For 527 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 The Past
Lowest review score: 0 Silent Hill: Revelation 3D
Score distribution:
527 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    As with its narrative, Wreck-It Ralph's themes don't develop by branching out in wild, unpredictable ways; instead, they simply become narrower and more monotonous.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Since Mehran's embrace of hardline Islam is never dramatized or elaborated on in any insightful way.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Its scenario and criminals devoid of any representational depth, and without any substantial ideas underlying its carnage, the film ultimately just assumes the sadistically pragmatic POV of its one-dimensional thugs, pitilessly doling out brutality as a practical means to an end.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Fred Cavayé shoots his action with both vigorous propulsion and visual lucidity. Unfortunately, however, his story's revelations, all of which are related to a recent corporate bigwig's assassination, arrive at least two-to-three scenes after they've already become obvious.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    The intersection between drug-company profiteering and lobbying, and governmental and private-sector desires to protect people from deadly diseases, is navigated too cursorily by the documentary.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Art, politics, and craziness conspire to form a rather mechanical melodrama in Black Butterflies.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    A poignant sense of time's unyielding forward progress and a mood of deep adolescent sorrow aren't enough to overshadow the insufferable blankness of Goodbye First Love's navel-gazing protagonists.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Ultimately, though, they never cohere into something more than a moderately engaging for-fans-only tour diary.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    With graceless melodramatist Rob Reiner at the helm, it's predictably ironic that The Magic of Belle Isle champions the unparalleled power of imagination while displaying absolutely none of its own.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    A coherent characterization of Robert Pattinson's striving schemer is nowhere to be found in this pedestrian period piece.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Hong Sang-soo once again corroborates auteurist theory at the same time that he reveals the potential shortcomings of its practice.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    An alternately evocative and lumbering portrait of a multifaceted community.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    42
    The film elevates the story of Jackie Robinson to that of cornball legend rather than just honoring his legitimately uplifting, heroic saga by telling it straight.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Nadine Labaki's film awkwardly hybridizes somber politizized drama with regional humor in the style of "Waking Ned Devine" and "Calendar Girls."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Unfortunately, its tale is so slight and simple that it also fails to say anything particularly poignant about life.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    O'Nan and Weston's rapport is engagingly prickly but their "Shins meets Sesame Street" tunes have a tweeness also found in the director's music montages and lens flares. Only in its even-handed treatment of Alex's fundamentalist-Christian brother (Andrew McCarthy) does the film feel like something less than a corny cornucopia of manchildren-grow-up clichés.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Director Arcel handles the material with a stately grace that compensates for the story's predictable trajectory, though humdrum period detail and monotonous pacing too often leave the proceedings feeling only partially aroused.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    A documentary -- based in part on Jian Ping's autobiographical book of the same name -- whose poignancy is lessened by its awkward formal devices.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    All the while, Fisher and his kin's incessant, contentious bickering exposes the ongoing difficulty of reconciling with inherited trauma, though such squabbling's protracted prominence also, ultimately, suggests the need for a bit more editorial trimming.