For 530 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 24% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 72% 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: 44
Highest review score: 100 The Past
Lowest review score: 0 I Send You This Place
Score distribution:
530 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Long on hopefulness but short on sobering realities, Elevate proves a compelling if superficial look at the arduous path traveled by Senegalese teens hoping to make it to America for a higher education and an NBA career.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Justin Timberlake can't elevate what amounts to relatively simplistic, formulaic material, but his headlining turn exhibits sufficient charisma and wit to make In Time a passably diverting action-packed waste of time.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Ultimately, though, they never cohere into something more than a moderately engaging for-fans-only tour diary.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    The schmaltzy and benign tale of a ballroom dancer who accepts and transcends her unexpected disability through the power of art and love.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Funnier than its prior two predecessors, if gratingly awash in demographic-pandering late-'90s alt-rock hits ("Closing Time," "Freshman"), American Reunion flounders with its earnest melodrama.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    A poignant sense of time's unyielding forward progress and a mood of deep adolescent sorrow aren't enough to overshadow the insufferable blankness of Goodbye First Love's navel-gazing protagonists.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Its commentary on our fascination with law-breakers is virtually nonexistent, except to the extent that the film itself revels in the doomed romanticism of its own protagonist.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Nadine Labaki's film awkwardly hybridizes somber politizized drama with regional humor in the style of "Waking Ned Devine" and "Calendar Girls."
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    A coherent characterization of Robert Pattinson's striving schemer is nowhere to be found in this pedestrian period piece.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    No mutation is necessary to clearly see that Marvel's "reboot" of their signature franchise is an unimaginative remake of Sam Raimi's 2002 Spider-Man.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Boasts an evocative sense of environment and the feel of working with one's hands, but otherwise rummages around in search of substance and subtlety.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    A wannabe French-style infidelity farce that keeps indulging in unnecessary bathos and subplots.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    42
    The film elevates the story of Jackie Robinson to that of cornball legend rather than just honoring his legitimately uplifting, heroic saga by telling it straight.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Like far too many modern horror films, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane flaunts its knowledge of classic genre fundamentals but fails to do anything very clever or surprising with them.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Ridiculousness played with a straight face, the film is endearing even if it's never quite hilarious.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Director Declan Lowney's film operates from a conceit that affords only minor opportunities for true hilarity.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    It’s well-intentioned, but it’s all diagnosis, no prescription.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Alexandre de La Patellière and Matthieu Delaporte’s comedy (based on Delaporte’s play) comes across as a poor man’s Carnage, with bitter resentments and cruel assumptions erupting from beneath its characters’ seemingly cheery, jovial façades.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    The way the film hews to tiresome conventions is itself a buzzkill, but worse is its sheer lack of energy, as Pearlstein stages serious and/or heartfelt conversations that go on twice as long as necessary and treat the characters as more than the two-dimensional caricatures they actually are.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    The story is a hopeless mess that from the outset seems to be missing key exposition that might help fill in some of its many gaps.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Wholesome to the point of being dull.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    John Whitesell's extraordinarily witless movie operates as a checklist for cultural and racial clichés.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Tin-eared, corny attempt at fairy-tale interpretation.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Imagination is in short supply, with rubbery heroes repeatedly plummeting (down chutes, primarily) or hopping and running in slow motion-images that (to state what has now become the obvious) are seldom enhanced by pedestrian IMAX 3-D effects.