For 775 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 29% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 67% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 15.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nick Schager's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 47
Highest review score: 100 The Lords of Salem
Lowest review score: 0 Brother's Justice
Score distribution:
775 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 58 Nick Schager
    Cromwell delivers his defiantly gruff dialogue with amusing relish, while still grounding his protagonist’s actions in desperation and desolation. And his nostalgic conversations with Bujold while the two lay in bed have a naturalness that almost overshadows the creakiness of the surrounding material.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Nick Schager
    It’s a stagy setup whose theatrical roots are always front and center, yet it’s one that’s handled with aplomb by director Volker Schlöndorff (The Tin Drum), whose latest has enough visual panache to compensate for the static, conversational nature of the work.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Caring more about what its characters represent — and its empathetic representation of them — than about crafting a fully formed drama concerning flesh-and-blood people, Cone’s film has little more than its heart in the right place.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    A film that's all airy, abstract pretentiousness.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    As with its narrative, Wreck-It Ralph's themes don't develop by branching out in wild, unpredictable ways; instead, they simply become narrower and more monotonous.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Nick Schager
    Identifying the method behind the Coens’ madness takes some work, as the film moves at such a rat-a-tat-tat screwball speed that following along often feels like clinging for dear life to the side of a speeding train.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    After establishing a central parent-child relationship rife with wacko biblical undertones, the director finds nowhere to take his story except into standard vengeance territory.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Nick Schager
    Evan Glodell's debut has the sweetness of a lullaby reverie and the blazing ferocity of a monster-car nightmare, a first-comes-elation, then-comes-madness structure that resembles that of "Blue Valentine," another tale focused on the commencement, and then collapse, of an affair.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    J.J. Abrams's latest puts a modern spin on classical material, though here reinvention isn't the goal so much as slavish duplication embellished with muscular CG effects.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    The result is a film that eschews in-depth insight in favor of easily digestible who's-going-to-win suspense, a tack that's aided by Kargman's rather poignant (and visually graceful) evocation of pre-performance anxiety but ultimately leaves the material feeling deflated once the winners emerge.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Nick Schager
    Pablo Larraín employs ultra-widescreen cinematography for constricting close-ups and inhospitably alienating compositions that generate a nasty chill, the director keeping the army's brutality off screen to amplify a sense of oppressive malevolence.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Nick Schager
    Striking in its evocation of a demanding time and place, this intimate drama about individual and national transformation heralds the arrival of an arresting new filmmaking voice.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Nick Schager
    In virtually every closeup, Donald Cried practically seethes with barely suppressed emotion, though Avedisian cannily couches his characters’ very real, raw feelings amid a ridiculousness born of Donald’s wholesale weirdness.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Even when their bananas premise grows a bit stale, the directors prove at least semi-serious about their material’s rawer emotions, thereby making the film an uncanny character study about an alienated anthropomorphic primate who yearns to be himself.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Nick Schager
    Mostly, however, Doin’ It In The Park thrives simply via its myriad sights of nobodies juking and dunking their way past opponents, exuding an authentic for-love-of-the-game competitiveness that’s as infectious as it is intense.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    It's an effective primer on a voluble and charismatic mayor who embodied the spirit of the city he loved.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Nick Schager
    A true-crime documentary of invigorating analytical clarity and evenhandedness.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    With both hostility and compassion, the damaged duo slowly come to understand themselves and their respective pain-a familiar path that's energized by subtle lead performances, a tactile sense of place and surprising insight into the way people connect as they help each other heal.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    [An] insightfully open-ended inquiry into the role of humor as it relates to unspeakable tragedy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Nick Schager
    The film rests on the desperate chemistry of a paunchy, weathered Owen and a tense, quietly ferocious Riseborough.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Nick Schager
    O'Conner continues to exhibit a deft knack for melding interpersonal drama with athletic competition in ways that, despite his tales' clichés, earn their melodramatic manipulations through genuine empathy for characters' plights.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Nick Schager
    The camera tracks every emotional up and down, through tests and surgery, with an unfussy precision that allows the themes to arise naturally.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 12 Nick Schager
    Is Josh "Skreech" Sandoval the least deserving documentary subject ever?
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Nick Schager
    [Geoghegan] allows his film’s message about intolerance and oppression to emanate naturally from the action, thereby letting the proceedings gradually transform into a revisionist fantasy of defiance, expulsion and vengeance.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Despite its familiarity, Chapter & Verse manages to make its material both fresh and authentic.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Nick Schager
    Subscribes to the belief that moderation is a four-letter word, flying about with an abandon that begets exhilaration as well as exhausting messiness.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Nick Schager
    Bolstered by deft editing that keeps the proceedings moving at a light, graceful clip, this behind-the-runway look at one of fashion's legendary brands has a sleek, efficient stylishness in keeping with its subject.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Victor Kanefsky's documentary nonetheless manages to be as cursory as it is intimate, skimming over so much of Cenedella's life and career that it imparts only a hazy impression of who he is and what he believes.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Director Jaume Balagueró's film is nothing if not a well-executed bit of escalating craziness.

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