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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Le Cercle Rouge (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Love Stinks
Score distribution:
1,909 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The uncoagulated anguish of parents mourning the death of a child has rarely been more powerfully depicted than in the collected vignettes of grief, rage, and retribution that make up the riveting domestic drama In the Bedroom.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    An exhilarating puzzle, one of the grand cinematic eruptions of the year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The wry filmmaker has created an urbane society of family and friends as ridiculously pretentious and hypocritical as they are cultured, accomplished, and posh.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The calm poetry of the cinematography offsets the mess of the politics to stunning effect.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    With In Between Days, the filmmaker captures feminine melancholy with rare precision. Find this movie.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Vibrantly, intricately alive on its own terms. This is what magic the movies can conjure with an inspired fellowship in charge, and unlimited pots of gold.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In a class by itself.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A witty, stylish, beautifully made charmer of a family picture.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    An amazing thing -- a work of cinematic art in which form and structure pursues the logic-defying (parallel) subjects of dreaming and moviegoing.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    One of the year's most original and emotionally profound movies masquerades as the tiny story of a young couple who take a backpacking trip in the Caucasus Mountains the summer before their wedding.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It took writer-director Samuel ''Shmulik'' Maoz nearly 30 years to make this disturbing, visceral, personal film.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    (Denis's) visual style is hypnotic, rapturous, and she makes barren landscapes look gorgeous, hard men look vulnerable.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's raunchy, outspoken -- and also a smart and agile dissection of art, fame, and the chutzpah of big-budget productions.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A riveting and unexpectedly inspiring essay on the peace that comes from shared physical and mental concentration.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Miller hit documentary gold when he met Levitch. But this marvelously structured, sensitively edited, deep and compassionate portrait (in atmospheric, made-for-Manhattan black and white) of one man hopscotching a fine line between verbal genius and psychological miswiring is Miller's own jewel, the work of a gifted filmmaker.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's no denying that when it comes to communicating a certain delirious romanticism of character shaped by thousands of hours spent sitting in the dark, the artist who made this showpiece is a master.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A highly original Death in Venice-scented comedy drama written and directed with flair by British feature novice Richard Kwietniowski.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The superb screenplay won an award at Cannes this year for good reason.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The conclusion of Peter Jackson's masterwork is passionate and literate, detailed and expansive, and it's conceived with a risk-taking flair for old-fashioned movie magic at its most precious.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Brims with life and loveliness even as it meditates on the loss of childhood.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Dazzlingly beautiful, funny, and meaningful.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    But it is the steady accretion of hundreds of small moments in this elegant, high-spirited, intensely satisfying production -- the director's third American movie, but the first to approach the dazzle of his Hong Kong stuff -- that, toted up, makes everything right about this des- perately welcome thriller.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Waltz With Bashir has transcended the definitions of ''cartoon'' or ''war documentary'' to be classified as its own brilliant invention.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie is a rare uncensored postcard from a ruined place, a document at once depressing and hideously beautiful that sketches the real hardships of trampled people -- specifically women -- with authority and compelling simplicity.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Almereyda excises big chunks of plot to shape his vision, but retains Shakespeare's language and pays such rigorous attention to meaning and subtext that what's missing isn't missed.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jaoui neatly, gently, firmly slips political commentary into Let It Rain's articulate mayhem.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    More than a million people have been displaced in central China in the cause of generating electrical power to meet the needs of the future; Jia's flowing river of a picture washes over a few of them as they adjust to life's currents in the present.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A marvel of warm collaboration and shared jokes about husbands and wives, shot both in dreamscape color and pristine black and white.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    What matters is that Tiana triumphs as both a girl and a frog, that dreams are fulfilled, wrongs are righted, love prevails, and music unites not only a princess and a frog but also kids and grown-ups.

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