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 9.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Skyfall
Lowest review score: 0 Saving Silverman
Score distribution:
1,909 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The uncoagulated anguish of parents mourning the death of a child has rarely been more powerfully depicted than in the collected vignettes of grief, rage, and retribution that make up the riveting domestic drama In the Bedroom.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The power of this great movie -- part comedy, part tragedy, part satire, mostly masterpiece -- is in the details.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Almodóvar's masterwork, is a spectacular synthesis of everything that has always interested him -- proud women, lovely boys, beautiful drag queens, grand movie stars, gorgeous frocks, wild wallpaper .
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The superb screenplay won an award at Cannes this year for good reason.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Stunning, unsettling, beautifully written drama.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Pfeiffer reveals an emotional nakedness that's almost shocking. Never has she exposed so much and done it so simply. Who knew she could be this good?
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Like everything else in this superb work of art, ''Shrinking Lover'' is exquisitely Almodóvarian. It's funny, tender, a little shocking, and it pays homage to what we know about movies: that they can move us beyond words.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Vibrantly, intricately alive on its own terms. This is what magic the movies can conjure with an inspired fellowship in charge, and unlimited pots of gold.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A witty, stylish, beautifully made charmer of a family picture.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Murray, meanwhile, turns in a thrillingly knowing, unforced performance--an award-worthy high point in a career that continues, Max Fischer style, to defy the obvious at every turn.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The message, if there must be one, of this marvelous, stubbornly personal movie is that there is a spark in every soul.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A triumph of psychological depth and artistic brilliance offered as the magical adventures of one skinny little girl.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A memory of the automobile in which a father drove away from his family provides the title for Blue Car but no hint of the power of writer-director Karen Moncrieff's superb feature debut.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    You could trawl the seven seas and not net a funnier, more beautiful, and more original work of art and comedy than Finding Nemo.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    What's astonishing about Sofia Coppola's enthralling new movie is the precision, maturity, and originality with which the confident young writer-director communicates so clearly in a cinematic language all her own.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Eastwood directs Mystic River with an invigorated grace and gravitas. This is a true American beauty of a movie, a tale of men and their bonds told by and for adults who value the old-fashioned Hollywood-studio notion of narrative.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The conclusion of Peter Jackson's masterwork is passionate and literate, detailed and expansive, and it's conceived with a risk-taking flair for old-fashioned movie magic at its most precious.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Errol Morris may have been put on earth to make The Fog of War, a stunning portrait of Robert S. McNamara that closes a year of outstanding nonfiction movies on a high note.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Ceylan, who also served as cinematographer, frames the affecting, unstudied performances in gorgeously chosen shots and nonevents that sometimes teeter on the edge of comedy before knocking us breathless with their emotional power.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie is a rare uncensored postcard from a ruined place, a document at once depressing and hideously beautiful that sketches the real hardships of trampled people -- specifically women -- with authority and compelling simplicity.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Can be interpreted politically or even biblically or not at all, as the elemental struggles between dominance and submission, impulse and action, man and nature, father and son, play out to their stunning conclusion.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Sophisticated, funny, and joyously subversive animated bug epic.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A highly original Death in Venice-scented comedy drama written and directed with flair by British feature novice Richard Kwietniowski.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Don't leave before the final frame -- if you're still breathing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Unusual, unhurried tour de force--a seamless match of strong artistic vision and physical performance. [19 Dec 1997, p. 52]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's no denying that when it comes to communicating a certain delirious romanticism of character shaped by thousands of hours spent sitting in the dark, the artist who made this showpiece is a master.

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