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 Tulpan
Lowest review score: 0 Valentine's Day
Score distribution:
1,906 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The archival footage is so breathtaking, the reminiscences so piquant, that even a stranger to dance can't help but be swept up by this peek into such exquisite, now vanished glamour.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    As a horror picture, Blair Witch may not be much more than a cheeky game, a novelty with the cool, blurry look of an avant-garde artifact. But as a manifestation of multimedia synergy, it's pretty spooky.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Flirting is a little too weighed down with stage business to soar. But episode for episode, it's one of the ha-ha-funniest movies currently around.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    One of the wonders of the holiday season.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Allen has fun in his imaginary French capital, turning his star-studded cast loose to interpret their characters as they wish.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The vivid fictional specifics, and the simple loveliness of the artless performances by nonactor Mongolian nomads, attest to the filmmakers' abundant artistry.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Madly original, cheekily political, altogether exciting District 9.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A film of wonderful looseness and innovation. Set free to film fakes, the director is the real thing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Fantasy leaks into reality.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Family nuttiness, football madness, romantic obsession, and certifiable mental illness coexist happily in Silver Linings Playbook - a crazy beaut of a comedy that brims with generosity and manages to circumvent predictability at every turn.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Powerful, passionate, and potentially revolution-inducing documentary.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The lyrical animation, with its meditative attention to nature, bears the unique stamp of Japan's Studio Ghibli, cofounded by the great ­"Spirited Away" animator Hayao Miyazaki.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Superb, Oscar-nominated documentary.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A highly original Death in Venice-scented comedy drama written and directed with flair by British feature novice Richard Kwietniowski.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A movie masterpiece...is Lars von Trier's ecstatic magnum opus on the themes of depression, cataclysm, and the way the world might end.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In watching the birds and the man with an affectionate, curious eye, the filmmaker builds a story of surprising emotional resonance.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    While never slow, the film feels quiet and spacious, like a prayer.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    What could have been a parlor game becomes a surprisingly rich sketchbook, boosted by the work of fine actors.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Truer than the John Wayne showpiece and less gritty than the book, this True Grit is just tasty enough to leave movie lovers hungry for a missing spice.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The real feast is in the mix of characters, each so finely and unschmaltzily delineated in a script so confident and controlled that even the most passing of participants comes alive.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Thrilling little epic set in the bewildering arena of the English language.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Noyce honors the story best by standing back (and getting Kenneth Branagh, as a supercilious official, to stand back, too): Noyce lets the landscape and the untrained young actresses own the screen, particularly the naturally magnetic Everlyn Sampi.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Loosely based on real events, this harrowing, superbly made drama by fast-rising filmmaker Gerardo Naranjo (I'm Gonna Explode) is Mexico's 2012 submission for Best Foreign Language Film - rightfully so.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The worldview, the sense of childlike fun shaded with adult melancholy, and the joyful, serene attention to visual oddity and wordless beauty could only be made in Japan. And, specifically, made by Hayao Miyazaki.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The best thing about this long-awaited feature-length project, a classic Simpsonian interplay of family psychology, social commentary, and brainy visual and verbal jokes tossed off at rat-a-tat speed, is how relaxed it manages to be.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Traces the sport to its Polynesian beginnings, then zooms in on the genesis of 20th- century Southern California surf culture -- the boards, the bikinis, the laid-back cowabunga.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's an adult life force in every frame of this luxuriously paced work, even in the sight of rain and a lady's stocking.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Something marvelous happens as the filmmaker, in his first feature, expertly metes out small scenes of communication between people taught, for generations, to be wary of one another: This Band swings with the rhythms of hope.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This thrilling stop-motion animated adventure is a high point in Selick's career of creating handcrafted wonderlands of beauty blended with deep, disconcerting creepiness.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Known for distinctive horror movies like "Cure" and "Pulse," inventive Japanese filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa finds just the right melancholy tone to suit a new and all too familiar kind of horror: economic downsizing.