For 663 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 26% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 70% 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: 45
Highest review score: 100 Days of Heaven
Lowest review score: 0 Red Hook Black
Score distribution:
663 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    Long Shot confirms that achieving one's goals is rarely possible without the staunch support of others.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    With both hostility and compassion, the damaged duo slowly come to understand themselves and their respective pain-a familiar path that's energized by subtle lead performances, a tactile sense of place and surprising insight into the way people connect as they help each other heal.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    The fictional filmmaker's rejection of "quirkiness" ends up, ironically, being embraced by the movie itself, but even at its most sitcomish, Karpovsky and Lowe's banter has a contentious authenticity that recognizes these industry grunts as vital and three-dimensional-no matter their nominal supporting status.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    A cinematic doodle whose lack of ambition is both its most charming characteristic and its most limiting one, Pictures Of Superheroes operates in an absurdist universe where everything is abstracted in the silliest ways possible.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    McConkey is simultaneously engaging and frustratingly superficial.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    Modest and affecting, it’s a portrait of the possibility of finding peace, contentment and self through both music and spirituality.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    Though two late plot developments are borderline-contrived, Green's direction is marked by mature dramatic and aesthetic understatement.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    Anderson utilizes slow-motion 3-D to hyperbolic effect while again casting Jovovich as the epitome of badass sexiness.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    The film thrives thanks to its superb lead performances, with Sparks exuding an endearingly off-kilter earnestness that nicely contrasts with Ireland’s internalized phobic fears and self-doubt.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    The burgeoning relationship between both the athletes, bonding over a kindred "otherness," is handled tastefully by director Kaspar Heidelbach, though the lack of new insights on the subject of National Socialism's wickedness ultimately reduces a well-staged film to a historical footnote.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    Unfortunately, as with so many social-survey documentaries, the film’s macro view comes at the expense of any microcosmic depth.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    Intriguing without ever proving insightful, the film nonetheless has a formal patience and meticulousness that sets it apart from its jump-scare-loving mainstream-horror brethren.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    The proceedings, no matter how logical their contentions, come off as merely one side of the debate.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    The Best and the Brightest's sharp one-liners and strong cast, especially McDonald's gleefully lecherous performance as an unabashed Republican pervert, help make it a sturdy bit of subculture-tweaking silliness.

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