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
    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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. Meltzer doesn’t quite find an effective tone or structure to stay on top of his unsettling person of interest.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    Dutifully hitting its marks up to a point, this story of a married man struggling to stay closeted proves to have a maturity that eludes more overtly ambitious dramas on the subject.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    Mr. Lee’s film is more traditional than its sexually frank humor might indicate, with faith and charity ultimately given pride of place (right alongside human pettiness). But even if some of the crudeness and the drama feel forced, it’s hard to hate.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    The Cold Lands feels as if it were just taking hold when it reaches the end of the road.
    • 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.
    • 55 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.
    • 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.

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