Lisa Schwarzbaum
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For 1,907 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 Days of Glory
Lowest review score: 0 Bigger Than the Sky
Score distribution:
1,907 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Waltz With Bashir has transcended the definitions of ''cartoon'' or ''war documentary'' to be classified as its own brilliant invention.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This thrilling stop-motion animated adventure is a high point in Selick's career of creating handcrafted wonderlands of beauty blended with deep, disconcerting creepiness.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Up
    A lovely, thoughtful, and yes, uplifting adventure.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    If you see only one comic love story from Kazakhstan this year, choose this prize-winning honey.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Brims with life and loveliness even as it meditates on the loss of childhood.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Madly original, cheekily political, altogether exciting District 9.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The result is an intense, action-driven war pic, a muscular, efficient standout that simultaneously conveys the feeling of combat from within as well as what it looks like on the ground.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Think of this witty, economically gory little tour de force as "28 Days Later" written by linguist Noam Chomsky.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Don't tell Walt Disney, but Hayao Miyazaki really holds the keys to the magic kingdom.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    What matters is that Tiana triumphs as both a girl and a frog, that dreams are fulfilled, wrongs are righted, love prevails, and music unites not only a princess and a frog but also kids and grown-ups.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Another must-see marvel of horror, comedy, and impeccable filmmaking by the Korean director Bong Joon-ho.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Yet another outstanding little movie in the exciting Romanian New Wave.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    One of the unshowiest and most true-blooded epics of Americana you're ever likely to see.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jaoui neatly, gently, firmly slips political commentary into Let It Rain's articulate mayhem.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It took writer-director Samuel ''Shmulik'' Maoz nearly 30 years to make this disturbing, visceral, personal film.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This warm, funny, sexy, smart movie erases the boundaries between specialized ''gay content'' and universal ''family content'' with such sneaky authority.
    • 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
    This is essential viewing for understanding our world.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A riveting and unexpectedly inspiring essay on the peace that comes from shared physical and mental concentration.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Tiny Furniture is proof, against steep odds, that there are no small stories, only small storytellers.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Damien Chazelle's extraordinary black-and-white retro dream of a feature debut.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The stunning, must-see drama Crash is proof that words have not lost the ability to shock in our anesthetized society.
    • 89 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
    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.

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