Lisa Schwarzbaum

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For 1,917 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 7.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Face/Off
Lowest review score: 0 Hounddog
Score distribution:
1917 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    49 Up is a precious document, and must viewing.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Way ahead of its time 30 years ago, and just as stunning today, Killer of Sheep is one of those marvels of original moviemaking that keeps hope of artistic independence alive.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Topsy-Turvy reminds us that, in any age, creative expression is at once the most personal and most communal of enterprises.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The first great, mind-tickling treat of the new movie year.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Rees presents this vivid, hidden culture with raw honesty.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Sad, funny, sexy, and altogether marvelous.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The result, in Pina, is...wow.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Temperamentally in sync with her "Wendy and Lucy" director, Michelle Williams plays one of the toiling wives. And the actress, with her calm center, compresses the entire history of frontier wifeliness into the concentration with which she gathers firewood and loads a musket.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A triumph of psychological depth and artistic brilliance offered as the magical adventures of one skinny little girl.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Both the definition of ''my'' and the definition of ''Winnipeg'' become profoundly fluid in this exquisite ''docu-fantasia'' (Maddin's term), an entrancing riffle through the olde curiosity shoppe of the filmmaker's psyche.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Family nuttiness, football madness, romantic obsession, and certifiable mental illness coexist happily in Silver Linings Playbook - a crazy beaut of a comedy that brims with generosity and manages to circumvent predictability at every turn.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Alexander Payne's scathing, subtle, and complexly funny tragicomedy builds a perfect, off-kilter universe--it's a first cousin to "Rushmore."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Essential, unique viewing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    While never slow, the film feels quiet and spacious, like a prayer.
    • 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?
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Sophisticated, funny, and joyously subversive animated bug epic.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The stories are shocking, tender, sometimes funny, with a soap-opera abundance of plot. Always, the camera stares, respectfully neutral about ordinary people grappling — inconsistently, as men and women do — with the ordinary mysteries of being human. You’ll stare back, amazed it’s taken more than a decade to spread the word.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Naples-born Servillo is a national star, famed as a theater, opera, and film director as well as an actor. And he's got the face of a mensch (or a Madoff) -- which makes his embodiment of criminal banality all the more identifiable, as well as horrifying.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A gaily funny, shrewdly inventive satire.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's in all the moments where little happens that Reichardt is most amazing, investing even a gas-station pit stop with perfect emotional pitch.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A movie of uncommon sweetness and delight.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Don't let unpleasant personal dental associations stand in the way of seeing a luminous specimen of independent filmmaking.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    For bleakness, the movie can't be beat -- nor for brilliance.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Clint Eastwood's profound, magisterial, and gripping companion piece to his ambitious meditation on wartime image and reality, "Flags of Our Fathers."
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's also no romanticizing on the part of the director, who proceeds with calm, unshowy attentiveness (even in the midst of scenes of violence), creating a stunning portrait of an innately smart survivor for whom prison turns out to be a twisted opportunity for self-definition.

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