Lisa Schwarzbaum

Select another critic »
For 1,914 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 7.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Where the Wild Things Are
Lowest review score: 0 That's What She Said
Score distribution:
1914 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    One of the wonders of the holiday season.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's an adult life force in every frame of this luxuriously paced work, even in the sight of rain and a lady's stocking.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Loving, Playful, and spectacularly well made, Super 8 is easily the best summer movie of the year - of many years.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    ''Documentary'' is too impersonal a word and ''visual poem'' is too mushy a phrase to describe Of Time and the City, a short, beautiful, characteristically sublime memory piece by the great British auteur Terence Davies.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's piercing sadness, and fury, too, in this Everyman's isolation, and Cantet is singularly skilled at evoking the universal condition of such tragic ordinariness.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Footnote is itself a perfect little piece of Talmud, full of text, commentary, and colorful argument.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's also one of the great movies of the year - an ambitious, challenging, and creatively hot-blooded but cool toned project that picks seriously at knotty ideas about American personality, success, rootlessness, master-disciple dynamics, and father-son mutually assured destruction.
    • 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 .
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Stunning, unsettling, beautifully written drama.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    If you see only one comic love story from Kazakhstan this year, choose this prize-winning honey.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This stunning movie -- one of the very best of the year -- makes a much read American classic feel new and freshly devastating.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The very opposite of a storybook romance, and also the very model of a great comedy for our values-driven time.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Bestows generous blessings on all that's good in Englishness, in moviedom, and, of course, in cheese.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    No one charts the wilds of childhood more precisely than the Dardennes.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Beautifully led by birdlike Sylvie Testud as an ailing young woman in a wheelchair, every character (pilgrim and helper alike) exhibits a soul. And shaped with confident talent by the Austrian filmmaker, every serenely composed shot matters.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Stunning and compassionate period drama.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Hersonski quietly and insistently unravels reality from "reality"; her commitment to archival authenticity is its own tribute to those no longer able to testify.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This is one of the year's best. To paraphrase the Wild Thing named KW, I could eat it up, I love it so.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The power of this great movie -- part comedy, part tragedy, part satire, mostly masterpiece -- is in the details.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In this typically exquisite, nuanced, memory-infused work from master British filmmaker Terence Davies, we believe every minute of the torment of Hester (Rachel Weisz).
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Facing a diagnosis of Alzheimer's, the older woman enrolls in a poetry class, desperate to find the words to describe beauty before language fails her. She does even better: She herself becomes a kind of poem about what it means to really see the world.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Circles the heart of noisy, modern Tehran with an informal, documentary-like freedom that is thrilling in its naturalism.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This enveloping dream of an epic narrative experiment comes from the great Chilean-born, France-based filmmaker Raúl Ruiz (Time Regained).
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Mr. Lazarescu is that rich and riveting a film of universal small human moments and big-system failure.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The result: This great work of art has the potential to change the world.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The gorgeous music includes Ralph Vaughan Williams' wafting tone poem ''The Lark Ascending'' -- apt in describing an artist who might well be part bird.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Achieves its exquisite tension--deepening beautifully from a "Death in Venice" setup to an imaginative meditation, on art and life, of uncommon sensitivity.

Top Trailers