For 527 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 14.9 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 Red Hook Black
Score distribution:
527 movie reviews
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    That's My Boy lazily exists in a fantasyland of Adam Sandler's perpetual adolescence, even as it generates some moderate comic friction from Sandler and Andy Samberg's testy back-and-forth.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    Further confirmation that agitprop documentaries have become wedded to a template that undermines their very arguments.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    Tim Burton's sense of playfulness feels forced throughout, and as the film progresses, any humor or inventiveness takes a backseat to tumultuous set pieces that reference Frankenstein.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    Sex and love are both novel experiences for two high schoolers in this talky affair that suggests a hybrid of Before Sunset and Some Kind of Wonderful.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    Álex de la Iglesia's film hammers home the opinion that family is more important than celebrity or wealth.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    The action is perfunctory and forgettable, albeit no more so than the script's range of clichés.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    Ben Stiller's aesthetics blend overly manicured imagery with soaring rock songs that underline every emotion, lest the film's corporate logo-driven message-making didn't get the point across clearly enough.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 33 Nick Schager
    From fawning beginning to maudlin close, it’s a monotonous, wannabe-mythmaking biopic for Ip completists only.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    McPhee's latest saga neither conjures the humanistic heart of "Babe" nor addresses father-son separation issues with the sobriety of "The Water Horse." Instead, it's merely a compendium of photocopied elements, cartoonish special effects, and easy-bake happily-ever-afters.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Jessica Alba gets plain-Jane crazy for An Invisible Sign, a syrupy "A Beautiful Mind" redux in which the starlet sports big brown bangs and Pippi Longstocking pigtails.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Kirkpatrick's color-deficient visual scheme is sturdy, but it can't compensate for a mechanical, unsubtle script.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    The incessant tumult drowns out any real message for the kids - or pleasure for their parents. It's a film so obnoxiously frantic that its most restrained element is a banjo-strumming elementary school teacher played by none other than '90s tween-mugging icon Jaleel "Urkel" White.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    The only faint upside to this excruciating dud is that, in its movie clips of Charlie Chaplin - who the mesmerized birds view as a kindred waddling spirit - the film might hopefully function for some kids as a gateway to superior comedy cinema.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    The phoniness of their cross-country saga is compounded by a gaggle of cipher sidekicks.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Gosnell directs as if every scene must be either a nauseating roller-coaster ride or a syrupy melodrama, resulting in a seesawing tone that's not stabilized by the presence of Neil Patrick Harris.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    The overweight, gays and little people are cheerfully mocked while writer/director Siddique ratchets up his story's disparate comedy-romance-action elements to an insanely over-the-top degree.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    His (Gonzalo López-Gallego) this-is-authentic conceit is by now a tediously corny device, and his story delivers no scares during the interminably long, uneventful build-up to its deflating climax.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Purportedly about a quest for spiritual enlightenment and the question of what binds global religions, In Search of God is instead defined by simplistic philosophizing and rampant narcissism.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Dream House also manages to commit a cardinal thriller sin: casting well-known actors in ostensibly inconsequential roles, which in this case reveals the real culprit before the mystery proper has even begun.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Borderline creepy, Courageous endlessly expounds on the importance of God in men's lives but fails to answer the more pressing question of why religious sagas such as this treat subtlety as a sin.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Taking the notion of toilet humor literally but incapable of delivering its promised religious satire, The Catechism Cataclysm is more muddled than its tongue-twister title.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    The resultant smorgasbord is a misshapen mess, short on humor, tension, or chemistry among its bickering protagonists.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    It's a dull drag-show routine headed nowhere until Pacino (playing a self-important version of himself) begins stalking Jill.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    A feeble stab at topicality from that master of overripe Gallic melodrama, Cédric Klapisch.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Michael Corrente's film is a mush of poses. The director's saga revels in cornball romance, imitation tough-guy attitude, and awkward flashbacks.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Nearly every scene is clunky, and the film's commentary about TV as the unifying glue of American culture is embellished through lame incidents of sex and violence that eventually validate the Chinese tourists' anti-U.S. critiques.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    There's no surer way to murder horror than to literalize it, a mistake incessantly made by The Moth Diaries.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Weaver's story slowly begins to buckle under the weight of its own self-seriousness and familiarity, concluding with a showdown and resolution marked by one implausible and unsatisfying been-here-done-that twist after another.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    By ultimately softening its stance toward McIver, Grassroots disingenuously has it both ways, reducing politics first to a David-versus-Goliath adventure, and then to an everyone-is-cool bowl of mush.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Bornedal's fondness for punctuating abrupt cuts to black with a solitary piano-key note is so pathological that it soon turns risible.