Lisa Schwarzbaum

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For 1,928 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 6.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Tulpan
Lowest review score: 0 88 Minutes
Score distribution:
1928 movie reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    No one charts the wilds of childhood more precisely than the Dardennes.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    With his large bod, soft features, and air of goofy sweetness, Jason Segel is a natural fit for Jeff, Who Lives at Home, a goofy, sweet comedy.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Footnote is itself a perfect little piece of Talmud, full of text, commentary, and colorful argument.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A denouement more textbook than thrilling stalls some of the movie's power. But the early chills are potent, intense.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The observations about parenthood, pro and con, are quick and smart, and Scott effortlessly steals the show, softening Westfeldt's brittle cuteness.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This is a great film, and a triumph of creativity and courage over repression.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This gripping if tamped-down drama is steeped in ancient Albanian culture, where the real, tragic consequences of blood feuds can keep families trapped in their homes for generations.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The lyrical animation, with its meditative attention to nature, bears the unique stamp of Japan's Studio Ghibli, cofounded by the great ­"Spirited Away" animator Hayao Miyazaki.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    As is true in most buddy pictures, the real love in This Means War is between FDR and Tuck. Pine and Hardy are an odd choice as Men Who Bond. Pine behaves like a player on Entourage; Hardy broods as if he thinks dating is torture. But as a result, they're kind of cute in an itchy and scratchy way, ­bumping shoulders in a pantomime of what men do in love and war.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's a tragedy, really: According to the hapless team who made the movie, Our Paige is a relatively interesting young liberal who knows her own mind before the accident and a rather tedious, girlish conservative who fusses about keeping her hair smooth afterwards.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Ewan McGregor and Eva Green are easy on the eyes as lovers in Perfect Sense, an intriguing apocalyptic romance with a multi-purpose title.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie flies by pleasantly, and is then instantly forgettable. Perhaps Jules Verne can explain the science of that.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    An old-fashioned, tastefully constrained supernatural thriller, The Woman In Black embraces the elements of gothic horror movies with pleasing seriousness.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    An adventurous song selection and stylish narrative techniques put a strangely romantic face on a harrowing story that's a parental nightmare.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie is a folly, a desultory vanity project for its director and co-writer. But for those very reasons, W.E., by world-renowned personage and lesser-known filmmaker Madonna, is not without twisted interest.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Wide-eyed Sara Paxton and hipster-bespectacled Pat Healy play the joint's only two employees, working each other into a lather of what turns out to be well-founded hysteria. Kelly McGillis is a surprise treat as a grouchy medium.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    You see the pattern here? Winter-release slot + travel budget + Liam Neeson = slightly preposterous, routinely violent, apparently lucrative action movie in which the Irish-born star signals inner emotional conflict with his handsomely mashed boxer's face while settling outer physical conflict with his boxer's fists.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Haywire cavorts around the world - Barcelona, Dublin, upstate New York, New Mexico - with Bourne-again energy and timeline shuffles, making only cursory attempts at plot coherence
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Loosely based on real events, this harrowing, superbly made drama by fast-rising filmmaker Gerardo Naranjo (I'm Gonna Explode) is Mexico's 2012 submission for Best Foreign Language Film - rightfully so.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This strong, assured Band of Brothers-style drama from director Jang Hun makes universal points about bonding, misery, loyalty, and the senselessness of war through a portfolio of soldiers.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The result, in Pina, is...wow.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Rees presents this vivid, hidden culture with raw honesty.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Close's passion for the character she plays - 
a role, she has explained in interviews, that has absorbed her since she first played Nobbs on stage 30 years ago - contains its own intrigue.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Streep is a pleasure to behold; less so the rest of The Iron Lady.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A polarizing load of quirkiness in Extremely Loud gunks up (at least for this hometown mourner; your results may vary) what is at heart a piercing story.
    • 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.

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