For 576 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 15.4 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 The Walking Deceased
Score distribution:
576 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    Park's methodical but tonally uneven direction too often eschews luridness; it's as if he can't decide exactly how far to push his material into the loopy. Still, his assured and evocative camerawork intimates that peril lurks everywhere, and there's an alien quality to its performances and dialogue that suggests a world slightly unhinged.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    The proceedings, no matter how logical their contentions, come off as merely one side of the debate.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    A colorful and cheery fantasy that duplicates its series predecessors’ cutesy humor and feel-good message making.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Schager
    An overall lack of adventurousness negates any genuine sense of surprise, but credit this Indian-themed indie for spicing up a familiar and routine dish with reasonably tasty flavor.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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