For 570 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 15.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nick Schager's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 45
Highest review score: 100 The Lords of Salem
Lowest review score: 0 Golf in the Kingdom
Score distribution:
570 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Mickey Rooney's own ordeal of being swindled by his wife's son gives the material a tiny bit of star power, but his mismatched interview clips merely exacerbate the earnest but graceless documentary's editorial clumsiness, aesthetic flatness, and endless repetition.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Admirable only for its sincere responsibility-over-selfishness message and for giving "The Wire" alums Chad Coleman and Jamie Hector some big-screen work, Life, Love, Soul otherwise proves to be just a low-rent Tyler Perry–style melodrama.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    An insufferable import indebted to "Mrs. Doubtfire" in which a man in prosthetics helps a family cope with, and overcome, divorce.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    The result being a film that, devoid of both laugh-out-loud humor and the righteous indignation that characterizes most agitprop efforts, winds up being just a voting-for-dummies primer.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Plays like one long, slow descent into cloying moralizing and uplift that's well past its expiration date.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    A stew of cartoon stereotypes, violence, and "Freebird" cast in a skuzzy "Sons of Anarchy" mold.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Any initial, intriguing otherworldly atmosphere is negated by answers that are more pedestrian than terrifying.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Intentions and effect are at odds throughout Jorge Hinojosa's one-note documentary.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Maudlin and mirthless, it's a film misbegotten enough to almost make one hate Christmas.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Scene after scene is defined by blunt exposition and gooey maxims, not to mention cornball visual metaphors.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    A tiresome film that itself knows nothing but other rom-com plots.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Fairbrass proves a hulking wannabe ass-kicker without much distinctive charisma, and his leaden performance is matched by sleepy, one-note supporting turns by the slumming-it Patric and Caan.

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