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 Pontypool
Lowest review score: 0 Hanging Up
Score distribution:
1,906 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A jolting, artfully made drama set in and around a suburban playground somewhere between "American Beauty" and "In the Bedroom" on America's psychic highway.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The very title The Departed suggests a James Joycean take on Irish-Catholic sentiment when, of course, this story is anything but: It's Scorsesean, and he's in full bloom.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's no great romantic climax to Don Juan DeMarco (and that may be a drawback for Depp lovers looking to swoon), but there is an airy delicacy to this tall tale that fits in perfectly with the weather these days, the hormones, the whole seasonal gestalt.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A warm and honest portrait of a marriage at its most mysterious, and ordinary.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Exquisitely structured, pitiless study of a middle-aged man trapped in a stagnant emotional weather pattern.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Each and every character in Christopher Guest's latest hilarious cultural corrective is something inspiring to behold.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Ricardo Darín, wearing a mild-mannered expression of emotional remove, plays the unnamed antihero, obsessed with imagining the perfect robbery. The ''aura'' is the clarity with which he sees -- or imagines he sees -- the world in moments preceding an epileptic attack.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    What the activist drama "Fast Food Nation" does with talk and the aid of movie stars, Our Daily Bread, a riveting documentary by Austrian filmmaker Nikolaus Geyrhalter, does even better, with no voice-over and barely a word spoken by the unidentified workers involved in matter-of-fact killing and harvesting.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Utterly riveting fictional drama.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Bong Joon-ho's wildly entertaining saga should become the hip, thinking-person's monster movie of choice.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jafar Panahi's wonderfully funny, outspoken shaggy-dog story, a light counterweight to his sadder 2000 feminist drama "The Circle."
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Gere is terrific at suggesting the kind of addictive cocktail of excitement, panic, chutzpah, creativity, and naked hunger for fame and megabucks that might inspire such big, fat lies.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    If only for the comedy glory of Sigourney Weaver as a TV network president who confuses acid reflux with gut instinct, this very smart, very funny movie about the making of a network sitcom is a cut-glass gem of a showbiz conceit.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    I mean no impertinence when I say that as a portrait of love and grief, writer-director Mike White's exceptional film Year of the Dog deserves the same admiration accorded Joan Didion's exceptional memoir "The Year of Magical Thinking."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A satisfying contraption of twists, missteps, and blithe repartee that produces old-fashioned, honestly earned guffaws.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A muscular sequel to To's riveting 2005 gangster picture "Election."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    While the young people chatter about life and literature with sometimes overbearing self-satisfaction, the astute filmmaker observes their pretentious gum-flapping with a mixture of amusement, compassion, and wised-up rue.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Resonant examination of friendship, fame, cultural trends, and the creative process.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Fantasy leaks into reality.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Out of a harrowing story set in a foreign thicket, Herzog has found American beauty.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There are no zombies to distract from the plausibility of Right at Your Door. And that's what makes this smart, coolly horrifying American indie thriller one of the scariest movies you're likely to see all year — a post-9/11 nightmare about terrorism, panic, and paranoia with real, waking-life implications.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Amir Bar-Lev's engrossing film is as much about the stubborn ambiguities of art, truth, meaning, and relationships as it is about the authenticity of the Olmstead oeuvre.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's a kind of tough beauty to this deft, satisfying thriller.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The most beautiful movie ever made about a man who could only move one eyelid -- almost dangerously beautiful.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Which brings us back to Kidman, who really IS sensational here.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A blithe charmer balanced somewhere between a life-should-be-so-neat fairy tale and a life's-a-real-bitch tragicomedy, leaves political debate at the ticket counter and focuses solely on what it's like for Juno MacGuff to be Juno MacGuff.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Where "No End" is cool and measured, Taxi is hot, anguished, and sometimes as difficult to watch as pictures of torture ought to be.
    • 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.