Lisa Schwarzbaum
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For 1,909 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Lowest review score: 0 88 Minutes
Score distribution:
1,909 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie is also visually magnificent - modestly so. Plus, it's half the length of "Avatar."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Like Crazy tells the truth, simply: Love is thrilling. And - just because of the way life happens - sometimes love hurts.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    So much goes down on Nick and Norah's one enchanted evening that the best advice is to enjoy the ride -- the actual ride -- around this vibrant new New York.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A pleasurably unsettling, sunbaked tale of sex and politics set in late-1970s Haiti.
    • 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.

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