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About Schmidt Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...a serious work with serious problems.

Full Review | Original Score: C

December 26, 2002
Tony Macklin
Bright Lights Film Journal

About Schmidt drives another nail in the coffin of irony. It is as lacking in irony as its blatant crayon drawing ending. It's a synthetic antidote to an ironic world, a superficial contrivance that is getting voluminous applause from those who sho

Full Review Source: Bright Lights Film Journal | Original Score: 2.0/5

February 2, 2009
Victoria Alexander

It's a brilliant, honest performance by Nicholson, but the film is an agonizing bore except when the fantastic Kathy Bates turns up. Bravado Kathy!

Full Review

November 8, 2002
Rob Gonsalves

Mostly, the satire here amounts to nudging us into feeling superior to other people's lives.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

July 23, 2007
Cole Smithey

"About Schmidt" is a hostility-provoking film for the same reason that American citizens have lost their civil rights. The picture endorses, nay lionizes, complacency, inaction and the privilege of the greedy to steal whatever they covet simply because th

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D

April 15, 2009
Arthur Lazere

[Nicholson] makes Payne's film look better than it is, but he can't save it from being overlong, repetitious, and flat.

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September 26, 2002
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews

A lazy effort peppered only sparingly with inspiration.

Full Review Source: Mixed Reviews | Original Score: C

December 23, 2002
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

I walked out of the theater not giving a darn about Schmidt...

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

February 18, 2003
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 2/4

December 30, 2002
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Two hours of Alexander Payne encouraging the audience to congratulate themselves on how smart they are.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 1.5/5

December 29, 2002
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

It's little more than a lightweight satire about the average life of a typical Midwesterner that shows no affection for its characters like Fargo does

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 2, 2003
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

About Schmidt is like The Straight Story and Ikiru without beauty, warmth, the delightful discoveries along the way, or the hope.

Full Review Source: Looking Closer | Original Score: C

December 6, 2004
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

Payne has assembled a collection of brilliant elements here, but not all of them belong in the same movie.

Full Review Source: Film Blather | Original Score: C+

December 19, 2002
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Schmidt is a credible creation yet Payne's contempt runs synonymous to that of his native son's.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 27, 2002
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat

Offers only the sporadic laugh, the less frequent original cultural insight and, at best, a craftsmanlike performance from its aging headliner.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 16, 2003
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

The year's most overrated picture. Don't bother.

Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 20, 2002
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)

The story of an eternal optimist told by confirmed pessimists.

Full Review Source: Sun Publications (Chicago, IL) | Original Score: 2/4

January 9, 2003
Rachel Gordon

Payne's latest attempt at satire falls short of impressing when it stars someone that is capable of delivering.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

September 27, 2002
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Both as satire and as drama, About Schmidt turns out to be a fascinating setback.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

October 2, 2002
Alex Keen

Alexander Payne's follow-up to his critically praised debut, Election, struggles throughout to convey a purpose and vision. While the humor is evident in the premise, it fails consistently to execute successfully.

Full Review Source: Trades | Original Score: C-

December 7, 2002
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
September 5, 2003
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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February 9, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 28, 2002
Leonard Maltin
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December 23, 2002
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)

There's no sign of a grinning madman or a troubled genius in Nicholson's latest screen incarnation Warren Schmidt, a mild-mannered insurance salesman so plain and boring he would put you to sleep if he wasn't played with such wry, recessive aplomb by big

Full Review Source: Sunday Times (Australia)

February 10, 2003
KJ Doughton
Nitrate Online
January 13, 2003
Mark Freeman
Critical Eye

February 14, 2003
Cynthia Fuchs

Schmidt is suddenly feeling overwhelmed by the lack of activity in his life, where before, this seemed a right, to do nothing.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

February 4, 2003
Girish Shambu
Senses of Cinema
March 24, 2003
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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May 19, 2004
Stuart Klawans
The Nation

March 3, 2005
December 6, 2002

Boston Phoenix
December 23, 2002

Baltimore Sun
January 3, 2003

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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January 4, 2003

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January 25, 2003

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Sydney Morning Herald
March 7, 2003
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