Nicolas Rapold
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For 289 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 An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
Lowest review score: 0 Neander-Jin: The Return of the Neanderthal Man
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 83 out of 289
  2. Negative: 34 out of 289
289 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    There’s a lot to learn from How to Make Money Selling Drugs, but sometimes there’s just a lot.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    Though not terribly nuanced, a bit muddled and lacking certain perspectives, “Zipper” drives home the fragile identity of even the city’s signature locales and the alarming cultural myopia of much redevelopment.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    Mr. Meyer adheres to a cinema of broad experience by casting rugged but uninspiring nonprofessionals and focusing on the rebels’ long, lonely struggle rather than on triumph and tactics.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    Seriously, if not always elegantly, the film portrays the great Ip Man as someone trying to survive, which is to say just as often a victim as a victor.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    Stories of humanized hit men make for a small but well-trod patch of screenwriting terrain, but The Dead Man and Being Happy quickly transcends that territory to become a beguiling road movie.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    Ms. Passon ultimately seems to skirt some of the larger life questions hinted at along the way.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    Desultory, dauntingly DIY but secretly efficient, Breakfast With Curtis is something like a leafy summer afternoon in movie form.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    More reminiscent of public television than of cinema, this rather humbly wrought movie makes no claim to being comprehensive in recalling a scary time.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    The Cold Lands feels as if it were just taking hold when it reaches the end of the road.
    • 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
    There’s a loose, bohemian quality to Mr. Cohen’s sketch of a film.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Nicolas Rapold
    The severely beautiful film is painted in a dauntingly austere manner, as if lost in a war against itself, with confrontations underplayed and the rural landscapes making more of an impression than the detoured drama.
    • 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.

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