Lisa Schwarzbaum

Lisa Schwarzbaum

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Lisa Schwarzbaum's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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+ 93% 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
C+ 38% Nobody Walks (2012) "Russo-Young studies the strange species of affluent Angelenus erectus under a microscope that distorts every character into unbelievability. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 17, 2012
A- 100% The Waiting Room (2012) "Nicks reports on what American public medicine looks like today. You decide if it's working or not. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 15, 2012
A- 87% Frankenweenie (2012) "The resulting homage to Frankenstein in particular and horror movies in general is exquisite, macabre mayhem and a kind of reanimation all its own. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 3, 2012
B+ 83% Seven Psychopaths (2012) "An energetically demented psycho-killer comedy set in faux-noir L.A., Seven Psychopaths rollicks along to the unique narrative beat and language stylings of Anglo-Irish writer-director Martin McDonagh, channeling Quentin Tarantino. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Oct 3, 2012
B 94% Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2012) "All the right photos and news clips are assembled, showing off the lady's keenly curated sense of dramatic self-presentation. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 26, 2012
B- 44% Hotel Transylvania (2012) "Tartakovsky's zippy, boing-boing touch shines through in the purely physical antics of the monster mob; words aren't necessary as the freaks bounce around the place with nutso energy. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 26, 2012
B+ 93% Looper (2012) "Looper imagines a world just near enough to look familiar, and just futuristic enough to be chillingly askew. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 26, 2012
C- 50% Trouble with the Curve (2012) "Even those who don't know a foul tip from a chicken wing will be able to spot the desperate plays. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 20, 2012
A- 85% End of Watch (2012) "Nerve-rattling in the best way, the sharp, visceral urban police procedural End of Watch is one of the best American cop movies I've seen in a long time. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 20, 2012
A 85% The Master (2012) "The movie may not even be fully comprehensible on first viewing, the bigger patterns in the narrative and the rhythms of the filmmaking revealing themselves more fully and clearly only with a return visit. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 14, 2012
B- 77% Samsara (2012) "Samsara stares at Asian temples, African tribesmen, and chickens bound for slaughter with the same blank eye. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 6, 2012
B 54% The Inbetweeners (2012) "A British Crumpet parallel to American Pie, this feature-length dose of boyish sexual fumbling and fantastically dirty British slang is bound to expand an American viewer's vocabulary. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 6, 2012
B+ 60% 10 Years (2012) "There's a relaxed, unforced, melancholy sweetness and swing to this modest iteration of the Big Chill/Return of the Secaucus 7 formula, a pleasing directorial debut for screenwriter Jamie Linden. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 5, 2012
B+ 74% Hello I Must Be Going (2012) "Every scene - including mopey family meals, secret assignations, and confessions under the stars - breathes with a freshness that carries this tiny romance safely beyond the realm of indie cuteness, into the world of a character worth caring about. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Sep 5, 2012
A- 83% Sleepwalk With Me (2012) "Feats of raconteur storytelling are always tricky to translate into something effective and fluid enough to be movieworthy. But Sleepwalk With Me sticks the landing. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 22, 2012
B+ 73% Chicken with Plums (2012) "The filmmakers rely on expressive eyes to carry a narrative style suitable for a silent movie. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 22, 2012
B 65% The Expendables 2 (2012) "The movie is excellent crap, fine junk, an exercise in campy movie nostalgia, and a demonstration of American supremacy in the field of nutty cosmetic enhancements for aging movie stars. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 16, 2012
B 96% Supercop (1992) "The most powerful starring role for a woman this summer? My vote goes to Michelle Khan in this garish, frenetic, and funny chopper from Rumble in the Bronx director Stanley Tong. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 15, 2012
A- 89% Compliance (2012) "Zobel shoots his queasy little psych test with I'm-just-the-messenger documentary neutrality, challenging as he goes: Do you want to look away now? How about now? Will you walk out? " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 8, 2012
B- 61% The Awakening (2012) "Dominic West personifies the melancholia of a country overwhelmed by death. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 8, 2012
C+ 20% Goats (2012) "Loses the flavor of the journey. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 8, 2012
B+ 65% 2 Days in New York (2012) "It's a pleasure to meet up again with Marion, the distractible, acerbic, New York-based French photographer played once more by Julie Delpy in 2 Days in New York. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 8, 2012
B 87% ParaNorman (2012) "The story may be thin, but the project, a feat of stop-motion animation, is made with generous care by the same impressive LAIKA studio artists who conjured up the gorgeous Coraline. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 8, 2012
A- 55% The Bourne Legacy (2012) "Gilroy, who as a screenwriter has shaped the movie saga from the beginning, trades the wired rhythms established in the past two episodes by Paul Greengrass for something more realistic and closer to the ground. The change is refreshing. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 8, 2012
B+ 74% Hope Springs (2012) "The movie provides a master lesson in great American character acting, but viewers are also invited to just kick back and enjoy the fun of watching famous, aging movie stars pretend to have difficulties in the sack. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 3, 2012
C 0% Assassin's Bullet (2012) "The cockeyed C-quality B movie, shot on location with a Balkan supporting cast and crew, mixes a precarious pileup of visual clichĂ©s with over-staged action sequences. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Aug 1, 2012
C- 17% The Watch (2012) "Director Akiva Schaffer, excellent when directing and co-writing SNL Digital Shorts, has his hands full just trying to attach one ill-fitting scene to another, with little opportunity to establish a coherent style or, for that matter, a coherent shot list. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 26, 2012
C 78% Killer Joe (2012) "Throws down a dare by expecting its audience to be the cool connoisseurs of the story's "comic" outrageousness, then rubbing viewers' faces in close-up scenes of brutality that reasonable people ought not to be able to watch. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 25, 2012
A- 94% Wagner's Dream (2012) "The result is an engrossing chronicle of creative people under pressure, a movie about the madness of opera for which no knowledge of opera is required for full enjoyment. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 25, 2012
B- 94% Searching for Sugar Man (2012) "We're fed plenty of sugar in this authorized fairy tale, but are left hungry for beef. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 25, 2012
B 86% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) "Chaos reigns for much of The Dark Knight Rises, often in big, beautiful, IMAX-size scenes that only Nolan could have conceived. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 17, 2012
B+ 74% The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (2012) "These movie guys specialize in snapping vignettes of human inconsistency - no fancy lighting required. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 4, 2012
C 30% The Magic of Belle Isle (2012) "A pastel-colored, embroidered wall-hanging of a drama directed by Rob Reiner. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 4, 2012
D- 28% Crazy Eyes (2012) "An appreciation that the pain is personal doesn't compensate for the picture's self-absorbed need to alienate. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jul 4, 2012
A- 72% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) "What's most amazing in The Amazing Spider-Man turns out to be not the shared sensations of blockbuster wow! the picture elicits, but rather the shared satisfactions of intimate awww. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 28, 2012
A 86% Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) "The movie is small, local, and idiosyncratic. Then again, it's also a thing of beauty and originality - and for that, sustained huzzahs are in order. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 27, 2012
C+ 67% Ted (2012) "Even though a lot of the movie is grating dumb-assery, it's something to behold. Stuffed with crap, but something. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 27, 2012
B+ 76% Unforgivable (2012) "[An] elliptical and somewhat loopy drama about the slipperiness of love at any age... " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 27, 2012
C+ 35% Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) "The movie plays safe by cutting every theme down the middle - a swing that's effective when splitting wood or vampire skulls, but dull when applied to filmmaking. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 24, 2012
C 59% KumarĂ© (2012) "[A] dubious Borat-esque documentary. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 20, 2012
B+ 98% The Invisible War (2012) "The intense interviews and damning statistics (20 percent of all female personnel have experienced sexual assault) do the work of whipping up outrage. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 20, 2012
B+ 55% Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) "In our summertime-movie world of aliens and superheroes who look all too familiar, Dodge and Penny look all the rarer in their precious humanity. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 20, 2012
B 78% Brave (2012) "Turns out to be much less about the qualities that mark a heroine built to interest a 21st-century audience of girls, boys, and accompanying adults, and much more about the complexities of mother-daughter relations. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 20, 2012
B- 63% The Woman in the Fifth (2012) "[Pawlikowski] creates a nice sense of paranoia and multicultural bewilderment that's the welcome tonal opposite of Woody Allen's romanticized Midnight in Paris fripperies. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 13, 2012
A- 83% Your Sister's Sister (2012) "Your Sister's Sister moves far beyond easy conventions, and the rewards are all the richer. " ‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jun 13, 2012
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