Lisa Schwarzbaum

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For 1,926 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 6.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Last Train Home
Lowest review score: 0 Boat Trip
Score distribution:
1926 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The intense interviews and damning statistics (20 percent of all female personnel have experienced sexual assault) do the work of whipping up outrage.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In our summertime-movie world of aliens and superheroes who look all too familiar, Dodge and Penny look all the rarer in their precious humanity.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Merida may be a headstrong heroine, a feisty animated hybrid who calls to mind Katniss Everdeen, Bella Swan, and the neo-fairy-tale protagonist who faces off against her evil stepmother in "Snow White and the Huntsman." But she is also, for safety's sake, a nice girl in a pretty green dress who loves her family and believes in dynasty.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Heavy on mood and murk.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    So let's hear it for the giant wig of Pre-Raphaelite gray corkscrews planted on the noggin of Jane Fonda as a glamorous hippie grandma. The hairdo meets its match in the dull Ann Taylor togs encasing Catherine Keener: That's how you know Granny's daughter is an uptight lawyer.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This is jumbo-size science fiction, with a handsome, impermeable titanium gleam - and a thick coating of creationism lite.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The power dynamic may charm the French, but it's likely to push the cringe buttons of local moviegoers in Obama's post-"The Green Mile America." Apart from the wince-inducing moments, The Intouchables is often a pleasant buddy picture.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The editing in Battlefield America is super-speedy: Each shot lasts about three seconds, and then it's off.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Trier's compassion for what it takes to survive, mixed with the love he bestows on Oslo, is rewardingly profound.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    For some viewers, Moonrise Kingdom may be movie heaven, another bric-a-brac-jammed bauble to place alongside "The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou" and "The Darjeeling Limited." Personally, though, I wish that Anderson would come out from under the glass, or at least change what he's doing under there.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Battleship is a sound vessel floating in Hollywood's oil-slick sea of "Transformers" sequels and vampire riffs.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    What's shocking this time is how tame Sacha Baron Cohen's newest wild man is, for all the kerfuffle the comedian can stir up on the ­promotional trail.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This inauthentic teen tale, with its cosmetically softened edges, serves neither the young people nor the Mendes fans for whom it might be intended.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    As with his previous film "Fireflies in the Garden," writer-director Dennis Lee scratches the skin of family bonds until it bleeds. This time, he uses whimsy as a salve.
    • 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."
    • 14 Metascore
    • 16 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Terminal colon cancer has never looked more fetching than in the critically ill romantic-disease comedy A Little Bit of Heaven.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Marigold Hotel achieves what it sets out to do: Sell something safe and sweet, in a vivid foreign setting, to an underserved share of the moviegoing market.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Filmmaker Greg MacGillivray, a specialist in gigantic-screen nature movies including "The Living Sea," is up to date in his use of 70mm IMAX film, but he's stuck in the past about how to tell a story.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Her (Harron) torpid adaptation of Rachel Klein's novel about female sexual desire, jealousy, death wishes, and vampires at a girls' boarding school defeats Harron's talent for exploring darkness on the edge of kinkiness.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    With no thriller cliché left unused, the gaily outlandish plot is matched by tin-eared dialogue, ripe tough-guy overacting from the very game Pearce, and best-that-she-could acting from Grace.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie's biggest surprise may be that the story we think we know from modern scary cinema - that horror is a fun, cosmic game, not much else - here turns out to be pretty much the whole enchilada.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Gerwig can't make her character come alive, though, and neither can Adam Brody as one of their neediest male cases. In the midst of the froufrou, lovely, stalklike Analeigh Tipton (Crazy, Stupid, Love) is delightful as a student who enjoys being normal and living in this century.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A dull and unbewitching movie.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Owen devotes himself to the horror-flick role of a father battling his daughter's monsters with the same trademark efficiency and intensity he brings to every project, whether pulpy like "Killer Elite" or pure like "Shadow Dancer."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In this typically exquisite, nuanced, memory-infused work from master British filmmaker Terence Davies, we believe every minute of the torment of Hester (Rachel Weisz).
    • 68 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The two stars appear to be as bewildered by the turn of events as we are.

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