Nicolas Rapold

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For 370 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 7.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nicolas Rapold's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Mustang
Lowest review score: 0 Neander-Jin: The Return of the Neanderthal Man
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 41 out of 370
370 movie reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Nicolas Rapold
    Mr. Berliner’s film bravely brings us to the edge of language and experience.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Nicolas Rapold
    Mr. Takahata’s psychologically acute film, which was based on a manga, seems to grow in impact, too, as the adult Takao comes to a richer understanding of what she wants and how she wants to live.
    • 90 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Nicolas Rapold
    Let the Fire Burn relentlessly sustains its tragic momentum.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    Watchers of the Sky is a film that can dash hopes about humanity but also raise them in depicting the stories of these tireless defenders.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    The film’s four-person shuffle turns into a bit of a hash.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Nicolas Rapold
    Mr. Miyazaki renders Jiro’s life and dreams with lyrical elegance and aching poignancy.
    • 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
    • 100 Nicolas Rapold
    The ensemble of young actresses is a constantly restless and real presence, the perspective filtered mostly through the cheeky Lale but also through the group as a loving crew.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    When a final shot takes us outdoors to the real world, it’s possible to wonder whether a certain spontaneity, or a different kind of energy, has been missing from Mr. Saura’s immaculately vibrant film.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    Ms. Wilder, in her debut feature, riskily opts to leave much of the children’s educational activity fairly vague. Which gives it one more thing in common with school: You need to pay attention.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    The indomitable personality and talents of the serial prison escapee Mark DeFriest outshine the weaknesses of this documentary that bears his name.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Nicolas Rapold
    The pacing and performances are more organic than in most horror.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    The conclusion would be chilling if it weren’t so reserved. For Denmark, the film, an Oscar nominee in the foreign-language category, might seem quietly radical, but Mr. Lindholm errs too far on the side of quiet.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    The King of Escape is more loosely put together than “Stranger,” and, considering what happens, it’s relatively underplayed.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    The energy here feels more like that of a lecture than of a film; it’s an analytical tonic that’s potent to the point of bitter.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    Mr. Serra has said his film portrays the eclipse of Enlightenment rationality by the violent forces of Romanticism. It’s a tidy overarching conceit, but the film’s lived-in feel does make for one vivid way of imagining shifts in thought.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Nicolas Rapold
    It’s both the best children’s animated film this year since “Inside Out” — you might call it “Outside In” — and, unexpectedly, a more stirring depiction of the deadening modern megalopolis than most heal-the-world documentaries.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Nicolas Rapold
    A master of voice-over and metaphor (the title alone has an amazing payoff), [Mr. Guzmán] sifts through essential truths and draws links between Chile’s past and present inhabitants.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 Nicolas Rapold
    The 20-year-old Hubble Space Telescope--whose repair mission is the subject of this chronicle--turns out to be a bit of a stage hog, and audiences expecting a blissout of swirling galaxies will wonder why so much time is spent on astronauts sweating over screws and bolts.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    Ms. Lee could have delved more deeply into Ms. Boggs’s thoughts, and slips into glib autopilot by using archival footage with sound effects or repeating ideas of personal transformation. But in sharing her subject’s life achievements, she raises meaningful questions and keeps them profitably open.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    With their sensitive feature clocking in at an hour, the filmmakers make you wish only that they had developed their material further.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    Mr. Steiner’s tightly interconnected documentary, with transporting shots, visits people on the margins in the United States.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Nicolas Rapold
    The film is essentially an evolved hybrid of global environmental documentary and the group-trip experiments of reality television. Its biggest step onto unfamiliar terrain might be its ambivalent ending, conveying uncertainty about what can or should be done next.
    • 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.

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