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 Amores Perros
Lowest review score: 0 Bless the Child
Score distribution:
1,906 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The jazzish score, by Lee's music man, Terence Blanchard, is typically intrusive. But the mood is right, the twists are new. And with one casting inspiration, Inside Man furthers the rising stardom of Chiwetel Ejiofor (Serenity).
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This striking, slow-building drama from Cate Shortland uses fractured, impressionistic imagery as a mirror of moral dislocation as the children make their way through an unfamiliar landscape.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Another grotty drama about junkie love? Well, yes...I make an exception for Jesus' Son.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The result is a portrait that expertly mirrors its subject: Buck is shaped with the same economy, restraint, and unfussiness as the man, to unexpectedly inspiring effect.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Indeed, the point of Syriana appears to be that the whole lousy, corrupt, oil-producing and -consuming world is a ball of wax, ready to melt.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    But while this piquant, tapas-like movie (a 2003 film- festival favorite only now being released) asserts that landscape is a kind of destiny from which one cannot escape, Sorin takes delighted, serious interest in how far a person can advance psychologically, even if all roads lead back to a home at the end of the world.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Flight opens with one of the most harrowing in-flight-disaster depictions of all time.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In their stark, black-and-white visual style, they are redolent of Italian neorealist cinema or fine muckraking WPA photojournalism.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A memory of the automobile in which a father drove away from his family provides the title for Blue Car but no hint of the power of writer-director Karen Moncrieff's superb feature debut.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Almereyda's fascination with creative creatures and their mysterious ways is abundantly clear. And distracting.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This is a movie that considers graphic violence with a refined taste for the sensuous: Guts spill, blood spurts, corpses stink, but there is a handsome, absurdist humanity to the way Jeunet (who wrote the script with Guillaume Laurant) maps out the crossroads of human carnage and human caring.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Children bumps into a few dead spots along its irreverent way... But casual sophistication and wiggy Australian self-awareness give this product of unreconstructed bourgeois decadence its idiosyncratic charm.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Martha Marcy May Marlene leaves a viewer hanging, quite literally, lost in an enveloping fog of mood without resolution. Olsen, meanwhile, definitely marks her arrival.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Add The Unforeseen to the catalog of artfully produced nonfiction films that show how humans are screwing up the planet.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    We do live in a fraught world of interconnections, Bier makes clear, and what happens far away matters, in unexpected ways, close to home.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A grandly entertaining historical drama.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Definition eludes the delicate pleasures of this marvelous, idiosyncratic movie collage.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Don't let unpleasant personal dental associations stand in the way of seeing a luminous specimen of independent filmmaking.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The daffy, innately British joke that propels the cheeky U.K. comedy hit Shaun of the Dead is that although real zombies have risen up -- slacker wankers Shaun (Simon Pegg) and his best pal and roommate, Ed (Nick Frost), are too slack, wankerish, and blitheringly British to notice.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The fetching cast (including Jennifer Beals as a histrionic girlfriend), while a long way from Gwyneth and Matt stature, nevertheless reflects Stillman’s enhanced status as an established indie talent.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie's most artful feature is the fluidity with which the past slides into the present, echoing Murdoch's own unmoored sentience, so that the younger self, played with dash and vigor by Kate Winslet, turns into the old woman lost in her own home.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    One of the year's most original and emotionally profound movies masquerades as the tiny story of a young couple who take a backpacking trip in the Caucasus Mountains the summer before their wedding.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Nanking, a carefully nonpunitive documentary of remembrance, is emotionally draining, as it should be, but it's also overstructured, as it needn't be; the actors are intrusive in a story that isn't theirs.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Intelligent conversation about the interplay of erotic and destructive urges takes place over cups of tea in fine bone china. Yet the movie is a radically modern story about sex.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Superbad is cute if you like guys who aren't even remotely bad, in a coming-of-age tale so old-fashioned the girls might just as well be wearing bloomers.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Sophie Scholl has a certain quiet dignity that wins its audience popularity honestly.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Minghella makes an enticing, intelligent, well-shaped picture about the extreme perils of class envy and sexual panic.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    What this Manchurian Candidate for a new generation makes up for in timing, it lacks in discipline and edge.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Baumbach's movies are addictive dispatches from a genteel jungle of white privilege, where highly educated people behave badly. I can't take my eyes off the exotic wildlife.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The film makes excellent use of the cold Scandinavian landscape to emphasize the story's gloomy loneliness. And Rapace and ? Nyqvist have compelling chemistry.