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 9.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Toy Story 2
Lowest review score: 0 Valentine's Day
Score distribution:
1,907 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Mitchell directs and stars in the riotous, loving, and only occasionally pathos-milking film adaptation of his own acclaimed Off Broadway play, with great up-your-ante music and lyrics by Stephen Trask.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A quietly dazzling microcosm that's always just this side of eerie, just that side of tragic.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Goes where all too few films dare to venture these days -- into the heart of moral darkness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Bean's commitment to serious theological examination is exciting, Gosling's performance is riveting, and this fiery and imperfect feature shines as a demonstration of independent filmmaking at its most uncompromising.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Lathan, charismatic and beautifully strong, holds the screen in every scene.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Minghella makes an enticing, intelligent, well-shaped picture about the extreme perils of class envy and sexual panic.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There aren't many at all like Spielberg and Kubrick, directors willing to lasso dreams (that's Steven) and nightmares (that's Stanley) or die trying. A.I. is a clash of the titans, a jumble, an oedipal drama, a carny act. I want to see it again.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    What matters for today's hero is the good fight, and Gladiator KOs us with a doozy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Noyce's movie works because the director -- trusts himself, and his audience, to understand that catastrophe isn't always a matter of loud ideology. Rather, it's the result of age-old human weakness. And sometimes it's quiet.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Expertly sinister, office-as-devil's-playground French thriller.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Emotional presence and a sophisticated understanding of commitment-phobia (as something other than a comedic punchline or an excuse for sex scenes) distinguishes this intense, contained drama, as does the unforced, sensual, and sensitive cinematography of Uta Briesewitz.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's ''Moskowitz's March,'' really -- and it ends in stirring victory
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Superb psychological thriller.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Nothing I've read about Iraq or seen on TV in the past few weeks has felt nearly as real and intimate as this commanding fiction.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Grant is the rare actor who can mix the characteristics of sex appeal and ambivalence in believable, rather than irritating, proportions.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Turns out to be the funniest, most risk-taking, most incisive movie of the summer.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Thrilling little epic set in the bewildering arena of the English language.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Serendipity has no business working, but it does. And by the way, Eugene Levy has no business almost stealing the show, but he does, too.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A fast, loose, and very funny parody that pulls off the not-so-simple feat of tweaking Trekkies and honoring them.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The notion of meta has never been diddled more mega than in this giddy Möbius strip of a movie, a contrivance so whizzy and clever that even when it tangles at the end, murked like swampy southwestern Florida itself, the stumble has quotation marks around it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Everything is vast and hugely ambitious in Martin Scorsese's magisterial, scrambled historical epic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Haunting and hopeful.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A funny, shrewd, no-bull family comedy about the relationship between mothers and teenage daughters that allows Curtis the comedian to remember her days as a slinky starlet while making use of her wisdom as the mother of an adolescent girl herself.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Realer and more consequential than much being packaged for TV and movies these days as ''reality,'' the fictional In This World unfolds with the deceptive dispassion of a documentary, but builds with a sure sense of dramatic epic.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This funny, gory stab-athon is as sophisticated about the mechanics of Part 2s as the original was savvy about horror flicks.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A story in full billow; it sails through stretches of bloody battle, anxious waiting, wine-soaked relaxation, and marvelous scientific discoveries by the remarkable Maturin (Paul Bettany, well matched again with his ''A Beautiful Mind'' costar).
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    If ''Finding Nemo'' is an awesome Pixar superpower, The Triplets of Belleville is a charming, idiosyncratic, self-governing duchy with huge tourism potential on the other side of the animated-movie planet.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Ah, monsieur, you can lead a Frenchman to the Big Apple, but you can't make him a New Yorker -- and that's exactly what makes The Professional so fascinating.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    That the story is so oldfashioned and domestic and the family so average and secular is, in its way, the wind beneath this Broken Wings.

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