Lisa Schwarzbaum

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For 1,914 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 7.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Alien (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Saving Silverman
Score distribution:
1914 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's probably the impresario's best-made movie yet, his most joyful, and his most moving.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Superb, Oscar-nominated documentary.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A quietly dazzling microcosm that's always just this side of eerie, just that side of tragic.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Which brings us back to Kidman, who really IS sensational here.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Hugo both ticks and flies by, a marvel meant to be pulled from the cabinet and enjoyed again and again.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Duck Season unfolds with a slaphappy logic that only looks casual. In fact, every unfinished conversation and banal picture on the wall (one's of ducks) matters as four little people share one memorable little day.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    I mean no impertinence when I say that as a portrait of love and grief, writer-director Mike White's exceptional film Year of the Dog deserves the same admiration accorded Joan Didion's exceptional memoir "The Year of Magical Thinking."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Something marvelous happens as the filmmaker, in his first feature, expertly metes out small scenes of communication between people taught, for generations, to be wary of one another: This Band swings with the rhythms of hope.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The very title The Departed suggests a James Joycean take on Irish-Catholic sentiment when, of course, this story is anything but: It's Scorsesean, and he's in full bloom.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A mesmerizing work of disturbing power and unease.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Smith transfers an Iowa-based short story by Randy Russell to India's western Goa region -- and works in Hindi, primarily with novice actors. The result is a story both authentically specific and profoundly global.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Lives happily ever after because it's such a feisty but good natured embrace of the inner ogre in everyone.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Film music by Nino Rota provides a Fellini overlay.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This truly intimate film invites viewers to commune as well and feel a profound living connection with fellow humans of 30,000 years ago.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Traces the sport to its Polynesian beginnings, then zooms in on the genesis of 20th- century Southern California surf culture -- the boards, the bikinis, the laid-back cowabunga.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Lauren Ambrose is lovely as the girlfriend he's a fool to lose but seems intent on losing anyhow.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Mezzogiorno (Love in the Time of Cholera) plays Dalser with the kind of fervent intensity once seen in silent films.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The jazzish score, by Lee's music man, Terence Blanchard, is typically intrusive. But the mood is right, the twists are new. And with one casting inspiration, Inside Man furthers the rising stardom of Chiwetel Ejiofor (Serenity).
    • 52 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Janet McTeer displays Amazonian power while Jennifer Jason Leigh tears into her role as a high maintenance creature with a ferocity that leaves little room for her usual acting tics.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Real Steel is directed by "Night at the Museum's" Shawn Levy, who makes good use of his specialized skill in blending people and computer-made imaginary things into one lively, emotionally satisfying story.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Riveting true-life drama.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    I will salute the deftness and intelligence with which Goldfinger observes the reactions of the living to the revelations of the dead.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The nonprofessional cast of Bahman Ghobadi's remarkable, slow, rough edged feature reveals a simple, piercing grimness and determination framed by the gray, icy landscape of Iranian Kurdistan.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Stepping into sacred shoes once worn by Kevin Bacon, Wormald handily owns the role for a new audience. Same goes for a terrific Miles Teller (Rabbit Hole) in the sidekick role of Willard so memorably originated by the late Chris Penn.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Raquel's devotion to her employer is barbed with hatred, need, and an insecurity she manifests through constant tiny acts of sabotage that would be funny if they weren't also so chilling -- bordering on psychotic.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The tonal elegance of this black comedy set in a dark time -- is boldly dependent on performances that tug at taut lines of moral complexity.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    An 
unexpectedly revealing, disconcerting documentary that benefits from the filmmaker's unmediated approach, his home-movie-
quality visual style, and his controlled use of on-the-fly moments.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A pitiless yet elegiac Australian Western as caked with beauty as it is with blood.

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