Lisa Schwarzbaum

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For 1,914 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 7.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Winter's Bone
Lowest review score: 0 Surviving Christmas
Score distribution:
1914 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    You can forget about veracity, since this gauzy and sometimes dopey romanticization can't be trusted.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The accountant in Bloom would probably approve of the new Producers: It's an efficient extension of a popular brand. In theory, what's not to like? In reality, the whole schmear.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The young cast is terrific, giving the stories unearned weight.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Shyamalan's most alienating and self-absorbed project to date.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Soon enough it's back to stale jokes about spousal date nights.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Any random episode of Law & Order would be more sophisticated than this heavy-handed, moralistic Southern-lawyer corn pone, directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The biggest surprise in Shame is how distanced, passionless, and merely skin-deep the director's attention is - how little he cares about the subject of his own movie.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Comes from the same jolly homage-to-schlock-shock producers who remade ''House on Haunted Hill,'' and the emphasis is shamelessly on ornate scares. But with its high-gloss cast and French art-house actor and director Mathieu Kassovitz (''Hate'') in charge, the movie also shoots for class.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The unnecessarily famous cast for such a standard, creaking, fake-spooky ghost story (with Bible verses thrown in for good measure).
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Creator producers Paul Germain and Joe Ansolabehere have come up with some unexceptional children and underdeveloped adults.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The best stuff: Wow, can those kids hoof - and so, even past his half-century mark, can the preening, Chicago-born Mr. F.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A pompous and garbled parable about how terribly, terribly difficult it is to make it as a creative artist, and how important it is to maintain high standards of haberdashery.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie never gives its heart freely and honestly to the satiny whirl of post-"Chicago" showbiz spectacle it so clearly wants to be.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    At times dark and at other times gooey.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Stock farce characters and stale scenes of mayhem fill the downtime between the Martin-Latifah skirmishes.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Nobody will go to see Michael Winterbottom's sexually explicit, novelty-act drama - a naughty peep show for sobersides, disguised as a nature documentary - to hear the songs; everyone will go to see the shagging, which occupies the majority of the screen time.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Written by Mr. ''Full Monty'' himself, Simon Beaufoy, and, like ''Monty,'' sprinkles pixie dust over the heads of worn out local folk.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Well-meaning but hopelessly lost little comedy.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This trip down The Road to El Dorado proceeds under the speed limit all the way.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    With every recycled piece of business -- which is to say, every scene in Anything Else -- the distance widens between Allen and the elusive audience he pessimistically chases. He has never seemed less in touch with his own real, pulsing, 21st-century city.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    We, the people, are meant to cheer in response, but the spirit isn't willing. War is hell, but so is peace -- at least when it comes to movies in a no-man's-land like this one.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's tastelessness like this, served up as fair-game dish to a Downton Abbey-loving audience, that sours the flavor of this tittery production.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The makers of this mediocre comedy about dorky guys who work in a cut-rate electronics store probably hoped that "40 Year-Old Virgin" lightning would strike twice. It doesn't.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    As Carrie might type on her laptop while giving one of her girly little shrugs, When did Sex and the City become so long and mean so little?
    • 48 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Brooks guards the movie from overheating in a surfeit of warmedy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Anderson's adaptation is heavy on production numbers in which jingles come to life and light on conveying any real feelings of Eisenhower-era darkness the prizewinner herself might have felt during her decades of marriage to an abusive, drunken man.

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