Nicolas Rapold
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For 254 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 30% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 64% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nicolas Rapold's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 These Birds Walk
Lowest review score: 0 Neander-Jin: The Return of the Neanderthal Man
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 254
  2. Negative: 28 out of 254
254 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Nicolas Rapold
    Mr. Nance turns his thought into a performance of vulnerability that’s all too relatable in its indulgences. It has heart without becoming cloying.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Nicolas Rapold
    The filmmakers record the flash of youth’s headlong energies, its bumps and bruises, and its melancholies and brilliant chaos.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Nicolas Rapold
    Let the Fire Burn relentlessly sustains its tragic momentum.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Nicolas Rapold
    The bravery of Ms. Baumane’s own coping methods (which some may disagree with) brings her tough-minded film to a cleareyed, forward-looking conclusion that doesn’t lose sight of her demons.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Nicolas Rapold
    Though floridly written and relentlessly scored, the film's dramas are more persuasively framed than many human ones, going so far as to include multiple flashbacks.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Nicolas Rapold
    Colman's performance comes as a revelation.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Nicolas Rapold
    The pacing and performances are more organic than in most horror.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Nicolas Rapold
    Mr. Sallitt lays down a customarily restrained mode of acting (the kind that somehow seems less flat and more natural in French cinema), but it’s in the service of a rare lucidity about feeling.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Nicolas Rapold
    Shola Lynch’s documentary about Angela Davis, the activist and beacon of counterculture radicalism, is a snappily edited, archivally wallpapered recollection of fearless behavior in the face of an antsy establishment. But it’s equally significant as a pointed act of retelling.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Nicolas Rapold
    It’s the no-nonsense filmmaking, seamlessly integrating even dreams and visions, that keeps us fixed on the bold line of the student’s trajectory, all the way through to a transcendent ending.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Nicolas Rapold
    A Band Called Death is more concerned with bringing out the personal connections behind their driven music than with insisting upon the group’s distinction in the perennial music history search for oddities and firsts.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Nicolas Rapold
    Mr. Ponsoldt ably charts a journey through the high stakes of adolescence, with both Sutter and Mr. Teller showing great promise.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Nicolas Rapold
    Mr. Berliner’s film bravely brings us to the edge of language and experience.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Nicolas Rapold
    This static documentary portrait relies on the usual panning over photos and tag-team interviews, but the format, like the radio length of a song, doesn’t get in the way of its subject’s heart.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Nicolas Rapold
    Mr. Miyazaki renders Jiro’s life and dreams with lyrical elegance and aching poignancy.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Nicolas Rapold
    Exquisitely drawn with both watercolor delicacy and a brisk sense of line, the film finds a peculiarly moving undertow of feeling in a venerable Japanese folk tale.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    Since the filmmaker's main agenda here is to keep things bumping along, the fraught situations are happily played and funk-scored as crowd-pleasing rather than issue-stroking.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    The Invisible War, though revelatory, is perhaps the most straightforward film yet from a director who likes to broach the fault lines of sex and society.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    As soon as The Berlin File takes flight with its exhilarating action set pieces, memories of any muddles evaporate amid the tension and vivid engagement with settings, from courtyards to fields.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    Though some of the writers inject a force of metaphor and strength of voice, no one would confuse the movie with a short-story collection. But it’s more ambitious and effective at blunting cynicism than most consciousness-raising efforts.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    It’s not unlike many of Mr. Strickland’s beloved Italian films, which could be superb exercises in cinematic style and atmosphere while remaining imperfect.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    A deserved tribute that puts us inside the music, and the head space, of a great, lost band.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    The Shine of Day pulls itself together with an ending that feels a bit ready-made for drawing out the parallels between its kindred performers. But the movie gratifyingly observes the openness that seems the base line for Philipp and Walter, and the glimmer of realization in a stage actor about the void that may lurk among his many liberating roles.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    Smash and Grab has a grating, repetitive score and can look a little homely on the big screen. But unlike many true-crime accounts, it cherry-picks its material successfully and preserves the conspiratorial sense that we’re learning the ins and outs of an illicit art.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    It’s gratifying to see the care taken with his characters, though it would be no betrayal of them for Mr. Hartigan to flesh out their world and their lives further.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    Mr. Platt’s good-humored attitude helps keep the potent material from turning mawkish, and having his perspective also wards off a sense of exploitive voyeurism.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    The real pleasure of this film lies in its recognition of session artists and in the oddities and mysteries within the evolution of any given item of pop culture.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    Mr. Reich ties together his talking points with a reasonable-sounding analysis and an unassuming warmth sometimes absent from documentaries charting America’s economic woes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    What little we learn of Pascal, who has worked in Switzerland as a shepherd for more than 30 years, and Carole, who is a former dietitian, fits in a scene or two, but their practical journey yields a certain contemplative equanimity.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    Feeling a little stage-bound because of frequent far-back long shots, the show can’t quite become a true extravaganza on screen. But Peaches — even without commanding the screen — shines through, vulnerability winning out over bravado here.

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