Lisa Schwarzbaum

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For 1,916 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 7.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Lowest review score: 0 88 Minutes
Score distribution:
1916 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Chaos reigns for much of The Dark Knight Rises, often in big, beautiful, IMAX-size scenes that only Nolan could have conceived. Yet when the apocalyptic dust literally settles on this concluding chapter, the character who lingers longest in memory is an average Gotham City cop named John Blake, wonderfully played with human-scale clarity by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Everything is aces about this lineup's pedigree. But Devil never lets loose. It's a jazzy composition about sex, sleuthing, corruption, race, and cheap liquor that's a half step out of tune.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Acompelling, cant free drama about clashing class systems and challenged family relationships that's all the more engrossing for its organic, near documentary style.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    But the notable accomplishment of actress-writer Kasi Lemmons ("The Silence of the Lambs") in her feature directorial debut is in creating a landscape quite beautiful and entirely her own -- a fluid, feminine, African-American, Southern gothic narrative that covers a tremendous amount of emotional territory with the lightest and most graceful of steps.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Up and Down captures Prague life with a fervor that's comical but a longing that's serious; no one is easy to pigeonhole.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Breillat, the flamethrower who made "Romance" and "Fat Girl," artfully twists period-piece drama to suit her provocative modern notions about sex, gender roles, and power.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Superb psychological thriller.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Hard to say who's luckier -- those who have seen the work of Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin before and know what to expect, or those who haven't and for whom The Saddest Music in the World serves as an eye-popping introduction.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The storytelling may be ordinary, but the cast is one of those all-star reunions.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It took me two viewings to enjoy the landscape of Weerasethakul's mysterious jungle -- so very thick, steamy, and foreign -- without wishing for clearer trail markers.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Ricardo Darín, wearing a mild-mannered expression of emotional remove, plays the unnamed antihero, obsessed with imagining the perfect robbery. The ''aura'' is the clarity with which he sees -- or imagines he sees -- the world in moments preceding an epileptic attack.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There are many places a visitor may go astray in 2046 -- places where the filmmaker appears to be a bit at loose ends too. Still, Wong's invitation -- ''Let's get lost'' -- is irresistible.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Out of a harrowing story set in a foreign thicket, Herzog has found American beauty.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A moderately adorable, musically wacky, ecologically activist CG family comedy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A warm and honest portrait of a marriage at its most mysterious, and ordinary.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Each episode (originally made for British TV) works by itself, but there's a real payoff in following all three. (Nothing matches The "Wire," but this holds its own.)
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Well-made film. Indeed, discovering such a small pleasure is the kind of experience that rewards film lovers who browse with open eyes as well as hearts.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Satisfying, melancholy political suspense story.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Dense with plot intricacies, thick with atmosphere, and packed with showy roles for a hip ensemble.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The grand old filmmaker frames each scene like a fine painting. And fake snow falls with happy artificiality between rueful vignettes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    With the pitiless, devastating Fat Girl, Catherine Breillat puts men and women, boys and girls on notice: When fantasy, hypocrisy, and manipulation mix in a wet, sandy place, you dive into sex at your own risk.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It ought to be seen, because it's a work of moral and spiritual mystery.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Smith transfers an Iowa-based short story by Randy Russell to India's western Goa region -- and works in Hindi, primarily with novice actors. The result is a story both authentically specific and profoundly global.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This unsentimental, smartly assembled film is equally attentive to the cacophony of African poverty and the balm of harmony provided by these pied pipers of hope.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Anderson's big, showy flower of a movie unfurls brilliantly, each plot petal a thing of exquisite design. Then it ripens. Then it disintegrates, leaving a mess of color and a faint whiff of rot.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Lacks confidence in its own much bigger, potentially fascinating story -- an American tale of pageantry and history.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A great subject goes a long way in this standard but effective entry in the amazing-kids documentary category.

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