Lisa Schwarzbaum
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For 1,906 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 9.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 In the Bedroom
Lowest review score: 0 Gun Shy
Score distribution:
1,906 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The storytelling is the series' best, with a zingy balance of drama, humor, and Deep Thoughts (in a screenplay by Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan, directed with confident exuberance by Irvin Kershner). [Special Edition]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This triumphant sequel to the hard-to-top 2002 original may be the first great comic-book movie in the age of self-help and CGI wizardry, an entertainment in which both the thrills and the therapeutic personal growth are well earned.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Unfolds with a simplicity that's as breathtaking as its inevitability is harrowing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Stunning and compassionate period drama.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The result: This great work of art has the potential to change the world.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Dazzlingly beautiful, funny, and meaningful.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Almereyda excises big chunks of plot to shape his vision, but retains Shakespeare's language and pays such rigorous attention to meaning and subtext that what's missing isn't missed.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Tsai builds this shimmering story with deft, deadpan wit and a warm, understated love of the absurd, both in life and afterlife.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Yagira's performance is so extraordinary, it won him the best actor prize at the 2004 Cannes film festival.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It took director-producer Leon Gast 22 years to edit and finance When We Were Kings, his thrilling documentary about the legendary 1974 heavyweight-championship fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Zaire. But the lag time has only deepened the impact of this thrilling documentary: All sad thoughts of Ali as a wounded warrior fall away in the glow of seeing the champ at his best.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Like a great novel from a more expansive bygone age, The Best of Youth is full of big thoughts; like a great soap opera, it's also full of sharp plot turns, vibrant characters, and great talk. It is, in short, the best of cinema.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The wry filmmaker has created an urbane society of family and friends as ridiculously pretentious and hypocritical as they are cultured, accomplished, and posh.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A confidently original, engrossing interpretation.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Definition eludes the delicate pleasures of this marvelous, idiosyncratic movie collage.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A film of wonderful looseness and innovation. Set free to film fakes, the director is the real thing.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The filmmaking is as strong as the subject matter, with an elegant structure.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A movie of uncommon sweetness and delight.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    But it is the steady accretion of hundreds of small moments in this elegant, high-spirited, intensely satisfying production -- the director's third American movie, but the first to approach the dazzle of his Hong Kong stuff -- that, toted up, makes everything right about this des- perately welcome thriller.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    David Cronenberg's brilliant movie -- without a doubt one of the very best of the year.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Bestows generous blessings on all that's good in Englishness, in moviedom, and, of course, in cheese.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A doozy of a French gangster pic that, in its beautifully refurbished and pithily resubtitled re-release, turns out to be one of the highlights of the 2005 movie year.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    One of the wonders of the holiday season.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The picture moves with stealth, enjoying its own thriller-ness as hints are laid and mislaid. There's a sense that Hitchcock is hovering in the background and cheering for Auteuil, who musters all his French superstardom to play a man having his mask of blandness torn off.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The first great, mind-tickling treat of the new movie year.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This beautiful, terrible story is not easily forgotten.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Mr. Lazarescu is that rich and riveting a film of universal small human moments and big-system failure.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The picture was made in 1969 and is only now being released in the U.S., in a beautiful restoration supervised by original cinematographer Pierre Lhomme.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Half Nelson offers an opportunity to marvel, once again, at the dazzling talent of Ryan Gosling for playing young men as believable as they are psychologically trip-wired.