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
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    At once an unsentimental portrait of the ambitious singer who thought himself bound for glory, and an affecting elegy for a time when song was a form of revolution.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Doug Pray's cool documentary about 85-year-old Dr. Dorian Paskowitz, his wife, and their eight sons and one daughter is about surfing insofar as surfing is the family's shared passion.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Renner's Cross is a conflicted hero built to take advantage of the "Hurt Locker" star's best qualities as an actor - his default intensity, the way he conveys that complicated mental calculations are taking place under cover of watchful stillness, even underwater.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The rare footage of '50s and '60s L.A. alone is a treasure; the City of Angels has rarely looked so hip. Bonus: cool music from the likes of Charles Mingus and the Velvet Underground.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    But while this piquant, tapas-like movie (a 2003 film- festival favorite only now being released) asserts that landscape is a kind of destiny from which one cannot escape, Sorin takes delighted, serious interest in how far a person can advance psychologically, even if all roads lead back to a home at the end of the world.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    With its warring factions, citizen uprisings, guerrilla insurgencies, political intrigue, bloody warfare, family tensions, and homoerotic subtext, Coriolanus is one of the year's best political thrillers.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This galvanizing cinematic work is also gorgeous, experimental, alive with a Scandinavian strain of chutzpah, and artistically elegant.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    With a slow, relentless buildup focused on sexual humiliation, Compliance intensifies the "requests" put on Sandra, and eventually other employees, to behave immorally in the name of cooperation.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Expertly sinister, office-as-devil's-playground French thriller.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The most unexpectedly audacious, exhilarating, wildly creative adventure thriller I've seen in ages.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Rachid Bouchareb's intensely dramatized, passionately partisan story of militancy in the struggle for Algerian independence from France after World War II makes effective use of "Godfather" storytelling theatrics.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Each and every character in Christopher Guest's latest hilarious cultural corrective is something inspiring to behold.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In hovering, The Squid and the Whale becomes its own realistic display of family entropy, as cautionary as it is educational.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Nothing I've read about Iraq or seen on TV in the past few weeks has felt nearly as real and intimate as this commanding fiction.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    With an outstanding screenplay by Brian Koppelman and disciplined direction by Koppelman and David Levien, a story that could have been generic (or worse, scented with flowery bulls---) turns into a precise, honest, and affecting drama.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Known for distinctive horror movies like "Cure" and "Pulse," inventive Japanese filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa finds just the right melancholy tone to suit a new and all too familiar kind of horror: economic downsizing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Don't be fooled: In this unpeaceable kingdom, the den mama is also ready to eat her young.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The superb character actor Celia Weston (In the Bedroom) is truly breathtaking as Ronnie's boozer mom.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The high-low setting effectively reinforces the emotional geography of both lost souls. Gillian Anderson makes a brief, well-placed appearance as one of the rich.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Surges with an energy and visual verve that improve the play and enhance the themes of dramatist Peter Morgan's script.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A reality-twisting cousin to "Being John Malkovich" -- showcases a Van Damme who's sly like a fox about his own image.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    You need know nothing about Italian politics to completely enjoy the fantastical, Fellini-fied, tragi-comic, biographical fun-for-all Il Divo.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The result is an engrossing chronicle of creative people under pressure, a movie about the madness of opera for which no knowledge of opera is required for full enjoyment.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The most beautiful movie ever made about a man who could only move one eyelid -- almost dangerously beautiful.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    But the story is, still and all, only a pause, deferring an intensely anticipated conclusion. And it's in that exquisite place of action and waiting that this elegantly balanced production emerges as a model adaptation.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie was a major success for Melanie Griffith, sure, but it was as the secretary's boss ... that Weaver combined all of her star qualities, pulled in laughs, and took home an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Of all the shocks in the riveting and timely political thriller Paradise Now, the most unsettling may be the dignity bestowed on a pair of prospective Palestinian suicide bombers.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The breath of cinematic life, though, the sensibility, the energy, belong to Joel and Ethan Coen, and this is their stirring success.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A dark and hilarious thwomping of the whole miserablist British gangster genre.

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