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

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

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Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Lowest review score: 0 Valentine's Day
Score distribution:
1,907 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Lives happily ever after because it's such a feisty but good natured embrace of the inner ogre in everyone.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Gripping, highly original.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's in all the moments where little happens that Reichardt is most amazing, investing even a gas-station pit stop with perfect emotional pitch.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The London universe Leigh creates (employing his trademark improv techniques to unite his ensemble, many of whom make their film debuts) isn't so much a reality as a hope, and an invitation to find joy and grace in everyday moments.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Noyce's movie works because the director -- trusts himself, and his audience, to understand that catastrophe isn't always a matter of loud ideology. Rather, it's the result of age-old human weakness. And sometimes it's quiet.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    I wish 'Hero's emotional heat rose more intensely -- more recklessly. There's something grand but distant and almost fetishistic about the operatic solemnity with which Zhang approaches the Rashomonic story of assassins attempting to kill a king.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The calm poetry of the cinematography offsets the mess of the politics to stunning effect.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A riveting and unexpectedly inspiring essay on the peace that comes from shared physical and mental concentration.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Bridges' guileless performance makes this piquant little indie tale of country music, redemption, and the love of a pretty younger woman such a sad-song charmer.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There are moments in A Little Princess--particularly Cuaron's Indian play-within-the-play, which is nearly avant-garde in its conception--when you may just want to clap from pleasure. My advice to you is: Go ahead, you're a grown-up. [26 May 26 1995]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The notion of meta has never been diddled more mega than in this giddy Möbius strip of a movie, a contrivance so whizzy and clever that even when it tangles at the end, murked like swampy southwestern Florida itself, the stumble has quotation marks around it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    But Solondz also creates keen portraits of the participating characters in Dawn's daily drama. (The only downside: The drama veers unsteadily toward outlandishness.)
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The title embraces the richness of Kechiche's beautiful film, which captures the rhythms of displacement and hardship, the bond of family meals, and even the daily routines of the magnificent women who are part of Slimane's life.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Although it shares a bitter interest in slum desperation with last year's Brazilian-underbelly docudrama ''City of God,'' Bus 174 pulls ahead, I think, by not confusing cinematic pizzazz with the content of misery.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The chattering smarty-pants who ran the U.S. government on "The West Wing" are slow talkers compared with the motormouthed and hilariously imperfect power elite in the brainy British comedy In the Loop.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Feels delightfully organic, eccentrically rambling, the found artistic collage of a woman who herself loves to collect.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Fierce, loving, and electric, this movie's got bite as well as bark.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie is a rare uncensored postcard from a ruined place, a document at once depressing and hideously beautiful that sketches the real hardships of trampled people -- specifically women -- with authority and compelling simplicity.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    As he did in his striking 2005 first feature film, "Man Push Cart," about a Pakistani street vendor in New York, perceptive indie filmmaker Ramin Bahrani looks at what others overlook and finds drama in everyday details.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This tender documentary considers the mysteries of both art and coping.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This triumphant sequel to the hard-to-top 2002 original may be the first great comic-book movie in the age of self-help and CGI wizardry, an entertainment in which both the thrills and the therapeutic personal growth are well earned.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It took director-producer Leon Gast 22 years to edit and finance When We Were Kings, his thrilling documentary about the legendary 1974 heavyweight-championship fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Zaire. But the lag time has only deepened the impact of this thrilling documentary: All sad thoughts of Ali as a wounded warrior fall away in the glow of seeing the champ at his best.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The result, in Pina, is...wow.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Don't be fooled: In this unpeaceable kingdom, the den mama is also ready to eat her young.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Hugo both ticks and flies by, a marvel meant to be pulled from the cabinet and enjoyed again and again.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Fiennes' very skin participates in the project -- his fingernails are nicotine-stained the color of tea bags. The performance works; it's a ballet, a concerto of big, big Acting.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Pay attention to the enhanced detail audible in a new six-track sound mix, which may be the most important cleaning job of all; silence and Jerry Goldsmith's score have never twined so hauntingly.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A muscular sequel to To's riveting 2005 gangster picture "Election."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A witty, stylish, beautifully made charmer of a family picture.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Unusual, unhurried tour de force--a seamless match of strong artistic vision and physical performance. [19 Dec 1997, p. 52]
    • Entertainment Weekly

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