartoonist Daniel Clowes and director Terry Zwigoff.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    McCarthy's rawhide has become movie Naugahyde, a substance unknown in literature or in nature.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Yet Speed 2 is as slow-moving as a garbage scow. Those blinking lights might as well be emanating from a vital-signs monitor. The story is dead in the water.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A portentous and goopy Dutch drama.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The gooey sanctity of the bond between fathers and sons all but nullify Jackson's zesty performance.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The few jaunty, ''Friends''-inflected lines Perry does get off are lost among the cow pies.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Just as all regular models can't be supermodels, so all action chicks can't be superheroines. Elektra Natchios turns out to be walled off rather than mysteriously alluring; blank rather than deep.
    • 11 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Empty jokes hang heavy.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Without any of the patented Farrelly insight into the insecure, horndoggy teen in every man, and without a grown-up setting in which Harry and Lloyd can transgress like dum-dum geniuses,Dumb and Dumberer is dumberest.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Red Riding Hood goes from trite to triter, a plot collapse that overtakes any of the visual prettiness from cinematographer Mandy Walker (Beastly).
    • 54 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    I don't know if it's ickier to assume that writer-director Brad Silberling (Moonlight Mile) thinks the culture-clash jokes he pushes in 10 Items or Less are charming because they're earnest, or because they're tongue-in-cheek. Either way, this sale is void.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The characters who cross paths here in the hard shadows of late-'90s New York City are meant to convey loneliness, bitterness, neediness, loss, and bad karma. Mostly, they convey bad Sundance.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    As a shameless contraption of ridiculously sad things befalling attractive people, the engorged romantic tragedy Remember Me stands tall between those towering monuments to teen-oriented cinematic misery, Love Story and Twilight.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Garish, squeal-pitched preteen comedy.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A notorious opinion divider last year at Cannes, Battle in Heaven is less about heaven or battle, or hell on earth, or the soul of Mexico, and all too much about gawking. And so, for all the ''shock'' of the movie's clinical carnality, this battle is lost.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    What's on screen is lazy, second-rate, phoned-in -- a heist in which it's the audience whose pockets have been picked.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    So let's hear it for the giant wig of Pre-Raphaelite gray corkscrews planted on the noggin of Jane Fonda as a glamorous hippie grandma. The hairdo meets its match in the dull Ann Taylor togs encasing Catherine Keener: That's how you know Granny's daughter is an uptight lawyer.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A creepy, humiliating ''comedy,'' playing to Bullock's worst instincts for demonstrating the lovability of women who don’t fit in.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The film squanders every opportunity (and international-coproduction cent) on by now imitative Nine Inch Nails-video-style visual Goth-goo, and, scarily, forgets to input a plot or script that makes any sense.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    What willful streak of perversity inspired Kevin Costner to take on this wacky tale of a letter carrier-turned-postapocalyptic hero?
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    An immediately forgettable action pic directed with a blowtorch by Lee Tamahori.

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