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Lisa Schwarzbaum

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Born 1952 (age 63–64)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Occupation Film critic
Years active 22

Lisa Schwarzbaum (born 1952) is an American film critic. She joined Entertainment Weekly as a film critic in the 1990s,[1][2][3] and remained there until February 2013.[4]


She has been featured on CNN, co-host on Siskel & Ebert At the Movies as well as a cultural, theater and television reviewer.[5][6]

Schwarzbaum is featured in For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism describing the importance and impact of two women critics, Molly Haskell and Janet Maslin, and also recalling the effect on her as a child watching the Joseph Losey film, The Boy with Green Hair.[7] The films shows that Schwarzbaum played viola and started out writing about music.

Her career began in Boston, where she reviewed classical music for The Real Paper and wrote for The Boston Globe. She has also written for The New York Daily News[8] The New York Times Magazine,[9] Vogue and Redbook. She is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

In her final column for Entertainment Weekly, she wrote,

I've spent 22 years at Entertainment Weekly, 19 of them as a critic—a glorious tenure that ends with this issue. . . . I once received an effing cool email from Josh Brolin telling me, and I quote, "You can f---ing write!" and promising to be in my movie. Not that I have any plans whatsoever to write a screenplay... (my plans include a book, an online project, speaking engagements about popular culture—oh, and a dog!)[10]


  1. ^ "Breaking Movie News and Scoops | Movie Reviews | Inside Movies |". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-03-03. 
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly
  3. ^ Busis, Hillary. "Lisa Schwarzbaum's 10 best movies of the decade | Inside Movies |". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-03-03. 
  4. ^ Schwarzbaum, Lisa (2013-02-19). "Lisa Schwarzbaum on loving movies, being a critic, engaging with you, and the beauty of agreeing to disagree". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-03-03. 
  5. ^ Schwarzbaum, Lisa (1988-12-25). "American Diva Italian Style - New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-03-03. 
  6. ^ Schwarzbaum, Lisa (12 November 2010). "Stage review: The Pee-wee Herman Show". CNN. Archived from the original on 24 November 2010. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism (2009) - Overview". Retrieved 2013-03-03. 
  8. ^ "Lisa Schwarzbaum". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2013-03-03. 
  9. ^ The New York Times Magazine
  10. ^ Schwarzbaum, Lisa (February 22, 2013). "For the Love of Movies". Entertainment Weekly (New York: Time Inc.): 56–57. 

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