For 550 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 14.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nick Schager's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 45
Highest review score: 100 The Past
Lowest review score: 0 Silent Hill: Revelation 3D
Score distribution:
550 movie reviews
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Director Jacob Rosenberg's approach is heavy with archival footage and interviews, yet oddly features almost nothing from Way himself; his puzzling absence for most of the film turns the project into less of a biography than a one-note hagiography.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Defined by "Three’s Company"–grade humor, this attempt at male-anxiety cringe-comedy is little more than a sitcom writ large that — courtesy of several awkward transitional fades to black — already feels constructed to accommodate commercial breaks.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Despite the usual end-of-world crisis and Mount Olympus MVP characters, there’s no sense that anything’s truly at stake; rather, it feels as if the filmmakers are coasting on the fumes of teen-angst fantasy and making up their fairy-tale rules (Cyclopes are fireproof!) as they go along.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Given that the camera always seems to fall or get knocked into the perfect position to capture the craziness at hand, any vérité pretenses soon prove ridiculous. But it’s no more ridiculous than the plot, which incessantly wastes time trying to flesh out its characters, but barely bothers with building suspense.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    The doc proves more concerned with promotion than analysis or inquiry, thereby making it a disingenuous non-fiction portrait: an inhibited look at an uninhibited event.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    The film’s lack of seriousness isn’t the problem; rather, it’s that its jokey carnage is all caricatured poses devoid of original verve or legitimate wit.
    • 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.

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