Norm Schrager

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 MisĂ©rables (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
8.7/10 96% Argo (2012) "For those people with lingering questions about Ben Affleck's talents as a filmmaker, Argo should remove any doubt. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 12, 2012
2.5/5 28% Backwards (2012) "In this romantic drama, sweet and innocent equals plain and predictable. And unless you're a hopeful teenage moviegoer, that's a subpar equation for a feature film. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Sep 27, 2012
4.5/5 83% Welcome To Pine Hill (2013) "... feels so richly authentic, you could easily mistake it for a documentary. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Aug 25, 2012
4.5/5 89% Compliance (2012) "The setup is cinematically basic - and, as a director, Zobel has fine skills in ensuring a movie about a phone call doesn't feel static - but there are plenty of cultural and sociological layers within. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Aug 25, 2012
57% Sparkle (2012) "Sparkle never really gets big. It pretends to. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 23, 2012
4.5/5 70% Dark Horse (2012) "Dark Horse does offer a melancholic connection to the audience, one with eerie, unexpected impact. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Aug 11, 2012
3.5/5 79% Ruby Sparks (2012) "Ruby Sparks clicks, making the most of rich performances by stars Dano and Zoe Kazan, with a script by Kazan that embraces as much convention as it intends to buck. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jul 26, 2012
3.5/5 88% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) "... a huge, mixed bag of Nolan-sized ambition, working both for and against the film. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jul 19, 2012
4.5/5 95% 5 Broken Cameras (2012) "... a story that posits man's tender connections against its violent tendencies. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jun 26, 2012
2/5 35% Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) "... unsure and inconsistent, waffling between horror humor and historical fiction, never feeling firm enough to establish either... " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jun 22, 2012
2.5/5 53% Patang (2012) "Bhargava is so caught up in his subtle, non-participant viewpoint - which works very well, by the way - that he doesn't emphasize dialogue or actors enough to craft an emotional bond. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jun 16, 2012
7.0/10 96% Yellow Submarine (1968) "Whether it was a case of inspiration or coincidence, most of Yellow Submarine's more creative and graceful visuals are those that complement the songs. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2012
4/5 76% The Color Wheel (2012) "Perry takes two characters, a road trip plot, and grainy 16-millimeter Kodak film (yes, film) and smugly rips up a generation of indie film trends. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jun 3, 2012
4/5 79% The Grey (2012) "Joe Carnahan's Alaska-set survivalist fable feels familiar, but it's also sharp and focused, Carnahan's best film in a decade. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jun 3, 2012
4.5/10 19% Chernobyl Diaries (2012) "It's appropriate that the young cast spends a good deal of time running in circles -- it's a metaphor for first-time director Brad Parker's repetitive, colorless action. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 25, 2012
3.5/5 82% About Sunny (2013) "...it illuminates the miserable upbringing suffered by a horrible number of American children, amplified by the possibility of escape. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted May 16, 2012
3.5/5 84% The Hunger Games (2012) "... older folks (like, ages 25-45) who've witnessed frightening tales of oppression or violence in fiction before, will generally be unaffected by the hand-to-hand combat, sword-throwing, poisoning and other such untimely demises. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Mar 23, 2012
4/5 78% Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012) "easily the Duplass brothers' most accessible, crowd-pleasing film " ‐ Filmcritic.com
Posted Mar 15, 2012
4.5/5 94% Moneyball (2011) "Pitt's performance is deceptively great, and the award season accolades he received are well deserved. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Mar 12, 2012
4/5 71% Scalene (2012) "an unflinching, character-driven drama " ‐ Filmcritic.com
Posted Feb 9, 2012
4.5/5 76% We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012) "... impressively designed, narratively complex and simply scary. And it's the best film to be released in 2011. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jan 26, 2012
1.5/5 22% Angels Crest (2011) "a bare-bones affair for the cast and the audience. " ‐ Filmcritic.com
Posted Dec 29, 2011
2.5/5 74% Rampart (2012) "When Moverman stays out the way, the action is plain, almost matter of fact. When he gets his camera moving in artificial ways, the action is practically neutered. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Dec 21, 2011
4.5/5 98% The Artist (2011) "... warm cinema surprises and a seemingly endless creative energy that's easy to fall for. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Dec 21, 2011
4/5 85% A Better Life (2011) "Weitz creates an effective, surprisingly artistic heart-tugger ... " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Nov 11, 2011
4/5 78% Melancholia (2011) "Classic von Trier: handheld camerawork, hand-wringing emotion, and the heavy feeling that everything within the very proper setting is a big, disastrous mess. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Nov 11, 2011
4.5/5 77% The Other F Word (2011) "Whoa, what's this? A punk rock documentary tearjerker? " ‐ Filmcritic.com
Posted Nov 3, 2011
3.5/5 70% The Woman (2011) "... despite its reputation as a gratuitous shockfest, (it's) tense, well-paced, and does have some social commentary to make. By way of screaming, of course. " ‐ Filmcritic.com
Posted Oct 24, 2011
4.5/5 74% Bellflower (2011) "It's impossible not to get caught up in a movie made with such brash boldness and brass balls. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Oct 8, 2011
3.5/5 75% Everything Must Go (2011) "Ferrell's unexpected ability to collect these psychological components - none particularly subtle, but all effective - and build a sad Everyman, shows the guy can actually carry a dramatic film. And probably will again. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Oct 8, 2011
3.5/5 86% Submarine (2011) "... leaps right out of the gate like the little brother to Wes Anderson's Rushmore. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Oct 8, 2011
4/5 94% Win Win (2011) "... insightful look at the idea of friendship, delivered by an enviable collection of poignant performances. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Oct 1, 2011
3/5 81% Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2011) "There's an unmistakable, unintentional X-Files feel here " ‐ Filmcritic.com
Posted Sep 1, 2011
3.5/5 88% The Hedgehog (2011) "a serene summer elixir to cure us of the season's big-budget bombast. " ‐ Filmcritic.com
Posted Aug 18, 2011
4.5/5 87% Bobby Fischer Against The World (2011) "When Garbus begins to document the post-disappearance Fischer years, it becomes clear that her film will stand as one of the quintessential Bobby Fischer records. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jul 31, 2011
3.5/5 88% If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011) "... Curry still extracts a dose of mystery and wonders what kind of empathy we can have for the film's subjects. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jul 31, 2011
3.5/5 92% Source Code (2011) "... what keeps Source Code working even when the story doesn't hold up: Jones's feel for action. With few exceptions, when predictability or subpar dialogue hit the screen, that instinct keeps the audience hanging on. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jul 31, 2011
2/5 25% Autoerotic (2011) "... the presentation isn't necessarily funny or mature enough to inspire the laughs that Autoerotic appears to be shooting for (pardon me.) " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jul 31, 2011
3.5/5 65% The Wave (2011) "... an intriguing slant on the story, an occasionally damning portrayal of pointless power. " ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jun 13, 2011
2/5 69% Beautiful Boy (2011) "The filmmakers are shooting for vulnerability and emotional desperation, but the set-up is too contrived and immature to feel whole. " ‐ Filmcritic.com
Posted Jun 2, 2011
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