Lisa Schwarzbaum
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For 1,907 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 9.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 The Kids Are All Right
Lowest review score: 0 The King and I
Score distribution:
1,907 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The chattering smarty-pants who ran the U.S. government on "The West Wing" are slow talkers compared with the motormouthed and hilariously imperfect power elite in the brainy British comedy In the Loop.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A stunning study of one desperate woman's conscience.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A gaudy, daring, operatic, and bloody funny provocation of a melodrama from Park Chan-wook.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Darkly funny, twisty-cool existential tragicomedy, loaded with smart notions and filmed like a surrealist dream.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Amreeka is strategically inviting and carefully mild even when making unsubtle points about Palestinian suffering and American insensitivity.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's probably the impresario's best-made movie yet, his most joyful, and his most moving.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Campion's big-sisterly encouragement of Cornish's lovely, openhearted performance -- and Whishaw's well-matched response -- results in a character instantly, intimately recognizable to anyone remembering her own first love.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A cheeky, great-looking, thoughtfully loopy creature feature about the lure and dangers of cutting-edge gene splicing.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The whole cast is museum quality, and the ''music'' performances are pitch-perfect in their dissonance.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Afterward, you'll want to listen to the Beatles sing ''She's Leaving Home.'' It might be a girl like Jenny the lads had in mind.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Raquel's devotion to her employer is barbed with hatred, need, and an insecurity she manifests through constant tiny acts of sabotage that would be funny if they weren't also so chilling -- bordering on psychotic.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Many of the characters go by two different names. So best advice for optimum viewing is, see Broken Embraces...twice.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The amazingly natural first-timer was discovered, in a gift of publicity-ready truth, while having an argument with her boyfriend at a train station.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Each episode (originally made for British TV) works by itself, but there's a real payoff in following all three. (Nothing matches The "Wire," but this holds its own.)
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Mezzogiorno (Love in the Time of Cholera) plays Dalser with the kind of fervent intensity once seen in silent films.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Director Bahman Ghobadi (Turtles Can Fly) shot his faux documentary in secret, and the close-to-the-ground style compensates for the tenuous narrative structure by capturing the energy and variety of Tehran's music scene in all its bravery.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In Please Give, the sharp-eyed filmmaker sends her vibrant representative out into the world to explore what it means for a woman to be lucky and still feel itchy. The report has the resonant ring of truth.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    With an outstanding screenplay by Brian Koppelman and disciplined direction by Koppelman and David Levien, a story that could have been generic (or worse, scented with flowery bulls---) turns into a precise, honest, and affecting drama.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Another 3-D animated kid movie demonstrates that cartoon storytelling pitched to young people is the last, best refuge of sprightly filmmaking this hard, hot summer.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A superior lyrical ragamuffin Irish drama.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The crowd-pleasing comic Euro-drama The Concert is, at its musical center, as full of ripe emotion as Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major. It's also as darkly funny as a Slavic farce, a composition of sweet cacophony.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Don't be fooled: In this unpeaceable kingdom, the den mama is also ready to eat her young.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A rich, dark, pulpy mess of entanglements that fulfills all the requirements of the genre, and is told with an ease and gusto that make the pulp tasty.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Powerful, passionate, and potentially revolution-inducing documentary.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This tender documentary considers the mysteries of both art and coping.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A dark and hilarious thwomping of the whole miserablist British gangster genre.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's the beaming movie-star intensity of the complicated comic Carrey in the role of the dominant lover and Obi-Wan Kenobi McGregor as the gentle beloved that makes this unfettered, stranger-than-fiction picture pop.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 also bravely faces the future, slipping with expert ease among the thrilling mass of complications (and complicated set pieces) that Rowling throws fans in the final sprint, then guiding the faithful to the fate that awaits everyone in this world, the moment called The End.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Rachid Bouchareb's intensely dramatized, passionately partisan story of militancy in the struggle for Algerian independence from France after World War II makes effective use of "Godfather" storytelling theatrics.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    French mood-and-feeling master filmmaker Claire Denis returns to the Africa of her youth for an intense, mysterious drama exploring revolution and loss.

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