Lisa Schwarzbaum

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For 1,909 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 8.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Broken Flowers
Lowest review score: 0 Gun Shy
Score distribution:
1,909 movie reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A graceful, unsentimental, well-made movie.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Don't tell Walt Disney, but Hayao Miyazaki really holds the keys to the magic kingdom.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The nervy style of this newfangled Western, with its eerie, insinuating score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, is so effective that long after Pitt and Affleck have left the screen, emotional disturbance lingers like gun smoke.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Damien Chazelle's extraordinary black-and-white retro dream of a feature debut.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Without ever dipping into indignity among wet, half-naked men, Shower sparkles with joy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Beautiful, compassionate, articulate domestic drama.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Filmmaker Yung Chang finds a sad and beautiful way to glimpse the big picture of dislocation through an exquisitely poised small study.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's an intoxicating feeling when a movie excites and enlivens us like this -- and there's a particular giddiness to be had in thinking about what movies can (but don't often) do for one's soul after imbibing such a fine vintage.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This beautiful, terrible story is not easily forgotten.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Soaring and romantic, wild and serene, feminist and gutsy, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is one of the best movies of the year.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Unfolds with a simplicity that's as breathtaking as its inevitability is harrowing.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Flight opens with one of the most harrowing in-flight-disaster depictions of all time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    So superb, so graceful, so strong -- another beauty in this year of good documentaries -- that I do believe it will influence career choices, sending inspired viewers to study pedagogy, or cinematography.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Yet another outstanding little movie in the exciting Romanian New Wave.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's a great, IQ-flattering entertainment both wonderful and wise.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The third starring the totally captivating cool cucumber Daniel Craig as Agent 007 - is both an elegy and a mission statement. It's also a great, long-lasting jolt of pleasure.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Pay attention to the enhanced detail audible in a new six-track sound mix, which may be the most important cleaning job of all; silence and Jerry Goldsmith's score have never twined so hauntingly.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The ensemble cast shared the best-actor award at the 2006 Cannes film festival -- and rightly so.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Gets weirder and meaner and darker and sadder as it progresses, which is amazing since it simultaneously remains funny and horrifying right up to the end.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie is enchanting.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Another must-see marvel of horror, comedy, and impeccable filmmaking by the Korean director Bong Joon-ho.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This is essential viewing for understanding our world.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The filmmaking is as strong as the subject matter, with an elegant structure.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The stunning, must-see drama Crash is proof that words have not lost the ability to shock in our anesthetized society.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The result is an intense, action-driven war pic, a muscular, efficient standout that simultaneously conveys the feeling of combat from within as well as what it looks like on the ground.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The antidote to every square tough-guy caper you've ever seen, and the inspiration for many great ones. It is an existential imperative to seek out a showing and burn rubber to get there, preferably in an excellent car.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's thrillingly original, lyrical, and wise, and the filmmaker conveys the mutable intensity of young love with the authoritative originality of an important filmmaker.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The Savages is terrific -- a movie of uncommon appreciation for the nature and nurture that go into making us who we are, a perfectly calibrated drama both compassionate and unsentimental.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Up
    A lovely, thoughtful, and yes, uplifting adventure.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Miller's theme is innocence, the loss of it, and the reclamation of equanimity in the face of that loss, and the music she makes is haunting.

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