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

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Police, Adjective
Lowest review score: 0 Gummo
Score distribution:
1,907 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's no denying that when it comes to communicating a certain delirious romanticism of character shaped by thousands of hours spent sitting in the dark, the artist who made this showpiece is a master.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Stunning and compassionate period drama.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The picture moves with stealth, enjoying its own thriller-ness as hints are laid and mislaid. There's a sense that Hitchcock is hovering in the background and cheering for Auteuil, who musters all his French superstardom to play a man having his mask of blandness torn off.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's impossible to watch Tony Kaye's theatrically supercharged, equal-opportunity button-pusher without experiencing a welter of emotions -- which is just what the filmmaker planned.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    I will salute the deftness and intelligence with which Goldfinger observes the reactions of the living to the revelations of the dead.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The result is flashy, but the meaning is a bit of a bob and weave.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Essential, unique viewing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie is so finely minced a mixture of Sondheim's original melodrama and Burton's signature spicing that it's difficult to think of any other filmmaker so naturally suited for the job.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Alexander Payne's scathing, subtle, and complexly funny tragicomedy builds a perfect, off-kilter universe--it's a first cousin to "Rushmore."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The many fans of the uniquely droll 2003 animation Oscar nominee "The Triplets of Belleville" will recognize the inventive hand-drawn sensibilities of French filmmaker Sylvain Chomet in his loving and lovely new feature The Illusionist.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In this typically exquisite, nuanced, memory-infused work from master British filmmaker Terence Davies, we believe every minute of the torment of Hester (Rachel Weisz).
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie is smart, serious, and adult about something that matters, but not at the expense of a kind of awful, sensual revelry as le Carré's capacious plot hurtles to its big finish.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    But it is the steady accretion of hundreds of small moments in this elegant, high-spirited, intensely satisfying production -- the director's third American movie, but the first to approach the dazzle of his Hong Kong stuff -- that, toted up, makes everything right about this des- perately welcome thriller.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In hovering, The Squid and the Whale becomes its own realistic display of family entropy, as cautionary as it is educational.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Mesmerizing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A disturbingly avid re-creation of the last six weeks in the life and slow, self-imposed wasting of Irish hunger striker Bobby Sands.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Around town, Stephen Fry ("Peter's Friends"), as a fluty artiste, dogs Flora with his devotion and declares, "I'm engorgedly in love with you!" That's how I feel about this gem.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The facts are so awful that Dear Zacharycan be forgiven much of its antsiness--as a memorial, as a condolence to Bagby’s parents (who became activists for judicial reform in their late son's honor), and as a howl of grief.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Where "No End" is cool and measured, Taxi is hot, anguished, and sometimes as difficult to watch as pictures of torture ought to be.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Footnote is itself a perfect little piece of Talmud, full of text, commentary, and colorful argument.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    As Demme's audienc we're at the mercy of political passion overshadowed by style.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The story itself is so powerful and troubling, the moral geometry so vertiginous, and the photography so big that anything other than the natural sounds of snowfall and footfall is a Flat Earth Society intrusion.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The setting is somewhere between a post-WWII Brigadoon and the environs of Marcel Carn classic "Children of Paradise," but the story is as timely as this morning's news from Europe.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The ensemble cast shared the best-actor award at the 2006 Cannes film festival -- and rightly so.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Expertly sinister, office-as-devil's-playground French thriller.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Can be interpreted politically or even biblically or not at all, as the elemental struggles between dominance and submission, impulse and action, man and nature, father and son, play out to their stunning conclusion.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This enveloping dream of an epic narrative experiment comes from the great Chilean-born, France-based filmmaker Raúl Ruiz (Time Regained).
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Watch for the director's own mother, Lili Kosashvili, a standout as Zaza's fierce, stately mama.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    An amazing thing -- a work of cinematic art in which form and structure pursues the logic-defying (parallel) subjects of dreaming and moviegoing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A marvel of warm collaboration and shared jokes about husbands and wives, shot both in dreamscape color and pristine black and white.

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