Lisa Schwarzbaum

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For 1,922 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 6.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 When We Were Kings
Lowest review score: 0 Bless the Child
Score distribution:
1922 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    For those who wish to decode The Names of Love, there's a sharp commentary on French prejudices, character types, history, and culture embedded in Michel Leclerc's droll autobiographical French comedy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    An 
unexpectedly revealing, disconcerting documentary that benefits from the filmmaker's unmediated approach, his home-movie-
quality visual style, and his controlled use of on-the-fly moments.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Not to get all Dorothy about it, but when it comes to Cars, there's no place like home. The emotional punch of the original is inextricably rooted in the movie's appreciation of off-the-beaten-track America, and all that homegrown vintage car culture signifies.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's not quite the same thrill as glimpsing the man behind the curtain of the great and powerful Oz, but for journalism junkies, the fascination of Page One: Inside The New York Times is something like that.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie's power is undercut by the overemphasized presence of celebrity traveling environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Loving, Playful, and spectacularly well made, Super 8 is easily the best summer movie of the year - of many years.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    McAvoy and Fassbender are a casting triumph. These two have, yes, real star magnetism, both individually and together: They're both cool and intense, suave and unaffected, playful and dead serious about their grand comic-book work.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie darts, dreams, and sometimes seems to dance. The great Plummer, meanwhile, creates an inspiring, fully rounded man in late bloom, and McGregor responds with a performance to match.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Malick clings to the promise of grace: His vision of the afterlife is a dreamy beach, enhanced by an excellent playlist of fine classical music, and promising the peace that surpasses all understanding. Plus a beautiful sky.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Allen has fun in his imaginary French capital, turning his star-studded cast loose to interpret their characters as they wish.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Nothing in this enjoyably twisty, cool/ hot, genre-grafting Italian psychological thriller by Giuseppe Capotondi is what it seems. And the more you try to solve the narrative puzzle, the more you may want to watch it again - or at least argue about what's real.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Plays more like a teaching tool than a dynamic drama.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Like Bill Murray and Greg Kinnear before him, this funnyman reveals serious acting chops.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Florid, convoluted historical drama.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's a pomo twist to the whole overeager enterprise, in all its theoretical, film-school charm: Similar to 2010's "Machete," the movie was born from a fake 
 trailer commissioned by Grindhouse directors Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This is high-quality work from a professional (Gibson) who, news reports have suggested, has recently sunk to terrible lows in his nonprofessional life.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Soul-sucking romantic comedy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This truly intimate film invites viewers to commune as well and feel a profound living connection with fellow humans of 30,000 years ago.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie can't be saved from its own vices of manic pacing and tediously pro forma pop culture jokes.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Always the smooth showman, Spurlock avoids answering his own question: Is he selling out or buying in?
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Not coincidentally, African Cats opens on Earth Day. Meeting these magnificent fellow creatures might be a fine way to celebrate.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Something is wrong under this big tent. Actually made to resemble a good old-fashioned, crowd-pleasing movie, this cinematic Water for Elephants droops and lumbers like Rosie the elephant herself.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Temperamentally in sync with her "Wendy and Lucy" director, Michelle Williams plays one of the toiling wives. And the actress, with her calm center, compresses the entire history of frontier wifeliness into the concentration with which she gathers firewood and loads a musket.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Some of the riffs are really funny and/or expertly scary. Others have the feel of awfully snappy dialogue crafted by middleaged people trying a little too eagerly to sound like the young people from whose mouths the banter flows.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    David Schwimmer directs this smarmy Hot Topic drama with empathy for the craft of acting but less interest in the craft of making a movie move.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Natalie Portman, by the way, is fierce and funny as a babe warrior the brothers meet along the way. She's good with dirty words, too.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Hanna's intriguing, disorienting pleasures - the movie is part poetic dreamscape, part sinister spy saga - lie more in the filmmaking flourishes than in the narrative.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A fine example of Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier's (Brothers) talent for weaving together accessible domestic melodrama and issues of ethical awareness of the world beyond our doorstep.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Among all the chess-piece players on the board, the star is the only one who really builds a solid emotional foundation for his character.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Nothing is new, which is a problem. Nothing is particularly funny or endearing, which is a worse problem.

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