For 562 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 14.8 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:
562 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Despite spending nearly 15 years documenting this phenomenon, Lilien proves wholly uninterested in investigating his human subjects' habit of vigorously anthropomorphizing, and projecting their personal hopes, dreams, fears, and Daddy issues onto the striking hawk.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Crowe's visual framing and dramatic staging are as assured as his compelling lead performance. Yet as his story becomes weighed down by issues of cross-cultural understanding, forgiveness, and second chances...the film comes to feel like a slight, straightforward tale distended to tedious lengths.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Despite its wealth of urgent footage, including clips of raids on pimps’ homes and arrests of johns that expose the seedy masculine desire and domination driving the sex trade, Tricked doesn’t have anything new or particularly eye-opening to say about its subject.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Rio
    Too timid to be either inspired or outrageously inept, Rio is merely a bird of a familiar feather.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Winds up turning itself into just a rote thriller about psychos learning that, appearance notwithstanding, every family has dysfunctional problems.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Art, politics, and craziness conspire to form a rather mechanical melodrama in Black Butterflies.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Yet Newell, he of "Four Weddings and a Funeral," is ill-suited to steward such sword-and-sandals adventure, his direction--while slightly eschewing modern genre practitioners’ penchant for slicing-and-dicing skirmishes into visual incoherence--is too pedestrian and partial to clumsy slow-mo effects to truly energize the story.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Yet as is so often the case with the frat-boy genre to which this film panders, so many gags feel like desperate, self-conscious attempts to be outrageous that the effect of its abundant cursing and boob shots is more depressing than delirious.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Hong Sang-soo once again corroborates auteurist theory at the same time that he reveals the potential shortcomings of its practice.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    If the proceedings prove far too familiar, director Caradog W. James delivers a few striking images... as well as a sinister cautionary-tale finale made all the more unsettling by its use of a sterling John Carpenter-style synthesizer score.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    All the while, Fisher and his kin's incessant, contentious bickering exposes the ongoing difficulty of reconciling with inherited trauma, though such squabbling's protracted prominence also, ultimately, suggests the need for a bit more editorial trimming.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    A pandemic thriller infected with horror-film clichés, Cabin Fever: Patient Zero ditches the nasty allegory of Eli Roth’s original and Ti West’s studio-butchered first sequel for far duller, standard-issue conventions.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    The intersection between drug-company profiteering and lobbying, and governmental and private-sector desires to protect people from deadly diseases, is navigated too cursorily by the documentary.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Director Icíar Bollaín mixes Even the Rain's various storytelling modes with an obviousness that ultimately negates enlightening intellectual or emotional discovery.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    As with its narrative, Wreck-It Ralph's themes don't develop by branching out in wild, unpredictable ways; instead, they simply become narrower and more monotonous.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Unfortunately, its tale is so slight and simple that it also fails to say anything particularly poignant about life.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Director Arcel handles the material with a stately grace that compensates for the story's predictable trajectory, though humdrum period detail and monotonous pacing too often leave the proceedings feeling only partially aroused.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    After performing many narrative backflips in an attempt to lucidly resolve things, Haunter eventually settles for half-baked uplift that renders much of what came before ridiculous and nonsensical.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    There's minor amusement in the suggestion that entrepreneurial criminality begins with a preference for Donald Trump's "The Art of the Deal" over the Bible.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Mistaken-identity shenanigans and gooey romance are Monte Carlo's prime commodities.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    With graceless melodramatist Rob Reiner at the helm, it's predictably ironic that The Magic of Belle Isle champions the unparalleled power of imagination while displaying absolutely none of its own.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Pasikowski isn’t interested in actual characters or narrative nuance; rather, the prime concern here is censuring Polish anti-Semitism, which, no matter how righteous an aim, eventually comes at the expense of engaging storytelling.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 42 Nick Schager
    Characters scream, throw glasses, screw, and strip nude for the self-gratifying viewing pleasure of others, but Jayne Mansfield’s Car never musters up even the faintest trace of Tennessee Williams-style hothouse drama.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    A film whose themes are as neatly laid out as its characters' behavior is preposterous.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    There are good intentions here, but too little nuance.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Queen to Play does slightly buck convention by depicting intellectual development (rather than lovey-dovey triumph) as the key to reshaping identity, as well as a form of class advancement and spiritual enlightenment. Such notions, however, are drowned out by deafeningly creaky conventions of cutesy self-discovery.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Life of Pi manages occasional spiritual wonder through its 3-D visuals but otherwise sinks like a stone.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Director Ron Maxwell (Gettysburg, Gods and Generals) shows a flair for mythologizing via beautiful panoramas of upstate New York landscapes but less so, unfortunately, through his film's inert story and flat performances.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Although enthralled by brooding, self-absorbed teenagers, the film doesn't present a single believable one.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Whether sleuthing or smacking around thugs, Sisley makes a dashing hero, but this glossy action flick is heavy on tedious convolutions and depressingly light on character depth, suspense or political-economic intrigue.

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