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

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 The Master
Lowest review score: 0 Hanging Up
Score distribution:
1,907 movie reviews
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The picture was made in 1969 and is only now being released in the U.S., in a beautiful restoration supervised by original cinematographer Pierre Lhomme.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Like any great myth, Pan's Labyrinth encodes its messages through displays of magic. And like any good fairy tale, it is also embroidered with threads of death and loss.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Nothing good happens in 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, the riveting, horrifying chronicle of an illegal abortion performed in 1987 when Ceauescu's dictatorial hand still gripped Romania's throat. And yet no lover of greatness in filmmaking will want to look away from one of the very best movies of 2007.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A triumph of psychological depth and artistic brilliance offered as the magical adventures of one skinny little girl.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Way ahead of its time 30 years ago, and just as stunning today, Killer of Sheep is one of those marvels of original moviemaking that keeps hope of artistic independence alive.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The result is an intense, action-driven war pic, a muscular, efficient standout that simultaneously conveys the feeling of combat from within as well as what it looks like on the ground.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's an intoxicating feeling when a movie excites and enlivens us like this -- and there's a particular giddiness to be had in thinking about what movies can (but don't often) do for one's soul after imbibing such a fine vintage.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The conclusion of Peter Jackson's masterwork is passionate and literate, detailed and expansive, and it's conceived with a risk-taking flair for old-fashioned movie magic at its most precious.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Soaring and romantic, wild and serene, feminist and gutsy, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is one of the best movies of the year.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    These 173 minutes don't drag, they waltz.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The most beautiful movie ever made about a man who could only move one eyelid -- almost dangerously beautiful.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In a class by itself.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    For bleakness, the movie can't be beat -- nor for brilliance.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Vibrantly, intricately alive on its own terms. This is what magic the movies can conjure with an inspired fellowship in charge, and unlimited pots of gold.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The result: This great work of art has the potential to change the world.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Stunning, fully formed masterpiece.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    If ''Finding Nemo'' is an awesome Pixar superpower, The Triplets of Belleville is a charming, idiosyncratic, self-governing duchy with huge tourism potential on the other side of the animated-movie planet.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The antidote to every square tough-guy caper you've ever seen, and the inspiration for many great ones. It is an existential imperative to seek out a showing and burn rubber to get there, preferably in an excellent car.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Helen Mirren's allure lies not in finding what's regal in every woman she plays, but in finding what's womanly in every royal.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    (Denis's) visual style is hypnotic, rapturous, and she makes barren landscapes look gorgeous, hard men look vulnerable.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Waltz With Bashir has transcended the definitions of ''cartoon'' or ''war documentary'' to be classified as its own brilliant invention.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The breath of cinematic life, though, the sensibility, the energy, belong to Joel and Ethan Coen, and this is their stirring success.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The film, by seasoned cinematographer Dror Moreh, is a feat — of access and of passionate and appropriately unsettling political commentary.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's also no romanticizing on the part of the director, who proceeds with calm, unshowy attentiveness (even in the midst of scenes of violence), creating a stunning portrait of an innately smart survivor for whom prison turns out to be a twisted opportunity for self-definition.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    One of the unshowiest and most true-blooded epics of Americana you're ever likely to see.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    You could trawl the seven seas and not net a funnier, more beautiful, and more original work of art and comedy than Finding Nemo.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This is a great film, and a triumph of creativity and courage over repression.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Topsy-Turvy reminds us that, in any age, creative expression is at once the most personal and most communal of enterprises.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Dazzlingly beautiful, funny, and meaningful.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    American Splendor presents Pekar as drawn on the page, Pekar as brilliantly interpreted by Paul Giamatti, and the actual Pekar, in the double role of narrator and interview subject -- sometimes all at once. The magic act is thrilling, and truly surprising.

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