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About Schmidt Reviews

Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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February 9, 2006
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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May 19, 2004
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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These filmmakers have a feeling for the isolation of blasted lives, but they also can't resist putting them down.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

January 16, 2003
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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| Original Score: B

January 10, 2003
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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A poignant marker in the career of a major artist.

January 8, 2003

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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January 4, 2003
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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A thought-provoking and often-funny drama about isolation.

| Original Score: 4/5

January 3, 2003
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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A cuttingly funny, moving portrayal of a man searching for meaning in his unremarkable, unmemorable life.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 4/4

January 3, 2003
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Each deft stroke of Payne's pen is matched by a Nicholson flourish, transforming the film into a moving, bittersweet ballet.

| Original Score: 5/5

January 3, 2003
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Nicholson ... produces the most understated -- and one of the most powerful -- performances of his career.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

December 20, 2002
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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The pleasures of About Schmidt are what might be called Midwestern pleasures: a sly sense of humor, sturdiness, self-discipline, solidarity.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

December 20, 2002
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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A road trip of self-discovery, by turns hilarious and poignant, for a man unexpectedly at odds with the tiny world he has so laboriously made.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 4/5

December 20, 2002
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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To see a master actor rejoicing in his craft -- and a character both simpler and more complex than most of the people we ever meet on screen -- About Schmidt is a worthy, artful journey.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 20, 2002
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A seriously good movie, a challenge to viewers, a rebuke of the way many Americans live their lives.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

December 20, 2002
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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The film aims to be funny, uplifting and moving, sometimes all at once. The extent to which it succeeds is impressive.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: B+

December 20, 2002
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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The movie isn't just about Schmidt as a personality, it's a portrait of his world, and Payne and co-writer Taylor show a rare compassion for the superficially comfortable.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 20, 2002
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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By turns hilarious and poignant, Schmidt is about nothing special and everything important.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 4/4

December 20, 2002
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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There is a casual courage and dignity, and no small amount of obliviousness, in Nicholson's Schmidt that will remind many younger people of their parents, and many older people of their brothers and friends -- and themselves.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 4/4

December 20, 2002
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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About Schmidt winds up being about us all.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 4/4

December 20, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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That Jack Nicholson makes this man so watchable is a tribute not only to his craft, but to his legend.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 20, 2002
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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A brutally dry satire of Middle American numbness.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

December 20, 2002
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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This is Christmas Future for a lot of baby boomers.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B+

December 19, 2002
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Schmidt's ponderings will touch every demographic. Like all our lives, his is hilarious and tragic, filled with probing thoughts and whimsical nonsense.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A

December 19, 2002
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A quiet, heart-rending masterpiece, one with an actor's turn that people will remember, and rediscover, eons into the future.

December 19, 2002
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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Nicholson's cranky father of the bride is as touching as he is exasperating, and the delightfully oddball About Schmidt is just about perfect.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 4/4

December 19, 2002
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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This is a superb film and one of Nicholson's great performances, tamped down but magnetic.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

December 19, 2002
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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Payne also understands what it has taken me most of a lifetime to comprehend: that the Schmidts of this world are not to be easily dismissed.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Original Score: 4/4

December 16, 2002
Mike Clark
USA Today
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Flamboyant in some movies and artfully restrained in others, 65-year-old Jack Nicholson could be looking at his 12th Oscar nomination by proving that he's now, more than ever, choosing his roles with the precision of the insurance actuary.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 13, 2002
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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Even while playing in a minor key with low-to-moderate tone colors, Jack Nicholson can knock your socks off.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 13, 2002
Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
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Perfectly pitched between comedy and tragedy, hope and despair, About Schmidt instead comes far closer than many movies to expressing the way many of us live -- someplace between consuming self-absorption and insistently demanding otherness.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

December 13, 2002
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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About Schmidt is undoubtedly one of the finest films of the year. If you're not deeply touched by this movie, check your pulse.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

December 13, 2002
David Edelstein
Slate
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Payne's movie is flat, depressed, and at times -- given this director's talent -- disappointingly curdled.

Full Review Source: Slate

December 13, 2002
Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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Despite Jack Nicholson's competence, this comedy about a Midwestern retiree never goes beyond mocking its characters and flattering its audience.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

December 13, 2002
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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An impressively bleak comedy with intimations of social satire.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 10, 2002
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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On balance, I recommend the movie both for Nicholson's performance and for the opportunity to spend some time with the kind of man that we often meet in real life, but rarely see on screen.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

December 10, 2002
David Ansen
Newsweek
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This road movie gives you emotional whiplash, and you'll be glad you went along for the ride.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

December 9, 2002
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It's an astonishing piece of acting and a really interesting film.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

December 9, 2002
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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One of the best films of the year.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

December 7, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Nicholson's acting sets a new gold standard, making Schmidt a movie you won't forget.

| Original Score: 4/4

November 20, 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
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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One of the best, most understated performances of [Jack Nicholson's] career.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/4

September 30, 2002
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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A must-see for Nicholson's mesmerizing performance, which would probably hold interest even if the sound were turned off.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 27, 2002
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Lays out an expansive, impressively even-handed vision of life in contemporary Middle America.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

September 26, 2002
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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It's a commanding Jack Nicholson lead performance that puts it into a sublime league of its own.

May 23, 2002
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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Nicholson has provided an open window into this man, one like so many in that he had youthful ambitions to accomplish more than he actually did ...

Full Review Source: Variety

May 22, 2002
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