Lisa Nesselson

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For 122 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Nesselson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Genesis
Lowest review score: 10 Twentynine Palms
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 90 out of 122
  2. Negative: 2 out of 122
122 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    Engaging to watch and edifying about just how close Paris came to having rubble at its heart instead of the iconic gothic structure Victor Hugo’s hunchback called home, this thoughtful and meticulous re-creation of 24 incredibly dicey hours is mostly thrilling, despite the occasional groan-worthy line of dialogue or borderline dopey secondary character.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Nesselson
    Thanks to the director’s command of his material, the entanglements we witness may be unbelievably challenging and yet do not require any suspension of disbelief. This subtle, convincing emotional tour-de-force doesn’t feel as long as its generous running time.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    Desplechin has a gift for examining grief and pain but often leavens the dismay with humour or irony. It is impossible to predict whether catharsis is within reach and that delicate balance is what keeps the proceedings compelling.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    Issues of class, wealth and power are woven into the tale but this is a bittersweet love story at heart.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    This gripping tale of misguided patriotism recreates a vanished set of circumstances via excellent performances and well-tailored cinematic choices. While there are a few meditative lulls in this 165-minute adventure — which opens Un Certain Regard in Cannes — the proceedings are never dull and an accretion of detail leads to a memorably moving denouement.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    A harsh history lesson as well as a good yarn, this visually arresting endeavour registers strongly at a time when refugees account for a record 1% of the world’s population.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    Writer-director Bogdan Mirica makes a very assured feature debut, juggling an accretion of sinister clues and slow-burn allegiances at a low-key pace kept humming thanks to attention-getting widescreen panache.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    This zig-zagging emotionally perceptive tale of an American writer abroad and the women he has bedded — or perhaps merely written about having bedded — is accomplished French filmmaking the way arthouse denizens like it.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    Hamaguchi has taken Murakami’s original story as a springboard rather than a strict template, changing and adding locations, inventing additional characters and boosting the importance of others.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Nesselson
    Beautifully crafted and perfectly cast, the film touches on everything from keeping up appearances and family dynamics between parents and adult children to a critique of retirement homes that over-medicate residents. Nina and Mado’s loving intimacy is exquisite as is the care with which the proceedings are lit. The answer to Nina’s question, who cares about two old dykes, is that we do.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    An intense and touching tale of first love set over a six-week period, Summer Of 85 blends the energy of youth with the curveballs of fate in a pleasant, keenly acted package that, despite a tragic core, will send all but the most strait-laced curmudgeon out of the cinema smiling.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    A deft and absorbing multi-pronged tale about a kind, hard-working woman whose life becomes a morass of collateral damage, A Girl Missing is satisfying slow-burn drama expertly told.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    An instantly engaging tale of a young male dancer’s sexual awakening in contemporary Tbilisi, And Then We Danced is personal and political, romantic and educational.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    A flesh and blood catalogue of ways to be masculine, from tender with his granddaughter to robustly no-nonsense with a weapon, Ingimundur is a fascinating character, splendidly portrayed.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    Animated by Hiroyuki Morita -- a protege of Hayao Miyazaki -- story draws more from fairy tales than the eerie transformative productions by Studio Ghibli. Result is catchy entertainment for kids and adults.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Lisa Nesselson
    I Lost My Body (J’ai perdu mon corps) is sit up and take notice animation.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    Anyone shunning Woody Allen’s artistic output will be depriving themselves of a bittersweet comedy peppered with splendid performances if they give A Rainy Day In New York a pass.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Nesselson
    Undemanding movie-goers may enjoy this oddly wholesome entertainment peppered with positive messages about generosity, overcoming adversity and hoping that your karma straightens itself out in this lifetime.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    A lively, funny and touching exploration of the way we live now through the filter of two generations.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Nesselson
    In Bed with Victoria (Victoria) has its moments but too often falls short of the “oomph” that renders a comedy special.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Lisa Nesselson
    How much a viewer will enjoy the convincingly cringe-making portrait on display here will depend on whether one feels empathy for Sophia’s inability-come-reluctance to access the ramp to adulthood or would prefer to reach into the screen and shake her.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    A thoroughly enjoyable, visually ravishing feminist Western played out in the widescreen vistas of rural Indonesia, Marlina The Murderer In Four Acts weaves basic elements into a tale worth telling splendidly accompanied by a sit-up-and-take-notice musical score.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Nesselson
    Gut-punchingly authentic with radiant moments of tenderness where least expected, intimate yet not voyeuristic, this first feature by writer-director Camille Vidal-Naquet gets the balance between looking-for-love and settling-for-sensation exactly right.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    Ripped from the headlines, keenly researched and carefully crafted, this fictional tale has near-universal resonance although some viewers may find it forbiddingly French in that talk, talk and more talk is as plentiful as are distinctive characters and punchy imagery.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Nesselson
    The entire cast does their best with borderline hackneyed material, and the proceedings are nicely shot by ace DP Guillaume Schiffman.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    Making fine use of a top-flight Spanish-speaking cast, Asghar Farhadi deftly inserts love, resentment, class, money and family ties into a propulsive narrative replete with doubts, accusations, intimations, red herrings and other welcome ingredients from the suspenseful-drama arsenal.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Lisa Nesselson
    For those who remain seated, this is a strange and forthright cinematic object with considerable rough-hewn charm. Those who recall Jesus Christ, Superstar will feel faint pangs of familiarity at the mix of sincerity and crazed audacity.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    None of the interactions come across as a sham or an empty formality. Patients are treated with respect, at least in the hearings room.... There’s also genuine and inadvertent humor in the midst of sadness and administrative formalities.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Lisa Nesselson
    Frot and Deneuve work subtle wonders with their purpose-written roles.

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