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 Still Life
Lowest review score: 0 Valentine's Day
Score distribution:
1919 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The young cast is terrific, giving the stories unearned weight.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Writer-director Oskar Roehler spends all his energy on cataloging ''outrageous'' behavior, and none on giving the transgressions any meaning.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    At times dark and at other times gooey.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Strangely inert drama.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Shyamalan's most alienating and self-absorbed project to date.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A companion piece to "Match Point" that suffers all the more in comparison.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Tthis isn't just any setup, is it: It's suds being sold as ethno-sensitive reality, a case of coveting thy neighbor's fiesta.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Director Todd Phillips tries for the kind of frat slaphappiness he applied so successfully to "Old School," but these boys are less scoundrels than individual salesmen for the brands of Heder and Thornton.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Everything is aces about this lineup's pedigree. But Devil never lets loose. It's a jazzy composition about sex, sleuthing, corruption, race, and cheap liquor that's a half step out of tune.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Watching Running With Scissors the movie instead of reading Running With Scissors the best-selling memoir by Augusten Burroughs is like running with a spatula, or maybe some weird toast tongs.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Examination of one of the English language's most useful utterances and why the sound packs such a friggin' wallop.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A wildly romanticized Australian druggie drama.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Everything old is old again in this rickety extension of 2002's already rickety "Van Wilder."
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Evenness of political keel, combined with a generic filmmaking style, is an artistic weapon way too puny for a successful assault on so tough, bruising, and crucial a subject.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Cassavetes throws in everything he can recycle to grab a core-demo viewer -- slutty teens making out, blaring rock music, guns, split screens.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    I Think I Love My Wife has got to be the unlikeliest French New Wave classic ever to be retrofitted by a famous African-American stand-up comedian best known for his stinging social commentary -- at least until Dave Chappelle remakes Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless" as a hip-hop caper.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Who knows whether the project is meant to be earnest, ironic, post-ironic, made for adults, made for kids, made to teach lessons, or made to be watched in an altered state? All or none...jeez, this thing is one bumpy ride.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    An awfully tidy, infernally sparkly study in skewed blessings, made manifest by Committed Acting from Sigourney Weaver.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The big underachiever turns out to be DeVito, who is incapable of exhibiting believable warmth and complexity, or, indeed, of playing anyone who is not a cartoon.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Sometimes Brenda Blethyn is content merely to nibble the scenery. In Introducing the Dwights, a drippy Australian family comedy caper, she chomps it to a pulp until we long for her straightforward monstrosity as a mother in "Little Voice."
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Every once in a while, though, Firth's eyebrow hints, Can you believe I'm wearing this dorky leather breastplate?
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In stories like this defiantly unsubtle, structurally clunky specimen, causes women who are considering abortion to think again, and self-selecting audiences to enjoy a light, luxurious weep.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Really, I think we put up with Lars at all only because Gosling has such an affinity for the wounded boy birds he tends to play that it's easy to watch him do his thing.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The surprisingly puny haul comes from the jolly, usually sparkling comedy workshop of David Dobkin, who directed "Wedding Crashers," and Dan Fogelman, who wrote "Cars" -- two great movies that both make better stocking stuffers.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's left to Caine to wink and nod at his own contribution to real caper classics of the 1960s and '70s, produced with more emphasis on fun and less on instructive fact-finding.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Grace Is Gone grabs on to a name, a war, and the metaphor-come-to-life of a theme park with rides going nowhere. And we, the people, are spun around and shaken for tears.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Ladies! Thelma and Louise drove a '66T-bird, remember?! They picked up a young male hitchhiker 17 years before you did, and they too, um, interacted with a trucker and admired magnificent American sunsets -- is it coming back to you? Nope, it's not, which is exactly why the tires are so low on this creaky vehicle.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Reproducing a period-piece screwball comedy for a modern audience turns out to be one playful, self-deprecating wink too many for the star, who also directed Leatherheads.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Young boys are the only suitable audience for Speed Racer, the elaborate live-action adaptation written and directed by "Matrix" creators Larry and Andy Wachowski. And even they might feel an urge to squirm.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Some sure symptoms: The movie demonstrates a smart movie geek's obsession with the rhythms and gory details of horror storytelling, undermined by a pompous insistence on spiritual lessons of the tritest kind.

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