Lisa Schwarzbaum

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For 1,943 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 5.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

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Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Tiny Furniture
Lowest review score: 0 The King and I
Score distribution:
1943 movie reviews
    • 46 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    I spoil nothing by reporting what readers already know, that when Fifty Shades is not a dirty story, it is, as the trilogy unfolds, a study in cartoonishly weird family dynamics.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's just a matter of time, flashbacks, many costume and accent changes, some more jazz, and a triggering tune on the radio before the truth can set Frankie, and the audience, free.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    No less sweet for being unoriginal: A guy (Charlie Sheen) mourns a bad breakup with the woman he loves (Katheryn Winnick). The execution, on the other hand, is perilously self-absorbed.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This striking, slow-building drama from Cate Shortland uses fractured, impressionistic imagery as a mirror of moral dislocation as the children make their way through an unfamiliar landscape.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    No
    The movie — the third in a trilogy of powerful political dramas from Larraín, including "Tony Manero" and "Post Mortem" — uses period detail, archival footage, and '80s-era technology to create an excellently authentic, bleached, crummy-looking document of a great democratic accomplishment.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In the way of workaday flicks built around long-in-the-tooth badasses, Die Hard 5 leaves room for McClane to make a few jokes about his thinning hair and to rue that he wasn't a better father when his kids were growing up. Oh, boo-hoo.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The fault, I think, isn't in our stars but in the script, running up a huge comedy tab the likable players can't pay off.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The film, by seasoned cinematographer Dror Moreh, is a feat — of access and of passionate and appropriately unsettling political commentary.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    At this point in the actor's career, it is pretty well impossible to tell when Malkovich is camping it up, or just being John Malkovich. Under the end-of-civilization circumstances of Warm Bodies, he's just the right guy for the job.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The movie is a morals-free procession of bang bang bang! and blood blood blood!, and men slamming each other with blunt objects and slicing each other with blades.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Dumont's rigorous, serious attention to the mysteries of good, evil, and faith rewards those willing to be confounded.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Dustin Hoffman, a 75-year-old first-time feature director better known as a great old acting pro, conducts at a pleasant tempo.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Struck by Lightning sticks to generic character sketches of high school student types - the jock, the goth, the cheerleader, etc. - and gives Carson the best lines. In between, some charming, buzzy talents pitch in on this short little lark.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Not Fade Away is Chase's reward to himself - a transparently autobiographical work, his first feature-length film, and one that he's said he has wanted to make for years.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 67 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The Guilt Trip is not about Rogen, bubbeleh. Streisand is her own once-in-a-lifetime trip, looking gawjuss with that divine voice and those killer fingernails, and the sight of the lady scarfing down four pounds of beef at a Texas steak joint is one a Streisand lover can now cross off her bucket list.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 58 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    That Cruise fails to make a case for Reacher's allure, though, has less to do with physical dissonance than it does with the film's inability - stupefying inability, really - to otherwise make a case for the character's originality in a movie so choked with visual clichés and dreadfully moldy dialogue.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's agony, in a rewarding way, to squirm and cringe and groan through an ordeal so realistically re-created.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This steam-driven military weapon of an enterprise is a sobering reminder of just how tinny a musical Les Misérables was in the first place.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    I'm holding the filmmaker responsible for getting us all back again - to feelings of excitement and delight. Vital as they are, Gollum and Bilbo can only do so much to keep us enchanted. Is Jackson able to sustain the magic in two more installments? I peer into Tolkien's Misty Mountains and embrace the journey.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 42 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's tastelessness like this, served up as fair-game dish to a Downton Abbey-loving audience, that sours the flavor of this tittery production.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Everyone in the cast (including Geoffrey Arend, Mark Webber, and Caplan's Party Down colleague Martin Starr) is talented enough to deserve a stronger story line than this.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Rodrigo Santoro (Paulo on Lost, Xerxes in 300, and even better, Raúl Castro in Che) is mighty matinee-idol charismatic himself in the title role, alternating between swaggering lady-killer and ravaged victim of self-destruction.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The title Addicted to Fame hints that Giancola knows enough to count himself among the hooked. But the crappiness of this documentary about a crappy parody of a crappy B movie suggests that he hasn't kicked the habit.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    I will salute the deftness and intelligence with which Goldfinger observes the reactions of the living to the revelations of the dead.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    There's a lovely gravity and specificity to the story that transcends instances of bumpy filmmaking.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This patient, righteous documentary by Ken Burns, David McMahon, and Sarah Burns recounts the story of justice undone (a serial rapist confessed) with extensive interviews, a thorough use of archival footage, and a less-than felicitous use of ominous-rumble music that unnecessarily insists, Isn't this an outrage?
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Thor's Chris Hemsworth leads the pack as a high school football star-turned-Marine, while Josh Peck plays his stubborn younger brother. There's also a collection of junior guerrillas, including The Hunger Games' Josh Hutcherson and Friday Night Lights' Adrianne Palicki. Take that, screaming North Koreans with no agenda!
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Lee's bigger theme isn't God or survival, but the awesome adventure of making the imaginary visible, the adventure of making movies.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Sean Baker's singular little ultra-indie is a strikingly unsentimental study in female friendship between unmoored souls in L.A.'s bleached, glamour-challenged San Fernando Valley.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Among the drawbacks: Director Érik Canuel jumps through hoops in an effort to make the stage piece (by William Luce) move like the movie piece it isn't.

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