For 562 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 25% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 71% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 14.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nick Schager's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 45
Highest review score: 100 Days of Heaven
Lowest review score: 0 Vampires Suck
Score distribution:
562 movie reviews
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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