Lisa Schwarzbaum

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For 1,914 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 7.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Talk to Her
Lowest review score: 0 Saving Silverman
Score distribution:
1914 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Pulling the bandage of sentiment cleanly away from oozing concepts like ''heroism'' and ''our nation's war on terror'' in the aftermath of recent wounds, here's a drama about the most politically charged crisis of our time that grants the dignity of autonomy to every soul involved.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie sparkles with witty self-awareness.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    What's astonishing about Sofia Coppola's enthralling new movie is the precision, maturity, and originality with which the confident young writer-director communicates so clearly in a cinematic language all her own.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Like a great novel from a more expansive bygone age, The Best of Youth is full of big thoughts; like a great soap opera, it's also full of sharp plot turns, vibrant characters, and great talk. It is, in short, the best of cinema.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Utterly riveting fictional drama.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The gorgeous music includes Ralph Vaughan Williams' wafting tone poem ''The Lark Ascending'' -- apt in describing an artist who might well be part bird.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Clint Eastwood's profound, magisterial, and gripping companion piece to his ambitious meditation on wartime image and reality, "Flags of Our Fathers."
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Sad, funny, sexy, and altogether marvelous.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    If you see only one comic love story from Kazakhstan this year, choose this prize-winning honey.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Hersonski quietly and insistently unravels reality from "reality"; her commitment to archival authenticity is its own tribute to those no longer able to testify.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's piercing sadness, and fury, too, in this Everyman's isolation, and Cantet is singularly skilled at evoking the universal condition of such tragic ordinariness.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Munro's stark lily needed none of this gilding.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There’s something earthy and elemental in this tale that was missing in Blue, something quirky and (measured by Kieslowskian standards) energetic.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A delightful, perceptive, funny, detail-perfect fable.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Lest the audience miss a cue, Hooper and soundtrack composer Alexandre Desplat count on the ringing grandeur of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony - the famous second movement, no less - to amp the emotions.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Up
    A lovely, thoughtful, and yes, uplifting adventure.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's a great, IQ-flattering entertainment both wonderful and wise.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Yagira's performance is so extraordinary, it won him the best actor prize at the 2004 Cannes film festival.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A graceful, unsentimental, well-made movie.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Facing a diagnosis of Alzheimer's, the older woman enrolls in a poetry class, desperate to find the words to describe beauty before language fails her. She does even better: She herself becomes a kind of poem about what it means to really see the world.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Naples-born Servillo is a national star, famed as a theater, opera, and film director as well as an actor. And he's got the face of a mensch (or a Madoff) -- which makes his embodiment of criminal banality all the more identifiable, as well as horrifying.
    • 87 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Bestows generous blessings on all that's good in Englishness, in moviedom, and, of course, in cheese.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Unfolds with a simplicity that's as breathtaking as its inevitability is harrowing.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In the juxtaposition of cataclysmic matter-of-fact misery and cinematic poetry, the filmmaker finds a calmly stunning way to convey the experience of living with death as something intimate, and, unnervingly, almost natural.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Errol Morris may have been put on earth to make The Fog of War, a stunning portrait of Robert S. McNamara that closes a year of outstanding nonfiction movies on a high note.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Spirit, animal, and human worlds coexist in dreamy harmony in this remarkable drama.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    No one charts the wilds of childhood more precisely than the Dardennes.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The thrilling conclusion to a phenomenal cinematic story 10 years in the telling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 is proof that authentic movie excitement is its own form of magic.

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