Lisa Schwarzbaum

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For 1,910 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 8.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Up
Lowest review score: 0 Saving Silverman
Score distribution:
1910 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A conflicted entertainment, compromised by trying too hard to impress the restless, self-referential adults in the audience.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Overstyled pseudo-thriller.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The energy is sapped by clinging condescension in the guise of compassionate liberalism.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Costner's determination to avoid change keeps this baseball movie at a low line drive when it might have knocked one into the bleachers.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A comedy that might have made Butch and Sundance jump off a cliff.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The enterprise might also be called ''Picket Fences on Ice."
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The punchlines are as tired as Hogan looks.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A drama about corruption in the city's transit system that's not only hard boiled but also dipped in egg batter dialogue and deep fried.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Gillen can't make good on his gaze's search and destroy capabilities.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Dopey, not dope.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    For women who smoke and drink like fiends, the trio of pre-owned babes in this weirdly rotten femme-porn romance have awfully good, unwrinkled complexions.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    As a Balanchine-like martinet, Peter Gallagher is a hoot, whispering to his minions about good and bad feet.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The director has said that the plot was influenced by a real English thief named Valentin who showed up at his door one day to repay money stolen a decade earlier.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Requires tremendous restraint not to conclude that this entertainingly apocalyptic mess is about nothing, since it may well be about everything. But I doubt it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jammed with banner-ready political rhetoric, and the relentlessness of the lectures is wearying. The plot, on the other hand, is a standard contraption built on enduring urban anxieties and involving a nasty hotel-room trade.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Excitement trumps incompetence as one colorful loser recruits another. Pretty soon, the screen is filled with hip actors playing clueless lowlifes, pretending they're in a Bizarro World production of ''Ocean's Eleven.''
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The number of levels on which these pros trade on their diminished reputations makes the movie an inside joke rather than a funny one. If Spade thinks otherwise, he's nucking futs.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    While we can agree, for the sake of Iberian-American cinematic friendship, to go along with the whole simplified 1960s swinger premise and ''The Jackie Gleason Show'' choreography, we can also long for the comparatively nuanced 1990s swinger premise of ''Friends.''
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    You can forget about veracity, since this gauzy and sometimes dopey romanticization can't be trusted.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The actors more eager to goof around in schlumpfy costumes on a low-budget lark than to play their trashy characters with the seriousness such farce requires.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    An out of date 1950s movie.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Exceedingly blurred rendering of a simply told, artful novel.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    No maid, and no fancy lady either, would swoon for a fellow as damp as the hero so grudgingly coughed up by Fiennes. In the words of Cinderellas everywhere, no effin' way.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A frustratingly inert story, a bookend to last year's wooden ''Captain Corelli's Mandolin.''
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The antics are wacky -- but far from Wilde.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Only pretends to care about good people who sometimes do bad things. In fact, it hasn't got time for the pain.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It turns out that Joe ends up liking the old Joe better too. Who just so happens to be the kind of average-Joe character that continues to make Allen such a tidy, non-Joe bundle.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    While much of The In-Laws feels stuck in time, what really does it in is the script's boring, modern sensitivity to fatherhood, and bonding with one's kids, and all that enlightened parenthood crap.

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