For 562 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 14.8 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:
562 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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
    Unfortunately, while the documentary’s points are clear, its desire to articulate them primarily through contrasts neuters some of its persuasiveness.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Its commentary on our fascination with law-breakers is virtually nonexistent, except to the extent that the film itself revels in the doomed romanticism of its own protagonist.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Long on hopefulness but short on sobering realities, Elevate proves a compelling if superficial look at the arduous path traveled by Senegalese teens hoping to make it to America for a higher education and an NBA career.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    A coherent characterization of Robert Pattinson's striving schemer is nowhere to be found in this pedestrian period piece.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    It’s well-intentioned, but it’s all diagnosis, no prescription.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Style can't fully compensate for a tale that, underneath its gorgeous affectations, proves undercooked, especially during a third act that provides duly titillating answers to its initially beguiling mysteries.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    A deranged pseudo-feminist fable, Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter takes its tedious time getting to its unrewarding destination.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Writer-director Adam MacDonald's direction creates an ominous sense of rural-nowhere isolation, and his script avoids contrived banter while shrewdly suggesting it's headed toward horror before unexpectedly veering into survival-story territory. Nonetheless, such misdirection can't compensate for hopelessly routine action.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Coogan's portrayal is heartfelt, but The Look of Love rarely exploits its star's comedic dexterity.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Alexandre de La Patellière and Matthieu Delaporte’s comedy (based on Delaporte’s play) comes across as a poor man’s Carnage, with bitter resentments and cruel assumptions erupting from beneath its characters’ seemingly cheery, jovial façades.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Owen and Binoche's vigorous, battle-scarred performances, prop up Words and Pictures even when its plotting resorts to unbelievable devices.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    The camera swoops and whooshes about but never generates any compelling energy — Chow's film proves endlessly manic but devoid of much mirth.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    The schmaltzy and benign tale of a ballroom dancer who accepts and transcends her unexpected disability through the power of art and love.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Nothing but a million little pieces from prior superhero series and the "Twilight" saga.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Texas Killing Fields's mood is one of drowning in quicksand, though said atmosphere is the byproduct of both Ami Canaan Mann's often dreamy direction and an editorial structure that intermittently devolves into elliptical incongruity.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    A wannabe French-style infidelity farce that keeps indulging in unnecessary bathos and subplots.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Funnier than its prior two predecessors, if gratingly awash in demographic-pandering late-'90s alt-rock hits ("Closing Time," "Freshman"), American Reunion flounders with its earnest melodrama.
    • 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.

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