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 Pontypool
Lowest review score: 0 Hanging Up
Score distribution:
1,906 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Greggory anchors Gabrielle in manly bewilderment and rage, while Huppert claws the title character's way to self-awareness.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's a bravura recklessness to Beautiful People that perfectly fits its subject.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A movie of uncommon sweetness and delight.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Reprise is kissed with the breath of French New Wave sensibility, sweet with verve and a love of forward movement. The mood of joy in the midst of youthful pain is enhanced by the freshness of the first-time lead actors.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Tsai builds this shimmering story with deft, deadpan wit and a warm, understated love of the absurd, both in life and afterlife.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The wry filmmaker has created an urbane society of family and friends as ridiculously pretentious and hypocritical as they are cultured, accomplished, and posh.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Gravity-defying kung fu choreography.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This audaciously issues-loaded indie drama works, improbably and entirely, on account of the marvelous, often familiar-looking, rarely starring character actor Richard Jenkins and his perfect performance as a stodgy, widowed economics professor.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Another must-see marvel of horror, comedy, and impeccable filmmaking by the Korean director Bong Joon-ho.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    One of the great virtues of Disney's most elegant animated ''classic'' in years is how blessedly sermon-free this zippy, dignified retelling of Edgar Rice Burroughs' ripping 1914 yarn is.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The dramatic power, though, comes entirely from the eloquence of old people, shot in medium close-up, barely moving as they remember things.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Affliction -- a beautiful bummer, a magnificent feel-bad movie -- is American filmmaking of a most rewarding order.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Lee's bigger theme isn't God or survival, but the awesome adventure of making the imaginary visible, the adventure of making movies.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's all very French, very intricate, and -- this is Rivette's magic -- seemingly as light as air.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jennifer Baichwal's gorgeous documentary Manufactured Landscapes amplifies the powerful work of Edward Burtynsky, a Canadian artist who specializes in large-scale photographs of terrain transformed by civilization into rivers and tides of industrial ugliness.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Among Gosling's many star-making qualities is his nuanced mastery, since "The Believer," of a facial expression of infinitely adaptable, imperturbable, sustained calm that can read as chilling or ardent, hard or soft, as the role demands.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Excels at creating a keen, creepy sense of a civilization stopped dead in its tracks -- vaporized, almost, except for those disemboweled bodies left still undisposed.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This stunning movie -- one of the very best of the year -- makes a much read American classic feel new and freshly devastating.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Slow -- sometimes maddeningly, soporifically so.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jaoui handles her crowd of vivid characters so naturally, and shoots her scenes so unobtrusively, that the diagrammatic cleverness of the plot never overwhelms the intelligence of the observations.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In Please Give, the sharp-eyed filmmaker sends her vibrant representative out into the world to explore what it means for a woman to be lucky and still feel itchy. The report has the resonant ring of truth.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The script is a steady accretion of small stabs to the heart, propelling the gorgeous performances of Berling, Regnier, and especially the 76-year-old French cinema veteran Bouquet, whose every faint smile is killing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    What matters now, what Lumumba conveys, is the urgent chaos of revolution.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Art history majors may write in with corrections. Meanwhile, I'm declaring that the masterly, big-canvas biographical drama Chi-hwa-seon: Painted Fire is about the Jackson Pollock of 19th-century Korea.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jack Nicholson's dyspeptic retiree in "About Schmidt" would no doubt identify with O'Horten's entertaining pain.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Without doing anything so divisive as taking sides, The Counterfeiters pays sympathetic attention to those who play their cards to win even when the rules are terrible, not least because the remarkable Markovics, an Austrian TV actor with a pugnacious anvil of a head, is so riveting as an unsaintly survivor.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Talented filmmaker Susanne Bier (Brothers), armed with an outstanding compositional sense, keeps control over the storms of melodrama that swirl in this rich weepie.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Del Toro builds excitement, dread, and melodrama in equal layers.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The nonprofessional cast of Bahman Ghobadi's remarkable, slow, rough edged feature reveals a simple, piercing grimness and determination framed by the gray, icy landscape of Iranian Kurdistan.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    But the story is, still and all, only a pause, deferring an intensely anticipated conclusion. And it's in that exquisite place of action and waiting that this elegantly balanced production emerges as a model adaptation.