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

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Batman Begins
Lowest review score: 0 Saving Silverman
Score distribution:
1,909 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A strange history lesson that leaves us more overlectured than properly overwhelmed.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The film is almost deliriously stylish, which helps mask the silliness. But the bellowing music, by John Adams, is infuriatingly intrusive -- which undoes the visual good.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jammed with banner-ready political rhetoric, and the relentlessness of the lectures is wearying. The plot, on the other hand, is a standard contraption built on enduring urban anxieties and involving a nasty hotel-room trade.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Everything is aces about this lineup's pedigree. But Devil never lets loose. It's a jazzy composition about sex, sleuthing, corruption, race, and cheap liquor that's a half step out of tune.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Lacks confidence in its own much bigger, potentially fascinating story -- an American tale of pageantry and history.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A historical drama as static as it is stately.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A disconcertingly jumpy tale of breathtakingly crummy parenting, the windblown movie dares a tolerant audience not to call Child Services.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Oldboy caused a love-it-or-hate-it stir at Cannes last year, and how could it not: It's an onslaught made to cause a sensation. Consider me simultaneously jolted and depressed.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    As a thriller, this 21 2-hour production takes a slow route between short bursts of excitement.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Glued tightly from page to screen, Sin City is so seduced by the visual possibilities of sin that style becomes its own vice.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Time, Kim Ki-Duk's pointed commentary on surfaces and consumer fads -- with particular meaning for plastic-surgery-obsessed South Korea -- is as tautly ''pretty'' and inexpressive as the results for those who compulsively seek cosmetic perfection.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The real soullessness here is built into the production, a polished adaptation of Hong Kong-style filmmaking that, with its cast of depressive characters, allows for little Hong Kong-style joy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Tthis isn't just any setup, is it: It's suds being sold as ethno-sensitive reality, a case of coveting thy neighbor's fiesta.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Any random episode of Law & Order would be more sophisticated than this heavy-handed, moralistic Southern-lawyer corn pone, directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The biggest surprise in Shame is how distanced, passionless, and merely skin-deep the director's attention is - how little he cares about the subject of his own movie.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The energy is sapped by clinging condescension in the guise of compassionate liberalism.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Only pretends to care about good people who sometimes do bad things. In fact, it hasn't got time for the pain.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    With Intolerable Cruelty, though, something scares me: I cannot detect a heartbeat of feeling, no matter how close I press a stethoscope against the star machinery of George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Technical elegance and fine performances mask the shallowness of a story as simpleminded as the '50s TV to which it condescends; certainly it's got none of the depth, poignance, and brilliance of "The Truman Show," the recent TV-is-stifling drama that immediately comes to mind.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Gentle Bingenheimer, who retreats from being ''figured out,'' is dubiously honored with unenlightened commentary by people hell-bent on doing so.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    More calculated than a Starbucks sampler CD, the picture could win the up-from-hardship award.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Really, I think we put up with Lars at all only because Gosling has such an affinity for the wounded boy birds he tends to play that it's easy to watch him do his thing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Ang Lee's bloody but dramatically anemic depiction of the American Civil War as fought by boys without uniforms.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Like a blue plate special at a theme diner, Sunshine State comes with a lot of overdone side dishes thrown on the table at the same time.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Shanley turns out to have dismayingly few original cinematic notions to back up the basic did-he-or-didn't-he hook in his study of conviction and compassion.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's as if, in exploring the scars that shape these personalities, Téchiné has forgotten to color in the flesh.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    True to his stolid, humanist instincts and characteristically stodgy directorial style, writer-director John Sayles creates a story more educational than engrossing.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Too often, Purple Butterfly is as impenetrable as Zhang's placid, obdurate beauty.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie is Drew Barrymore's directorial debut (she also plays fellow Hurl Scout Smashley Simpson), and it's clear she's more attuned to grrrlishness than real athletic power.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Neither star is sloppy, but both are loose and mellow -- a couple of pros who know they're the whole show.

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