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

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Silver Linings Playbook
Lowest review score: 0 The King and I
Score distribution:
1,906 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Korine remains unnecessarily smitten with sordidness, and there's plenty of it here.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Great, restrained performances of Beatty and Schreiber, delicately framed by the filmmaker's taste for visual compositions.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Slow -- sometimes maddeningly, soporifically so.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Ziplessness has rarely looked so inviting, nor have a couple of actors seemed so much like real people -- attractive, but hardly hunks of perfection -- who happened to get lucky, and are delighted to throw some of their guiltless good fortune our way.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Underneath the ravishing imagery however, hearts are in flux.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Bright dialogue and finely embroidered performances adorn The Guru like festive beading on a pair of made-in-India bedroom slippers.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Well-made film. Indeed, discovering such a small pleasure is the kind of experience that rewards film lovers who browse with open eyes as well as hearts.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's a shocking, casual quality to the self-destructive narcissism of the pretty, petty kids squandering their lives in the L.A. sunshine of The Young Unknowns.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Imamura's delight in the infinite oddity of men and women is goofy; it's also, at heart, reverent.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's a merciless and mirthlessly funny antiwar weapon from a filmmaker who has seen battle firsthand and has lived to make art from memories of hell.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Oscillates between streaky black comedy and sanitary instruction.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jacquot economically conveys the small, painful sacrifices both lovers -- but particularly the woman -- must make, and the constant, ongoing negotiations of power required to maintain no-strings freedom.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    And among the things this ''HP'' does very well indeed is deepen the darker, more frightening atmosphere for audiences of all ages already familiar with the intricacies of the ''Potter'' landscape. (This is as it should be: Harry's story is supposed to get darker.)
    • 52 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The easygoing silliness with which this late-summer movie surprise scuttles from mayhem to mayhem and the verve with which the cast throws itself into the fray are so cheering and liberating.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's refreshingly low on the kind of Cinema of Empowerment pedantry that often goes along with stories about ethnic families, sweatshop working conditions, or women confronting issues of weight and body image -- and this little crowd-pleaser embraces all three.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Conveys the heaving passion of Puccini's famous love-jealousy-murder-suicide fandango with great cinematic innovation.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Art history majors may write in with corrections. Meanwhile, I'm declaring that the masterly, big-canvas biographical drama Chi-hwa-seon: Painted Fire is about the Jackson Pollock of 19th-century Korea.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This is a gentle, engaging narrative of constancy and devotion against all odds, both natural and bureaucratic, in which the past represents enduring family values and customs.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In the grim and empathetic lost-youth drama Sweet Sixteen, the director focuses on a few failed souls -- rather than excoriate the system that failed them -- to produce a story of particularly streamlined, eloquent despair.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's a bouncy, loose limbed, ''families do the darnedest things'' sitcom that elicits ungrudging laughs.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Every signifier in this quintessentially American domestic thriller is in satisfying running order.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The two XXL personalities are in fit, fighting form in a comedy as bracing and furiously right for the moment as it is broad and huggable.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Gravity-defying kung fu choreography.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    May not tell a great story, but it's a great wow.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Narc is as cop movie as a cop movie can be.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Arriving amid the traditionally withered harvest of January releases, Orange County is peachy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Hip, funny, mostly nonmusical, decidedly non- epic family picture.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A ferocious, funny, gory, and astute Canadian horror parable.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Ozon specializes in dissecting the vulnerability, erotic longing, and garbled intentions with which people regularly rub up against one another.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The performances are vividly alive.