For 537 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 14.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nick Schager's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 45
Highest review score: 100 The Act of Killing
Lowest review score: 0 Brother's Justice
Score distribution:
537 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    Overflowing with super-slow motion, color filters and the clunkiest of flashbacks, The Last Lions frequently amplifies the melodrama to borderline-excessive proportions.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    A gonzo, if somewhat gimmicky, approach to advocating healthy living; it's like Super Size Me in reverse.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    Director Leanne Pooley's documentary on the sisters and their "anarchist variety act" is definitely a formulaic bit of portraiture, but given its engaging, pioneering subjects, gimmickry is hardly needed to spice things up.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    The director's righteous anger is less restrained than his conventional vérité aesthetics and less off-putting than his one-sided approach to the issues at hand - an advocacy for alternative wind-turbine energy is suspiciously sketchy - yet he smartly allows coal-exploiting bigwigs plenty of screen time to properly hang themselves.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    While that mood is ultimately a bit too monotonous to be completely persuasive, a strong cast convincingly captures the many ways in which adulthood proves far more complicated than what's imagined at 18.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    Anderson utilizes slow-motion 3-D to hyperbolic effect while again casting Jovovich as the epitome of badass sexiness.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    Long Shot confirms that achieving one's goals is rarely possible without the staunch support of others.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    McConkey is simultaneously engaging and frustratingly superficial.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 58 Nick Schager
    Cromwell delivers his defiantly gruff dialogue with amusing relish, while still grounding his protagonist’s actions in desperation and desolation. And his nostalgic conversations with Bujold while the two lay in bed have a naturalness that almost overshadows the creakiness of the surrounding material.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Nick Schager
    Too bad, then, that Team Rwanda’s inspiring rise to prominence and eventual course triumphs are so thinly sketched that the film leaves the audience wanting more, in the most frustrating way possible.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Nick Schager
    Throughout, Una Noche’s details — an old man singing as he staggers down the street, young boys wasting away their days playfully leaping into the water — feel authentic.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Nick Schager
    Unfortunately, while the documentary’s points are clear, its desire to articulate them primarily through contrasts neuters some of its persuasiveness.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    A second-act forest fire proves a handy metaphor for Tautou’s slowly burning rage at confinement. Yet while it seems thematically apt, it’s also wholly out of place in this static, emotionless saga, which is defined less by zealous feeling than by a dull, decorous air of respectability.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    A pandemic thriller infected with horror-film clichés, Cabin Fever: Patient Zero ditches the nasty allegory of Eli Roth’s original and Ti West’s studio-butchered first sequel for far duller, standard-issue conventions.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Cursed with a vague, rambling script and an equally indistinct lead performance, the film is a scattershot series of vignettes about self-definition that, ultimately, never coheres into a lucid whole.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Yet Newell, he of "Four Weddings and a Funeral," is ill-suited to steward such sword-and-sandals adventure, his direction--while slightly eschewing modern genre practitioners’ penchant for slicing-and-dicing skirmishes into visual incoherence--is too pedestrian and partial to clumsy slow-mo effects to truly energize the story.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Despite spending nearly 15 years documenting this phenomenon, Lilien proves wholly uninterested in investigating his human subjects' habit of vigorously anthropomorphizing, and projecting their personal hopes, dreams, fears, and Daddy issues onto the striking hawk.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Director Icíar Bollaín mixes Even the Rain's various storytelling modes with an obviousness that ultimately negates enlightening intellectual or emotional discovery.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    As with its protagonist, Unknown boasts tantalizing issues buried deep beneath its frantic exterior, but little idea how to unlock or address them.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Nothing but a million little pieces from prior superhero series and the "Twilight" saga.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    For all its genre-bending cleverness and technical dexterity, Rango's overstuffed plot fails to consistently blend its brainy pretensions with its chase-and-slapstick family-film obligations. Like Dirt's H2O supply, laughs are scarce.

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