Lisa Schwarzbaum

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For 1,916 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 7.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 The Princess and the Frog
Lowest review score: 0 Gun Shy
Score distribution:
1916 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Afterward, you'll want to listen to the Beatles sing ''She's Leaving Home.'' It might be a girl like Jenny the lads had in mind.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In his debut feature, the director is wise enough to move his hand-held camera wherever Steen wants to go.
    • 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.
    • 60 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.

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