Lisa Schwarzbaum

Lisa Schwarzbaum

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
BBC.com , Entertainment Weekly
Critics' Group:
National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
2286

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A 98% 56 Up (2013) " We're now at 56 Up,, and with each passing calendar leap, the experience of watching has only become more soul-stirring. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 1, 2014
76% Kill Your Darlings (2013) " Radcliffe - hair permed into Ginsbergy college curls, full of vitality - holds the emotional center as a young artist in art and in life. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 14, 2013
A- 77% The Eel (Unagi) (1998) Entertainment Weekly
Posted May 23, 2013
B+ 94% Lore (2013) " This striking, slow-building drama ... uses fractured, impressionistic imagery as a mirror of moral dislocation as the children make their way through an unfamiliar landscape. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 13, 2013
C 15% A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (2013) " The execution ... is perilously self-absorbed ... " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 13, 2013
C 14% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) " 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. Now go kill some more scumbags. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 13, 2013
A 93% No (2013) " Explores the power of popular dissent, and the coordinated persuasions of media, marketing, and targeted advertising in shaping the word no to invigorate a populace pessimistically conditioned to think that nothing will ever change for the good. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 13, 2013
A 93% The Gatekeepers (2013) " A feat - of access and of passionate and appropriately unsettling political commentary. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 6, 2013
B- 19% Identity Thief (2013) " Of the many qualities I adore about Melissa McCarthy as a comedian and as a dramatic actor, the best is how fully she gives herself to every character she plays. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 6, 2013
B 80% Warm Bodies (2013) " Warm Bodies is a funnier and pleasantly cheaper-grade movie than Twilight that aims to draw in both Bella & Edward lovers and haters. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Feb 3, 2013
C- 41% Parker (2013) " 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. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 25, 2013
B+ 93% Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011) Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 22, 2013
C No Score Yet Monumental: In Search Of America's National Treasure (2012) Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 22, 2013
B+ 50% Fairhaven (2013) " Personal tenderness combines with a good sense of composition and a naturalistic storytelling style to give a small, familiar premise a nice lilt. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 16, 2013
B+ 78% Hors Satan (2013) " Dumont's rigorous, serious attention to the mysteries of good, evil, and faith rewards those willing to be confounded. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 16, 2013
B- 28% Struck by Lightning (2013) " Some charming, buzzy talents pitch in on this short little lark ... " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 9, 2013
B 79% Quartet (2013) " Quartet knows just the tune to soothe its mature target audience ... " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 9, 2013
A 92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) " A crazy beaut of a comedy that brims with generosity and manages to circumvent predictability at every turn. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 4, 2013
B+ 81% The Impossible (2012) " Say a prayer that The Impossible is the closest that you or I or anyone anywhere will get to the kind of catastrophe that makes this movie so harrowing, riveting -- and uneasily "uplifting." " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 3, 2013
B 70% Not Fade Away (2012) " Rock & roll is here to stay. And David Chase gets some well-deserved satisfaction. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 2, 2013
B- 38% The Guilt Trip (2012) " Streisand is her own once-in-a-lifetime trip, looking gawjuss with that divine voice and those killer fingernails. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 17, 2012
C+ 61% Jack Reacher (2012) " Jack Reacher stumbles around looking for a unifying narrative tone, while the star soldiers on, offering up his generic action-hero stance of calm, opaque concentration. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 14, 2012
C 70% Les Misérables (2012) " This fake-opulent Les Miz made me long for guillotines ... " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 12, 2012
B+ 42% Heleno (2012) " José Henrique Fonseca's handsome black-and-white, impressionistic bio-drama goes very Raging Bull-ish, to tell a piece of the story of Heleno de Freitas, a Brazilian soccer star with matinee-idol charisma. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 5, 2012
C 46% Save The Date (2012) " A basically plotless, made-for-millennials rom-com ... " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Dec 5, 2012
B 67% California Solo (2012) " There's a lovely gravity and specificity to the story that transcends instances of bumpy filmmaking. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 28, 2012
A- 84% The Flat (2012) " I will salute the deftness and intelligence with which Goldfinger observes the reactions of the living to the revelations of the dead. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 28, 2012
D 27% Addicted To Fame (2012) " [A] hapless, clueless, necrophiliac documentary ... " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 28, 2012
C 12% Red Dawn (2012) " Take that, screaming North Koreans with no agenda! " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 21, 2012
B+ 87% Life of Pi (2012) " Everything looks beautiful in Life of Pi. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 21, 2012
B+ 93% The Central Park Five (2012) " [A] patient, righteous documentary ... " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 20, 2012
B 71% Barrymore (2012) " Plummer is marvelous, flitting between reminiscence and Shakespearean recitation as a gifted artist aware of his own wretchedness. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 20, 2012
A- 89% Starlet (2012) " A strikingly unsentimental study in female friendship between unmoored souls in L.A.'s bleached, glamour-challenged San Fernando Valley. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 20, 2012
B- 63% Anna Karenina (2012) " In making the radical artistic choice to tell the story as if it were being enacted by players on a stage, Wright falls passionately in love with his own fanciful artifices. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 15, 2012
B 89% A Royal Affair (2012) " The storytelling ... is kind of amazing. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 14, 2012
B- 13% Jack and Diane (2012) " Bradley Rust Gray's over-Freuded exercise in semi-horror/gender studies ... " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 1, 2012
B 47% The Details (2012) " [A] provocatively acrid adult comedy of lies, deceits, and a touch of murder. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 1, 2012
B 78% A Late Quartet (2012) " Although the crises are too precious, the performances are treasures, led by Christopher Walken in a surprisingly gentle, soulful key as the group's senior member. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 1, 2012
A- 77% The Bay (2012) " One hell of a creepy little eco-horror pic. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Nov 1, 2012
A 92% Skyfall (2012) " Conveys the melancholy of loss, mortality, and future-shock anxiety, while at the same time leaving us plenty of space to enjoy one of the most complexly unhinged villains in Bond history. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 31, 2012
A 78% Flight (2012) " AA, God, and prayer are invoked by various characters with various religious convictions in John Gatins' unflinching screenplay, each time with a seriousness, modesty, and ease rare in so many movies about drunks and their journeys. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 31, 2012
B+ 88% Middle of Nowhere (2012) " This is a tough-minded story of change that happens in almost imperceptibly tiny increments - as true growth so often does in reality. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 24, 2012
A 91% Holy Motors (2012) " [A] crazy-beautiful reverie about movies, love, the love of movies, and the inevitability of human melancholy by the perpetually mysterious French filmmaker Léos Carax. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 24, 2012
A 70% The Loneliest Planet (2012) " Every scene shift contributes vital information about what it means to guide or be guided over foreign territory, both emotional and physical. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 24, 2012
B 50% Pusher (2012) " Much glossier, more bright-lights-big-city, and less jolting than the gritty 1996 original. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 24, 2012
D 12% Alex Cross (2012) " So cloddish, slapdash, gracelessly written, and visually fugly that it's difficult to distinguish Perry's limitations in the role from those of the whole unpleasant enterprise. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 21, 2012
B+ 94% The Sessions (2012) " The Sessions becomes a dance of joy in the midst of severe challenge, and a movie with a light spirit that lifts a tale of heavy fate. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 17, 2012
F 0% That's What She Said (2012) " If you see just one repellent femme-owned-and-operated comedy about unpleasant women and a stubborn case of vaginal yeast infection, you might as well make it That's What She Said, since I hope there'll never be another like it. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 17, 2012
A- 95% Sister (2012) " The influence of Belgian masters Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's documentary eye for youth on the margins is evident in Ursula Meier's calmly heartbreaking drama. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 17, 2012
B 96% Brooklyn Castle (2012) " A great subject goes a long way in this standard but effective entry in the amazing-kids documentary category. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 17, 2012
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