For 243 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 27% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 69% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 13.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nick Schager's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 46
Highest review score: 100 The Past
Lowest review score: 0 Golf in the Kingdom
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 243
  2. Negative: 84 out of 243
243 movie reviews
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Rife with classic-cinema shoutouts, the film is a cutesy, toothless variation on "Mulholland Drive," one whose attempts to pay tribute to movie magic are ultimately undercut by stagey aesthetics and narrative theatricality.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Like many similarly twisty tales, Reversion's narrative logic is undermined by its characters' irrational behavior.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Content to be merely cheerfully clichéd, it's an assembly-line kids' film that, unlike its daring protagonist, risks little, and thus reaps only modest rewards.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    From hairstyles and clothes to autumnal-hued cinematography and a raft of clichéd incidents involving pills, suicide, sneaking out, and blackmail, everything feels dainty to the point of stale.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Chalet Girl is just a compendium of genre clichés - minus the usual racism and t&a.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Like Shlain's hand-written diagram in which lines twist and knot while linking various subjects, the film resembles not a coherent thesis but a tangle of semi-related ideas.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Cohabitation "commandments" and talk of "chick flicks" further send the material into a cutesy tailspin, with the script's low point an egregious scene featuring Nate sneaking a peek at a silhouette of Jenny undressing behind a curtain.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Although enthralled by brooding, self-absorbed teenagers, the film doesn't present a single believable one.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    The mood is generally melodramatic and ends as mushy, aided by the soft-focus cinematography that drenches it all in melancholic nostalgia.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    The trio's mourning feels more like immature self-absorption.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Unfortunately, mocking jibes and cutaways to Team America and Wonder Woman (among other movies and TV shows) establish a jokey attitude that weakens the overall case.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Despite referring to the tribe as "my people," Routh is wholly miscast, yet his ill-fitting presence is part and parcel of the plotting's general illogicality.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    A musty ghost story that morphs into a sluggish serial-killer mystery, Nicholas McCarthy's film tries to distinguish itself by minimizing dialogue and settings, a stripped-down approach that extends to sketchy characters and a script rife with convenient, easy-to-assemble clues.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Raunchy dude comedy is hardly the sole province of American cinema, as Klown all too dispiritingly reconfirms.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Less inept than its worst-of-the-year title suggests, 3, 2, 1 . . . Frankie Go Boom nonetheless proves too ramshackle and aimless to ever achieve true absurdity.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    There are good intentions here, but too little nuance.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Any transformation feels like a device, and any modest hopefulness comes across as simply the unearned wishful thinking of the filmmaker.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Little girls never stop loving their daddies in Festival of Lights, a drama that never stops loving soap-opera-style melodramatics.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Messina's performance has a lived-in, emotional messiness, but the film is nothing but clichés.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    The film is as lightweight as the ganja-puffing is plentiful, little more than a vanity project that allows its subject to wax philosophical on his past triumphs, tragedies, and spiritual development (aided by Louis Farrakhan) from gangland pimp to nonviolent family man.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Park's direction is sleek and assured, but lacking the dynamism that might help energize a film that—its title notwithstanding—comes off as dully old-school.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Java Heat's title refers not to hot coffee but to the Indonesian island, though caffeine is certainly recommended to make it through this tepid buddy-cop action flick.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Director Ron Maxwell (Gettysburg, Gods and Generals) shows a flair for mythologizing via beautiful panoramas of upstate New York landscapes but less so, unfortunately, through his film's inert story and flat performances.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    A film whose themes are as neatly laid out as its characters' behavior is preposterous.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Despite some pleasant backstage-footage filler, however, 12-12-12 ultimately so truncates its artists' performances (each is given one song, and those are heavily edited) that the effect is like watching the original TV broadcast in fast-forward.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    It's somewhat surprising to find the filmmaker's sequel marked by such a lack of urgency. The action here seems dutiful, devoid of the indignation at criminal vileness that seethed below Outrage's surface.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    The photogenic cast's looks far exceed their featureless performances, and any mood of sunshiny malevolence is undercut by too many studied directorial compositions.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    The trouble is that Grovic's attempts to generate suspense by keeping character identities and motivations unknown leaves the proceedings feeling vague and slapdash.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Carano’s badass-beauty charm notwithstanding, it’s a grim, formulaic saga in desperate need of some genuine B-movie fury and flair.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 33 Nick Schager
    From fawning beginning to maudlin close, it’s a monotonous, wannabe-mythmaking biopic for Ip completists only.