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

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Le Havre
Lowest review score: 0 Old Dogs
Score distribution:
1,907 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Amir Bar-Lev's engrossing film is as much about the stubborn ambiguities of art, truth, meaning, and relationships as it is about the authenticity of the Olmstead oeuvre.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's a kind of tough beauty to this deft, satisfying thriller.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Which brings us back to Kidman, who really IS sensational here.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Where "No End" is cool and measured, Taxi is hot, anguished, and sometimes as difficult to watch as pictures of torture ought to be.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Without doing anything so divisive as taking sides, The Counterfeiters pays sympathetic attention to those who play their cards to win even when the rules are terrible, not least because the remarkable Markovics, an Austrian TV actor with a pugnacious anvil of a head, is so riveting as an unsaintly survivor.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    If I ran the circus, the gang that made the sturdy, witty, inventively animated Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! would get first dibs on any future movie productions of the Theodor Seuss Geisel canon.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's a thin line between 20th-century Nazism and 21st-century corporate culture in Heartbeat Detector, Nicolas Klotz's rewardingly chilly psychological thriller.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The rare footage of '50s and '60s L.A. alone is a treasure; the City of Angels has rarely looked so hip. Bonus: cool music from the likes of Charles Mingus and the Velvet Underground.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Juliette Binoche is outstanding as a wildly untogether single mother who parks her son with a French-speaking Chinese nanny while she whirls and worries.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    They also make joyful music, communicated, both by the singers and their playful, sensitive documentarian, with an authority that quite knocks off socks.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Doug Pray's cool documentary about 85-year-old Dr. Dorian Paskowitz, his wife, and their eight sons and one daughter is about surfing insofar as surfing is the family's shared passion.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Reprise is kissed with the breath of French New Wave sensibility, sweet with verve and a love of forward movement. The mood of joy in the midst of youthful pain is enhanced by the freshness of the first-time lead actors.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This is a dark story as well as a frothy one. But the bubble of absurdist self-absorption in which Menzel places this specimen of man-child is exquisite.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    So much goes down on Nick and Norah's one enchanted evening that the best advice is to enjoy the ride -- the actual ride -- around this vibrant new New York.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The London universe Leigh creates (employing his trademark improv techniques to unite his ensemble, many of whom make their film debuts) isn't so much a reality as a hope, and an invitation to find joy and grace in everyday moments.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A reality-twisting cousin to "Being John Malkovich" -- showcases a Van Damme who's sly like a fox about his own image.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Bolt breaks no great new stylistic ground -- and yet it's a sturdy beaut.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The great Polish director Andrzej Wajda musters the power of classical filmmaking and personal emotional investment to dramatize a stunning atrocity long covered up.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Known for distinctive horror movies like "Cure" and "Pulse," inventive Japanese filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa finds just the right melancholy tone to suit a new and all too familiar kind of horror: economic downsizing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Surges with an energy and visual verve that improve the play and enhance the themes of dramatist Peter Morgan's script.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The superb character actor Celia Weston (In the Bedroom) is truly breathtaking as Ronnie's boozer mom.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Film music by Nino Rota provides a Fellini overlay.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This super-duper deluxe nature documentary clearly aims to recruit young viewers as conservationists.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    You need know nothing about Italian politics to completely enjoy the fantastical, Fellini-fied, tragi-comic, biographical fun-for-all Il Divo.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Using the droll, wise stories of Etgar Keret as her guide, Israeli filmmaker Tatia Rosenthal concocts an artful film that expresses deep thoughts, lightly.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A stunning study of one desperate woman's conscience.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Amreeka is strategically inviting and carefully mild even when making unsubtle points about Palestinian suffering and American insensitivity.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A cheeky, great-looking, thoughtfully loopy creature feature about the lure and dangers of cutting-edge gene splicing.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The whole cast is museum quality, and the ''music'' performances are pitch-perfect in their dissonance.

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