For 567 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 15.1 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 Vampires Suck
Score distribution:
567 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Romantic comedy clichés are given a superficial East-meets-West (and vet-back-home) makeover in Amira & Sam, a love story whose likable stars can’t compensate for a story that tediously adheres to formula.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Regrettably, both the condemnation of capitalist avarice and violence and the sanctification of nature and youthful innocence are dramatized only in simplistic black-and-white terms.
    • 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."
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    In its didactic narration and constant on-screen introductions, the film loses a good deal of the very silence and mystery it venerates.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Rio
    Too timid to be either inspired or outrageously inept, Rio is merely a bird of a familiar feather.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    An Egyptian feminist tale told with both affecting compassion and made-for-TV corniness.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    As a director, Estevez exhibits a bland visual sense, but he does manage to convey some of his scenic locations' multifaceted textures. Mostly, though, his dramatically inert, spiritually generic The Way seems like it was far more fun to shoot than it is to endure.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Art, politics, and craziness conspire to form a rather mechanical melodrama in Black Butterflies.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Whether to let go and follow your own path is a stock dilemma, and an implausibly hopeful conclusion winds up undercutting the realism of this immigrant song.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    It's not clear what Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale values more - endless preaching about ancestral spirits or gruesome CG decapitations.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    The result is a film that eschews in-depth insight in favor of easily digestible who's-going-to-win suspense, a tack that's aided by Kargman's rather poignant (and visually graceful) evocation of pre-performance anxiety but ultimately leaves the material feeling deflated once the winners emerge.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Unfortunately, its tale is so slight and simple that it also fails to say anything particularly poignant about life.

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