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 Hamlet
Lowest review score: 0 Boat Trip
Score distribution:
1,906 movie reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The first great, mind-tickling treat of the new movie year.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A stunning study of one desperate woman's conscience.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Surges with an energy and visual verve that improve the play and enhance the themes of dramatist Peter Morgan's script.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The mechanical beauty and android possibilities of the future excite the filmmaker, and that's where Minority Report becomes an alluring postcard from the edge. But it's an edge over which Spielberg never seems to want to step.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    With exemplary use of archival footage, director Asif Kapadia expertly contrasts episodes of adrenaline-rush speed with moments of reflective slow motion to capture the addictive thrill and danger of the sport, as well as the personal values of the humble, spiritual sportsman.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The Sessions is first and foremost about Hawkes' virtuoso performance, one of those "My Left Foot"-y transformations that make audiences verklemmt and generate awards talk.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Luc Jacquet's exquisitely shot eye-of-God study of a year in the lives of these distinctive birds is a nature film built with a feel for the epic and a love of operatic narrative.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Great, restrained performances of Beatty and Schreiber, delicately framed by the filmmaker's taste for visual compositions.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The charm and art of De Felitta's gentle domestic sketch expand far beyond biographical borders.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    An inviting international audience-pleaser.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Undeniably powerful, the work also comes with its own built-in shield against feeling any one character's difficulties too deeply, or for too long.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Rees presents this vivid, hidden culture with raw honesty.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A strange history lesson that leaves us more overlectured than properly overwhelmed.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There are moments in Baran as wholesomely heart-tugging as any involving Charlie Chaplin and a blind girl, but the film is saved from aren't-kids-cute sentimentality by a warmth that isn't faked and a stately sense of composition.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's a good bet the average American moviegoer, however familiar with the rhythms of cinematic global culture, has never experienced such a handsomely self contained world.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    With its warring factions, citizen uprisings, guerrilla insurgencies, political intrigue, bloody warfare, family tensions, and homoerotic subtext, Coriolanus is one of the year's best political thrillers.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This patient, righteous documentary by Ken Burns, David McMahon, and Sarah Burns recounts the story of justice undone (a serial rapist confessed) with extensive interviews, a thorough use of archival footage, and a less-than felicitous use of ominous-rumble music that unnecessarily insists, Isn't this an outrage?
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The result is an engrossing chronicle of creative people under pressure, a movie about the madness of opera for which no knowledge of opera is required for full enjoyment.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Kinsey is patient and educational and never (darn it) rude or shocking.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Greggory anchors Gabrielle in manly bewilderment and rage, while Huppert claws the title character's way to self-awareness.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's a bravura recklessness to Beautiful People that perfectly fits its subject.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A movie of uncommon sweetness and delight.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This is a movie about actors acting; who cares why Juliette was in the pen?
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Reprise is kissed with the breath of French New Wave sensibility, sweet with verve and a love of forward movement. The mood of joy in the midst of youthful pain is enhanced by the freshness of the first-time lead actors.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Tsai builds this shimmering story with deft, deadpan wit and a warm, understated love of the absurd, both in life and afterlife.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The wry filmmaker has created an urbane society of family and friends as ridiculously pretentious and hypocritical as they are cultured, accomplished, and posh.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Gravity-defying kung fu choreography.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This audaciously issues-loaded indie drama works, improbably and entirely, on account of the marvelous, often familiar-looking, rarely starring character actor Richard Jenkins and his perfect performance as a stodgy, widowed economics professor.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Another must-see marvel of horror, comedy, and impeccable filmmaking by the Korean director Bong Joon-ho.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    One of the great virtues of Disney's most elegant animated ''classic'' in years is how blessedly sermon-free this zippy, dignified retelling of Edgar Rice Burroughs' ripping 1914 yarn is.