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

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Lowest review score: 0 Gun Shy
Score distribution:
1,907 movie reviews
    • 45 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Robert Downey Jr. is great in a role no one less magnetically reckless would dare approach.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A skeleton-thin thriller wrapped in glamorous production values.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's a gussied-up sorority-of-rising-stars project produced, I fantasize, by baby-boomer studio guys whose younger spouses articulately defend a woman's right to stay home and raise the kids.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    For all the creaminess of the sets and costumes, every character talks as if she is still made out of written words, not flesh, and each woman's struggles feel about as important as a tea dance.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 16 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie wants so badly to be mentioned in the same breath as "Heathers" or "Election" that it's not even funny. Really, I mean it, this charred-black comedy is not even funny.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    With very little modification, the relationship woes of the six chirpy young New Yorkers in this self-absorbed indie could be reworked into episodes of TV's "How I Met Your Mother."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This inauthentic teen tale, with its cosmetically softened edges, serves neither the young people nor the Mendes fans for whom it might be intended.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    When it's dull, which it is too often for a kidnap caper, this movie is about a woman chirping ''notice anything new about my outfit?'' to a man whose idea of style is a jacket not crusted in human blood.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In the heaving cross-century swirl of the climax, ''Weight'' makes its point: Jealousy is timeless; Hurley is not.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Love and sex are scary in Bradley Rust Gray's over-Freuded exercise in semi-horror/gender studies.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    So let's hear it for the giant wig of Pre-Raphaelite gray corkscrews planted on the noggin of Jane Fonda as a glamorous hippie grandma. The hairdo meets its match in the dull Ann Taylor togs encasing Catherine Keener: That's how you know Granny's daughter is an uptight lawyer.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A histrionic mess.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    What we learn in this all-pain/no-pleasure episode is that marriage feels like a life sentence, weddings are miserable events, honeymoon sex is dangerous and leaves a bride covered in bruises, and pregnancy is a torment that leads to death in exchange for birth.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Neither powerful nor interesting. It is a run-of-the-mill movie ''product'' developed as part of a 50 Cent marketing plan.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The fact that Allen wrote the script in the '70s explains something about why his newest movie feels so old.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 16 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Firewall is a witless entertainment, and a derivative one, too; it's everything listless about Hollywood in February, everything discardable about the genre in general.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Dopey, not dope.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    No maid, and no fancy lady either, would swoon for a fellow as damp as the hero so grudgingly coughed up by Fiennes. In the words of Cinderellas everywhere, no effin' way.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    No worse than any disease-of-the-week TV movie, and no more moralistic than any Lifetime drama. But it's no better, either, and it ought to be.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    At times dark and at other times gooey.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    As the players enact the fall and rebirth of civilization, Meirelles suggests that even a society gone to hell looks better with a little music-video-like pizzazz.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Too bad Kapur's new, glittering sequel also shows up feeling prematurely old, square, and cautious. A production of exquisitely complicated wigs and expensively grand wide shots, it pauses often to admire its own beauty, leery of messing with previous success.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Unbearable were Witherspoon not such a genuinely attractive performer.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    You know what happens in Taken 2, don't you? The same thing that happened four years ago in Taken, but different. (But the same.)
    • 45 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Owen devotes himself to the horror-flick role of a father battling his daughter's monsters with the same trademark efficiency and intensity he brings to every project, whether pulpy like "Killer Elite" or pure like "Shadow Dancer."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It offers an attractive getaway route from self-importance, snark, and chatty comedies about male bonding. Here, stick shifts do the talking.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    "Revenge of the Nerds" is way cooler in its proud defense of geekosity, no question. But anti-ditz role model Amanda Bynes just happens to be cute.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Adorable or what?
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Drips along about as slowly as a polar ice cap and leaves both those who know the international thriller on which this creepy-doings-off-the-coast-of-Greenland yarn is based and those who don't out in the cold.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Think of Elizabethtown as Cameron Crowe's rambling amateur travelogue, one from a well-liked professional filmmaker momentarily so distracted by private notes scrawled on his souvenir map that he gets lost en route to telling his story of self-renewal. This undershaped, overlong warmedy is an homage to the memory of his late father.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    An overstuffed, unengaging drama that makes time for a love triangle.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's fun robot stuff, some good philosophical ideas, and a brief, nutty Willis-Ving Rhames reunion 15 years after "Pulp Fiction."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Mildly cute, mildly drooly, majorly too late spoof/homage.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The scenery (prettily captured by There Will Be Blood cinematographer Robert Elswit) is littered with heavy symbolism (fire! rain! dead birds!); the performances are merely heavy.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The importance of faith, church, kin, staying off drugs, sharing food, repenting from sin, forgiving sinners, appreciating a good black man, rejecting a bad one, and honoring black matriarchy is enumerated with typical, reassuring Perry broadness.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Even by Soderbergh's standards of serious playfulness/playful seriousness, Full Frontal is a tricky novelty item: The director himself has variously described it as an ''experiment,'' an ''exercise,'' and a ''sketch.''
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A parable for adults -- particularly men.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Aware of its own cuteness because the dialogue plays by the rules of meta-entertainment.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Director Costa-Gavras packs a whole lotta hectoring into this high-strung morality play about the broadcast media's culpability in the escalation of human drama into camera-ready Greek tragedy.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lynn Collins are so interesting that it's easy to put up with the decision-making dithering that goes along with the title.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    To fully savor Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience, it's best to watch with an audience overwhelmingly populated by girls and young women.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The drama ultimately retreats to safer, duller, more illogical, and more reactionary impulses and stereotypes.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This puffed-up Western set in Big Sky country becomes a small-screen horse opera.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Director Todd Phillips tries for the kind of frat slaphappiness he applied so successfully to "Old School," but these boys are less scoundrels than individual salesmen for the brands of Heder and Thornton.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's no myth: All play and no work makes Jackman, as Leopold, a doll of a boyfriend.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Taylor does that thing she does when she whispers as if she has just discovered speech; Pearce enjoys himself doing his own singing, and embracing grunge.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The only metatwist missing in the twittering self-regard of this indulgent home movie is the participation of a documentary video crew -- ideally helmed by some TV exec's USC-grad son -- shooting the filmmakers shooting the play within the play.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A film not even a star as foxed and foxy as Johnny Depp himself could save.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The Dutch born Janssen sparkles serenely.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Doesn't have much time for refinement of image or elegance of plot. What it's got instead is an insider's feel for the local, excitable hoodlum life and speech.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Fan-ready and saga-solid.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The shallow frat-on-frat rivalry and the poor-boy-loves-rich-girl subplot don't mean a thing. But the stepping does got that swing.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    More naturalistic -- and as a result, more believable.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie's warm advocacy of hospice, with all the dignity such end-of-life care provides, does real, influential good.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    My new theory is that Willis' own aesthetic soul is more old-world than he knows, and that he works best with directors who either are (Luc Besson) or might as well be (M. Night Shyamalan) European.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's not a guy I know who hasn't been looking forward to seeing The Rock pick up the big wooden stick first swung by Joe Don Baker more than 30 years ago.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This feature-length dose of boyish sexual fumbling and fantastically dirty British slang is bound to expand an American viewer's vocabulary.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The big underachiever turns out to be DeVito, who is incapable of exhibiting believable warmth and complexity, or, indeed, of playing anyone who is not a cartoon.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A sodden drama of filial conflict that dares the audience to confuse the characters with the players. P.T. Barnum couldn't have come up with a better hook, but he would have rewarded his suckers with more ''On Golden Pond'' entertainment bang for their buck.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The balance of inspired idiocy to hackneyed buffoonery is out of whack.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Another contemporary story about a woman with a successful career punished with a lousy personal life.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Rock and Mac exult in the kind of highly charged verbal and physical antics that are star-turn rewards for performers currently at the tops of their games.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The scariest thing in the not-scary-enough The Ring Two is the notion that even smart, attractive adults - yikes, even mothers - just never learn, either.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There is pleasure in giving oneself up to the gusty swirls of the film's imagery, and especially to the handsome grandeur of its star.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This sunny ode to brotherhood, made on a tiny budget, goes a fair distance on good vibes.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A triumph of performance, production, and adaptation over the empty-calorie dither of its source material.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Exceedingly blurred rendering of a simply told, artful novel.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    No excuse for the bitterness and crudity in America's Sweethearts -- a noxious combination that erodes the 1930s and '40s screwball-comedy armature on which this mirthless movie is based.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Killing looks ridiculously easy in this dispensable exploitation picture, directed for maximum impact of head-cracking pain by ad-trained Irish director Gary McKendry in his first feature.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A brain-squandering thriller.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Director and co-writer William Bindley engages every move in the underdog playbook, including, but not limited to, the time the good citizens of Bedford Falls chipped in to make up George Bailey's shortfall in "It's a Wonderful Life."
    • 43 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    I just don't know any chick who will make sense of this flick -- it's that blitheringly out of touch with present psychosexual (never mind feminist) time and space.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Theatrically ambitious, musically busy, and in the end cinematically inert - clearly reflects the authorship of myth-loving director Julie Taymor.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's not the fault of "The Sopranos" charismatic, beefy star (Gandolfini) that he's an actor of such substance and quiet ardor as to make idle movie star ribbitting look frivolous.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    For some four fifths of its length, Jersey Girl is as square as a turnpike-diner place mat.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Nobody will go to see Michael Winterbottom's sexually explicit, novelty-act drama - a naughty peep show for sobersides, disguised as a nature documentary - to hear the songs; everyone will go to see the shagging, which occupies the majority of the screen time.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's a tragedy, really: According to the hapless team who made the movie, Our Paige is a relatively interesting young liberal who knows her own mind before the accident and a rather tedious, girlish conservative who fusses about keeping her hair smooth afterwards.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie is cross-eyed with fuzzy thinking; it's also an interesting, if wacko, artistic response to world events.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The result is a naughty throwaway in all senses of the word.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The star (Allen), unleashed, is so energetic in his approximation of a bearded collie -- his nose sniffing the air, his whole being (which toggles between human and canine form) overcome by the need to fetch any stick thrown -- that his slobbery charm carries the picture.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Even though they're now college dudes, fulfillment for fellas is still predicated on copping a feel and downing a brewski.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    As a book, The Beach offers the option of diving deep. As a movie, it sticks too close to the shoreline.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    With every recycled piece of business -- which is to say, every scene in Anything Else -- the distance widens between Allen and the elusive audience he pessimistically chases. He has never seemed less in touch with his own real, pulsing, 21st-century city.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    WDIGMT? serves up speeches about trust and fidelity and rolling with the punches and blah blah blah. But it does so with so little energy that the actors might as well be saying the words blah blah blah.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    When Barrymore finally gets mean, the movie finally gets good. Then comes another sing-along, dammit.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The amazing thing about John Woo's steely, impersonal adaptation of Philip K. Dick sci-fi story about a tech genius whose memory is erased...is how it vanishes in front of our eyes even as we watch it.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Lowest-common-denominator humor.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Ironically, they make the bond between John and Savannah look so natural that the ''dear John'' turn in their relationship makes even less sense than it does in the book.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    As for the splendid Spaniard Javier Bardem, now knocking socks off in "No Country for Old Men," his lot is worst of all. He's miscast as the romantic Florentino.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Costner's determination to avoid change keeps this baseball movie at a low line drive when it might have knocked one into the bleachers.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's a shocking, casual quality to the self-destructive narcissism of the pretty, petty kids squandering their lives in the L.A. sunshine of The Young Unknowns.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Features the dullest, least lifelike collection of pals this side of "Eyes Wide Shut."
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    • 43 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Subplots go nowhere, and characters -- many played by well-known actors -- barely get screen time. Willem Dafoe, Salma Hayek, and Jane Krakowski are among those who are there and gone.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Soft sexual and racial jabs replace the more daring political commentary of the original, a crude classic from the Roger Corman factory.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Clumsy camera work adds to the pre-wedding jitters in writer-director Galt Niederhoffer's pashmina-thin drama about attractive self-congratulatory Yale alumni gathering for the nuptials of two of their own.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Can these banal relationships between undifferentiated lovelies be saved?
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Ellen Barkin provides unexpected diversion in a madwoman cameo as the PD's brassiest brass. But otherwise the clichés keep coming.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Creator producers Paul Germain and Joe Ansolabehere have come up with some unexceptional children and underdeveloped adults.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Croft is one humorless butt-kicker. Excavations in exotic lands have rarely looked so much like items on a to-do list.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A sad-but-hopeful, dramatic-but-gentle fairy tale intentionally made less upsetting for teens.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    By not trying too hard, this remake of a dumb movie has got spring in its step. The bounce is on us.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It turns out that Joe ends up liking the old Joe better too. Who just so happens to be the kind of average-Joe character that continues to make Allen such a tidy, non-Joe bundle.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Evenness of political keel, combined with a generic filmmaking style, is an artistic weapon way too puny for a successful assault on so tough, bruising, and crucial a subject.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Adrien Brody completists will appreciate Love the Hard Way, if only as an example of the kind of self-conscious, brat-noir projects their man probably won't be doing anymore.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 0 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A half hour in and still, the plot, tone, and setting are incomprehensible.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The most unexpectedly audacious, exhilarating, wildly creative adventure thriller I've seen in ages.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Knows what it needs to do for both its stars, does it, and doesn't make a federal case about it. I'd watch these two together again in a New York minute.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie is a morals-free procession of bang bang bang! and blood blood blood!, and men slamming each other with blunt objects and slicing each other with blades.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Director Chris Columbus...seals this comedy in an impenetrable bubble of hollow humanism.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    At no time do the men -- that is, the straight ones -- believably hold the upper hand. In the new town of Stepford, there's no bitterness, no struggle, no competition, none of the scars of the sexual revolution. There's just gay apparel.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The goons themselves, though, look rather chic, flying through the air in Galliano-goes-to-hell garments straight out of Vampire Vogue.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The surprisingly puny haul comes from the jolly, usually sparkling comedy workshop of David Dobkin, who directed "Wedding Crashers," and Dan Fogelman, who wrote "Cars" -- two great movies that both make better stocking stuffers.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The most frightening sight, though, is that of Theron and Bacon, good actors trapped in the muck of making a living.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Dark of the Moon is hardly a fleet production, but here Bay makes his best, most flexible use yet of all the flamboyant bigness at his command: Computer-drawn characters and human actors seem to occupy the same narrative for once.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Broody fun.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    With so much flesh crunching and bloodletting, it could have been scary as all Walking Dead get-out. Instead, the movie plays safe by cutting every theme down the middle - a swing that's effective when splitting wood or vampire skulls, but dull when applied to filmmaking.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    An immediately forgettable action pic directed with a blowtorch by Lee Tamahori.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Between cycles of gunfights and glowering, Yun-Fat displays some of the dignity and suave good looks that account for his star status (without much chance to show his wit).
    • 42 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The pond is so shallow in this wan romance that there's no room for anything to float.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Allen's canniest hire of all is Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays a bratty, destructive young star, juicing the proceedings with a power surge that subsides as soon as he exits.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Director Stephen Herek (Mr. Holland's Opus) and screenwriter Tom Schulman (Dead Poets Society) offer no clues, no challenges, nothing to provoke the smallest bubble of curiosity in an audience that waits 40 minutes only to realize Oh, I get it, this isn't going to be Eddie Murphy Funny!
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie flies by pleasantly, and is then instantly forgettable. Perhaps Jules Verne can explain the science of that.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's easy enough to accept the romantic-comedy luck of the two finding each another. It's much tougher, and ultimately useless, to buy everything else about this fairy tale of self-reinvention in a stalled economy.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Battleship is a sound vessel floating in Hollywood's oil-slick sea of "Transformers" sequels and vampire riffs.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie is a guzzle of yahoo-Mountain Dew empty-calorie satisfaction: A quick blood-sugar high, an eyeful of bikes and bosoms, and you're out of the theater in 80 minutes. And on a bleak winter's day, that can be meal enough.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Struck by Lightning sticks to generic character sketches of high school student types - the jock, the goth, the cheerleader, etc. - and gives Carson the best lines. In between, some charming, buzzy talents pitch in on this short little lark.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Stumbling adaptation of a Sam Shepard play about men, horses, chance, and lies.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The old-pro twosome of Streisand and Hoffman make such sexy and inviting ethnics (as a certain kind of movie likes to think of a certain kind of Jewish character) that they blithely prevail over the been-there-done-that gags.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    As with his previous film "Fireflies in the Garden," writer-director Dennis Lee scratches the skin of family bonds until it bleeds. This time, he uses whimsy as a salve.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Eventually I gave up on meaning and began instead to study the profuse imagery -- and also the flat characters and anchorless performances.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 16 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Becomes yet another lame sports farce.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A failing-grade comedy about the wishful triumph of high school dorks over high school bullies.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It is fun, though, 
 to see the younger Hanks play a murderer - it's like seeing Justin Bieber work blue.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This insanely busy, exceedingly long, and sometimes endearingly preposterous rendering has simply gotten the directions reversed in its insistence on sticking only to where men-who-make-adventure-flicks have gone before.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    An amiably raucous, scorched-earth mockumentary.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The first 3-D film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer turns out to be similar to 2-D projects from the same noise-making producer--heavy on action scenes and heavy, too, on message.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The cast, though, includes a great bunch of Brit faves who have all done better work elsewhere.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Of course, there's still the Williams schmaltz factor.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The Hunted stalks the masculine psyche with sharp knives, but it tracks its audience too noisily to bag us.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Visually witty and even marvelous when it comes to depicting the spectacular creatures evolving at a speed previously known only in the Bible.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The Big Apple of this evanescent tone poem is an invented nocturnal landscape featuring speechifying eccentrics and absurdist moments that feel northern European in sensibility.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A cloddish, harmlessly drecky comedy from the Sandler factory of crude mush.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A junky thriller that mistakes brute-strength plot twist, showy violence, and the against-type participation of Jennifer Aniston for earned excitement.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Nightwatch is a horror for reasons that have nothing to do with suspenseful moviemaking.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Garish, squeal-pitched preteen comedy.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's unwieldy mess -- but there's also unruly brilliance to this dark and funny story about the havoc that ensues when a man's uncensored Freudian id is allowed the run of the place.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This toothless thriller...feels like a strained reworking of ''The Fugitive.''
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The best stuff: Wow, can those kids hoof - and so, even past his half-century mark, can the preening, Chicago-born Mr. F.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    As a shameless contraption of ridiculously sad things befalling attractive people, the engorged romantic tragedy Remember Me stands tall between those towering monuments to teen-oriented cinematic misery, Love Story and Twilight.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    As ungainly in its jammed-together East-meets-West-ness as Steven Seagal in a yoga pose.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Leder establishes a syncopated rhythm unlike anything we're used to in a catastrophe spectacle.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    And as ever, the jokes are a jumble of the gross, the baggy, the raunchy, the mistimed, and - every once in a while - the refreshingly incorrect.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Overstyled pseudo-thriller.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Pushes and pushes and pushes the emotional throttle without respite.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Here's a romance without a spark of excitement.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A demented, orgiastically gory vampire/sex parable.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's no enjoyably outlandish hiss to this variation on the formula, and no Ice Cube or Owen Wilson, either. This time, a ship of capitalist fools (and no movie stars, unless you count utility player Morris Chestnut as a headliner) steams along the river in Borneo.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The Cell is foremost about singular imagery, a succession of still pictures strung together frame by frame.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Self-righteous and smug in its use of heartland stereotypes, the movie backfires by assuming that its intended liberal audience is just as intolerant and condescending as the conservative opposition insists it is.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The effect-laden showdowns feel more dutiful than daring, and the rare moments of fun are parceled out frugally, like precious nuggets of adamantium.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It allows for little of the dark and funny in Irving's picaresque morality fable. No room! Not with the buckets of bathos thrown our way, substituting for mass-market spiritual uplift!
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Soon enough it's back to stale jokes about spousal date nights.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The teachers (including original cast member Debbie Allen as school principal) turn out to be the best part of the show.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Ed Helms and Ving Rhames score laughs. But the breakout is "Step Brothers'" Kathryn Hahn as the tough (sales)girl who keeps up with the boys.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In a last-minute tweak, the production has also been meaninglessly 3-D-ified - never mind that there's nothing whatsoever 3-D-ish going on. Maybe those clumsy 3-D glasses are meant to let moviegoers mimic the superhero mask-wearing experience?
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Stock farce characters and stale scenes of mayhem fill the downtime between the Martin-Latifah skirmishes.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The character of a scruffy computer nerd, played with might-as-well-enjoy-myself charm by little-known actor Justin Bartha, steals the picture from glossier players.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Lane and Gere mime adult courtship with the efficiency of synchronized swimmers. Yet in this ocean of emotion, they look like they're drowning.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 16 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's something about Holly: She's the most ridiculous, irritating, two-dimensional rom-com heroine since...Katherine Heigl's last rom-com.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Based on a true story, this Indian variation on a theme of "The Burning Bed" emphasizes the psychological freedom the inmate finds behind bars.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Williams turns out to be exactly the wrong candidate for the job, a comedian singularly uninterested in letting anyone else get a word in, but with nothing to say.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Wan, generically pretty adaptation of Alessandro Baricco's 1996 novel.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie is in love with its own story loops and fancy, pop-dream cinematography from Almodóvar associate Affonso Beato, which is fine; it's also in love with its own indie-culture cleverness, which isn't.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Washington is wasted here. Kelly Lynch is wooden. Crowe has a ball going over the top, but how much taunting and eyeball popping can a performer do?
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A parent-and-kid-oriented comedy about the adventures of men doing the hard work of mommies, which couldn't be more timely -- or less delightful.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A ripe psychosexual compost heap of a drama that emits a provocative scent of rot and nonsense.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A needlessly frenzied, pseudo-raunch comedy that whips up a whole lot of R-rated antics only to arrive at crunchy PG-13 lessons in love and tolerance.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    FYI, there's zero chemistry between P.S. I Love You's two commodified headliners. P.S.: The plus in the harsh grade goes solely to the divine Lisa Kudrow, delivering desperately needed laughs as the twitchy widow's husband-hunting best friend.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The sermonizing on behalf of good clean fun and hard old effort (Cosby co-wrote the script) is as faded as Big Al's sweater after too many days on earth.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Petroni takes the poem at face value, turning diaphanous literary imagery opaque and literal.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Be prepared to swallow a lot of empty-calorie jokes in which blacks and Latinos insult and misunderstand one another in a spirit of vigorous buffoonery.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Written by Mr. ''Full Monty'' himself, Simon Beaufoy, and, like ''Monty,'' sprinkles pixie dust over the heads of worn out local folk.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The unnecessarily famous cast for such a standard, creaking, fake-spooky ghost story (with Bible verses thrown in for good measure).
    • 38 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Radio is assembled from small, hard stones of ignorance and intolerance paved over by large, mushy examples of community goodness.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Perelman pays such cooing attention to surfaces that our response to violence carries no more importance than our response to the delicate jewelry around the adult Diana's neck.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Ellis (The Good Wife's Graham Phillips), an alienated teen, smokes weed and hangs out with a goat-obsessed, pot-cultivating surrogate father (David Duchovny, hidden by hair). New Age details aside, though, Ellis is easily identifiable as a distant cousin-by-genre to J.D. Salinger's Holden Caulfield.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Operates on such outdated, unimaginative conventions of movie chemistry that Moore and Brosnan end up appearing older and stodgier than necessary.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Robin Williams (yes, I'm afraid so) plays a kind of Manhattan-based Fagin with a touch of Midnight Cowboy to his wardrobe. And ants will play havoc in any cynic's pants as this loopy, goopy fairy tale about a kid looking for his parents oozes to its predictable finish.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Her (Harron) torpid adaptation of Rachel Klein's novel about female sexual desire, jealousy, death wishes, and vampires at a girls' boarding school defeats Harron's talent for exploring darkness on the edge of kinkiness.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The second insurmountable problem is the difference between Parker's performance as a fortysomething banker, wife, and mother musing (in voice-over) at her computer and her previous performance as a single, thirtysomething girl-about-town in "Sex and the City": There is none. I don't know why she does it.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    2F2F, under the cut-to-the-chase direction of John Singleton, strips the package known as the Mindless Summer Movie down to its barest components of wheels, skin, and a pulsing soundtrack.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Martin's gift for physical and vocal comedy is as deft as ever.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie, directed with a gym teacher's whistle by "Scooby-Doo's" Raja Gosnell, is a contempo soft-focus remake of the 1968 original starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    An earnest, lumpy macramé of a personal nonfiction project.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Comes from the same jolly homage-to-schlock-shock producers who remade ''House on Haunted Hill,'' and the emphasis is shamelessly on ornate scares. But with its high-gloss cast and French art-house actor and director Mathieu Kassovitz (''Hate'') in charge, the movie also shoots for class.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Like choral singing and travel photography, this adventure is more fun for participants than it is for spectators.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A frustratingly old-school, Hollywood-style, inspirational biopic about Amelia Earhart that doesn't trust a viewer's independent assessment of the famous woman pictured on the screen.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Concentrate instead on the delightful performances. A thespian shoutout goes to Reynolds (his hair bleached bright yellow for the gig) for his jaunty way with a cape, tights, and the hands-on-hip poses of superherodom.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    When the florid speeches of volcanic rage and frustration draw to a close - and when Collins and Gooding complete their acting exercises - we still have no clue who these men are and what sent them down their intersecting moral dark alleys.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Van Damme and his cronies (including Lela Rochon, Paul Sorvino, and, for no immediately graspable reason, Rob Schneider as Van Damme's rabbity sidekick) race, speed, shoot, chop, and zip through scenes of such festive mayhem, plot is a clunky afterthought, like a lopsided fake Prada label on a cheap nylon knapsack.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Every once in a while, though, Firth's eyebrow hints, Can you believe I'm wearing this dorky leather breastplate?
    • 37 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Directed by Luis Llosa with all of the subtlety of a snake-oil salesman, is in the great tradition of cinematic cheese, as processed as Kraft Singles slices. [18 Apr 1997, p. 48]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 37 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The hell of it is, Be Cool is tepid entertainment that could be cool if it spent less time entertaining us as if we were demanding a definition of rhythm.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 16 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Maybe the worst thing that can happen is that every other movie at the multiplex will be sold out this weekend.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The punchlines are as tired as Hogan looks.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The message is so good-hearted, so inarguable, so dull.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Joel Schumacher directs with far less fetishism than he might have, while producer Jerry Bruckheimer kicks up only a fraction of the bull dust usually visible in his projects.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Each man's shtick swells into a frenzy of overacting.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The result is a stilted culture clash and a lot of monochromatically conflicted facial expressions from Perry before he's thawed by the love of an ethnic woman.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Myself, I felt victimized by the stereotype shtick of reliably grating Rob Schneider as a Canadian-Japanese wedding-chapel minister from SNL castoff hell. But maybe that's just because this movie encourages sensitivity by hitting everyone over the head with its humor hammer.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Opportunities for bad behavior abound in Waldman's novel - the author's prerogative. Roos, though, hasn't cracked the puzzle of how to explore that behavior on screen in such a way that the characters behave badly in interesting, rather than arbitrary, ways.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Writer-director Steven Zaillian's version stultifies, especially when compared with Robert Rossen's fiery 1949 Oscar winner. How could such dullness defeat the retelling, when Willie Stark is one of the most vivid characters in 20th-century American popular culture?
    • 37 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Terminally muddled crime drama.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Wayne's World's Penelope Spheeris directs and also plays herself, in a movie with a message as self-congratulatory as it is meta: All problems are surmountable when selfless Hollywooders work extra, extra hard, pulling together ''for the kid.''
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The truth is, the freakiness kinda turns the director on, and he nearly strangles Suspect Zero with love.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The twist in The Double slack mystery-thriller is revealed with a shrug about a third of the way in. After that, it's all about Gere looking grim, and Grace looking stricken as he learns what we already know.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's sort of an ursine ''The Last Waltz,'' with more costumes and no direction from Martin Scorsese.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    For women who smoke and drink like fiends, the trio of pre-owned babes in this weirdly rotten femme-porn romance have awfully good, unwrinkled complexions.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    At the Lethal Weapon plant, what you see, after 11 years, are the rusting remnants of a once innovative model.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Young boys are the only suitable audience for Speed Racer, the elaborate live-action adaptation written and directed by "Matrix" creators Larry and Andy Wachowski. And even they might feel an urge to squirm.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie is a folly, a desultory vanity project for its director and co-writer. But for those very reasons, W.E., by world-renowned personage and lesser-known filmmaker Madonna, is not without twisted interest.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    An unintentionally ludicrous drama of repentance.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Plays out like a variation on an old design dictum: If you can't make it good, make it big.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Requires Neeson to stare coldly and talk to corpses, but Ricci has the greater dramatic challenge: She has to operate, unfazed, in close-up nakedness much of the time.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    An unexpectedly alert teen-scream disaster chiller.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The orgasm, it turns out, is low on the list of Amy's issues. The title is faked.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Old Holden would call the whole movie phony, and I agree, if you want to know the truth.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Brisk and sweet, even if the script veers toward fussy and lame.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's something and nothing for everyone in Conan the Barbarian 3D.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Shyamalan's most alienating and self-absorbed project to date.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The number of levels on which these pros trade on their diminished reputations makes the movie an inside joke rather than a funny one. If Spade thinks otherwise, he's nucking futs.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    If this amateur justice league spent as much time analyzing clues as they did analyzing their junk, in every slang variation available in the Urban Dictionary, the murder mystery in The Watch could have been solved on the first night of surveillance.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's a lot of yelling, cracking wise, and cooing in this creepy rom-com.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 16 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Witless, insultingly derivative, muddy-looking, and edited in the hammering epileptic style that marks so many films produced, as this one is, by Michael Bay.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Soul-sucking romantic comedy.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The entertainment gods have cast mixed blessings on Stolen Summer. Let Pete Jones pray.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A weightless, style-driven thriller set in a photogenically chaotic Hong Kong.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The title Addicted to Fame hints that Giancola knows enough to count himself among the hooked. But the crappiness of this documentary about a crappy parody of a crappy B movie suggests that he hasn't kicked the habit.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Too many moments of evident labor weigh this clever production down. To quote the playwright: ''Your wit's too hot, it speeds too fast, 'twill tire.''
    • 35 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Best in show is the divine Gillian Anderson as a powerful celebrity publicist, editing the image of her clients in much the same way this adaptation tames Young's much pricklier book.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Stripped of the pleasures of terror, flattened of grandeur (with a tacked-on coda that fairly groans with storytelling defeat), the movie sinks from the weight of its own heavyhandedness.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A mess -- all high concept, stranded performances, and no laughs.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The comedic slaps are too limp to leave a mark. Director George Ratliff applied a much clearer eye to "Hell House," his chilling 2001 documentary about a real church.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Along comes Two Can Play That Game to demonstrate that antifeminist silliness is color-blind.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The antics involving ghosts, chases, and burping that divert the small fry don't mix with the jokey, tribute-band dialogue spouting from the Mystery, Inc. gang.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    James Westby's loving and self-aware homage to mouth-breathing boys who worship Wong Kar-Wai and can't talk to girls is the opposite of Tarantino-esque: It's Westby-ish, interspersing settings of biting social oafishness with spasms of film knowledge.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Eventually, the senses jam and a mental lube job is in order.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Just because A Walk to Remember is shrewd enough to activate girlish tear ducts doesn't mean it's good enough for our girls. They're willing to buy tickets; why not honor their wits as well as their wallets?
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Dismayingly conservative dramedy.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Director Peter O'Fallon fires his biggest gun: a blast of Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus, truly heavenly music wasted on a handful of dust.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The fault, I think, isn't in our stars but in the script, running up a huge comedy tab the likable players can't pay off.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Walking the path grooved by such stone-faced confreres as De Niro and Schwarzenegger (and following up on his own more successful self-parody in "Men in Black"), Jones positions himself as a Man in a Stetson.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The nightmare is that the live guys in this Dreamcatcher lose the battle the minute the mechanical worm turns.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 16 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Under the direction of Entourage's Mark Mylod, the movie not only makes cheap sex jokes but looks skanky, too. Lighting, camerawork, and editing are all a slapdash mess, one that further hinders the actors trying their best to get through this failed hookup of a comedy.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Well-meaning but hopelessly lost little comedy.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    TV's ''I Spy'' knew how to swing. The movie 'I Spy knows only how to scramble and string together moments of Murphy braggadocio and Wilson stoner-ocity, and the sweat shows.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In the presence of profound questions, the filmmaker goes profoundly shallow.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The Other Man is self-conscious, overproduced, overacted Euro-marital hoo-ha.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The Ephron sisters, sophisticates entrusted with a simple TV situation comedy, lose the magic of the com as they mess with the sit.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Isn't exactly good - like "Legally Blonde 2," it's a more exaggerated, less buoyant sequel to what should have been a one-off comedy - but it's enjoyable.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Some sure symptoms: The movie demonstrates a smart movie geek's obsession with the rhythms and gory details of horror storytelling, undermined by a pompous insistence on spiritual lessons of the tritest kind.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The resentments acted out at the dining table by the rest of this miserable family - gathered for a graduation celebration that turns into a wake - are so oppressive that Eugene O'Neill might ask, ''Too much?''
    • 34 Metascore
    • 16 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's a toss-up as to what's the worse sin in this graceless piece of tragedy porn.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The ethos of the Chelsea Hotel may shape Hawke's artistic aspirations, but he hasn't yet coordinated his own DV poetry with the Beat he hears in his soul.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Another depressingly empty action thriller.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    An overstructured, overacted indie drama about gambling, addiction, and the sawdusty romanticism of old-time magicians.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    What Emily doesn't do, though -- what this slow-moving, sour, sloppily assembled teen drama doesn't allow her to do -- is make her predicament of any emotional interest.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Neither grand enough to be impressive nor antic enough to be charming, the movie settles for bland and frantic, climaxing in a showdown among decadent pyramid builders. How bad are these guys? They're sadists...and, wink wink, sissies.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 0 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    How you feel about Valentine's Day may depend on how you feel when someone really, really cute -- and someone you're really, really fond of -- gives you a nasty box of cheap chocolate on Valentine's Day, picked up at the corner Rite Aid and delivered with the price tag still attached.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Something puddles to nothing in this relentless Miami sun.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Just coarse, clunky, jerry rigged, and -- worst of all -- not funny.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 16 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The cast itself is weirdly overqualified.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Just as all regular models can't be supermodels, so all action chicks can't be superheroines. Elektra Natchios turns out to be walled off rather than mysteriously alluring; blank rather than deep.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The star is done in by the deathless mediocrity of the production, an assemblage of random camera shots, messy editing, redundant scenes, and witless dialogue as haphazardly stitched together as the flesh on Jonah Hex's face.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This condescending story wastes him (Douglas).
    • 33 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    An overly picaresque first feature written and directed by David Duchovny, who also co-stars.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 16 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    To a character, every man in this faux-homey burg has been castrated! They're all impotent buffoons!
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The music screeches, the actors vamp, the knives and weapons and bombs and fireballs fly around the screen. Meanwhile, the well-prepared moviegoer slips into her or his own private fantasy of a world in which movie effects are themselves locked away in an institution for the criminally insane until such time as those effects are really, truly necessary for the story.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Florid, convoluted historical drama.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    No authentic emotion of any kind happens in this damp, Seattle-based romance, a fizzle for both stars.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    RV
    As Williams ricochets between playing submissive soft-drink executive tethered to the whims of a hysterical boss and pathetic dad at the wheel, trying to cajole his family into vacation satisfaction, we can be excused for getting carsick.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    And here's the revelation: Miley Cyrus is a really interesting movie star in the making, with an intriguing echo-of-foghorn speaking voice, and a scuffed-up tomboyish physicality (in the Kristen Stewart mode) that sets her apart from daintier girls in her celebrity class.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Unlike in ''Freaky Friday,'' no magic spells are involved. Nor is there any of ''Freaky'''s marvelous charm in this ungainly Manhattan fairy tale, directed by indulgent sentimentalist Boaz Yakin.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A bummer - slack rather than loose, tired rather than fun.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 0 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There is not one honest moment, not ONE, in Hanging Up.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    An out of date 1950s movie.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A recitation of woes doesn't constitute a plot, and panoramic shots of migrating wildlife don't convey enough African flavor.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    With no Jamie Lee Curtis as a volleying partner, though, Lohan's chipper energy is, like, so totally out of proportion given the colorless pliability of everyone around her.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie may be more bogus than a Gucci bag for sale on a Fifth Avenue sidewalk, but at least the backgrounds are real.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A gaggle of hip actors squander their gifts in this unfunny, out-of-control comedy.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The Naked Gun writing team and actor-turned-director Hart Bochner do unto the stereotype of inner-city high schools what needs to be done to stereotyped inner-city high schools -- parody them silly -- in this high-flying, low-comedy production.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    So many body parts from other engineered romantic comedies have been crudely harvested and stitched together in the making of this weird robotic lark that "Maid of Honor of Frankenstein" might be more useful a nickname.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's nothing particularly revolutionary about writer-director Robert Edwards' grimly satiric political fable.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    When Rock finds his authentic swing as an actor as well as a comedian, he'll be, like, a movie god.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The story is timeless; this could have taken place when Doyle graduated in '76 -- or any year, really, since the effects of high school linger throughout adult life and nerds are forever.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Requires tremendous restraint not to conclude that this entertainingly apocalyptic mess is about nothing, since it may well be about everything. But I doubt it.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This is strictly substandard stuff, with imitative creepy noises, vertiginous camera angles, and long pauses.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The laughs are few in this inert, ungenerous comedy.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The editing in Battlefield America is super-speedy: Each shot lasts about three seconds, and then it's off.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A crappy thriller gussied up with a chrome-plated veneer.

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