For 565 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 25% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 71% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 15.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nick Schager's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 45
Highest review score: 100 Days of Heaven
Lowest review score: 0 Vampires Suck
Score distribution:
565 movie reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Despite some pleasant backstage-footage filler, however, 12-12-12 ultimately so truncates its artists' performances (each is given one song, and those are heavily edited) that the effect is like watching the original TV broadcast in fast-forward.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    The photogenic cast's looks far exceed their featureless performances, and any mood of sunshiny malevolence is undercut by too many studied directorial compositions.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    It's somewhat surprising to find the filmmaker's sequel marked by such a lack of urgency. The action here seems dutiful, devoid of the indignation at criminal vileness that seethed below Outrage's surface.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    The trouble is that Grovic's attempts to generate suspense by keeping character identities and motivations unknown leaves the proceedings feeling vague and slapdash.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Carano’s badass-beauty charm notwithstanding, it’s a grim, formulaic saga in desperate need of some genuine B-movie fury and flair.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Puenzo dramatizes her material with an overcooked sense of import that generates scant suspense.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    More problematic than its lack of a compellingly laid-out time line is the film's habit of hopping between points of interest, so that every one of its chosen topics...is treated with a few catchy sound bites.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Content to stay on the surface, it's a puff piece posing as a real documentary.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    After poking fun at both Green's lack of originality and the hackneyed nature of found-footage shockers, Digging Up the Marrow merely resorts to climactic shaky-cam footage of people running through the pitch-black woods -- thereby becoming the very dull, clichéd thing it mocks.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Carolla's stilted screen presence and groan-worthy zingers neuter any humor from Bruce's needy quest to return to the spotlight.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Emitting the unpleasant stench of over-affectation, Treading Water slaps together its particular peculiarities with such randomness, it’s as if the film were conceived from blindly throwing disparate elements at the wall.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Merely a paint-by-numbers condemnation of social intolerance. It's a slog of a sermon.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Despite the subtitles, it's basically a slice of formulaic Hollywood-style mythmaking, writ large and woefully empty.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    A dog in wolf's clothing, Lionsgate's drab, anthropomorphic animal saga does little more than reconfirm the preeminence of Pixar.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    This behind-the-curtain portrait winds up revealing only the most superficial-and glaringly obvious-of truths.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    There's only one thing worse than a leaden moral fable that tackles issues of forgiveness with sledgehammer contrivances, and that's one that attempts to mask its manipulative corniness with an air of trumped-up gravity.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Remember the "Seinfeld" episode in which Jerry and Elaine try to become friends with benefits, and set up unsustainable ground rules for their new arrangement? Imagine it rewritten by the Romantic Comeditron 2000 as a profanity-laced schmaltzfest, and you've got this tone-deaf dud.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Unfortunately, Mumbai Diaries addresses these weighty concerns with such delicacy that they barely make an impact, thus calling further undue attention to the creakiness of the warhorse plot.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    The movie's overall lack of imagination is the real tragedy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Queen to Play does slightly buck convention by depicting intellectual development (rather than lovey-dovey triumph) as the key to reshaping identity, as well as a form of class advancement and spiritual enlightenment. Such notions, however, are drowned out by deafeningly creaky conventions of cutesy self-discovery.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    The movie's infrequent martial-arts centerpieces deliver the feeblest of punches.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Jig
    Class, gender and ethnic issues get pushed to the sidelines in favor of rote who-will-win suspense; all that finger-crossing and Lucky Charms flavoring, however, doesn't keep Jig from being just another in a long line of nonfiction soft-shoe routines.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    The repeated sight of people watching video monitors or communicating with others via laptops becomes a stilted, gimmicky affectation, and there are only so many times you can watch a camera panning and zooming over still photos before your tolerance for the Ken Burns effect reaches its limit.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    The star and co-director appears hopelessly out of place, trapped in a variety of awkward-fitting uniforms while forced to offer up laughably obvious battlefield advice ("Avoid gunfire!").
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    It's a saga whose clichéd corniness would be practically sinful if not for the mighty Gugino, who almost counteracts the material's pap with megawatt charm and steel-tough resolve - exemplified by a low-angled intro shot of the poised, strutting, tight-sweater-sexy actress.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Content to be a typical piece of tween rural-versus-urban fluff from the old Hannah Montana: The Movie mold. Such lazy complacency is almost enough to make you see red.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Whether sleuthing or smacking around thugs, Sisley makes a dashing hero, but this glossy action flick is heavy on tedious convolutions and depressingly light on character depth, suspense or political-economic intrigue.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    No matter how sensitive the orchestral-string score gets, the film can't locate the bone-deep sense of tragedy of Leslie Schwartz's novel - it just keeps belching out empty, grief-stricken histrionics devoid of insight.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    The paeans about national pride and brotherhood may be regional, but constant slow-motion battle scenes and squishy sentimentality are strictly wanna-be Tinseltown.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    The lesson here, apparently, is that driven women just need to lighten up and stop being selfish - a message that really does feel backward.

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