New Line Cinema | Release Date: December 13, 2002 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
85
METASCORE
Universal acclaim based on 40 Critics
Positive:
34
Mixed:
6
Negative:
0
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The pathos of About Schmidt -- of the careful, Chekhovian work that it could have been --gradually slides away. [16 December 2002, p. 106]
70
This ambitious, entertaining movie, which showed at film festivals earlier this year, has been hailed in some quarters as a masterpiece worthy of Arthur Miller's Willy Loman or Sinclair Lewis's George Babbitt. Yet its social comments are stained by condescension, and its uplift is sustained by sentimentality that Mr. Nicholson's prickly Everyman can't conceal.