For 728 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 15.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nick Schager's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 47
Highest review score: 100 The Lords of Salem
Lowest review score: 0 Western Religion
Score distribution:
728 movie reviews
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    • 38 Nick Schager
    An aesthetic showcase whose repetitive nature winds up diminishing the excitement of its breathtaking feats of mountainous flight.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    A coming-of-age tale that, with every landscape cutaway and twinkling note from its xylophone-heavy score, begs to be taken as a dreamy slice of countryside profundity.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    ATM
    If both good and evil characters don't behave in ways that make sense vis-à-vis their circumstances, any sense of terror quickly dissipates.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    Morgan Spurlock has little to say about Comic-Con other than that its attendees value it on a par with Christmas.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    The fawning personal-life segments are overdone, and undermine the film's compelling reportage about Madoff's ruse and downfall.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    By making John such an unrepentant freedom-opposing monster, Ironclad denies itself any moral thorniness.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    Shut Up Little Man! fails to legitimize its topic as one of any significance.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    Avoids funny one-liners like the plague, choosing in their place to deliver only squishy faux-outrageousness that, like Sudeikis's one-note stud, exudes an unwelcome air of self-satisfaction.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    The icy fatalism of film noir is turned to slush by Thin Ice, a crime saga that reduces its chosen genre to a series of atonal, old-hat clichés.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    That's My Boy lazily exists in a fantasyland of Adam Sandler's perpetual adolescence, even as it generates some moderate comic friction from Sandler and Andy Samberg's testy back-and-forth.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    Álex de la Iglesia's film hammers home the opinion that family is more important than celebrity or wealth.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    Twelve long years after "The Blair Witch Project" pushed the first-person-POV subgenre to horror's forefront, and four years after [Rec] expertly refined the formula, Grave Encounters can't even pretend to be anything other than hopelessly derivative.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    P. David Ebersole so busy flitters from one point of interest to another that Hit So Hard never coheres into anything other than a collection of rock-star clichés.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    Chockablock with instances of characters not shooting, running, attacking, or sneaking away when they can or should, this thriller comes off like the world's most rigged game.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    Further confirmation that agitprop documentaries have become wedded to a template that undermines their very arguments.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    Tim Burton's sense of playfulness feels forced throughout, and as the film progresses, any humor or inventiveness takes a backseat to tumultuous set pieces that reference Frankenstein.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    A slice of slight character-driven conventionality in which directorial sensitivity and drama rooted in tense conversations and intermittent blow-ups prove incapable of imparting depth to a tale that plays like a series of simplistic stock gestures.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    Doesn't waste a moment on recognizable reality, consumed as it is with checking off various items from its list of clichés.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    The Hedgehog ultimately illuminates only the continued lameness of employing out-of-leftfield tragedy for cheap bathos.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    By wholeheartedly taking its main character's side instead of complicating or censuring his homicidal vigilante crusade, it proves inanely one-note and preachy.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    300
    Snyder attaches no larger significance to his arresting visuals. He’s only intent on eliciting “Whoa, dude!” reactions, of which there are fewer and fewer once it becomes clear that there’s nothing sustaining the centerpiece razzle-dazzle sequences except awful dialogue and no-dimensional characters.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    The Tickells' style is a predictable grab bag of interviews with outraged experts and journalists, TV news footage, and scenes in which the filmmakers (and, during one trip, fellow activists Peter Fonda and Amy Smart) make faux-daring journeys into the fray to bring back supposed realities that corporate America seeks to hide.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    Unlike AMC's Breaking Bad, meth here doesn't reflect current, perilous economic realties; rather, it's just a low-rent drug used by degenerates whose lives say nothing about anything.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    Now that Zooey Deschanel has taken a detour into TV land, is Audrey Tautou the most insufferable pixy presence in cinema today?
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    Sex and love are both novel experiences for two high schoolers in this talky affair that suggests a hybrid of Before Sunset and Some Kind of Wonderful.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    Ben Stiller's aesthetics blend overly manicured imagery with soaring rock songs that underline every emotion, lest the film's corporate logo-driven message-making didn't get the point across clearly enough.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    Can't mask that, at heart, it's merely a trifling tour documentary that gives further excessive attention to the late-night star's 2010 ouster as The Tonight Show host.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    The action is perfunctory and forgettable, albeit no more so than the script's range of clichés.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    Michael J. Weithorn's direction underlined its understatement via self-consciously patient camerawork and a doleful score, all in order to further the mournful mood.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    There's no spark or humor to the film's situations, just the sense of capable actors trying to make the best of a hopeless situation.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    Despite aping its title in order to suggest quality by association, Bad Teacher has nothing in common with "Bad Santa" -- including, alas, a genuinely nasty sense of humor.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    From overwrought flashbacks of Third Master and Madame Kang's initial meetings (and sexual encounter), to the present-day arguments and maneuverings of Lord Kang, Empire of Silver is so determined to stage its material with reverence that it embalms any flickers of passion or tension.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    The apparent byproduct of watching too much Bad Boys II, The Viral Factor is a cops-and-criminals saga slathered in glossy Michael Bay-isms.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    Blackthorn's last-man-standing circumstances, far from a cautionary tale about the cost of the gunslinger life, are glorified as the height of macho nobility.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Nick Schager
    The FP has a one-note joke of a conceit, and when that runs out, it has few actual jokes to fill the humorless void.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 33 Nick Schager
    From fawning beginning to maudlin close, it’s a monotonous, wannabe-mythmaking biopic for Ip completists only.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Bornedal's fondness for punctuating abrupt cuts to black with a solitary piano-key note is so pathological that it soon turns risible.
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    • 30 Nick Schager
    Mickey Rooney's own ordeal of being swindled by his wife's son gives the material a tiny bit of star power, but his mismatched interview clips merely exacerbate the earnest but graceless documentary's editorial clumsiness, aesthetic flatness, and endless repetition.
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    • 30 Nick Schager
    Admirable only for its sincere responsibility-over-selfishness message and for giving "The Wire" alums Chad Coleman and Jamie Hector some big-screen work, Life, Love, Soul otherwise proves to be just a low-rent Tyler Perry–style melodrama.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    A tiresome film that itself knows nothing but other rom-com plots.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    It’s stale B-movie rubbish of a barely watchable sort, albeit slightly more depressing than many of its genre compatriots.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    The result is a lumbering attempt at sweet-and-saucy romance, all affected emotion and strained bad-boy humor.
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    • 30 Nick Schager
    The film so diligently eschews any tempered analysis that it eventually comes across as akin to the very thing it's decrying.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    While his images have been composed with care, Nelson's screenplay is a far less impressive invention.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Purportedly about a quest for spiritual enlightenment and the question of what binds global religions, In Search of God is instead defined by simplistic philosophizing and rampant narcissism.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Jessica Alba gets plain-Jane crazy for An Invisible Sign, a syrupy "A Beautiful Mind" redux in which the starlet sports big brown bangs and Pippi Longstocking pigtails.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    This pious drama is a work of minimal imagination and even less subtlety.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Avoiding the genre's typical werewolfism-as-puberty metaphors, director Jonas Alexander Arnby instead casts his material as a drawn-out character study — the problem being that his characters are all one-note dullards, which turns his slow, portent-heavy drama into a giant slog.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Dream House also manages to commit a cardinal thriller sin: casting well-known actors in ostensibly inconsequential roles, which in this case reveals the real culprit before the mystery proper has even begun.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    The only faint upside to this excruciating dud is that, in its movie clips of Charlie Chaplin - who the mesmerized birds view as a kindred waddling spirit - the film might hopefully function for some kids as a gateway to superior comedy cinema.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Like so much teen-targeting modern horror, it opts for dull angsty brooding over the very sort of grim-and-gruesome sleaziness that might have made its premise interesting.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Intentions and effect are at odds throughout Jorge Hinojosa's one-note documentary.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Tracers is a tedious, clichéd slog from start to finish, and only briefly enlivened by two prolonged chases in which handheld cameras maintain intense proximity to their subjects.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    An insufferable import indebted to "Mrs. Doubtfire" in which a man in prosthetics helps a family cope with, and overcome, divorce.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Maudlin and mannered, this contrived indie squanders another fine late-career performance from Frank Langella, dousing its treatment of the subject in affectations until it’s snuffed out any trace of genuine life.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    As bluntly unimaginative as its title.
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    • 30 Nick Schager
    Alongside electricity and clean drinking water, one of the casualties of Go North's Armageddon was artistic inspiration.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Any message about the need for open-mindedness in life and love, however, is muddled by a slapdash plot that ultimately cares less about taking a stand in favor of progressive values than it does in superficially employing such feel-good ideas for unimaginative, hyperactive adolescent slapstick.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    The overweight, gays and little people are cheerfully mocked while writer/director Siddique ratchets up his story's disparate comedy-romance-action elements to an insanely over-the-top degree.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Fairbrass proves a hulking wannabe ass-kicker without much distinctive charisma, and his leaden performance is matched by sleepy, one-note supporting turns by the slumming-it Patric and Caan.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    The phoniness of their cross-country saga is compounded by a gaggle of cipher sidekicks.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    McPhee's latest saga neither conjures the humanistic heart of "Babe" nor addresses father-son separation issues with the sobriety of "The Water Horse." Instead, it's merely a compendium of photocopied elements, cartoonish special effects, and easy-bake happily-ever-afters.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Gosnell directs as if every scene must be either a nauseating roller-coaster ride or a syrupy melodrama, resulting in a seesawing tone that's not stabilized by the presence of Neil Patrick Harris.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    There's no surer way to murder horror than to literalize it, a mistake incessantly made by The Moth Diaries.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Snapping necks and shooting limbs have rarely been carried out in service of such a principled cause — or been executed with such formulaic tedium.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Nice to look at but tedious to endure, A Five Star Life boasts a muted classiness that doesn't mitigate its phoniness.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Given its true-life basis, the story is already devoid of suspense regarding Hirohito’s ultimate fate, and Fellers’s inquiry is made more sluggish by dramatically inert conversations with Japanese officials.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    At every turn, Frankenstein’s Army exhibits a preference for jolt scares and gore over actual suspense, which never materializes, thanks to a general indifference to plot and minimal interest in character.
    • 5 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Tom Six's threequel races to the bottom with abandon, all while indulging in tired wink-wink self-consciousness that includes Six himself showing up to witness his movie monster made real (and to be slandered by Laser as "a poop-infatuated toddler").
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    By ultimately softening its stance toward McIver, Grassroots disingenuously has it both ways, reducing politics first to a David-versus-Goliath adventure, and then to an everyone-is-cool bowl of mush.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Amid Kiefer's narrow-eyed glowering, Donald's exhausted-sage routine, and Moore's approximation of rural homeliness, only Wincott seems to fit in, exuding a poised, laconic cold-bloodedness that stands in stark contrast to the film's inert phoniness.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    An insistent, clunky sermon about triumph through faith, David Hunt’s film is so determined to turn its subject into a Christ-like saint that it loses any sense of him as an actual flesh-and-blood man, the result being a third-string sports saga only apt to play to its devout target audience.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Kirkpatrick's color-deficient visual scheme is sturdy, but it can't compensate for a mechanical, unsubtle script.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    From Dave to The Dictator, politicians-replaced-by-doppelgängers has long been a favorite comedy movie device — yet never has it been employed for more torturous faux-funny business than in Viva la Libertà.
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    • 30 Nick Schager
    Any initial, intriguing otherworldly atmosphere is negated by answers that are more pedestrian than terrifying.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Decked out in the usual tinsel-and-mistletoe trappings, the film lurches awkwardly between gloominess and giddiness, never hitting the boisterously bittersweet groove it seeks.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    The battles are staged with moderate intensity but a dispiriting lack of surprise that's also characteristic of the story in general.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    A feeble stab at topicality from that master of overripe Gallic melodrama, Cédric Klapisch.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    At once superficial and overblown, this documentary also often feels downright phony.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    It's all so much turgid brooding, dialogue underlined with import, and leaden symbolism involving Rapace's white and red dresses, none of which is salvaged by a typically understated Farrell performance.
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    • 30 Nick Schager
    Bazodee itself dutifully hews to convention, but its plotting is so torpid that it never feels as if there are any genuine stakes to the protagonist’s which-beau-should-I-choose predicament.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    There's no type of documentary as shallow as those covering modern music festivals, a fact reconfirmed by Made in America.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Taking the notion of toilet humor literally but incapable of delivering its promised religious satire, The Catechism Cataclysm is more muddled than its tongue-twister title.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    So tasteful it’s torturous, Despite the Falling Snow is a Cold War espionage thriller for those who like their period-piece action airless and derivative.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    It's a dull drag-show routine headed nowhere until Pacino (playing a self-important version of himself) begins stalking Jill.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    The Foxy Merkins would have made an idiosyncratic and amusing short film; at 80 minutes, it's a one-joke comedy that quickly overstays its welcome.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    The resultant smorgasbord is a misshapen mess, short on humor, tension, or chemistry among its bickering protagonists.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    A corny saga of social and generational conflict, it's ultimately yet another Chinese period epic that functions as a thinly veiled treatise on the nobility of socialist equality.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    A film that's all airy, abstract pretentiousness.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Plays like one long, slow descent into cloying moralizing and uplift that's well past its expiration date.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Kid Cannabis presents its material not as cautionary tale but as celebratory fantasy — which, like Nate's mom turning a blind eye to her son's illegal operation, seems to be the by-product of either inanity or excessive THC.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Amid much talk about character, story structure, and theme, Grant delivers his usual rakish-charmer routine in a role that’s as hackneyed as the script’s portrait of women, the movie industry, and Star Wars fanatics is one-note.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Borderline creepy, Courageous endlessly expounds on the importance of God in men's lives but fails to answer the more pressing question of why religious sagas such as this treat subtlety as a sin.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Throughout, the complexities of the charismatic fighter's life are only cursorily referenced so that the celebratory tone may not be marred, with Manny ultimately content to treat its subject with kid gloves.
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    • 30 Nick Schager
    The film's recognition of its (and its makers') own failings doesn't stop them from being unbearably accurate.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Nearly every scene is clunky, and the film's commentary about TV as the unifying glue of American culture is embellished through lame incidents of sex and violence that eventually validate the Chinese tourists' anti-U.S. critiques.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Wearing out its welcome long before its moralizing finale, the film...does manage to mine contemporary fears about the increasing worthlessness of a college degree.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    Weaver's story slowly begins to buckle under the weight of its own self-seriousness and familiarity, concluding with a showdown and resolution marked by one implausible and unsatisfying been-here-done-that twist after another.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Schager
    That My Lucky Star isn’t serious is less an issue than the fact that its comedic action is so broad, ridiculous, and predictable that it soon feels juvenile, akin to a training-wheels variation on various genre formulas.

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