For 565 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 15.1 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 Brother's Justice
Score distribution:
565 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Despite some pleasant backstage-footage filler, however, 12-12-12 ultimately so truncates its artists' performances (each is given one song, and those are heavily edited) that the effect is like watching the original TV broadcast in fast-forward.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Little girls never stop loving their daddies in Festival of Lights, a drama that never stops loving soap-opera-style melodramatics.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Content to be merely cheerfully clichéd, it's an assembly-line kids' film that, unlike its daring protagonist, risks little, and thus reaps only modest rewards.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Given that the camera always seems to fall or get knocked into the perfect position to capture the craziness at hand, any vérité pretenses soon prove ridiculous. But it’s no more ridiculous than the plot, which incessantly wastes time trying to flesh out its characters, but barely bothers with building suspense.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Wholesome to the point of being dull.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Defined by "Three’s Company"–grade humor, this attempt at male-anxiety cringe-comedy is little more than a sitcom writ large that — courtesy of several awkward transitional fades to black — already feels constructed to accommodate commercial breaks.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Despite referring to the tribe as "my people," Routh is wholly miscast, yet his ill-fitting presence is part and parcel of the plotting's general illogicality.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Merely a paint-by-numbers condemnation of social intolerance. It's a slog of a sermon.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Unfortunately, mocking jibes and cutaways to Team America and Wonder Woman (among other movies and TV shows) establish a jokey attitude that weakens the overall case.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    The paeans about national pride and brotherhood may be regional, but constant slow-motion battle scenes and squishy sentimentality are strictly wanna-be Tinseltown.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    The star and co-director appears hopelessly out of place, trapped in a variety of awkward-fitting uniforms while forced to offer up laughably obvious battlefield advice ("Avoid gunfire!").
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Mistakenly convinced that cuteness can compensate for a lack of basic believability, The Right Kind Of Wrong squanders its engaging leads and cheerful joviality with a plot of stupefying senselessness.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    The film’s lack of seriousness isn’t the problem; rather, it’s that its jokey carnage is all caricatured poses devoid of original verve or legitimate wit.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    It's somewhat surprising to find the filmmaker's sequel marked by such a lack of urgency. The action here seems dutiful, devoid of the indignation at criminal vileness that seethed below Outrage's surface.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Rife with classic-cinema shoutouts, the film is a cutesy, toothless variation on "Mulholland Drive," one whose attempts to pay tribute to movie magic are ultimately undercut by stagey aesthetics and narrative theatricality.
    • 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.

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