For 739 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 28% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 67% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 15.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nick Schager's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 47
Highest review score: 100 The Past
Lowest review score: 0 VooDoo
Score distribution:
739 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Nick Schager
    Shallow to its core and as propulsive as a runaway locomotive, it's the most blatantly summer movie-ish of the Mission Impossibles. And also, surprisingly, the most viscerally entertaining.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 63 Nick Schager
    Despite its often-overwhelming nonsensicality, there’s ultimately something irresistibly fiendish about Silent Hill, which not only condemns holier-than-thou religious zealots, but also—if I understand its gruesome finale—seems to be firmly on the side of the Devil.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    Though two late plot developments are borderline-contrived, Green's direction is marked by mature dramatic and aesthetic understatement.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    Even at 78 minutes, White Wash pads its material through repetition but remains a proficient portrait of how increased social, economic, and geographic opportunity fosters diversity - in life and out on the waves.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    Alterman's camerawork, panning and zooming about Christiaan's ants, rabbits, birds, and other assorted mecha creatures, conveys a sense of ominous religious awe.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    A young boy's nonchalant attitude toward having a friend stick a loaded gun in his mouth as well as a man's numerous knife scars courtesy of his beloved wife definitely cut through the clichés about "thug life" to capture how violence is an integral, corrosive part of inner-city life.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    A documentary saga of heartbreaking concentration-camp horrors, Inside Hana's Suitcase attempts to preserve Holocaust memories through frustratingly fractured means.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    Bluff's portrait of street life has a grungy off-the-cuff realism that's only compromised by some obviously staged incidents.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    Despite occasional lapses into showy expressionistic slo-mo, Guerrero's direction demonstrates a patience and attention to emotional detail that allows the two young leads' performances to develop naturally.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    The director's DV cinematography can be rough and ungainly, but it provides sterling glimpses of both family intimacy and its larger social context.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    The film risks self-importance, but when Peralta admits through tears just how much he loves his skater charges, it imparts what every parent knows: that even better than achieving one's own success is shepherding the success of others.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    Thompson assembles his footage with an expert's touch, but what his film lacks is its own perspective on these atrocities.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    Beautiful slo-mo, up-close-and-personal cinematography abounds, as does an aggravating desire to turn its many subjects (and their plights to survive) into reflections of mankind.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    Park's methodical but tonally uneven direction too often eschews luridness; it's as if he can't decide exactly how far to push his material into the loopy. Still, his assured and evocative camerawork intimates that peril lurks everywhere, and there's an alien quality to its performances and dialogue that suggests a world slightly unhinged.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    After establishing a central parent-child relationship rife with wacko biblical undertones, the director finds nowhere to take his story except into standard vengeance territory.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    The proceedings, no matter how logical their contentions, come off as merely one side of the debate.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    Director Prachya Pinkaew's hectic editing and breakneck pacing turns the action spastic, and his lack of interest in anything approaching coherent drama renders the proceedings one long showcase for its lead's Muay Thai combat skills. Luckily, those are considerable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    To his credit, even as his material begins spiraling into less amusing territory, Lund alleviates the growing gloom with goofball levity.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    Etziony and Hanuka's on-the-fly footage suggests that DIRT's desire to help in Haiti was noble, but that its success in making a difference was minimal at best — thus leaving the film feeling primarily like a critical snapshot of how dysfunctional Western humanitarians often use overseas crises for their own ends.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    Cassel is never less than transfixing as a savior with a semi-sinister smile, but Partisan's lack of interest in providing necessary context — especially about the ill-defined larger society that Gregori rejects — leaves it operating on a hazy psychological level.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    Her documentary sporadically locates profound truth amid its myriad musings about the momentous and the everyday. Often, however, Anderson's hushed-tone articulations of her thoughts on these subjects prove affected, and her stream-of-consciousness style, though acutely constructed, is more alienating than inviting.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    Despite a strong sense of its characters, however, Kelly rarely generates much melodramatic or amusing momentum.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    A colorful and cheery fantasy that duplicates its series predecessors’ cutesy humor and feel-good message making.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    Don Cheadle flails about trying to channel the spirit of late jazz-trumpeting legend Miles Davis in Miles Ahead, a biopic that rejects typical genre conventions to the point of chasing itself down lame, tangential paths.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    No matter its cinematic derivativeness, Stink!’s outcry against continuing to use the American citizenry as chemistry experiment guinea pigs carries with it the unassailable whiff of common sense.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    Detailing the eight-month build-up to the show’s debut, First Monday in May is most compelling when simply taking up residence alongside Bolton, Wintour and Wong as they oversee the myriad aspects of their production.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    The film would be a routine affair if not for its baroque aesthetic gestures and a captivating turn from star Abbie Cornish.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    Crowther’s courage and sacrifice deserves lionization, and comes shining through in Man with Red Bandana, but there’s no shaking the feeling that he also merits a more elegant cinematic celebration.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    Cribbing from countless Tinseltown efforts, this music-video-cum-perfume-ad is awash in excessively melodramatic flashbacks, car chases and references to the domestic illegal-immigration debate.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    The result is a work that radiates a boozy, Bukowski-esque downward spiral, all alcohol-fueled anger and aimless sadness.

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