Lisa Schwarzbaum
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For 1,909 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 Mother
Lowest review score: 0 Saving Silverman
Score distribution:
1,909 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Darkly funny, twisty-cool existential tragicomedy, loaded with smart notions and filmed like a surrealist dream.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    What matters for today's hero is the good fight, and Gladiator KOs us with a doozy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A superior lyrical ragamuffin Irish drama.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A rich, dark, pulpy mess of entanglements that fulfills all the requirements of the genre, and is told with an ease and gusto that make the pulp tasty.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A jolting, artfully made drama set in and around a suburban playground somewhere between "American Beauty" and "In the Bedroom" on America's psychic highway.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's all very French, very intricate, and -- this is Rivette's magic -- seemingly as light as air.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Young Adult bumps along with nasty swerves, middle finger proudly in the air, toward an ending blessedly free of anything warm, fuzzy, or optimistic. Now that's adult entertainment.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Superb psychological thriller.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Another 3-D animated kid movie demonstrates that cartoon storytelling pitched to young people is the last, best refuge of sprightly filmmaking this hard, hot summer.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The crowd-pleasing comic Euro-drama The Concert is, at its musical center, as full of ripe emotion as Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major. It's also as darkly funny as a Slavic farce, a composition of sweet cacophony.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    What's most amazing in The Amazing Spider-Man turns out to be not the shared sensations of blockbuster wow! the picture elicits, but rather the shared satisfactions of intimate awww.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A warm embrace of tradition and boisterous, ethnographically rich local culture.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    With exemplary use of archival footage, director Asif Kapadia expertly contrasts episodes of adrenaline-rush speed with moments of reflective slow motion to capture the addictive thrill and danger of the sport, as well as the personal values of the humble, spiritual sportsman.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Utterly riveting fictional drama.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Nothing in this enjoyably twisty, cool/ hot, genre-grafting Italian psychological thriller by Giuseppe Capotondi is what it seems. And the more you try to solve the narrative puzzle, the more you may want to watch it again - or at least argue about what's real.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    But the notable accomplishment of actress-writer Kasi Lemmons ("The Silence of the Lambs") in her feature directorial debut is in creating a landscape quite beautiful and entirely her own -- a fluid, feminine, African-American, Southern gothic narrative that covers a tremendous amount of emotional territory with the lightest and most graceful of steps.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Riveting family portrait.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 also bravely faces the future, slipping with expert ease among the thrilling mass of complications (and complicated set pieces) that Rowling throws fans in the final sprint, then guiding the faithful to the fate that awaits everyone in this world, the moment called The End.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A realistic drama that looks and feels as inevitably true and moving as a good documentary.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Here, love and attraction between two teenage girls put them on a collision course with Tehran society in general and one girl's troubled, increasingly religious brother in particular.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    British filmmaker Andrew Haigh's background in editing (from Gladiator to Mister Lonely) is evident in the casual beauty of moments that only appear "found," giving Weekend an engrossing documentary feel.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's a bravura recklessness to Beautiful People that perfectly fits its subject.
    • 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.

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