For 57 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 14% same as the average critic
  • 25% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Kennedy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 90 Master of Light
Lowest review score: 40 A Castle for Christmas
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 57
  2. Negative: 0 out of 57
57 movie reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Kennedy
    For those viewers aged out of the movie’s intended demographic, that quandary isn’t as compelling as the evidence of its lead actors’ talents, as well as that of the nimble actors who play their besties, Stella (Ayo Edebiri) and Scotty (Nico Hiraga).
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Kennedy
    Consider Beauty an elegy with an edge, one that touches on faith and financials, love and condemnation.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Kennedy
    “Civil” yields fewer insights than hoped. At times, the neat documentary feels nearly as tailored as Crump’s suits.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Kennedy
    “Leo Grande” proves to be a tart and tender probe into sex and intimacy, power dynamics and human connection.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Kennedy
    It’s Charlie’s wife, Ann (Safiya Fredericks), who provides the movie’s voice-over. Her account has a mythmaking undercurrent but is also the film’s deft way of celebrating Black love and family.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Kennedy
    The film’s insights about racism come as familiar baby steps.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Kennedy
    A different actor than Rylance might have revealed the slight darker, impostor wrinkles of the tale. Instead, his character, an unflummoxed optimist, shares some of the same cheery qualities as Ted Lasso.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Kennedy
    Thanks to some good filmmaking decisions, Emergency is rife with tart observations about campus life.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Kennedy
    It is the siblings — their anguish and their anger, as well as the compassion they extend to one another — that drive the narrative.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Kennedy
    The promising first-time feature filmmaker Ximan Li embraces the twists of immigrant experiences in the drama In a New York Minute.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Kennedy
    Tannenbaum’s fondness for his store and its wares is a beautiful thing to behold, even at its most vulnerable.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Kennedy
    In the end, Charlotte is bereft of the spirit of the artist who made the uncanny “Life? or Theatre?” What an even better tribute the movie would have been had it also taken heated energy from Salomon’s art.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Kennedy
    How parents mourn a child’s death together — or apart — is among life’s aching mysteries. The director John Hay plumbs the poignancy well but avoids any tussling with Dahl’s legacy, tarnished by antisemitic statements.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Kennedy
    Even with veterans like Hoffman and Bergen, it’s Agron’s film. She and Bialik make Abigail’s filial loyalty as sympathetic as it is exasperating, and as rife with difficult truths about aging as it is understatedly hopeful about growing up.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Kennedy
    The light here emanates from Morton. His curiosity about art, about his place in the world after his incarceration, makes visible the darkness he’s experienced.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Kennedy
    As inspiring as his chosen subject is, the director missed an opportunity to use the story to deepen our understanding of our own memories, trauma and forgiveness.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Kennedy
    Dear Mr. Brody invites timely thoughts about the wealthy and income disparity.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Kennedy
    For all its ache and churning emotions, “Butter” winds up being little more than a meager “Afterschool Special.”
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Kennedy
    Neumann’s baroness is grandiose and transfixing (as are Anne-Dorthe Eskildsen’s handsome costumes).
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Kennedy
    More than a journeyman rockumentary, “Poly Styrene” is a thoughtfully finessed filial reckoning: a daughter’s journey toward understanding her mother as a young artist and as a young woman of color.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Kennedy
    Riveting ... Kennedy not only builds a case against Boeing but offers an object lesson in the tragic consequences of corporate greed and hubris.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Kennedy
    More touching than riotous, Definition Please proves to be impressively nuanced once it begins revealing why Monica is so prickly around Sonny.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Kennedy
    Denzel Washington directs this adaptation (the screenplay is by Virgil Williams) with care, respect and a deep-seated knowledge of the Black love stories that don’t make it to the big screen nearly enough.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Kennedy
    This romp about three brothers trying to make their mother’s holiday wish a reality is festive and illuminating.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Kennedy
    In widening its aperture — from the ascents to visits to Purja’s childhood home as well as brief dives into Nepal’s history — “14 Peaks” expands a genre often focused on the feats of individuals to celebrate lessons about vast dreams and communal bonds.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Lisa Kennedy
    Likeable stars with little frisson, Elwes and Shields are also saddled with a formulaic script.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Kennedy
    Without sacrificing comedic buoyancy, Malik and her ensemble make palpable a community that is vibrant and claustrophobic.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Kennedy
    In 2017, JR was half of the delightful tag-team of “Faces Places,” the Oscar-nominated documentary he and the groundbreaking director Agnès Varda made in the French countryside. Paper & Glue, while not as tender a romp, is a sequel in spirit. Faces and their places continue to matter.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Kennedy
    With a trove of archival performance footage, much of it from the television show TV Gospel Time, and the wisdom to let those images breathe, the film leans into the maxim about showing not telling.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Kennedy
    While the young women harbor overlapping questions, Found makes it clear they also have yearnings unique to them.

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