For 709 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 27% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 69% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 15.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nick Schager's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 46
Highest review score: 100 Days of Heaven
Lowest review score: 0 Golf in the Kingdom
Score distribution:
709 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    An illuminating history lesson about the Kentucky metropolis's artistic vision and philharmonic orchestra.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    [An] insightfully open-ended inquiry into the role of humor as it relates to unspeakable tragedy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Olaizola pans across peeling building facades to subtly enhance her portrait of characters crumbling under the weight of self-destructive habits and solitude - a weight that might only be lifted through the selfless compassion of others.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Riley shrewdly maintains focus on how the players co-opted the merciless tactics of their invective-hurling adversaries for their own, and the region's, self-actualization.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Rogen’s zonked-to-insanity performance is the lifeblood of The Night Before, giving it the sort of joyous, madcap energy that comes from letting loose with one’s closest comrades, even to the point of potential oblivion.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Their sense of superiority toward the petty SUV drivers and rude midlife-crisisers who frequent the lot is matched by introspective considerations of traditional social contracts.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Writer/director Ursula Meier uses a stripped-down, naturalistic aesthetic full of well-organized compositions that pay close attention to shifts in character mood, comportment, and behavior.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Cuban-American writer-director Julio Quintana’s feature debut has an understated formal loveliness that helps offset its more heavy-handed allegorical inclinations.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Employing straightforward, music-free aesthetics that express the grim realities of his story, director Funahashi captures both grief and outrage in equal measure.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    "Southwest of Salem” proves a portrait of individual tragedy, and an indictment of a system willing to let prejudice cloud its judgment — and, also, to avoid admitting its own wrongdoing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Helen's extreme behavior is at once a reaction to, and rebellion against, her mother and father (and their separation), which, along with a captivating go-for-broke lead turn by Juri, lends the film a poignancy to help offset the juvenile shock-tactic impulses.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    An engaging (if somewhat slender) portrait of the violence of adolescent maturation.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Given Men at Lunch's compelling argument that the identity of its anonymous ironworker subjects is beside the point—that mystery is a prime facet of its enduring appeal—the documentary's desire to determine who they really were comes across as unnecessary.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Ambiguity enlivens the smart, knotty Resolution, which routinely nods to its own artificiality while positing storytelling as a constantly evolving beast apt to save your life one moment and consume you the next.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Strong, understated performances from Baird and O'Connell bring real intimacy to their characters' sometimes-strained mother-son dynamic.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    A redundant if nonetheless occasionally thrilling follow-up bolstered by star Donnie Yen's precision combat skills.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    In countless over-the-top set pieces, Yuen delivers striking combat clarity without sacrificing the visceral editing and crazy digital effects of modern bloodbaths.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Rife with jealousy, treachery, and violence, it's a stylish portrait of the tangled relationship between cinematic and real-world sleaze.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    While its unconventional approach eventually becomes a tad wearisome, Morgen’s film proves a uniquely revealing exploration of the development, and eventual disintegration, of the heart and mind (and spirit) of a musician incapable of finding solace in, or transcendence through, his angst.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Though at times too splintered by its various points of interest, Bernardo Ruiz's up-close-and-personal documentary is nonetheless harrowing in its details.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    If the doc’s ultimate argument is less than wholly persuasive, A Good American nonetheless paints a fascinating picture of Binney’s mind, and the way in which he first envisioned ThinThread as a giant neural network-like globe filled with graphically linked nodes.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Shining an intimate light on an individual in order to reveal greater truths about life and the world, Raw Faith focuses on progressive-minded Portland, Oregon, Unitarian minister Marilyn Sewell.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    The film strikes a fine balance between hilarity and heartbreak.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Director Jaume Balagueró's film is nothing if not a well-executed bit of escalating craziness.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    If you can get on its wacko wavelength, it's a uniquely crazed, compelling midnight-movie whatsit.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    With the survivors' physical presence amongst Nazi slaughterhouses as its own powerful statement, Buried Prayers is a nonfiction work that confronts Holocaust atrocities from a piercing ground-level view.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    At once a disturbing vision of escape, a cautious portrait of liberation, and an exploration of authenticity and artificiality.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Hop
    Despite its scattered frenzy, Hop-thanks to its fondness for smushing together seemingly incongruous elements and Marsden's goofy, bug-eyed mugging-is just demented enough to deliver a fleeting sugar rush.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    It’s a singularly off-kilter vision of repurposed invention, though even at 72 minutes, the film struggles to keep itself afloat, its central conceit too slender to maintain its sense of mirth or wonder.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    It's a film that paints a potent portrait of an artist of righteous, controlled fury.

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