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 15.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nick Schager's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 47
Highest review score: 100 Command and Control
Lowest review score: 0 Patch Town
Score distribution:
749 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    The film risks self-importance, but when Peralta admits through tears just how much he loves his skater charges, it imparts what every parent knows: that even better than achieving one's own success is shepherding the success of others.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Nick Schager
    Tommy Lee Jones provides wisecracking levity as Rogers's commanding officer, Hayley Atwell supplies the aforementioned buxom chest and accompanying tough-girl grit as Rogers's British love interest, and Johnson directs with flair, his set pieces defined by both muscularity and clarity.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Coupled with a failure to comprehensively detail tactical patterns or the processes of transporting or fencing stolen goods, Smash & Grab’s inability to truly get underneath the surface of its subjects renders it merely a compelling true-life tale in need of better telling.
    • 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."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Director Declan Lowney's film operates from a conceit that affords only minor opportunities for true hilarity.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Nick Schager
    [The] aesthetic structure creates a haunting sense of the simultaneously wonderful and sad feelings both men have about lives and loves now gone, never to be recaptured.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Nick Schager
    Comedy and shifting-allegiances intrigue more than compensate for the dearth of rousing action in this 1920s-set film.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Art, politics, and craziness conspire to form a rather mechanical melodrama in Black Butterflies.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Nick Schager
    Shallow to its core and as propulsive as a runaway locomotive, it's the most blatantly summer movie-ish of the Mission Impossibles. And also, surprisingly, the most viscerally entertaining.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Alexandre de La Patellière and Matthieu Delaporte’s comedy (based on Delaporte’s play) comes across as a poor man’s Carnage, with bitter resentments and cruel assumptions erupting from beneath its characters’ seemingly cheery, jovial façades.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    No mutation is necessary to clearly see that Marvel's "reboot" of their signature franchise is an unimaginative remake of Sam Raimi's 2002 Spider-Man.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    They Call Us Monsters, alas, is so taken with its access to kids facing such legal circumstances that it forgets to form a compelling argument about them.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Nick Schager
    Its performances are resourceful and affecting, with Chastain and Worthington in the past sequences, and Mirren and Wilkinson in the later chapters, exuding a complicated mess of responsibility, guilt, sacrifice, revenge, and regret.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Nick Schager
    Intimacy doesn't completely give rise to insight in this loving, if largely for-fans-only, posthumous portrait of Memphis-bred punk rocker Jay Reatard.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Since Mehran's embrace of hardline Islam is never dramatized or elaborated on in any insightful way.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    There's only one thing worse than a leaden moral fable that tackles issues of forgiveness with sledgehammer contrivances, and that's one that attempts to mask its manipulative corniness with an air of trumped-up gravity.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Though at times too splintered by its various points of interest, Bernardo Ruiz's up-close-and-personal documentary is nonetheless harrowing in its details.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Nick Schager
    Lawrence is never less than commanding in her last outing as the fiery dystopian heroine, but the most heartening liberation proffered by Part 2 is its star’s escape from this one-note fantasy series.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Nick Schager
    Flip-flopping traditional genre dynamics in a manner more cute than uproarious, Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil charts the Three's Company-style shenanigans that ensue when two West Virginia bumpkins cross paths with a group of camping college kids.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    Palmer's grainy, handheld camerawork won't win any aesthetic prizes, but it's in tune with his subject.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    The director's DV cinematography can be rough and ungainly, but it provides sterling glimpses of both family intimacy and its larger social context.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Ultimately, though, they never cohere into something more than a moderately engaging for-fans-only tour diary.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Schager
    At once a disturbing vision of escape, a cautious portrait of liberation, and an exploration of authenticity and artificiality.
    • 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.

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