For 717 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 27% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 68% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 15.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nick Schager's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 46
Highest review score: 100 The Lords of Salem
Lowest review score: 0 The Walking Deceased
Score distribution:
717 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    The director's righteous anger is less restrained than his conventional vérité aesthetics and less off-putting than his one-sided approach to the issues at hand - an advocacy for alternative wind-turbine energy is suspiciously sketchy - yet he smartly allows coal-exploiting bigwigs plenty of screen time to properly hang themselves.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    It's not clear what Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale values more - endless preaching about ancestral spirits or gruesome CG decapitations.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    That visual beauty helps compensate for a script that wastes no opportunity for heartstring tugging, often in the form of adorable tykes playing with each other and cuddling with their elders in close-up.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    A slice of slight character-driven conventionality in which directorial sensitivity and drama rooted in tense conversations and intermittent blow-ups prove incapable of imparting depth to a tale that plays like a series of simplistic stock gestures.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    While that mood is ultimately a bit too monotonous to be completely persuasive, a strong cast convincingly captures the many ways in which adulthood proves far more complicated than what's imagined at 18.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    Thompson assembles his footage with an expert's touch, but what his film lacks is its own perspective on these atrocities.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Nick Schager
    Replete with superb performances led by a paranoid Sackhoff and unhinged Cochrane, it's the rare horror film to know how to tease malevolent mysteries and deliver satisfyingly unexpected, unsettling payoffs.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    It’s too busy pleasing itself with lame references to (among others) Eddie Vedder and Hillary Clinton that suggest the film believes old stuff is funny because, you know, it’s old.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Like so many documentaries made in a pop style, Generation Iron is a squandered opportunity, sacrificing depth and insight for superficial portraiture and drama.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    Blackthorn's last-man-standing circumstances, far from a cautionary tale about the cost of the gunslinger life, are glorified as the height of macho nobility.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Nick Schager
    Overflows with inspired craziness, doling out an all-night odyssey of sex-centric crises, death-defying conflicts, and Neal Patrick Harris-centered insanity with snowballing momentum, as bits pile on top of bits with intoxicating verve.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Nick Schager
    Lian Lunson’s camera allows the music to take center stage via straightforward, graceful compositions—close-ups and medium shots dominate, and edits are kept to a relative minimum—that allow for long, unbroken views of the artists at forceful, mournful work.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Despite its wealth of urgent footage, including clips of raids on pimps’ homes and arrests of johns that expose the seedy masculine desire and domination driving the sex trade, Tricked doesn’t have anything new or particularly eye-opening to say about its subject.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Nick Schager
    Blending archival footage and new interviews with Nilan, his family, journalists, and fellow combatants, Gibney celebrates hockey's fisticuff traditions while also recognizing how such brutality ultimately takes its greatest toll on those who perpetrate it.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Nadine Labaki's film awkwardly hybridizes somber politizized drama with regional humor in the style of "Waking Ned Devine" and "Calendar Girls."
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    An illuminating history lesson about the Kentucky metropolis's artistic vision and philharmonic orchestra.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    The film strikes a fine balance between hilarity and heartbreak.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    A film that assembles many of the author’s most memorable creations with noisy, tossed-off sloppiness.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Despite the subtitles, it's basically a slice of formulaic Hollywood-style mythmaking, writ large and woefully empty.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    The plotting is two-dimensional, but in the tormented visage of Taloche (James Thiérrée)-a clichéd holy simpleton enlivened by irrepressible physicality-the film seethes with full-bodied fury and anguish.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Nick Schager
    Incisively intimate, it's a small but stirring snapshot of a gifted, hopelessly lonely soul.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    The icy fatalism of film noir is turned to slush by Thin Ice, a crime saga that reduces its chosen genre to a series of atonal, old-hat clichés.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Thorny issues regarding patient-caregiver relationships, cost-vs.-care tensions, and morality-vs.-rules dynamics are handled with a minimum of didacticism by Lilti, whose handheld camerawork provides a measure of immediacy without calling undue attention to itself.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Nick Schager
    Erik Sharkey’s documentary is far less adventurous than Struzan’s own creations, using a straightforward chronological structure and talking-head format to pay tribute to Struzan’s legendary output.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    A documentary saga of heartbreaking concentration-camp horrors, Inside Hana's Suitcase attempts to preserve Holocaust memories through frustratingly fractured means.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    An unfocused mishmash that thrives only when it fixates on footage of actual bouts.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Nick Schager
    Wholly uninterested in puffing up his subjects into an iconic rock outfit on a par with their idols Led Zeppelin and the Who, Crowe instead merely tells their story free from the constraints of rise-fall-rise clichés.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Without a complex thought about narcissism, merit, or addiction, Limitless is content to be an empty, one-note, satire-free fairy tale of avarice and corporate-political ambition.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Director Rola Nashef's visuals can be clunky, and her script's conversational dialogue is occasionally stilted. Nonetheless, she draws her characters in sharp lines, so that the gaggle of customers who frequent Sami's workplace...feel not like types but, rather, like diverse individuals.

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