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 Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench
Lowest review score: 0 Love Stinks
Score distribution:
1,906 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Nothing I've read about Iraq or seen on TV in the past few weeks has felt nearly as real and intimate as this commanding fiction.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Murray, meanwhile, turns in a thrillingly knowing, unforced performance--an award-worthy high point in a career that continues, Max Fischer style, to defy the obvious at every turn.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    So superb, so graceful, so strong -- another beauty in this year of good documentaries -- that I do believe it will influence career choices, sending inspired viewers to study pedagogy, or cinematography.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This warm, funny, sexy, smart movie erases the boundaries between specialized ''gay content'' and universal ''family content'' with such sneaky authority.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This truly intimate film invites viewers to commune as well and feel a profound living connection with fellow humans of 30,000 years ago.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The uncoagulated anguish of parents mourning the death of a child has rarely been more powerfully depicted than in the collected vignettes of grief, rage, and retribution that make up the riveting domestic drama In the Bedroom.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It is their shared strength as a band of brothers humble before their Christian God - and indeed before the God of Islam - that may stir viewers to an awe that transcends skeptical opinions about religion or politics.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Ozon specializes in dissecting the vulnerability, erotic longing, and garbled intentions with which people regularly rub up against one another.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Like everything else in this superb work of art, ''Shrinking Lover'' is exquisitely Almodóvarian. It's funny, tender, a little shocking, and it pays homage to what we know about movies: that they can move us beyond words.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    What the activist drama "Fast Food Nation" does with talk and the aid of movie stars, Our Daily Bread, a riveting documentary by Austrian filmmaker Nikolaus Geyrhalter, does even better, with no voice-over and barely a word spoken by the unidentified workers involved in matter-of-fact killing and harvesting.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's also one of the great movies of the year - an ambitious, challenging, and creatively hot-blooded but cool toned project that picks seriously at knotty ideas about American personality, success, rootlessness, master-disciple dynamics, and father-son mutually assured destruction.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's a painterly translucence to this ''Springtime,'' and a mystery, too; each frame is as delicately poised and lit as a Vermeer portrait of a woman, beckoning but unknowable.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In the grim and empathetic lost-youth drama Sweet Sixteen, the director focuses on a few failed souls -- rather than excoriate the system that failed them -- to produce a story of particularly streamlined, eloquent despair.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The very title The Departed suggests a James Joycean take on Irish-Catholic sentiment when, of course, this story is anything but: It's Scorsesean, and he's in full bloom.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Don't tell Walt Disney, but Hayao Miyazaki really holds the keys to the magic kingdom.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This is essential viewing for understanding our world.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie is small, local, and idiosyncratic. Then again, it's also a thing of beauty and originality - and for that, sustained huzzahs are in order.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Juliette Binoche is outstanding as a wildly untogether single mother who parks her son with a French-speaking Chinese nanny while she whirls and worries.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Beautiful, compassionate, articulate domestic drama.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The result is a movie, and Cannes Palme d'Or winner, of riveting power and sadness, a great match of film and filmmaker -- and star, too.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The Savages is terrific -- a movie of uncommon appreciation for the nature and nurture that go into making us who we are, a perfectly calibrated drama both compassionate and unsentimental.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It took writer-director Samuel ''Shmulik'' Maoz nearly 30 years to make this disturbing, visceral, personal film.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Although In the Mood for Love isn't in the mood for action, it dazzles with everything but.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jafar Panahi's wonderfully funny, outspoken shaggy-dog story, a light counterweight to his sadder 2000 feminist drama "The Circle."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The very opposite of a storybook romance, and also the very model of a great comedy for our values-driven time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Afterward, you'll want to listen to the Beatles sing ''She's Leaving Home.'' It might be a girl like Jenny the lads had in mind.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Half Nelson offers an opportunity to marvel, once again, at the dazzling talent of Ryan Gosling for playing young men as believable as they are psychologically trip-wired.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Mezzogiorno (Love in the Time of Cholera) plays Dalser with the kind of fervent intensity once seen in silent films.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Dizzily rich, witty, and satisfying.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Riveting family portrait.