For 749 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 15.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nick Schager's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 47
Highest review score: 100 Brooklyn
Lowest review score: 0 I Send You This Place
Score distribution:
749 movie reviews
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Devoid of characters or a story about which one might care, Psychopaths proves to be a fright-free pastiche without purpose — save, that is, for unimaginatively paying homage to a string of superior genre predecessors.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Nick Schager
    Survival is depicted as a double-edged sword in Destination Unknown, an accomplished and heartrending documentary.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    In the stories of both men, Grieco’s film highlights the double-edged nature of eye-opening visuals, which are just as apt to enrage others and endanger the messenger as they are to achieve noble ends.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Caring more about what its characters represent — and its empathetic representation of them — than about crafting a fully formed drama concerning flesh-and-blood people, Cone’s film has little more than its heart in the right place.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Unfortunately, the film has nothing much to say other than that the enterprise is inherently complicated — which isn’t point enough for 111 minutes of screen time.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    The well-intentioned biopic is ungainly, overtly articulating everything it doesn’t need to yet failing to explain much of what starts out as unclear about the tale.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Even when their bananas premise grows a bit stale, the directors prove at least semi-serious about their material’s rawer emotions, thereby making the film an uncanny character study about an alienated anthropomorphic primate who yearns to be himself.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 10 Nick Schager
    As amateurish as its 1990-grade VHS title graphics, Surviving Peace is possibly the clunkiest — and most one-sided — film ever made about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    The horror film of 2017 is AlphaGo, a documentary about an artificial intelligence program designed to play Go – the oldest and most complex board game in the world – that feels like it’s sounding the alarm for the human race’s impending extinction.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Nick Schager
    It’s a worthy tribute bound to illuminate and inspire.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Empathetic and yet ultimately too draggy to elicit much engagement with its paper-thin story, Elizabeth Blue proves at once well-intentioned and inert.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Nick Schager
    Reynolds’ film conveys a legitimate, stirring sense of awe about mankind’s innate desire for adventure, discovery and communion with all that surrounds it.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    No doubt, these talking-head assertions about DeJoria’s charitable attitude toward work and life...are true. Alas, they’re delivered in a celebratory one-note package that feels like something cooked up by a publicity team.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Nick Schager
    Like the finest noir, what springs forth from Saleh’s film is the dreary belief that the bad sleep well while the rest are left to suffer in the streets.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 10 Nick Schager
    Armed Response has less story than your average first-person shooter video game — and far fewer moments of exciting action or nerve-wracking suspense as well.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 0 Nick Schager
    Writer/director Tom Costabile's found-footage conceit is painfully hackneyed, although not nearly as enervating as his actual drama.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 10 Nick Schager
    Compounding the action’s lack of originality are both the amateurishness of every performance and the wobbly-camera aesthetics. Worse, though, is the wholesale absence of any political point of view on its immigrant-horror-story subject matter, leaving the film feeling like the thinnest type of retread.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    The film is buoyed by its sharp, witty lead performances, with Spall’s holier-than-thou imperiousness clashing suitably with Meaney’s more affable obstinacy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Often too clunky for its own good, and (ahem) doggedly apolitical throughout, this earnest feel-good tale nonetheless manages to pull on the heartstrings with sufficient gentleness.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Nick Schager
    This trippy work maps the intersections of West and East, body and spirit, faith and terror with beguiling grace.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    At once superficial and overblown, this documentary also often feels downright phony.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    It’s mostly interested in the off-kilter but natural chemistry of its leads, who despite their differences come across as comrades who genuinely care about each other, and whose bond is solidified by their shared hangups.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Nick Schager
    It’s an ode to self-discovery and acceptance that’s as funny as it is sweet.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Though the film’s feel-good construction undercuts its ability to surprise, Petra Volpe’s cine-history lesson remains a mainstream crowd-pleaser adept at inspiring and amusing in equal measure.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    House of Z captures the way in which direct hands-on engagement is vital to an artist’s continued relevance, and vitality.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Nick Schager
    Driven by both empathy and a passion for justice, “How to Survive a Plague” director David France’s stellar documentary charts an investigation into the still-unsolved death of trans icon Marsha P. Johnson, along the way illuminating the persistent discrimination that exists today, and the bonds of community designed to counter it.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Nick Schager
    From one wild mood swing to the next, it keeps us interested with aplomb, with Mike Makowsky’s script never lingering too long on any one element, the better to keep the pace brisk, and unpredictable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Nick Schager
    Rambling in the best manner imaginable, it’s an amusingly heartbreaking (and hopeful) portrait of misery’s messiness.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    From unique to generic, it's a gear-shift that may prolong the franchise's life (a mid-credits coda confirms that a sixth installment is on its way), but, in the process, also renders it redundant.

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