For 528 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 Lords of Salem
Lowest review score: 0 Vampires Suck
Score distribution:
528 movie reviews
    • 45 Metascore
    • 20 Nick Schager
    Shanghai Calling eventually reveals itself to be just another stale tale about the virtue of morality over ambition.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Nick Schager
    Between the cast's modern hairstyles and attitude, and the paint-by-numbers set design and period costumes...the action comes across as a prolonged, dreary game of dress-up. That director Danny Mooney shoots his material like a TV show doesn't help.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 Nick Schager
    A respectable cast and much noisy boisterousness isn't enough to generate a single laugh.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Nick Schager
    A multicultural mini–Thelma and Louise but far duller than that description implies, Just Like a Woman peddles feminist empowerment with one-note didacticism.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 Nick Schager
    A few decent one-liners notwithstanding, the movie comes off as willfully uninspired.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Nick Schager
    Girl Most Likely strands Kristen Wiig in a dreadful, disingenuous city-vs.-suburbs comedy that mercilessly mocks New Jersey before turning around and celebrating its provincial trashiness over the hoity-toity snootiness of Manhattan.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Nick Schager
    Its tolerant messages remain buried beneath lame pop-culture references, hectic slapstick, fart jokes, and endless Smurf-puns that—Azaria's funny, over-the-top cartoon villainy aside—make one pine for the Smurfpocalypse.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Nick Schager
    Insidious Chapter 2 picks up where its predecessor left off-- in abject silliness.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Nick Schager
    Without comments from Akka's Jewish residents or any conflicting voices, the film plays like a propagandistic attempt to reshape historical and contemporary narratives.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Nick Schager
    Amid much overacting, Kaige addresses the subjectivity and unreliability of images through this-isn't-what-it-looks-like scenarios that would make Jack Tripper groan.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 20 Nick Schager
    The film indulges in much wannabe-funny wailing, shrieking, and flopping about by Nénette and Paul, only to then lace its buffoonish material with semi-serious undercurrents.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 Nick Schager
    It's a techno-thriller of brain-dead proportions.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Nick Schager
    A mushy concoction that's not only unfulfilling, it's gag-worthy.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 20 Nick Schager
    Unfortunately, no amount of softcore titillation can compensate for all the cheap special effects and faux-profundity dispensed by this superhero-self-help dud.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 Nick Schager
    It's the wooden plotting and cornball sentimentality--and, most unpleasant of all, the full-frontal nudity of Jamie Kennedy--that truly make this AVN-themed fairy tale, ahem, hard to swallow
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Nick Schager
    From a bevy of cheesy jolt scares (alarm clock! barking dog!) to the embarrassing sight of Zellweger and Ian McShane treating this Orphan-style B-movie silliness with grave seriousness, the film proves to be one hokey-horror riot.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Nick Schager
    Even with the grungy aesthetics and earnest preaching, Inhale is really nothing but crass topical exploitation, milking this social issue for every salacious drop.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Nick Schager
    It's simply one wearisome '90s crime-cinema cliché after another.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 20 Nick Schager
    The film succeeds only in turning one's stomach via implausibilities, inanities and the unwelcome sight of Brian Dennehy's naked ass.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 20 Nick Schager
    Further marred by second-rate 3-D and the sort of cornball one-liners that even a fairy godmother couldn't love, it's a tolerance-testing tale that puts the grim in Grimm.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 20 Nick Schager
    Michael Goldbach's pretentious take on identity development is woefully lacking in either subversive humor or genuine pathos; the overwrought end-of-the-world backdrop of a rampaging serial killer and a toxic industrial fire only poisons the concoction further.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Nick Schager
    Agent-turned-director Tony Krantz has a penchant for stylization that quickly slides into a velvet-painting cheesiness, which-along with the script's pseudoprofound Philosophy 101 maxims-renders the atmosphere less noirish than ridiculously cartoonish.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 20 Nick Schager
    Self-aware narcissism has rarely been this unjustified-or insufferable.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 Nick Schager
    Based on a true story that culminated with the expulsion of 3 million Germans from Czechoslovakia, the film leaps through years with a rapidity that negates a good deal of its sweep.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 Nick Schager
    While it may make the City of Light look beautiful, ultimately, this insufferable indie auteur's navel-gazer is just another faux-kinky vanity project in which its creator's neuroses are placed on an undeserved pedestal.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 20 Nick Schager
    Flirty bickering is rampant but, courtesy of Heigl's inert performance, there's no heat or humor to the proceedings, just an avalanche of grating big-hair-and-bad-accent New Joisey caricatures.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 Nick Schager
    Something happens here, but it isn't life.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Nick Schager
    Why anyone would want to spend time with a foursome whose bathetic misery is, like the overly mannered visuals of writer-director Dennis Lee (Fireflies in the Garden), defined by such insufferable quirkiness is anyone's guess.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 Nick Schager
    The real scam was the filmmakers tricking Rebecca Hall (and a cameoing Amanda Seyfried) into participating in this blunt instrument of an indie.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 20 Nick Schager
    The story is ultimately nothing more than a decrepit vehicle for the moldiest of scary-movie clichés: screechy specters, inane character behavior and jump scares that a toddler could anticipate minutes ahead of time.