Lisa Schwarzbaum

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For 1,955 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 5.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Coraline
Lowest review score: 0 My Boss's Daughter
Score distribution:
1955 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In the face of such junk, the idea that Fox would proudly put himself on a punishing regime of severe diet and exercise to get prisoner-skinny-yet-crazy-muscled for the job of make-believe is vanity at best, obscenity at worst.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 0 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This nadir of equal-opportunity raunch forces viewers to spend time with a needy yeast-infested adult who doesn't know how to go on a date with a man; her grating, neurotic monster of a best friend; and a third, random younger chick, who's crazy-upset about some tedious thing that happened with her boyfriend.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Self-righteous and smug in its use of heartland stereotypes, the movie backfires by assuming that its intended liberal audience is just as intolerant and condescending as the conservative opposition insists it is.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 16 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    An appreciation that the pain is personal doesn't compensate for the picture's self-absorbed need to alienate.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    So let's hear it for the giant wig of Pre-Raphaelite gray corkscrews planted on the noggin of Jane Fonda as a glamorous hippie grandma. The hairdo meets its match in the dull Ann Taylor togs encasing Catherine Keener: That's how you know Granny's daughter is an uptight lawyer.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    This inauthentic teen tale, with its cosmetically softened edges, serves neither the young people nor the Mendes fans for whom it might be intended.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 16 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Terminal colon cancer has never looked more fetching than in the critically ill romantic-disease comedy A Little Bit of Heaven.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's a tragedy, really: According to the hapless team who made the movie, Our Paige is a relatively interesting young liberal who knows her own mind before the accident and a rather tedious, girlish conservative who fusses about keeping her hair smooth afterwards.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    In one form or another, you get exactly what you pay for at an Adam Sandler comedy. Otherwise the man wouldn't have earned zillions.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 16 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Under the direction of Entourage's Mark Mylod, the movie not only makes cheap sex jokes but looks skanky, too. Lighting, camerawork, and editing are all a slapdash mess, one that further hinders the actors trying their best to get through this failed hookup of a comedy.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Killing looks ridiculously easy in this dispensable exploitation picture, directed for maximum impact of head-cracking pain by ad-trained Irish director Gary McKendry in his first feature.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The second insurmountable problem is the difference between Parker's performance as a fortysomething banker, wife, and mother musing (in voice-over) at her computer and her previous performance as a single, thirtysomething girl-about-town in "Sex and the City": There is none. I don't know why she does it.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Old Holden would call the whole movie phony, and I agree, if you want to know the truth.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Soul-sucking romantic comedy.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The music screeches, the actors vamp, the knives and weapons and bombs and fireballs fly around the screen. Meanwhile, the well-prepared moviegoer slips into her or his own private fantasy of a world in which movie effects are themselves locked away in an institution for the criminally insane until such time as those effects are really, truly necessary for the story.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Red Riding Hood goes from trite to triter, a plot collapse that overtakes any of the visual prettiness from cinematographer Mandy Walker (Beastly).
    • 36 Metascore
    • 16 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Witless, insultingly derivative, muddy-looking, and edited in the hammering epileptic style that marks so many films produced, as this one is, by Michael Bay.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A bummer - slack rather than loose, tired rather than fun.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The film values quips and declamations over natural conversation (or an explanation of how such intelligent women could have been so blind to world events).
    • 53 Metascore
    • 33 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    British director Mike Barker and magpie New York screenwriter Howard Himelstein, have taken "Lady Windermere's Fan" - Wilde's first big stage success, written in 1892 - and pulped it senseless in the name of puttin' on the charm.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 0 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    What is there to do but laugh in self-defense at such pompous self-regard when blood gushes, fuses pop, and Seagal scowls in a series of snappy, embroidered buckskin jackets?
    • 17 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    A creepy, humiliating ''comedy,'' playing to Bullock's worst instincts for demonstrating the lovability of women who don’t fit in.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 16 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    An awful, stillborn comedy assembled out of rusty spare parts from secret agent movies and run-of-the-mill ''Saturday Night Live'' skits.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    The film squanders every opportunity (and international-coproduction cent) on by now imitative Nine Inch Nails-video-style visual Goth-goo, and, scarily, forgets to input a plot or script that makes any sense.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    What willful streak of perversity inspired Kevin Costner to take on this wacky tale of a letter carrier-turned-postapocalyptic hero?
    • 34 Metascore
    • 16 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's a toss-up as to what's the worse sin in this graceless piece of tragedy porn.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    An immediately forgettable action pic directed with a blowtorch by Lee Tamahori.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 16 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    When you watch this failed horror thriller -- which has been under studio doctors' care for some two years, undergoing futile title changes and reshoots -- there's no respite from the odor of flop sweat stinking up the screen.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 0 Lisa Schwarzbaum
    It's a puzzlement how so many pros could have so wrecked one of the most beloved, hummably familiar movie musicals in the Rodgers and Hammerstein repertoire.

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