For 551 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 14.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nick Schager's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 45
Highest review score: 100 The Act of Killing
Lowest review score: 0 Brother's Justice
Score distribution:
551 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Boasts an evocative sense of environment and the feel of working with one's hands, but otherwise rummages around in search of substance and subtlety.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Winds up turning itself into just a rote thriller about psychos learning that, appearance notwithstanding, every family has dysfunctional problems.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    A wannabe French-style infidelity farce that keeps indulging in unnecessary bathos and subplots.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Ridiculousness played with a straight face, the film is endearing even if it's never quite hilarious.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Director Declan Lowney's film operates from a conceit that affords only minor opportunities for true hilarity.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    An unfocused mishmash that thrives only when it fixates on footage of actual bouts.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    It’s well-intentioned, but it’s all diagnosis, no prescription.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    After performing many narrative backflips in an attempt to lucidly resolve things, Haunter eventually settles for half-baked uplift that renders much of what came before ridiculous and nonsensical.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Pasikowski isn’t interested in actual characters or narrative nuance; rather, the prime concern here is censuring Polish anti-Semitism, which, no matter how righteous an aim, eventually comes at the expense of engaging storytelling.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    Despite its wealth of urgent footage, including clips of raids on pimps’ homes and arrests of johns that expose the seedy masculine desire and domination driving the sex trade, Tricked doesn’t have anything new or particularly eye-opening to say about its subject.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    The way the film hews to tiresome conventions is itself a buzzkill, but worse is its sheer lack of energy, as Pearlstein stages serious and/or heartfelt conversations that go on twice as long as necessary and treat the characters as more than the two-dimensional caricatures they actually are.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Schager
    The story is a hopeless mess that from the outset seems to be missing key exposition that might help fill in some of its many gaps.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 42 Nick Schager
    Characters scream, throw glasses, screw, and strip nude for the self-gratifying viewing pleasure of others, but Jayne Mansfield’s Car never musters up even the faintest trace of Tennessee Williams-style hothouse drama.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Wholesome to the point of being dull.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    John Whitesell's extraordinarily witless movie operates as a checklist for cultural and racial clichés.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Tin-eared, corny attempt at fairy-tale interpretation.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Imagination is in short supply, with rubbery heroes repeatedly plummeting (down chutes, primarily) or hopping and running in slow motion-images that (to state what has now become the obvious) are seldom enhanced by pedestrian IMAX 3-D effects.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Without a complex thought about narcissism, merit, or addiction, Limitless is content to be an empty, one-note, satire-free fairy tale of avarice and corporate-political ambition.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Rife with classic-cinema shoutouts, the film is a cutesy, toothless variation on "Mulholland Drive," one whose attempts to pay tribute to movie magic are ultimately undercut by stagey aesthetics and narrative theatricality.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Suffice it to say, life's too short for such self-indulgent glibness.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    As the seductive and conniving Angelica, Cruz is luminous, albeit not enough to compensate for Marshall shrouding virtually every major set piece in nighttime fogginess.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Like many similarly twisty tales, Reversion's narrative logic is undermined by its characters' irrational behavior.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    From hairstyles and clothes to autumnal-hued cinematography and a raft of clichéd incidents involving pills, suicide, sneaking out, and blackmail, everything feels dainty to the point of stale.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Chalet Girl is just a compendium of genre clichés - minus the usual racism and t&a.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Like Shlain's hand-written diagram in which lines twist and knot while linking various subjects, the film resembles not a coherent thesis but a tangle of semi-related ideas.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Schager
    Cohabitation "commandments" and talk of "chick flicks" further send the material into a cutesy tailspin, with the script's low point an egregious scene featuring Nate sneaking a peek at a silhouette of Jenny undressing behind a curtain.

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