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 9.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Lowest review score: 0 Old Dogs
Score distribution:
1,909 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Hugo both ticks and flies by, a marvel meant to be pulled from the cabinet and enjoyed again and again.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Intelligent conversation about the interplay of erotic and destructive urges takes place over cups of tea in fine bone china. Yet the movie is a radically modern story about sex.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Young Adult bumps along with nasty swerves, middle finger proudly in the air, toward an ending blessedly free of anything warm, fuzzy, or optimistic. Now that's adult entertainment.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    With its warring factions, citizen uprisings, guerrilla insurgencies, political intrigue, bloody warfare, family tensions, and homoerotic subtext, Coriolanus is one of the year's best political thrillers.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This is a beautifully built, classically framed movie, shot with the unshowy natural expressiveness of a John Ford Western by Spielberg's great cinematographer, Janusz Kaminski.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Completing his wonderful French cultural trilogy that also includes portraits of the Comédie-Fran¸aise and the Paris Opera Ballet, indefatigable documentarian Frederick Wiseman freely, unobtrusively prowls the joint to create a movie that respects the serious work involved in simulating the sensations of pleasure.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The fine Polish director Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa) pays her respects with a daringly murky-looking movie that demands viewers enter the void too and meet Socha and his Jews as real, flawed men and women behaving in flawed ways under suffocating conditions.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    I don't know what tools of the trade Paul Rudd and director David Wain share to dream up the kind of inspired nutso stuff Rudd has done in smart-funny-raunchy winners like "Wet Hot American Summer" and "Role Models." But whatever it is, the two are in a groove - and backed up by some blissed-out creative co-conspirators.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Underneath, 21 Jump Street is a riot of risks that pay off, the biggest of which might be handing Tatum funny business.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A muscular, honorable, unflinching translation of Collins' vision. It's brutal where it needs to be, particularly when children fight and bleed.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Writer-director Gérald Hustache-Mathieu sustains a fresh voice influenced by the Coen brothers and the infernal snow of "Fargo."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Whenever Rupert Everett appears as a rich fellow who distinctly does not fancy ladies, it's a hysterical history lesson of the hilarious variety.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Each an actor of distinctive delicacy, Duplass, DeWitt, and Blunt do some of their subtlest, most sweetly calibrated work ever, playing off one another with the kind of ease and trust that is, in itself, a demonstration of love.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    What's most amazing in The Amazing Spider-Man turns out to be not the shared sensations of blockbuster wow! the picture elicits, but rather the shared satisfactions of intimate awww.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The result is an engrossing chronicle of creative people under pressure, a movie about the madness of opera for which no knowledge of opera is required for full enjoyment.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Renner's Cross is a conflicted hero built to take advantage of the "Hurt Locker" star's best qualities as an actor - his default intensity, the way he conveys that complicated mental calculations are taking place under cover of watchful stillness, even underwater.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    With a slow, relentless buildup focused on sexual humiliation, Compliance intensifies the "requests" put on Sandra, and eventually other employees, to behave immorally in the name of cooperation.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Lauren Ambrose is lovely as the girlfriend he's a fool to lose but seems intent on losing anyhow.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Nerve-rattling in the best way, the sharp, visceral urban police procedural End of Watch is one of the best American cop movies I've seen in a long time.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Frankenweenie is a cool little flipbook of historical Burtonian style. It even brings back old friends, including "Beetlejuice's" Winona Ryder and Catherine O'Hara.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    What's new about the unsensationalized portrait of one-day-at-a-time progress (and setbacks) is the low-key energy of this drunks' tale, by and for a generation with a high tolerance for humor and a low tolerance for soapiness.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The high-low setting effectively reinforces the emotional geography of both lost souls. Gillian Anderson makes a brief, well-placed appearance as one of the rich.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    One hell of a creepy little eco-horror picture.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Sean Baker's singular little ultra-indie is a strikingly unsentimental study in female friendship between unmoored souls in L.A.'s bleached, glamour-challenged San Fernando Valley.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    I will salute the deftness and intelligence with which Goldfinger observes the reactions of the living to the revelations of the dead.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Something particularly clean shines in this American fairy tale, a quality of simplicity that's almost as hard to achieve in such movies as a middle-aged man's boyhood dreams.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Not only makes excellent use of the singer's sweetly coltish acting abilities, but it also promotes a standardized set of sturdy values with none of Mariah Carey's desperate ''Glitter,'' or any of Mandy Moore's gummy pap in ''A Walk to Remember.''
    • 49 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    So jaunty, so limber, and so visually self-assured that art peeks through where crap has traditionally made its home.

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