Lisa Schwarzbaum
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For 1,906 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 9.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Lowest review score: 0 88 Minutes
Score distribution:
1,906 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The third starring the totally captivating cool cucumber Daniel Craig as Agent 007 - is both an elegy and a mission statement. It's also a great, long-lasting jolt of pleasure.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Rees presents this vivid, hidden culture with raw honesty.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Loosely based on real events, this harrowing, superbly made drama by fast-rising filmmaker Gerardo Naranjo (I'm Gonna Explode) is Mexico's 2012 submission for Best Foreign Language Film - rightfully so.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The result, in Pina, is...wow.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Footnote is itself a perfect little piece of Talmud, full of text, commentary, and colorful argument.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    No one charts the wilds of childhood more precisely than the Dardennes.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This is a great film, and a triumph of creativity and courage over repression.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Flight opens with one of the most harrowing in-flight-disaster depictions of all time.
    • 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
    An exhilarating puzzle, one of the grand cinematic eruptions of the year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    One of the year's most original and emotionally profound movies masquerades as the tiny story of a young couple who take a backpacking trip in the Caucasus Mountains the summer before their wedding.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    No
    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.