Lisa Schwarzbaum

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For 1,913 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 7.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Topsy-Turvy
Lowest review score: 0 Bigger Than the Sky
Score distribution:
1913 movie reviews
    • 40 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's no enjoyably outlandish hiss to this variation on the formula, and no Ice Cube or Owen Wilson, either. This time, a ship of capitalist fools (and no movie stars, unless you count utility player Morris Chestnut as a headliner) steams along the river in Borneo.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Self-righteous and smug in its use of heartland stereotypes, the movie backfires by assuming that its intended liberal audience is just as intolerant and condescending as the conservative opposition insists it is.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 16 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's something about Holly: She's the most ridiculous, irritating, two-dimensional rom-com heroine since...Katherine Heigl's last rom-com.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Washington is wasted here. Kelly Lynch is wooden. Crowe has a ball going over the top, but how much taunting and eyeball popping can a performer do?
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A parent-and-kid-oriented comedy about the adventures of men doing the hard work of mommies, which couldn't be more timely -- or less delightful.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    FYI, there's zero chemistry between P.S. I Love You's two commodified headliners. P.S.: The plus in the harsh grade goes solely to the divine Lisa Kudrow, delivering desperately needed laughs as the twitchy widow's husband-hunting best friend.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Perelman pays such cooing attention to surfaces that our response to violence carries no more importance than our response to the delicate jewelry around the adult Diana's neck.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Robin Williams (yes, I'm afraid so) plays a kind of Manhattan-based Fagin with a touch of Midnight Cowboy to his wardrobe. And ants will play havoc in any cynic's pants as this loopy, goopy fairy tale about a kid looking for his parents oozes to its predictable finish.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The second insurmountable problem is the difference between Parker's performance as a fortysomething banker, wife, and mother musing (in voice-over) at her computer and her previous performance as a single, thirtysomething girl-about-town in "Sex and the City": There is none. I don't know why she does it.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 16 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Maybe the worst thing that can happen is that every other movie at the multiplex will be sold out this weekend.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Each man's shtick swells into a frenzy of overacting.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Terminally muddled crime drama.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    An unintentionally ludicrous drama of repentance.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Plays out like a variation on an old design dictum: If you can't make it good, make it big.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Old Holden would call the whole movie phony, and I agree, if you want to know the truth.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 16 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Witless, insultingly derivative, muddy-looking, and edited in the hammering epileptic style that marks so many films produced, as this one is, by Michael Bay.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Soul-sucking romantic comedy.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The title Addicted to Fame hints that Giancola knows enough to count himself among the hooked. But the crappiness of this documentary about a crappy parody of a crappy B movie suggests that he hasn't kicked the habit.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Stripped of the pleasures of terror, flattened of grandeur (with a tacked-on coda that fairly groans with storytelling defeat), the movie sinks from the weight of its own heavyhandedness.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A mess -- all high concept, stranded performances, and no laughs.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Eventually, the senses jam and a mental lube job is in order.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Just because A Walk to Remember is shrewd enough to activate girlish tear ducts doesn't mean it's good enough for our girls. They're willing to buy tickets; why not honor their wits as well as their wallets?
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Director Peter O'Fallon fires his biggest gun: a blast of Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus, truly heavenly music wasted on a handful of dust.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 16 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Under the direction of Entourage's Mark Mylod, the movie not only makes cheap sex jokes but looks skanky, too. Lighting, camerawork, and editing are all a slapdash mess, one that further hinders the actors trying their best to get through this failed hookup of a comedy.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 16 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's a toss-up as to what's the worse sin in this graceless piece of tragedy porn.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Another depressingly empty action thriller.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    What Emily doesn't do, though -- what this slow-moving, sour, sloppily assembled teen drama doesn't allow her to do -- is make her predicament of any emotional interest.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Neither grand enough to be impressive nor antic enough to be charming, the movie settles for bland and frantic, climaxing in a showdown among decadent pyramid builders. How bad are these guys? They're sadists...and, wink wink, sissies.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 0 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    How you feel about Valentine's Day may depend on how you feel when someone really, really cute -- and someone you're really, really fond of -- gives you a nasty box of cheap chocolate on Valentine's Day, picked up at the corner Rite Aid and delivered with the price tag still attached.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Just coarse, clunky, jerry rigged, and -- worst of all -- not funny.

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