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 The Incredibles
Lowest review score: 0 Patch Adams
Score distribution:
1,909 movie reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The real feast is in the mix of characters, each so finely and unschmaltzily delineated in a script so confident and controlled that even the most passing of participants comes alive.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Rosetta is a character of raw pride in a film of lingering power.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Around town, Stephen Fry ("Peter's Friends"), as a fluty artiste, dogs Flora with his devotion and declares, "I'm engorgedly in love with you!" That's how I feel about this gem.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This warm, funny, sexy, smart movie erases the boundaries between specialized ''gay content'' and universal ''family content'' with such sneaky authority.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Tiny Furniture is proof, against steep odds, that there are no small stories, only small storytellers.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    American Splendor presents Pekar as drawn on the page, Pekar as brilliantly interpreted by Paul Giamatti, and the actual Pekar, in the double role of narrator and interview subject -- sometimes all at once. The magic act is thrilling, and truly surprising.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The serious accusations are leavened by the moments of brimming, illogical, intimate neighborly dailiness the filmmaker also captures with warmth and infectious high spirits.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This thrilling stop-motion animated adventure is a high point in Selick's career of creating handcrafted wonderlands of beauty blended with deep, disconcerting creepiness.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Madly original, cheekily political, altogether exciting District 9.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Think of this witty, economically gory little tour de force as "28 Days Later" written by linguist Noam Chomsky.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A doozy of a French gangster pic that, in its beautifully refurbished and pithily resubtitled re-release, turns out to be one of the highlights of the 2005 movie year.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Rohmer treasures the undervalued glories of discourse and the intimacy of conversation over the obviousness of action or sexual display.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Dizzily rich, witty, and satisfying.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    David Cronenberg's brilliant movie -- without a doubt one of the very best of the year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Eastwood directs Mystic River with an invigorated grace and gravitas. This is a true American beauty of a movie, a tale of men and their bonds told by and for adults who value the old-fashioned Hollywood-studio notion of narrative.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Tsai builds this shimmering story with deft, deadpan wit and a warm, understated love of the absurd, both in life and afterlife.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A small cubist masterpiece about crime and punishment set in that most split-level of environments, Los Angeles.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There are moments in A Little Princess--particularly Cuaron's Indian play-within-the-play, which is nearly avant-garde in its conception--when you may just want to clap from pleasure. My advice to you is: Go ahead, you're a grown-up. [26 May 26 1995]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Nothing good happens in 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, the riveting, horrifying chronicle of an illegal abortion performed in 1987 when Ceauescu's dictatorial hand still gripped Romania's throat. And yet no lover of greatness in filmmaking will want to look away from one of the very best movies of 2007.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Like any great myth, Pan's Labyrinth encodes its messages through displays of magic. And like any good fairy tale, it is also embroidered with threads of death and loss.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This triumphant sequel to the hard-to-top 2002 original may be the first great comic-book movie in the age of self-help and CGI wizardry, an entertainment in which both the thrills and the therapeutic personal growth are well earned.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    One of the unshowiest and most true-blooded epics of Americana you're ever likely to see.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Watch for the director's own mother, Lili Kosashvili, a standout as Zaza's fierce, stately mama.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The result is a movie, and Cannes Palme d'Or winner, of riveting power and sadness, a great match of film and filmmaker -- and star, too.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Director Bahman Ghobadi (Turtles Can Fly) shot his faux documentary in secret, and the close-to-the-ground style compensates for the tenuous narrative structure by capturing the energy and variety of Tehran's music scene in all its bravery.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Sweetness makes the raunch in this honestly funny movie even funnier.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's the beaming movie-star intensity of the complicated comic Carrey in the role of the dominant lover and Obi-Wan Kenobi McGregor as the gentle beloved that makes this unfettered, stranger-than-fiction picture pop.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The great Polish director Andrzej Wajda musters the power of classical filmmaking and personal emotional investment to dramatize a stunning atrocity long covered up.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The first Irish creation I've seen in ages to pull off the high-difficulty feat of trafficking in grit, drollery, and emotion without turning to blarney as a crutch.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The clammy power of Young Adam lies as much in the frank, emotional nakedness the actors bring to their roles under Mackenzie's care as in the baroque hopelessness of the plot.

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