Norm Schrager

Norm Schrager

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Norm Schrager's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Filmcritic.com, Paste Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 65% Digging For Fire (2015) "There's a fine line between letting it all flow and simply failing to commit to anything " ‐ Film Racket
Posted Aug 27, 2015
4/5 94% Cartel Land (2015) "an effectively tense look at potential change in progress. " ‐ Film Racket
Posted Jul 10, 2015
5.6/10 54% Minions (2015) "Struggling to come up with a reason for its sidekick characters to have their own adventure, Minions proves far too much of a little thing. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3.5/5 71% 7 Chinese Brothers (2015) "Schwartzman and cast - plus dog - really do a fine job holding your attention for 75 minutes " ‐ Film Racket
Posted May 7, 2015
4/5 100% GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2015) "has something to say about long-standing cultural issues in which women are forced to either never give up or simply give in. " ‐ Film Racket
Posted Mar 19, 2015
4/5 99% Starred Up (2014) "harsh, real, remarkably well-acted, and obviously personal " ‐ Film Racket
Posted Jan 18, 2015
4/5 84% Zero Motivation (2014) "When Zero Motivation highlights the girls' pervasive ennui and restlessness, the film is at its strongest " ‐ Film Racket
Posted Jan 8, 2015
6.9/10 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) "We're watching a career in progress here, the missteps of a very talented director who's trying to make a true mark on American filmmaking. J.C. Chandor's attempt is admirable, even as he remains at the brink of cinematic mastery. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 2, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet The Circle (2007) "more dramatic potential than on-screen power " ‐ Film Racket
Posted Nov 20, 2014
3.5/5 100% The Battered Bastards Of Baseball (2014) "... just about holds up as a documentary, usually great fun and relatively dramatic as the baseball bureaucracy starts firing arrows at Russell's class-A kingdom. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Nov 8, 2014
3/5 89% Bears (2014) "...the landscape and photography are regularly astounding, and that should be enough to hold most adults' attention for the film's 75 minutes. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Nov 8, 2014
4.5/5 96% Blue Ruin (2014) "Two films come to mind while watching Blue Ruin: Carl Franklin's One False Move and The Coens' No Country for Old Men. That's some damned impressive company, and it's appropriate. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Nov 4, 2014
4/5 89% Obvious Child (2014) "Jenny Slate is the reason to see Obvious Child. And she holds the promise of better comedies to come. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Nov 4, 2014
3.5/5 72% Interstellar (2014) "... a physically overwhelming space mega-movie that often fires on all cylinders, but sputters toward the journey's end. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Nov 4, 2014
7.4/10 93% The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) "A distinctively human tale in a world of software development, Own Boy succeeds on many levels. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2014
4.5/5 96% Ida (2014) "Pawlikowski takes advantage of her dark eyes with the monochromatic photography, giving Ida a strange, otherworldly presence - she's as hypnotic as the movie is. " ‐ Film Racket
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2.5/5 22% Devil's Knot (2014) "Why was Devil's Knot made? Yes, the documentaries are more difficult to watch, but they're also infinitely more fascinating. " ‐ Film Racket
Posted May 9, 2014
3.5/5 59% Proxy (2014) "unpredictable enough to bring the film far above standard scare fare " ‐ Film Racket
Posted Apr 22, 2014
4.5/5 97% Ernest & CĂ©lestine (2014) "Beautiful and believable for any age, in any language. " ‐ Film Racket
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3.5/5 61% Generation War (2014) "... a good, personal war epic that gets better and more challenging as it goes on. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Mar 7, 2014
9.1/10 89% The Wind Rises (2014) "If The Wind Rises is indeed the final film from Hayao Miyazaki -- the animation master has both announced and rescinded his retirement -- he leaves us with a moving, meaningful farewell. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 20, 2014
4.5/5 100% The Square (2013) "clearly a testament for the people " ‐ Film Racket
Posted Jan 27, 2014
2/5 27% Upside Down (2013) "Solanas takes on the genre with the swoony rush and sloppiness of a lovesick preteen. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jan 11, 2014
4/5 75% Lone Survivor (2014) "the screen ideal of a steely-eyed military maneuver: well-mapped out but terrifying, with unrelenting focus and attitude. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jan 11, 2014
5/5 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) "... an unexpected gem, a movie that seems completely familiar while turning narrative convention on its ear again and again. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Dec 6, 2013
4/5 91% The Great Beauty (2013) "... the endless charm, the boundless creativity and Luca Bigazzi's cinematography are inarguably wondrous. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Nov 30, 2013
3.5/5 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) "... this sequel is better cast, well-wound and powerfully paced. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Nov 22, 2013
4.5/5 97% Gravity (2013) "Space, land, sea. Life, death, evolution. Technology, humanity, destruction. All within a conventional structure that lacks conceit, and is constantly riveting. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Nov 9, 2013
6.2/10 21% Paradise (2013) "Cody's fresh coming-of-age story keeps pulling back from blossoming into something a bit magical. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 24, 2013
6/10 34% Jayne Mansfield's Car (2013) "It's obvious that Billy Bob Thornton is attempting something meaningful with Jayne Mansfield's Car. It's just tough to figure out what it is. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2013
2.5 / 5 81% Prisoners (2013) "The makers of Prisoners think they're validating the film's vicious actions with provocative reactions, but it's a hollow effort. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Sep 19, 2013
4.5/5 94% A Band Called Death (2013) "... the total package is simply joyous, a lovingly told celebration of big dreams and second chances. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Sep 7, 2013
3.5/5 86% Computer Chess (2013) "Despite its creative smarts and originality, Computer Chess can really be summed up as an artistic curiosity. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Sep 7, 2013
4/5 95% The Act Of Killing (2013) "Oppenheimer's conceit is a daring one, maybe even exploitative to a point, but man, does it work. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Sep 7, 2013
2.5/5 32% Hell Baby (2013) "It screams "midnight movie"... the slot in which it may find an audience in the coming months. The late hour helps. Getting stoned at the late hour should really help. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Sep 7, 2013
4/5 100% Sound City (2013) "a gift to fans, a cinematic LP of sound and fury, both gleaming and grungy " ‐ Film Racket
Posted Aug 30, 2013
3.5/5 87% The Attack (2013) "simmers with good old-fashioned danger and tension " ‐ Film Racket
Posted Aug 20, 2013
4.5/5 94% Museum Hours (2013) "a very special, very atypical film. " ‐ Film Racket
Posted Jul 20, 2013
3.5/5 94% Stories We Tell (2013) "... the subject matter is generally self-involved but Polley's curiosity, investigation and filmmaking technique add a layer of complexity that's worth attention. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jul 13, 2013
2/5 19% Identity Thief (2013) "...devolves into the tale of the misunderstood criminal with a heart of gold. It's cheap, even for a low-rent comedy... " ‐ Film Racket
Posted Jul 13, 2013
4.5/5 84% Upstream Color (2013) "... an addictively entertaining mind-melter that's high on artistry and ambitious as hell. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jul 13, 2013
4/5 74% Despicable Me 2 (2013) "... consistently creative and lovingly made. When you're hunting down a bad guy who possesses a zombie serum, where else would you find him but at the mall? " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jul 13, 2013
6.5/10 40% Foreverland (2013) "There is something to be discovered here, for a particular audience that enjoys shedding a tear or two, from a movie that, at the least, avoids the obvious path to being maudlin or quirky. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2013
4/5 72% Wish You Were Here (2013) "a peek at the power of heavy consequences, an amped-up version of that dreary feeling you get after vacation " ‐ Film Racket
Posted Jun 6, 2013
2/5 48% The Great Gatsby (2013) "... the characters play second fiddle to their surroundings, plotted out in carefully architected 3D depth, lightly glazed with an (East) egg wash. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted May 9, 2013
3.5/5 92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) "Cooper and Lawrence--Cooper especially-a-re naturally inviting actors, so we're willing to put up with their BS, and the screenplay's... " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted May 1, 2013
3/5 90% Lincoln (2012) "... just too much, a pressing, melodramatic attempt to take its own place in film history as a capital-A Achievement. " ‐ Film Racket
Posted Apr 13, 2013
3.5/5 77% It's a Disaster (2013) "When the script experiences a weaker or slower spot, the action moves along at a welcome clip, admirable considering the film's constrained spaces. " ‐ Film Racket
Posted Apr 12, 2013
8.6/10 93% Room 237 (2013) "Confounding, eye-opening, and often hilarious. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 5, 2013
4.5/5 100% Burn (2012) "... an American treasure, expertly told and exceptionally executed " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Mar 28, 2013
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