For 563 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 The Act of Killing
Lowest review score: 0 Silent Hill: Revelation 3D
Score distribution:
563 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Nick Schager
    Overflows with inspired craziness, doling out an all-night odyssey of sex-centric crises, death-defying conflicts, and Neal Patrick Harris-centered insanity with snowballing momentum, as bits pile on top of bits with intoxicating verve.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Nick Schager
    Makinov's film expertly crafts a sense of dawning madness that hinges on its villains' unspoken fury at their elders.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Nick Schager
    The Guard is John Michael McDonagh's caustically funny riff on cop and crime films.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Nick Schager
    Well acted and wise enough to not excessively linger in its atmosphere of genial camaraderie and underlying regret and nostalgia, Turkey Bowl accomplishes its small-scale goals with aplomb.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Nick Schager
    The filmmakers profile the prolific Mark Landis with a non-judgmental straightforwardness that allows the sheer brazenness of his scams to generate both shock and amusement.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Nick Schager
    The proceedings somewhat sidestep the issues of risk and responsibility—including the raised, but never fully tackled, question of whether others should have gone back to try to save their fellow, trapped compatriots—that seem most in need of investigation.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Nick Schager
    Doggedly manipulative and yet consistently affecting, Broken piles on the miserablism to almost unbearable effect.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Nick Schager
    Erik Sharkey’s documentary is far less adventurous than Struzan’s own creations, using a straightforward chronological structure and talking-head format to pay tribute to Struzan’s legendary output.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Nick Schager
    Content to faithfully hew to convention, A Single Shot rarely surprises, but its portrait of foolishness and fallibility, and its atmosphere of inevitable doom, remain sturdy and captivating.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Overlapping story threads, voices, and imagery result in an atmosphere of disquieting psychological confusion.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Whether it was all a haunting or a hoax is left unanswered, but the film leaves little doubt that Amityville's greatest source of evil was, fundamentally, parental in nature.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    The plotting is two-dimensional, but in the tormented visage of Taloche (James Thiérrée)-a clichéd holy simpleton enlivened by irrepressible physicality-the film seethes with full-bodied fury and anguish.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Contextualizing the prime minister's rise to power within a larger portrait of a nation under constant internal and external siege, Bhutto conveys a forceful sense of tectonic social and geopolitical shifts, as well as the courageous, heartbreaking personal sacrifices its subject made in service to both her homeland and ideals.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Palmer's grainy, handheld camerawork won't win any aesthetic prizes, but it's in tune with his subject.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    While secret handshakes are amusingly depicted as the key to building trust and friendship, it's Stephen McHattie's greedy agent...that truly hammers home the film's depiction of the art world as fueled by rapacious, kill-or-be-killed bloodlust.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Its plotting is often a tad too plodding, but with the charismatic Mortensen exuding understated internal crisis (in a French- and Arabic-speaking role), Oelhoffen's film proves a compelling portrait of individuals striving to cope with, and at least somewhat overcome, cultural dislocation.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Director Rola Nashef's visuals can be clunky, and her script's conversational dialogue is occasionally stilted. Nonetheless, she draws her characters in sharp lines, so that the gaggle of customers who frequent Sami's workplace...feel not like types but, rather, like diverse individuals.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Despite being an aesthetic bore, The Green Prince sets itself apart from the nonfiction pack via a recent story of two unlikely comrades’ heroic sacrifice, moral courage, and cross-cultural dedication to peace that’s not only gripping, but all too timely.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    That visual beauty helps compensate for a script that wastes no opportunity for heartstring tugging, often in the form of adorable tykes playing with each other and cuddling with their elders in close-up.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    An inspired-by-real-events drama that finds honor, decency, and sacrifice in the legal profession, The Attorney is a rousing old-Hollywood tale of one man risking everything for a just cause.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Szász's harrowing film roots that coming-of-age process in suffering, depicting it with a grim solemnity that, by never wavering, ultimately leads to a tempered measure of unexpected hopefulness.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Proving that its chosen genre is best when its tropes are treated with a balance of sincere sweetness and wink-wink absurdity, Playing It Cool thrives through sheer liveliness, as well as the chemistry of its perfectly paired stars.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    It's an effective primer on a voluble and charismatic mayor who embodied the spirit of the city he loved.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Finlay's handheld style is as casually intimate as her subjects, and the film stirringly posits music as a path to communal bliss.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Short and sweet, it's an empathetic and affecting tribute to the great — and vital — artists who all too rarely receive a center-stage encore.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    An illuminating history lesson about the Kentucky metropolis's artistic vision and philharmonic orchestra.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Olaizola pans across peeling building facades to subtly enhance her portrait of characters crumbling under the weight of self-destructive habits and solitude - a weight that might only be lifted through the selfless compassion of others.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Riley shrewdly maintains focus on how the players co-opted the merciless tactics of their invective-hurling adversaries for their own, and the region's, self-actualization.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Their sense of superiority toward the petty SUV drivers and rude midlife-crisisers who frequent the lot is matched by introspective considerations of traditional social contracts.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Writer/director Ursula Meier uses a stripped-down, naturalistic aesthetic full of well-organized compositions that pay close attention to shifts in character mood, comportment, and behavior.

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