For 679 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 26% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 69% 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: 45
Highest review score: 100 Command and Control
Lowest review score: 0 God's Not Dead 2
Score distribution:
679 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Short on genuine suspense and long on righteous anger, the film is bolstered by a sturdy performance by Darín that brings emotional nuance to an underwritten role.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    As with its protagonist, Unknown boasts tantalizing issues buried deep beneath its frantic exterior, but little idea how to unlock or address them.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Nothing but a million little pieces from prior superhero series and the "Twilight" saga.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    For all its genre-bending cleverness and technical dexterity, Rango's overstuffed plot fails to consistently blend its brainy pretensions with its chase-and-slapstick family-film obligations. Like Dirt's H2O supply, laughs are scarce.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Regrettably, both the condemnation of capitalist avarice and violence and the sanctification of nature and youthful innocence are dramatized only in simplistic black-and-white terms.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    If not for its outsize IMAX presentation, this handsome nonfiction film would be little more than an uplifting episode of PBS's "Nature."
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    In its didactic narration and constant on-screen introductions, the film loses a good deal of the very silence and mystery it venerates.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Rio
    Too timid to be either inspired or outrageously inept, Rio is merely a bird of a familiar feather.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Notwithstanding John Turturro's amusingly smug Italian F1 speedster and a few lighthearted jabs at Japanese TV and technology, Cars 2 generally remains stuck in neutral.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    An Egyptian feminist tale told with both affecting compassion and made-for-TV corniness.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    As a director, Estevez exhibits a bland visual sense, but he does manage to convey some of his scenic locations' multifaceted textures. Mostly, though, his dramatically inert, spiritually generic The Way seems like it was far more fun to shoot than it is to endure.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Art, politics, and craziness conspire to form a rather mechanical melodrama in Black Butterflies.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Whether to let go and follow your own path is a stock dilemma, and an implausibly hopeful conclusion winds up undercutting the realism of this immigrant song.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    It's not clear what Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale values more - endless preaching about ancestral spirits or gruesome CG decapitations.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    The result is a film that eschews in-depth insight in favor of easily digestible who's-going-to-win suspense, a tack that's aided by Kargman's rather poignant (and visually graceful) evocation of pre-performance anxiety but ultimately leaves the material feeling deflated once the winners emerge.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Unfortunately, its tale is so slight and simple that it also fails to say anything particularly poignant about life.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Soling and co-director David Hilbert divide their screen into multiple visual quadrants, an aesthetic strategy that soon becomes a wearisome affectation that's barely mitigated by their refusal to romanticize the landscape or soft-pedal the hazardous hardships of Ik life.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    An alternately evocative and lumbering portrait of a multifaceted community.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    A documentary -- based in part on Jian Ping's autobiographical book of the same name -- whose poignancy is lessened by its awkward formal devices.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    O'Nan and Weston's rapport is engagingly prickly but their "Shins meets Sesame Street" tunes have a tweeness also found in the director's music montages and lens flares. Only in its even-handed treatment of Alex's fundamentalist-Christian brother (Andrew McCarthy) does the film feel like something less than a corny cornucopia of manchildren-grow-up clichés.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Escape Fire winds up feeling like only one half of a larger argument.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Pusher faithfully mimics Nicolas Winding Refn's 1996 Danish crime saga while missing its nasty, grungy spirit.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    The eventual appearance of creature fodder in the form of a crazy old coot who lives in the storage facility, as well as a sequel-promising closing note borrowed from innumerable predecessors, ultimately exposes Storage 24 as a monster from a familiar mother.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Coogan's portrayal is heartfelt, but The Look of Love rarely exploits its star's comedic dexterity.

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