Nicolas Rapold
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For 300 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 31% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 63% 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: 53
Highest review score: 100 These Birds Walk
Lowest review score: 0 Neander-Jin: The Return of the Neanderthal Man
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 85 out of 300
  2. Negative: 35 out of 300
300 movie reviews
    • 74 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Nicolas Rapold
    Mr. German was just as stubborn in sticking to his personal vision (and revisions) as he was innovative in his storytelling, and he’s left behind a final opus that is hard to shake.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Nicolas Rapold
    Colman's performance comes as a revelation.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Nicolas Rapold
    The pacing and performances are more organic than in most horror.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Nicolas Rapold
    The director’s wide frame encompasses vast terrain from a middle vantage point, achieving views and noticing changes over time that a mere passer-by might not.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Nicolas Rapold
    Mr. Berliner’s film bravely brings us to the edge of language and experience.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Nicolas Rapold
    Mr. Miyazaki renders Jiro’s life and dreams with lyrical elegance and aching poignancy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    Wiktor Ericsson’s A Life in Dirty Movies outlines this filmmaker’s work reasonably well, but, somewhat surprisingly, truly hits home with a heartwarming look at Mr. Sarno’s relationship with his wife, Peggy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    A deserved tribute that puts us inside the music, and the head space, of a great, lost band.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    Despite some conventional moves here and there and a weakness for the cult of genius, the documentary sustains that uneasy mood cast by Nas’s expression as a child on the “Illmatic” cover, sobered by experience and wisdom before his time.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    Mr. Gomes remains laudably faithful to his character, and Ms. Guedes’s bodily sense of languor gets across more than any crystal-clear dramatic statement would.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    This heart-wrenching and deceptively conventional documentary manages the tensions in its subject and in the vérité approach in a fruitful, illuminating and surprisingly moving way.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    The movie is not always well unified and sequenced, but that seems to reflect Mr. Henin’s ambivalence over a past that’s like a book he is at once rereading and rewriting.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    The extremes of Antarctica: A Year on Ice might seem routine to fans of nature documentaries, but the photographer and director Anthony Powell produces some dazzling imagery in his droll study of isolation way, way down under.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    More a medium-length gallery piece than a feature, the movie can look a little rudimentary in presentation... But its subject is eternal.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    Rather than distressed retro photography, or Guy Maddin mash-up fantasias, the movie’s often deadpan episodes feel like something out of one-act theater
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    Warsaw Uprising is marred by a fictional audio drama among three characters (two cameraman brothers and an American airman) who provide an unnecessary, distracting and at times amateurish frame to this resourcefully, even wittily, edited tour. But the flaws don’t detract from the film’s casual and calamitous sights.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    As skillful an orchestrator as Björk is, her crescendos and tightly designed wilderness can lose their strength with repetition. But she and her collaborators do make a pretty singing picture with their chosen audiovisual tool set.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    Mr. Chow has perhaps achieved more sustained and elaborate adventures, but he hits a sweet spot of comedy that never grows too self-aware or forgets the value of a good, clean demon whomping.

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