For 530 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 24% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 72% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 14.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nick Schager's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 44
Highest review score: 100 The Past
Lowest review score: 0 Silent Hill: Revelation 3D
Score distribution:
530 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Mistakenly convinced that cuteness can compensate for a lack of basic believability, The Right Kind Of Wrong squanders its engaging leads and cheerful joviality with a plot of stupefying senselessness.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    From overwrought flashbacks of Third Master and Madame Kang's initial meetings (and sexual encounter), to the present-day arguments and maneuverings of Lord Kang, Empire of Silver is so determined to stage its material with reverence that it embalms any flickers of passion or tension.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    Can't mask that, at heart, it's merely a trifling tour documentary that gives further excessive attention to the late-night star's 2010 ouster as The Tonight Show host.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    Despite aping its title in order to suggest quality by association, Bad Teacher has nothing in common with "Bad Santa" -- including, alas, a genuinely nasty sense of humor.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    By making John such an unrepentant freedom-opposing monster, Ironclad denies itself any moral thorniness.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    Michael J. Weithorn's direction underlined its understatement via self-consciously patient camerawork and a doleful score, all in order to further the mournful mood.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    The Hedgehog ultimately illuminates only the continued lameness of employing out-of-leftfield tragedy for cheap bathos.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    The fawning personal-life segments are overdone, and undermine the film's compelling reportage about Madoff's ruse and downfall.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    Avoids funny one-liners like the plague, choosing in their place to deliver only squishy faux-outrageousness that, like Sudeikis's one-note stud, exudes an unwelcome air of self-satisfaction.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    Twelve long years after "The Blair Witch Project" pushed the first-person-POV subgenre to horror's forefront, and four years after [Rec] expertly refined the formula, Grave Encounters can't even pretend to be anything other than hopelessly derivative.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    Shut Up Little Man! fails to legitimize its topic as one of any significance.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    There's no spark or humor to the film's situations, just the sense of capable actors trying to make the best of a hopeless situation.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    The Tickells' style is a predictable grab bag of interviews with outraged experts and journalists, TV news footage, and scenes in which the filmmakers (and, during one trip, fellow activists Peter Fonda and Amy Smart) make faux-daring journeys into the fray to bring back supposed realities that corporate America seeks to hide.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    Unlike AMC's Breaking Bad, meth here doesn't reflect current, perilous economic realties; rather, it's just a low-rent drug used by degenerates whose lives say nothing about anything.
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    The apparent byproduct of watching too much Bad Boys II, The Viral Factor is a cops-and-criminals saga slathered in glossy Michael Bay-isms.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    A coming-of-age tale that, with every landscape cutaway and twinkling note from its xylophone-heavy score, begs to be taken as a dreamy slice of countryside profundity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    Doesn't waste a moment on recognizable reality, consumed as it is with checking off various items from its list of clichés.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    The FP has a one-note joke of a conceit, and when that runs out, it has few actual jokes to fill the humorless void.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    Now that Zooey Deschanel has taken a detour into TV land, is Audrey Tautou the most insufferable pixy presence in cinema today?
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    ATM
    If both good and evil characters don't behave in ways that make sense vis-à-vis their circumstances, any sense of terror quickly dissipates.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    Morgan Spurlock has little to say about Comic-Con other than that its attendees value it on a par with Christmas.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    P. David Ebersole so busy flitters from one point of interest to another that Hit So Hard never coheres into anything other than a collection of rock-star clichés.