Lisa Schwarzbaum

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For 1,916 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 7.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Boxing Gym
Lowest review score: 0 88 Minutes
Score distribution:
1916 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie was a major success for Melanie Griffith, sure, but it was as the secretary's boss ... that Weaver combined all of her star qualities, pulled in laughs, and took home an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Of all the shocks in the riveting and timely political thriller Paradise Now, the most unsettling may be the dignity bestowed on a pair of prospective Palestinian suicide bombers.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The breath of cinematic life, though, the sensibility, the energy, belong to Joel and Ethan Coen, and this is their stirring success.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A dark and hilarious thwomping of the whole miserablist British gangster genre.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Exquisitely structured, pitiless study of a middle-aged man trapped in a stagnant emotional weather pattern.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Out of the zany strictures of Dogma 95...Danish newcomer Thomas Vinterberg has made a funny, volatile, visually dynamic story about the unraveling of one extended family during the course of a patriarchal 60th-birthday dinner.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    What could have been a parlor game becomes a surprisingly rich sketchbook, boosted by the work of fine actors.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Campion's big-sisterly encouragement of Cornish's lovely, openhearted performance -- and Whishaw's well-matched response -- results in a character instantly, intimately recognizable to anyone remembering her own first love.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Even blood, spilled so freely, has a distinctive intensity of red in this beautiful and harrowing film.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's a tiny, sunny character study about a fat guy who's an unlikely chick magnet. And as such it's a pip.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    One hell of a creepy little eco-horror picture.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The fetching cast (including Jennifer Beals as a histrionic girlfriend), while a long way from Gwyneth and Matt stature, nevertheless reflects Stillman’s enhanced status as an established indie talent.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Turns out to be the funniest, most risk-taking, most incisive movie of the summer.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Sky Captain is a gorgeous, funny, and welcome novelty.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A stunning study of one desperate woman's conscience.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The subtle selectivity of Leconte's eye, how he moves with great control from gesture to gesture, is matched by the disciplined intensity of the performances.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    With its propulsive punk-rock soundtrack and beautifully rough cinematography, Dragonslayer makes you care about this scrawny young man, skating to nowhere.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Everything is vast and hugely ambitious in Martin Scorsese's magisterial, scrambled historical epic.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Many of the characters go by two different names. So best advice for optimum viewing is, see Broken Embraces...twice.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Her death was shocking; this well-made telling of her life is inspiring.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Gripping, highly original.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    MIB3 is one giant leap for mankind because Josh Brolin shows up to play the younger Agent K. And he just nails the feat, triumphantly creating a riff on/homage to the Tommy Lee Jones-ness of K that goes much deeper (and funnier) than a simple imitation of drawl and speech patterns.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A satisfying contraption of twists, missteps, and blithe repartee that produces old-fashioned, honestly earned guffaws.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    "Old Boy's" vivid star Choi Min-sik plays a terrible schoolteacher -- yet another damned soul in Park's inflammatory, inimitable movie inventory of hell on earth.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Bleak, scathing, and utterly compelling.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The charm and art of De Felitta's gentle domestic sketch expand far beyond biographical borders.

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