For 530 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 24% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 72% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 14.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nick Schager's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 44
Highest review score: 100 The Act of Killing
Lowest review score: 0 Brother's Justice
Score distribution:
530 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    Thompson assembles his footage with an expert's touch, but what his film lacks is its own perspective on these atrocities.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    The proceedings, no matter how logical their contentions, come off as merely one side of the debate.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Like far too many modern horror films, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane flaunts its knowledge of classic genre fundamentals but fails to do anything very clever or surprising with them.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    There's minor amusement in the suggestion that entrepreneurial criminality begins with a preference for Donald Trump's "The Art of the Deal" over the Bible.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Nothing but a million little pieces from prior superhero series and the "Twilight" saga.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Rio
    Too timid to be either inspired or outrageously inept, Rio is merely a bird of a familiar feather.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    J.J. Abrams's latest puts a modern spin on classical material, though here reinvention isn't the goal so much as slavish duplication embellished with muscular CG effects.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Notwithstanding John Turturro's amusingly smug Italian F1 speedster and a few lighthearted jabs at Japanese TV and technology, Cars 2 generally remains stuck in neutral.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Mistaken-identity shenanigans and gooey romance are Monte Carlo's prime commodities.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Yet as is so often the case with the frat-boy genre to which this film panders, so many gags feel like desperate, self-conscious attempts to be outrageous that the effect of its abundant cursing and boob shots is more depressing than delirious.
    • 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.