Nicolas Rapold
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For 276 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 6.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nicolas Rapold's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
Lowest review score: 0 Neander-Jin: The Return of the Neanderthal Man
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 276
  2. Negative: 33 out of 276
276 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    Mr. Gordon is likable, though it would be naïve to think he is unaware of cultivating his own image here.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    The fuzziness of Mr. Avitabile’s sentiments on boundary-blind unity is echoed in the movie’s slack, tag-along portraiture.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    Desultory, dauntingly DIY but secretly efficient, Breakfast With Curtis is something like a leafy summer afternoon in movie form.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    Golden Slumbers has a tendency to wallow in its romanticism, not to the point of trivializing its history, but definitely dropping off into somnolence.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    Ms. Hanna’s creativity and force are catching. But other voices are needed to evaluate her achievements with a fuller sense of cultural context and perspective.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    The behind-the-scenes component, juiced with razzle-dazzle excerpts from the “Fela!” production, is sound, in theory. But — like many sequences — it’s not so tightly executed, and this strand tends to knock the documentary off balance.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    Low Down stumbles into the pitfalls of both addiction narratives and observer-style autobiography, even if Ms. Albany’s memoir suggests even rougher times. But it still catches in-between moments of closeness that aren’t always seen or heard.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    The Cold Lands feels as if it were just taking hold when it reaches the end of the road.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    Mr. Wechsler’s film might be loose to a fault, but Mr. Weber’s work yields its share of gratifying, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it New York moments.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    The screenplay tracing the characters’ struggles has a tidy, workshopped feel, and the dialogue and acting can be gratingly flat. But what gives the film a certain confidence is its cultural specificity and the fresh clashes and contrasts it presents.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    This New York drama in some ways finds new names for age-old insecurities among men and women, though it doesn’t entirely deliver on its promising buildup.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    It’s all mellowly funny rather than creepy, something like a stand-up conceit elaborated into scenes.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    Butter on the Latch thrives on its casually true snapshots of confusion and connection.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    The sense of an invisible world being revealed is more potent than the film’s fairly standard portrayal of closeted life.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    It’s a cornball odd-couple comedy: Prim older woman meets a brassy young gay man. Still, it’s extraordinary just watching the peerless Ms. Rowlands wring the most out of the repartee in this adaptation of a play by Richard Alfieri.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    Mr. Cheney’s movie, while teasing at times, does its celebrating and debunking in mild-mannered fashion, making points without seeming to try to score them.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Nicolas Rapold
    Richet proves maddeningly loath to edit his material, and his charismatic star, Vincent Cassel, does not delve deep into the character.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Nicolas Rapold
    Mesrine's promised end in November 1979 arrives as history recorded it, but, by that time, you're hoping the next vogue in biopics is the short film.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Nicolas Rapold
    The facts are more gripping than the filmmaking in Marco Amenta's routine docudrama about tenacious teen informer Rita Atria.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Nicolas Rapold
    Despite eccentric touches, like a handheld street-shot overture and Grand Guignol Omen references, there's little difference between this story and soap-opera intrigue.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Nicolas Rapold
    The big-kid-bulky Dayton-born comedian gets some welcome playtime in Jim Pasternak's patchwork tribute, but not nearly enough.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Nicolas Rapold
    What pops more than the gunfire are the line readings, where Ms. Parker, especially, but also Mr. Malkovich and Ms. Mirren, can give personality to standard action repartee.

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