Lisa Schwarzbaum

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For 1,919 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Babe
Lowest review score: 0 The King and I
Score distribution:
1919 movie reviews
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's young-Hollywood-driven business as usual in this derivative, nasty, and ultimately empty drama.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The mangy joke in the defiantly homemade documentary 95 Miles to Go is that Ray Romano on a business trip is no different from any other schmo, minus the autograph signing.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    If your allergy to comedies bred from British style mugging crossed with Disney style prancing has, like mine, flared up in recent years, this hybrid from writer director Joel Hershman (''Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me'') will make you wheeze.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's a gussied-up sorority-of-rising-stars project produced, I fantasize, by baby-boomer studio guys whose younger spouses articulately defend a woman's right to stay home and raise the kids.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 16 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie wants so badly to be mentioned in the same breath as "Heathers" or "Election" that it's not even funny. Really, I mean it, this charred-black comedy is not even funny.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This inauthentic teen tale, with its cosmetically softened edges, serves neither the young people nor the Mendes fans for whom it might be intended.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    So let's hear it for the giant wig of Pre-Raphaelite gray corkscrews planted on the noggin of Jane Fonda as a glamorous hippie grandma. The hairdo meets its match in the dull Ann Taylor togs encasing Catherine Keener: That's how you know Granny's daughter is an uptight lawyer.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 16 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Firewall is a witless entertainment, and a derivative one, too; it's everything listless about Hollywood in February, everything discardable about the genre in general.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    No worse than any disease-of-the-week TV movie, and no more moralistic than any Lifetime drama. But it's no better, either, and it ought to be.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The scenery (prettily captured by There Will Be Blood cinematographer Robert Elswit) is littered with heavy symbolism (fire! rain! dead birds!); the performances are merely heavy.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The only metatwist missing in the twittering self-regard of this indulgent home movie is the participation of a documentary video crew -- ideally helmed by some TV exec's USC-grad son -- shooting the filmmakers shooting the play within the play.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A film not even a star as foxed and foxy as Johnny Depp himself could save.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A sodden drama of filial conflict that dares the audience to confuse the characters with the players. P.T. Barnum couldn't have come up with a better hook, but he would have rewarded his suckers with more ''On Golden Pond'' entertainment bang for their buck.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Killing looks ridiculously easy in this dispensable exploitation picture, directed for maximum impact of head-cracking pain by ad-trained Irish director Gary McKendry in his first feature.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's a tragedy, really: According to the hapless team who made the movie, Our Paige is a relatively interesting young liberal who knows her own mind before the accident and a rather tedious, girlish conservative who fusses about keeping her hair smooth afterwards.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    WDIGMT? serves up speeches about trust and fidelity and rolling with the punches and blah blah blah. But it does so with so little energy that the actors might as well be saying the words blah blah blah.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Lowest-common-denominator humor.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    As for the splendid Spaniard Javier Bardem, now knocking socks off in "No Country for Old Men," his lot is worst of all. He's miscast as the romantic Florentino.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Features the dullest, least lifelike collection of pals this side of "Eyes Wide Shut."
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 42 Metascore
    • 0 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A half hour in and still, the plot, tone, and setting are incomprehensible.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    An immediately forgettable action pic directed with a blowtorch by Lee Tamahori.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Director Stephen Herek (Mr. Holland's Opus) and screenwriter Tom Schulman (Dead Poets Society) offer no clues, no challenges, nothing to provoke the smallest bubble of curiosity in an audience that waits 40 minutes only to realize Oh, I get it, this isn't going to be Eddie Murphy Funny!
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Stumbling adaptation of a Sam Shepard play about men, horses, chance, and lies.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 16 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Becomes yet another lame sports farce.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A failing-grade comedy about the wishful triumph of high school dorks over high school bullies.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Nightwatch is a horror for reasons that have nothing to do with suspenseful moviemaking.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Garish, squeal-pitched preteen comedy.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This toothless thriller...feels like a strained reworking of ''The Fugitive.''
    • 40 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    As a shameless contraption of ridiculously sad things befalling attractive people, the engorged romantic tragedy Remember Me stands tall between those towering monuments to teen-oriented cinematic misery, Love Story and Twilight.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Pushes and pushes and pushes the emotional throttle without respite.

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