Lisa Schwarzbaum
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For 1,907 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 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Lowest review score: 0 Valentine's Day
Score distribution:
1,907 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Rohmer treasures the undervalued glories of discourse and the intimacy of conversation over the obviousness of action or sexual display.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie darts, dreams, and sometimes seems to dance. The great Plummer, meanwhile, creates an inspiring, fully rounded man in late bloom, and McGregor responds with a performance to match.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Campion's big-sisterly encouragement of Cornish's lovely, openhearted performance -- and Whishaw's well-matched response -- results in a character instantly, intimately recognizable to anyone remembering her own first love.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    You need know nothing about Italian politics to completely enjoy the fantastical, Fellini-fied, tragi-comic, biographical fun-for-all Il Divo.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The amazingly natural first-timer was discovered, in a gift of publicity-ready truth, while having an argument with her boyfriend at a train station.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    No
    The movie — the third in a trilogy of powerful political dramas from Larraín, including "Tony Manero" and "Post Mortem" — uses period detail, archival footage, and '80s-era technology to create an excellently authentic, bleached, crummy-looking document of a great democratic accomplishment.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The son is obsessive and petulant, punishing and self-pitying, and by the time he gets to a talk with his hurt old mother, we understand why.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In the very funny cop comedy Hot Fuzz, overachieving London police officer Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) commits a very British sin: He's too good.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Yet another outstanding little movie in the exciting Romanian New Wave.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The high-low setting effectively reinforces the emotional geography of both lost souls. Gillian Anderson makes a brief, well-placed appearance as one of the rich.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The third starring the totally captivating cool cucumber Daniel Craig as Agent 007 - is both an elegy and a mission statement. It's also a great, long-lasting jolt of pleasure.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This beautiful, terrible story is not easily forgotten.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Their love story was inevitably complicated. And so is the documentary Chris & Don: A Love Story -- not simply a love letter to love -- by Guido Santi and Tina Mascara.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    More than a million people have been displaced in central China in the cause of generating electrical power to meet the needs of the future; Jia's flowing river of a picture washes over a few of them as they adjust to life's currents in the present.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    ''Documentary'' is too impersonal a word and ''visual poem'' is too mushy a phrase to describe Of Time and the City, a short, beautiful, characteristically sublime memory piece by the great British auteur Terence Davies.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Stunning, unsettling, beautifully written drama.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The archival footage is so breathtaking, the reminiscences so piquant, that even a stranger to dance can't help but be swept up by this peek into such exquisite, now vanished glamour.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    One of the wonders of the holiday season.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The vivid fictional specifics, and the simple loveliness of the artless performances by nonactor Mongolian nomads, attest to the filmmakers' abundant artistry.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Madly original, cheekily political, altogether exciting District 9.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A film of wonderful looseness and innovation. Set free to film fakes, the director is the real thing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Fantasy leaks into reality.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Family nuttiness, football madness, romantic obsession, and certifiable mental illness coexist happily in Silver Linings Playbook - a crazy beaut of a comedy that brims with generosity and manages to circumvent predictability at every turn.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Powerful, passionate, and potentially revolution-inducing documentary.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The lyrical animation, with its meditative attention to nature, bears the unique stamp of Japan's Studio Ghibli, cofounded by the great ­"Spirited Away" animator Hayao Miyazaki.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A highly original Death in Venice-scented comedy drama written and directed with flair by British feature novice Richard Kwietniowski.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Superb, Oscar-nominated documentary.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A movie masterpiece...is Lars von Trier's ecstatic magnum opus on the themes of depression, cataclysm, and the way the world might end.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In watching the birds and the man with an affectionate, curious eye, the filmmaker builds a story of surprising emotional resonance.

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