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 7.5 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
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    The voice-over-driven readings and the illustrative footage — unwisely augmented with new sound effects — lack a fundamental filmic momentum.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    Ms. Passon ultimately seems to skirt some of the larger life questions hinted at along the way.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    It’s fortunate that the cartoons on display are such instantly satisfying works of popular genius, because, despite its subject, “Herblock” shows how even an edifying talking-heads documentary bumps up against the limitations of the format.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    The film falls short of explaining Mr. Ali, who, like many outspoken individuals, can stubbornly repel scrutiny, nor will it pacify the many who opposed his conscientious objections. But it also underlines one enduring quality: namely, that he probably couldn’t care less what people think.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    [A] serviceable but slightly drawn-out documentary.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    Shot in sunny locales, Difret has an earnestness that hovers between plain-spoken and pedestrian, and there are scenes and sequences that just don’t come together as written and edited, no matter how admirable the film’s existence is.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    The Life & Crimes of Doris Payne has an embarrassment of riches in Ms. Payne’s story, and it’s often a ripping good yarn, but, as a film, it lacks the nimbleness and resourcefulness of its subject.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    Mr. Zizek’s daisy-chained improvisations amount to an argument on behalf of complexity and unseen depths, and, like much academic writing, it risks monotony and becoming as reductive as it can be seductive.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    This sly documentary rises above its speculative hook by shifting to show the very human, and very mortal, sides of these would-be warriors of eternity.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    The director Mark Neveldine deploys queasy lighting and a trembling score, but his best choice is to let Ms. Dudley stare at us. She conveys unnerving shifts in self-awareness and sinister intent with her eyes.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    Less a documentary than an experimental essay tapping age-old notions of the sublime, it’s a perplexing artifact that flirts with the banal yet moves with lovely intuitive rhythms.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    Though not very ambitious, this winsome, whisper-thin tale shimmers along with the charming urge to connect and reveal yourself that links its two correspondents.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    Blithely hokey, amusingly eager to distract and rather entertaining, the film resembles a children’s travel show with music-video elements more than it resembles a straight-up documentary.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    The survey, pockmarked with sometimes dopey animations and music, feels scattered and less than the sum of Mr. Miller’s many parts. But it has its heart in the right movie-mad place.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    Cold Bloom, in its tightly controlled moods, comes to feel like a smaller and more tentative film than it might have been, despite an admirably frank ending.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    Despite Mr. Maren’s own ample experience as a writer, the references to book culture don’t feel vivid enough to act as more than scene-setting, and the film’s strength lies in the family relationships.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    The filmmakers are blessed and cursed with a subject who seems to lack the usual filters. We in turn witness Mr. Foulkes in action, at length — revamping his works, railing against the art world and speaking his neurotic mind.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    On its own terms — setting aside the likelihood of knee-jerk political objections to its mission — it’s more convincing than many films pegged to specific causes.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    Home From Home is imbued with the villagers’ attachment to the land, but while dutifully capturing the period, the film feels less layered than Mr. Reitz’s past work.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    Too many scenes feel routine or clichéd, sometimes even those depicting extreme experiences.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    Mr. Kim does show an abiding concern here for the unsubtle realities of human libido and cruelty, but he’s alarmingly tone-deaf as he makes his points, and shows disregard for his female characters as he uses them up.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    Embracing what's really standard tabloid fodder of the decade with earnest engagement and doled-out suspense, Cropsey is one step from macabre comedy.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    Corny twists and exchanges ensue in the wobbly story, but, delightfully, Daniel Benmayor’s film shows love not just for stunts but for the dynamic surfaces of the city.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    For all its faults, “We Steal Secrets” reminds us that despite the potential of WikiLeaks, its project of truth and consequences remains treacherous and complicated in practice.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    Sometimes genre-based filmmakers don’t know how to make their material fun without making fun of their material, but that’s not a failing of Mr. Kren’s.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    The hormonal realism to the performances and a laid-back run-up give the film a fairly legitimate feel for adolescence.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    Documentarian Mark N. Hopkins gives us a mature look at the bracing yet very human personalities attracted to crisis.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    The latest production from the BBC Natural History Unit is a typically eye-catching, years-in-the-making chronicle of animal life that is tainted by the urge to anthropomorphize.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    It’s Shannon’s slow, steady world of hurt that makes the film watchable.

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