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 Shower
Lowest review score: 0 Gun Shy
Score distribution:
1,906 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Anxiety-provoking documentary.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The dramatic power, though, comes entirely from the eloquence of old people, shot in medium close-up, barely moving as they remember things.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Affliction -- a beautiful bummer, a magnificent feel-bad movie -- is American filmmaking of a most rewarding order.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The audience for this grimly disquieting film is, or ought to be, self-selecting.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Lee's bigger theme isn't God or survival, but the awesome adventure of making the imaginary visible, the adventure of making movies.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The film is almost deliriously stylish, which helps mask the silliness. But the bellowing music, by John Adams, is infuriatingly intrusive -- which undoes the visual good.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The yarn is too irresistible: We're fed plenty of sugar in this authorized fairy tale, but are left hungry for beef.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's all very French, very intricate, and -- this is Rivette's magic -- seemingly as light as air.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jennifer Baichwal's gorgeous documentary Manufactured Landscapes amplifies the powerful work of Edward Burtynsky, a Canadian artist who specializes in large-scale photographs of terrain transformed by civilization into rivers and tides of industrial ugliness.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Monsters, Inc. has got that swing, that zippity, multilevel awareness of kids'-eye sensibilities and adult-pitched humor.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Among Gosling's many star-making qualities is his nuanced mastery, since "The Believer," of a facial expression of infinitely adaptable, imperturbable, sustained calm that can read as chilling or ardent, hard or soft, as the role demands.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Excels at creating a keen, creepy sense of a civilization stopped dead in its tracks -- vaporized, almost, except for those disemboweled bodies left still undisposed.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This stunning movie -- one of the very best of the year -- makes a much read American classic feel new and freshly devastating.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Slow -- sometimes maddeningly, soporifically so.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Propelled by ferocious sex, nasty violence, and coy interludes of traditional Turkish love songs.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jaoui handles her crowd of vivid characters so naturally, and shoots her scenes so unobtrusively, that the diagrammatic cleverness of the plot never overwhelms the intelligence of the observations.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In Please Give, the sharp-eyed filmmaker sends her vibrant representative out into the world to explore what it means for a woman to be lucky and still feel itchy. The report has the resonant ring of truth.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The script is a steady accretion of small stabs to the heart, propelling the gorgeous performances of Berling, Regnier, and especially the 76-year-old French cinema veteran Bouquet, whose every faint smile is killing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    What matters now, what Lumumba conveys, is the urgent chaos of revolution.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Art history majors may write in with corrections. Meanwhile, I'm declaring that the masterly, big-canvas biographical drama Chi-hwa-seon: Painted Fire is about the Jackson Pollock of 19th-century Korea.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jammed with banner-ready political rhetoric, and the relentlessness of the lectures is wearying. The plot, on the other hand, is a standard contraption built on enduring urban anxieties and involving a nasty hotel-room trade.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jack Nicholson's dyspeptic retiree in "About Schmidt" would no doubt identify with O'Horten's entertaining pain.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Without doing anything so divisive as taking sides, The Counterfeiters pays sympathetic attention to those who play their cards to win even when the rules are terrible, not least because the remarkable Markovics, an Austrian TV actor with a pugnacious anvil of a head, is so riveting as an unsaintly survivor.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Talented filmmaker Susanne Bier (Brothers), armed with an outstanding compositional sense, keeps control over the storms of melodrama that swirl in this rich weepie.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Chaos reigns for much of The Dark Knight Rises, often in big, beautiful, IMAX-size scenes that only Nolan could have conceived. Yet when the apocalyptic dust literally settles on this concluding chapter, the character who lingers longest in memory is an average Gotham City cop named John Blake, wonderfully played with human-scale clarity by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Everything is aces about this lineup's pedigree. But Devil never lets loose. It's a jazzy composition about sex, sleuthing, corruption, race, and cheap liquor that's a half step out of tune.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Del Toro builds excitement, dread, and melodrama in equal layers.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The nonprofessional cast of Bahman Ghobadi's remarkable, slow, rough edged feature reveals a simple, piercing grimness and determination framed by the gray, icy landscape of Iranian Kurdistan.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    But the story is, still and all, only a pause, deferring an intensely anticipated conclusion. And it's in that exquisite place of action and waiting that this elegantly balanced production emerges as a model adaptation.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Acompelling, cant free drama about clashing class systems and challenged family relationships that's all the more engrossing for its organic, near documentary style.