For 1,905 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 9.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Rosetta
Lowest review score: 0 Gummo
Score distribution:
1,905 movie reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Utterly riveting fictional drama.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A disturbingly avid re-creation of the last six weeks in the life and slow, self-imposed wasting of Irish hunger striker Bobby Sands.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A movie at once understated and radical, deceptively unremarkable in presentation and ballsy in its earnestness. Don't let the star's overly familiar squint fool you: This is subtle, perceptive stuff.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's probably the impresario's best-made movie yet, his most joyful, and his most moving.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A curious case indeed: an extravagantly ambitious movie that's easy to admire but a challenge to love.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Helen Mirren's allure lies not in finding what's regal in every woman she plays, but in finding what's womanly in every royal.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A blithe charmer balanced somewhere between a life-should-be-so-neat fairy tale and a life's-a-real-bitch tragicomedy, leaves political debate at the ticket counter and focuses solely on what it's like for Juno MacGuff to be Juno MacGuff.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    But the story is, still and all, only a pause, deferring an intensely anticipated conclusion. And it's in that exquisite place of action and waiting that this elegantly balanced production emerges as a model adaptation.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A gaudy, daring, operatic, and bloody funny provocation of a melodrama from Park Chan-wook.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Pulling the bandage of sentiment cleanly away from oozing concepts like ''heroism'' and ''our nation's war on terror'' in the aftermath of recent wounds, here's a drama about the most politically charged crisis of our time that grants the dignity of autonomy to every soul involved.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    What matters for today's hero is the good fight, and Gladiator KOs us with a doozy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Bong Joon-ho's wildly entertaining saga should become the hip, thinking-person's monster movie of choice.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Anna's thoughts matter because, as played by the wonderfully nuanced newcomer Alycia Delmore, the no-bull responses of this perceptive woman are a key to Humpday's sly, wised-up feminist outlook.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Under the direction of "Bend It Like Beckham's" Gurinder Chadha, this festively busy and exuberantly multicultural charmer is its own intriguingly postmodern creation.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Up and Down captures Prague life with a fervor that's comical but a longing that's serious; no one is easy to pigeonhole.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    But while this piquant, tapas-like movie (a 2003 film- festival favorite only now being released) asserts that landscape is a kind of destiny from which one cannot escape, Sorin takes delighted, serious interest in how far a person can advance psychologically, even if all roads lead back to a home at the end of the world.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This sincere, delicate, and intrinsically religious comedy may also become that most unexpected of blessings - Danny Boyle's first family classic.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A realistic drama that looks and feels as inevitably true and moving as a good documentary.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The blessings of salvation have rarely felt so mixed, the parameters of Lolita-hood so elusive - which is exactly Martel's specialty.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    We do live in a fraught world of interconnections, Bier makes clear, and what happens far away matters, in unexpected ways, close to home.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Gripping, highly original.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The worldview, the sense of childlike fun shaded with adult melancholy, and the joyful, serene attention to visual oddity and wordless beauty could only be made in Japan. And, specifically, made by Hayao Miyazaki.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A film of uncommon originality.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Funny, ungirdled romp - a buddy picture about buddies who actually know what women want.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There are many places a visitor may go astray in 2046 -- places where the filmmaker appears to be a bit at loose ends too. Still, Wong's invitation -- ''Let's get lost'' -- is irresistible.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A mesmerizing work of disturbing power and unease.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie is smart, serious, and adult about something that matters, but not at the expense of a kind of awful, sensual revelry as le Carré's capacious plot hurtles to its big finish.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Wilkinson once again astonishes with his ability to convey weakness and strength, hypocrisy and gallantry, cruelty and compassion in the same male animal.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This dazzling reverie of a kids-and-adults movie, an unusual collaboration between lord-of-the-cult multimedia artist Dave McKean and king-of-the-comics Neil Gaiman (The Sandman), has something to astonish everyone.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In hovering, The Squid and the Whale becomes its own realistic display of family entropy, as cautionary as it is educational.