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

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 The Limey
Lowest review score: 0 Love Stinks
Score distribution:
1,906 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Bleak, scathing, and utterly compelling.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This galvanizing cinematic work is also gorgeous, experimental, alive with a Scandinavian strain of chutzpah, and artistically elegant.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The clammy power of Young Adam lies as much in the frank, emotional nakedness the actors bring to their roles under Mackenzie's care as in the baroque hopelessness of the plot.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Superb family drama.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Hard to say who's luckier -- those who have seen the work of Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin before and know what to expect, or those who haven't and for whom The Saddest Music in the World serves as an eye-popping introduction.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    André Téchiné's beautifully ambiguous, exquisitely underplayed drama Strayed has less to do with the events and moral choices of the era that continue to shape French identity than with the timeless psychological effects of finding oneself unmoored from the familiar.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The vivid fictional specifics, and the simple loveliness of the artless performances by nonactor Mongolian nomads, attest to the filmmakers' abundant artistry.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There are no zombies out of ''28 Days Later'' to alleviate the slow creep of realistic doom in this chilly, tense corker.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Riveting true-life drama.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    As a sharky, gay TV journalist investigating the story, Tom Selleck charms by playing in contrast to his own determinedly hetero persona.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Although the talent of a kid with the last name of Culkin may not, at this point, register as such a novelty -- Rory follows brothers Macaulay and Kieran -- there is something precociously mature but natural about the work of this youngest Culkin sibling that stands apart.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Sky Captain is a gorgeous, funny, and welcome novelty.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Dazzling psychological cat-and-mouse drama.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Consider Primer a successful lab experiment with, as they might say in techie chat rooms, significant indie-cred applications, IMHO. Oh, and :-).
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    What blows us away is the power of Ifans' moist puppy eyes and chilling smile as a true believer undeterred by reality.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Kinsey is patient and educational and never (darn it) rude or shocking.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This is a movie that considers graphic violence with a refined taste for the sensuous: Guts spill, blood spurts, corpses stink, but there is a handsome, absurdist humanity to the way Jeunet (who wrote the script with Guillaume Laurant) maps out the crossroads of human carnage and human caring.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This patient, perceptive, nonjudgmental love story about age difference is the first to convincingly explain the temporal physics of May-December romances.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Her death was shocking; this well-made telling of her life is inspiring.
    • 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.