Norm Schrager

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
Film Racket , Filmcritic.com , Meet In The Lobby , Paste Magazine
Total Reviews:
315
Total QuickRatings:
2

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
7.4/10 92% 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 95% 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 23% 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 57% Proxy (2014) " unpredictable enough to bring the film far above standard scare fare" — Film Racket
Posted Apr 22, 2014
4.5/5 97% Ernest & Célestine (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(2014) " If The Wind Rises is indeed the final film from Hayao Miyazaki -- the animation master has both announced and rescinded his retirement -- he leaves us with a moving, meaningful farewell."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 35% 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 82% 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 87% 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 34% 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 95% 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 49% 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
3.5/5 62% We Have a Pope (2012) " Piccoli is so overwhelmingly effective as the pope that his touching performance commands the film, and overrides Moretti's odd storytelling shortcomings. " — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Mar 24, 2013
4.5/5 65% Starbuck (2013) " By the film's satisfying final scenes, Scott and company are tugging at heartstrings earnestly and damn effectively." — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Mar 24, 2013
4/5 61% John Dies at the End (2013) " ... where George Romero, the Evil Dead series and Richard Kelly's brain are having cheap sex, and everyone is on laughing gas." — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Feb 23, 2013
3.5/5 98% 56 Up (2013) " Apted's subjects have the physical changes, of course... and there's a greater tendency toward the self-awareness and resignation that comes with age. But fans of the series may be otherwise surprised by the update's distinct lack of stopping power. " — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Feb 8, 2013
3/5 79% Quartet (2013) " Hoffman knows and respects his audience, but his film refuses to challenge them... Quartet is just, well, appropriately pleasant." — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jan 24, 2013
3.5/5 84% Detropia (2012) " ... photography and spare music that sustains a hauntingly dim tone, while suffering the occasional monotony of a documentary without a story arc." — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jan 17, 2013
4/5 70% Les Misérables (2012) " A rewarding musical movie. Its sweeping orchestrations and memorable acting make those longer sequences feel shorter, make the overly saccharine stuff not too sticky." — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Dec 26, 2012
9/10 93% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) " The result is a remarkably thorough, unexpectedly cinematic, two-and-half-hour chronicle of American persistence." — Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 21, 2012
3.5/5 51% This is 40 (2012) " ... a narrative mess, a stack of repetitive story blocks hastily piled into a 2-hour-plus comedy. But it's also really funny. " — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Dec 18, 2012
4.5/5 98% This Is Not a Film (2012) " ... we start to believe this just might be one of the great bold, clandestine film projects ever made." — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Dec 9, 2012
3.5/5 91% Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) " Once the actors get into a comfortable groove, Safety reveals some touching moments... " — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Nov 20, 2012
3.5/5 78% A Late Quartet (2012) " When Hoffman and Keener are onscreen... Yaron Zilberman's debut feature plays its most beautiful and intelligent music." — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Nov 1, 2012
4/5 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " Tom Tykwer and The Wachowskis have created a film that transcends its heft, adapting David Mitchell's mega-novel into a brisk, cinematic showcase of excitement and surprises. " — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Oct 28, 2012
2.5/5 50% Pusher (2012) " ... the story hasn't aged particularly well, and the director's attempts to recreate that 1990s style are uneven, unintended, or just plain unnecessary. " — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Oct 28, 2012
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