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 Beasts of the Southern Wild
Lowest review score: 0 Patch Adams
Score distribution:
1,906 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Dizzily rich, witty, and satisfying.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Riveting family portrait.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The power of this great movie -- part comedy, part tragedy, part satire, mostly masterpiece -- is in the details.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Mitchell directs and stars in the riotous, loving, and only occasionally pathos-milking film adaptation of his own acclaimed Off Broadway play, with great up-your-ante music and lyrics by Stephen Trask.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Writer-director Jeff Nichols builds his elegantly shot, weather-sensitive horror story in waves of tension that crest as if pulled by tempests.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In the end -- an ending of such power and narrative originality (in both book and movie) that those who know it ought never breathe a word to those who don't.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Bong Joon-ho's wildly entertaining saga should become the hip, thinking-person's monster movie of choice.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Malick clings to the promise of grace: His vision of the afterlife is a dreamy beach, enhanced by an excellent playlist of fine classical music, and promising the peace that surpasses all understanding. Plus a beautiful sky.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Temperamentally in sync with her "Wendy and Lucy" director, Michelle Williams plays one of the toiling wives. And the actress, with her calm center, compresses the entire history of frontier wifeliness into the concentration with which she gathers firewood and loads a musket.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Circles the heart of noisy, modern Tehran with an informal, documentary-like freedom that is thrilling in its naturalism.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Superb family drama.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    An exhilarating puzzle, one of the grand cinematic eruptions of the year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie is enchanting.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Both the definition of ''my'' and the definition of ''Winnipeg'' become profoundly fluid in this exquisite ''docu-fantasia'' (Maddin's term), an entrancing riffle through the olde curiosity shoppe of the filmmaker's psyche.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A doozy of a French gangster pic that, in its beautifully refurbished and pithily resubtitled re-release, turns out to be one of the highlights of the 2005 movie year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's a work of art that deserves a space cleared for its angry, nervous beauty.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A tacit auteur-to-auteur endorsement of the inalienable right to make movies--regardless of talent or sobriety or adult responsibilities--is what gives American Movie its uneasy kick.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The message, if there must be one, of this marvelous, stubbornly personal movie is that there is a spark in every soul.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    For some viewers, Moonrise Kingdom may be movie heaven, another bric-a-brac-jammed bauble to place alongside "The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou" and "The Darjeeling Limited." Personally, though, I wish that Anderson would come out from under the glass, or at least change what he's doing under there.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Filmmaker Yung Chang finds a sad and beautiful way to glimpse the big picture of dislocation through an exquisitely poised small study.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    49 Up is a precious document, and must viewing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The lightness with which Buñuel was able to insert the little jokes and knife stabs of surrealism he loved so much is, in fact, divine.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's a merciless and mirthlessly funny antiwar weapon from a filmmaker who has seen battle firsthand and has lived to make art from memories of hell.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Ceylan, who also served as cinematographer, frames the affecting, unstudied performances in gorgeously chosen shots and nonevents that sometimes teeter on the edge of comedy before knocking us breathless with their emotional power.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Eastwood directs Mystic River with an invigorated grace and gravitas. This is a true American beauty of a movie, a tale of men and their bonds told by and for adults who value the old-fashioned Hollywood-studio notion of narrative.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Damien Chazelle's extraordinary black-and-white retro dream of a feature debut.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Brims with life and loveliness even as it meditates on the loss of childhood.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Trier's compassion for what it takes to survive, mixed with the love he bestows on Oslo, is rewardingly profound.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The time swivels in Looper evoke some of Inception's fancy temporal tricks... But it's the glimpses of Children of Men-like societal dystopia that give the movie its real weight, and distinguish Johnson's third feature as a marked step forward.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Mr. Lazarescu is that rich and riveting a film of universal small human moments and big-system failure.