Lisa Schwarzbaum

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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 Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench
Lowest review score: 0 Gun Shy
Score distribution:
1914 movie reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Stunning, fully formed masterpiece.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The film, by seasoned cinematographer Dror Moreh, is a feat — of access and of passionate and appropriately unsettling political commentary.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    These 173 minutes don't drag, they waltz.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Definition eludes the delicate pleasures of this marvelous, idiosyncratic movie collage.
    • 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
    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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The setting is somewhere between a post-WWII Brigadoon and the environs of Marcel Carn classic "Children of Paradise," but the story is as timely as this morning's news from Europe.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jennifer Baichwal's gorgeous documentary Manufactured Landscapes amplifies the powerful work of Edward Burtynsky, a Canadian artist who specializes in large-scale photographs of terrain transformed by civilization into rivers and tides of industrial ugliness.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Trier's compassion for what it takes to survive, mixed with the love he bestows on Oslo, is rewardingly profound.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's a work of art that deserves a space cleared for its angry, nervous beauty.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's a lovely, original, Australian take on a climactic moment usually thought of as all American.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A confidently original, engrossing interpretation.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This is a great film, and a triumph of creativity and courage over repression.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Fierce, loving, and electric, this movie's got bite as well as bark.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The lightness with which Buñuel was able to insert the little jokes and knife stabs of surrealism he loved so much is, in fact, divine.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The title embraces the richness of Kechiche's beautiful film, which captures the rhythms of displacement and hardship, the bond of family meals, and even the daily routines of the magnificent women who are part of Slimane's life.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A film of wonderful looseness and innovation. Set free to film fakes, the director is the real thing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
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    The movie — the third in a trilogy of powerful political dramas from Larraín, including "Tony Manero" and "Post Mortem" — uses period detail, archival footage, and '80s-era technology to create an excellently authentic, bleached, crummy-looking document of a great democratic accomplishment.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    With the pitiless, devastating Fat Girl, Catherine Breillat puts men and women, boys and girls on notice: When fantasy, hypocrisy, and manipulation mix in a wet, sandy place, you dive into sex at your own risk.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie sparkles with witty self-awareness.
    • 81 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]
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A movie masterpiece...is Lars von Trier's ecstatic magnum opus on the themes of depression, cataclysm, and the way the world might end.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie is small, local, and idiosyncratic. Then again, it's also a thing of beauty and originality - and for that, sustained huzzahs are in order.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Affliction -- a beautiful bummer, a magnificent feel-bad movie -- is American filmmaking of a most rewarding order.

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