Lisa Schwarzbaum
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For 1,909 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Oslo, August 31st
Lowest review score: 0 Old Dogs
Score distribution:
1,909 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In that rare moment, the movie relaxes its rictus of pain and actually dares to feel good. Moments like these aren't just a negotiation between all and nothing -- they're everything that allows us to care about even those characters who only slouch and shriek ''F -- - orfff!''
    • 44 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There is pleasure in giving oneself up to the gusty swirls of the film's imagery, and especially to the handsome grandeur of its star.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Pirate Radio is, in the end, about as rock-revolutionary as a tea break. But the choppy production floats on a great soundtrack (the real pirates are the Rolling Stones) and is buoyed by an inviting cast.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Director Costa-Gavras packs a whole lotta hectoring into this high-strung morality play about the broadcast media's culpability in the escalation of human drama into camera-ready Greek tragedy.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Isn't exactly good - like "Legally Blonde 2," it's a more exaggerated, less buoyant sequel to what should have been a one-off comedy - but it's enjoyable.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Somewhere in this broody ''Twilight Zone''-ish story about magical thinking (and the lure, to filmmakers, of garish casino culture) is a provocative and maybe even shocking thought on the Holocaust as a crapshoot.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    And so by the time the pair admire the Grand Canyon and, Due Date has lost its way, relying on its leading men to lead by charisma alone, even though their characters have nowhere interesting to go besides the happily-ever-after of dull, responsible male maturity.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Grant is game for a new level of meta-ha-ha, joke's-on-me in Music and Lyrics. But with Drew Barrymore as his costar, this bland, light romantic comedy insists on keeping the commentary as disposable as one of the '80s gumball tunes Grant used to swivel to as Alex Fletcher, a washed-up '80s pop star.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There are instances when the filmmaker tries for Western iconography and settles for ''Full Monty'' ingratiation.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    For all its wispy fun, Small Time Crooks still tilts, with little-guy stubbornness, at windmills in Allen's mind.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Even though they're now college dudes, fulfillment for fellas is still predicated on copping a feel and downing a brewski.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The plot and script sag like worn out chew toys just when Cats & Dogs should be in full squeak.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's no myth: All play and no work makes Jackman, as Leopold, a doll of a boyfriend.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    I don't know that Where the Money Is would work at all were it not for what we, the audience, bring into the theater.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Every instance of gleeful bad taste is timed and positioned for maximum, liberating laugh value.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Steve Zahn makes full use of the many varieties of hyper in his acting arsenal, while Timothy Olyphant has a heckuva good time telegraphing macho mania.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    You're set up for when director Richard Donner -- who worked with Gibson on all three audience-pleasing Weapons -- switches the movie from a really interesting, jittery, literate, and witty tone poem about justified contemporary paranoia (and the creatively unhinged dark side of New York City) to an overloaded, meandering iteration of a Lethal Weapon project that bears the not-so-secret stamp of audience testing and tinkering.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The Naked Gun writing team and actor-turned-director Hart Bochner do unto the stereotype of inner-city high schools what needs to be done to stereotyped inner-city high schools -- parody them silly -- in this high-flying, low-comedy production.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Only when you look closer do you realize that While You Were Sleeping exhibits precious few genuine feelings. It's a movie cranked out by machine, about supposedly delightfully idiosyncratic characters who only do what they do because the highly structured plot requires it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A comedy of '90s sexual inclusiveness as effervescent as a cold sody pop -- and about as intoxicating.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's the parental mush about trusting one's kid to make her own discoveries and blah blah blah (spoken in a Sandlerized version of a Dracula voice) that drains the movie of blood. What's left are platitudes, and Sandler singing a novelty song in a Transylvanian-accented falsetto.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    David Schwimmer directs this smarmy Hot Topic drama with empathy for the craft of acting but less interest in the craft of making a movie move.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Tentle, dreamy animated sci-fi tale.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In a movie like this one, a little madness is its own Holy Grail.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Heavy on mood and murk.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Windtalkers blows this way and that, but there's no mistaking the filmmaker in the tall grass, true to himself.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The importance of faith, church, kin, staying off drugs, sharing food, repenting from sin, forgiving sinners, appreciating a good black man, rejecting a bad one, and honoring black matriarchy is enumerated with typical, reassuring Perry broadness.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Of course, there's still the Williams schmaltz factor.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Allen's canniest hire of all is Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays a bratty, destructive young star, juicing the proceedings with a power surge that subsides as soon as he exits.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    While we can admire their attractive exteriors, we don't know anything about the interior lives of the three women so vibrantly miserable in their unhappiness.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The Science of Sleep is like a weird dream that tugs at the memory throughout the day with its intriguing, misshapen pieces.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Concentrate instead on the delightful performances. A thespian shoutout goes to Reynolds (his hair bleached bright yellow for the gig) for his jaunty way with a cape, tights, and the hands-on-hip poses of superherodom.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The sum is no greater than the ''Fame''-style saga of any one of them, and Graff, an actor and screenwriter making his directing debut, is less successful at developing each story than at conveying his general affection for the curtain-call species.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Toni Collette gives it the old "Little Miss Sunshine" try in The Black Balloon as an edge-of-kooky, very pregnant mama presiding over a chaotic household.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Anxiety-provoking documentary.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Robert Downey Jr. is great in a role no one less magnetically reckless would dare approach.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Propelled by ferocious sex, nasty violence, and coy interludes of traditional Turkish love songs.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In their way, Mirabelle and Ray are the deracinated West Coast equivalents of a Woody Allen couple.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Director Scott Elliott, in his feature-film debut, is especially perceptive about what goes on at the edges during deepening family crises, literally at the borders of the screen.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A cute premise that, upon closer inspection, rings falser rather than truer. It's pretty good, but not nearly as good as Brooks gets.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's as agreeably sweet as advertised, with a particularly yummy performance by Juliette Binoche.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    French director Jean-Jacques Annaud, who brought his interest in self-discovery and untamed places to Quest for Fire, The Lover, and the IMAX 3-D film Wings of Courage, is at his best re-creating the serene exoticism of the Dalai Lama's Tibet. But the spark of the holy that the Dalai Lama lights in Harrer flickers only fitfully in all the wind in this production.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Between bouts of decisive action, the characters mill around the French countryside (in lovely costumes, to be sure, by Jenny Beavan) as if unsure of which sexual stereotype to bust next.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Despite the best of intentions, an actress who makes her own headlines gets in the way of the big picture.

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