For 630 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 26% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 70% 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 The Past
Lowest review score: 0 Vampires Suck
Score distribution:
630 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Park's direction is sleek and assured, but lacking the dynamism that might help energize a film that—its title notwithstanding—comes off as dully old-school.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Any transformation feels like a device, and any modest hopefulness comes across as simply the unearned wishful thinking of the filmmaker.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    The movie's infrequent martial-arts centerpieces deliver the feeblest of punches.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Chalet Girl is just a compendium of genre clichés - minus the usual racism and t&a.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    As the seductive and conniving Angelica, Cruz is luminous, albeit not enough to compensate for Marshall shrouding virtually every major set piece in nighttime fogginess.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Java Heat's title refers not to hot coffee but to the Indonesian island, though caffeine is certainly recommended to make it through this tepid buddy-cop action flick.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    So little occurs, and so little seems to be at stake, that the action takes on the quality of a tossed-off, not-especially-melodic country-music ditty.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Suffice it to say, life's too short for such self-indulgent glibness.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Tin-eared, corny attempt at fairy-tale interpretation.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    John Whitesell's extraordinarily witless movie operates as a checklist for cultural and racial clichés.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    From hairstyles and clothes to autumnal-hued cinematography and a raft of clichéd incidents involving pills, suicide, sneaking out, and blackmail, everything feels dainty to the point of stale.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Raunchy dude comedy is hardly the sole province of American cinema, as Klown all too dispiritingly reconfirms.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    This behind-the-curtain portrait winds up revealing only the most superficial-and glaringly obvious-of truths.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Chen's attention to character over spectacle pays minimal dividends and is compounded by the fact that his battles - full of standard-issue slow motion and hacked-off limbs - are as dull as an overused blade.
    • 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.

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