For 557 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 Days of Heaven
Lowest review score: 0 Vampires Suck
Score distribution:
557 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Nice to look at but tedious to endure, A Five Star Life boasts a muted classiness that doesn't mitigate its phoniness.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Given its true-life basis, the story is already devoid of suspense regarding Hirohito’s ultimate fate, and Fellers’s inquiry is made more sluggish by dramatically inert conversations with Japanese officials.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    At every turn, Frankenstein’s Army exhibits a preference for jolt scares and gore over actual suspense, which never materializes, thanks to a general indifference to plot and minimal interest in character.
    • 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.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Kirkpatrick's color-deficient visual scheme is sturdy, but it can't compensate for a mechanical, unsubtle script.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    From Dave to The Dictator, politicians-replaced-by-doppelgängers has long been a favorite comedy movie device — yet never has it been employed for more torturous faux-funny business than in Viva la Libertà.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Any initial, intriguing otherworldly atmosphere is negated by answers that are more pedestrian than terrifying.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    The battles are staged with moderate intensity but a dispiriting lack of surprise that's also characteristic of the story in general.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    A feeble stab at topicality from that master of overripe Gallic melodrama, Cédric Klapisch.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    It's all so much turgid brooding, dialogue underlined with import, and leaden symbolism involving Rapace's white and red dresses, none of which is salvaged by a typically understated Farrell performance.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    There's no type of documentary as shallow as those covering modern music festivals, a fact reconfirmed by Made in America.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    The Foxy Merkins would have made an idiosyncratic and amusing short film; at 80 minutes, it's a one-joke comedy that quickly overstays its welcome.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    The resultant smorgasbord is a misshapen mess, short on humor, tension, or chemistry among its bickering protagonists.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    A corny saga of social and generational conflict, it's ultimately yet another Chinese period epic that functions as a thinly veiled treatise on the nobility of socialist equality.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    A film that's all airy, abstract pretentiousness.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Plays like one long, slow descent into cloying moralizing and uplift that's well past its expiration date.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Kid Cannabis presents its material not as cautionary tale but as celebratory fantasy — which, like Nate's mom turning a blind eye to her son's illegal operation, seems to be the by-product of either inanity or excessive THC.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Amid much talk about character, story structure, and theme, Grant delivers his usual rakish-charmer routine in a role that’s as hackneyed as the script’s portrait of women, the movie industry, and Star Wars fanatics is one-note.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Throughout, the complexities of the charismatic fighter's life are only cursorily referenced so that the celebratory tone may not be marred, with Manny ultimately content to treat its subject with kid gloves.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    The film's recognition of its (and its makers') own failings doesn't stop them from being unbearably accurate.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Wearing out its welcome long before its moralizing finale, the film...does manage to mine contemporary fears about the increasing worthlessness of a college degree.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    That My Lucky Star isn’t serious is less an issue than the fact that its comedic action is so broad, ridiculous, and predictable that it soon feels juvenile, akin to a training-wheels variation on various genre formulas.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    A stew of cartoon stereotypes, violence, and "Freebird" cast in a skuzzy "Sons of Anarchy" mold.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Director Wayne Kramer (Running Scared, Crossing Over) makes plain his cartoon-comedy intentions early and often via comic-book-panel-style title cards. The presiding atmosphere of over-the-top zaniness, however, is of a broad, banal sort involving little people, rampant nudity, and quasi-religious nonsense.
    • 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.

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