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 A Film Unfinished
Lowest review score: 0 Hounddog
Score distribution:
1,906 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A delightful, perceptive, funny, detail-perfect fable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A suspenseful and delightfully creepy French drama.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Leconte (''Ridicule'') gives his heart to the luck of romance, to the dream state visual style of Fellini, and, most lyrically, to the passion of the dagger point swoon.
    • 72 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    That the story is so oldfashioned and domestic and the family so average and secular is, in its way, the wind beneath this Broken Wings.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Realer and more consequential than much being packaged for TV and movies these days as ''reality,'' the fictional In This World unfolds with the deceptive dispassion of a documentary, but builds with a sure sense of dramatic epic.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    As a sharky, gay TV journalist investigating the story, Tom Selleck charms by playing in contrast to his own determinedly hetero persona.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Thrilling little epic set in the bewildering arena of the English language.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Her death was shocking; this well-made telling of her life is inspiring.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The most unexpectedly audacious, exhilarating, wildly creative adventure thriller I've seen in ages.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This patient, perceptive, nonjudgmental love story about age difference is the first to convincingly explain the temporal physics of May-December romances.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's all very French, very intricate, and -- this is Rivette's magic -- seemingly as light as air.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A surreal, elegantly melancholy, and yet witty ensemble story.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A quietly dazzling microcosm that's always just this side of eerie, just that side of tragic.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The tonal elegance of this black comedy set in a dark time -- is boldly dependent on performances that tug at taut lines of moral complexity.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Superb family drama.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Although the talent of a kid with the last name of Culkin may not, at this point, register as such a novelty -- Rory follows brothers Macaulay and Kieran -- there is something precociously mature but natural about the work of this youngest Culkin sibling that stands apart.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Del Toro builds excitement, dread, and melodrama in equal layers.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Expertly sinister, office-as-devil's-playground French thriller.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Lives happily ever after because it's such a feisty but good natured embrace of the inner ogre in everyone.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Bleak, scathing, and utterly compelling.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Serendipity has no business working, but it does. And by the way, Eugene Levy has no business almost stealing the show, but he does, too.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Blithe and exhilarating romantic comedy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Sky Captain is a gorgeous, funny, and welcome novelty.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Hanks towers as a near naked, near biblical man. Zemeckis tells his story -- the screenplay is by William Broyles -- with a control magnificent in what isn't shown as much as in what is.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A fast, loose, and very funny parody that pulls off the not-so-simple feat of tweaking Trekkies and honoring them.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This funny, gory stab-athon is as sophisticated about the mechanics of Part 2s as the original was savvy about horror flicks.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A story in full billow; it sails through stretches of bloody battle, anxious waiting, wine-soaked relaxation, and marvelous scientific discoveries by the remarkable Maturin (Paul Bettany, well matched again with his ''A Beautiful Mind'' costar).