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About Schmidt Reviews

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February 12, 2010
(First and only viewing - 7/6/2008)
December 27, 2013
Jack Nicholson and Kathy Bates give one of the best performances of their careers.
August 6, 2014
About Schmidt is about a man who has accomplished little meaningful in his life. This is the exact opposite of Jack Nicholson, and also Alexander Payne who have received many accolades but also contributed to great movies in cinema. I find it a bit strange that both Jack and Alexander Payne are both subdued in this movie, one works and one doesn't in that way. Jack Nicholson is brilliant as Warren Schmidt, the antithesis of many of his notable rebels he has played throughout his career. Warren is a man unable to express feelings bc hop one listens and implodes throughout the film with his wife's death and daughter's marriage. Alexander Payne's direction and script on the other hand is too subdue and lacks the wonderful writing and language of his later works. The plot moves traditionally and lacks meaningful direction like Schmidt. It can be seen as a disappointment but maybe that is how highly i tout Payne in the pantheon of 21st century America cinema. I will recommend this film for its acting
July 13, 2014
"About Schmidt" is a piquant character study on an embittered, selfish, and often apathetic retiree named Warren Schmidt who, following his retirement party and the sudden death of his wife, Helen (for whom he had grown indifferent), reflects solicitously on a life he has deemed unsatisfactory and wholly unremarkable. Struggling with isolation, the process of aging, feelings of loneliness, and unrelentingly complacency about a seemingly bleak future, Schmidt eventually embarks on a journey for self-discovery that is both captivating and profound. With Jack Nicholson in the titular role, "About Schmidt" is a sturdy, biting, bitter-sweet, tongue-in-cheek comedy.

B- [70%]
July 9, 2014
funny, touch and very emotional
July 20, 2012
such a great film. moving and hilarious like all of Alexander Payne's films. one of jack's many amazing performances.
February 22, 2012
Nicholson's nuanced performance is betrayed by a mean-spirited script that stops short of putting the title character on an ice flow.
October 31, 2007
"About Schmidt" nos presenta una de las mejores actuaciones en la carrera de Jack Nicholson. Aquí, el actor deja a un lado todos sus manierismos y clichés para representar a uno de los fracasados más impactantes e inolvidables en la historia del cine. La escena final de esta cinta rivaliza con la clásica escena final de "Los 400 Golpes" de Truffaut: un primer plano al rostro que nos da un golpe seco y profundo en el alma. Una recomendación: Vea primero "Five Easy Pieces" de Bob Rafelson y luego esta película para entender por qué Jack es uno de los mejores actores en la historia del cine.
closedmouth
December 11, 2010
Payne needs to write more jokes, he's not as entertaining when he's doing a mostly straight drama. Consequently, his contempt for his characters, forgivable in Election because it's so funny, becomes slightly odious here, though his main idea for that in this one (Schmidt's problems are meaningless when related to a starving African child) is nicely subverted in the beautiful final scene. Nicholson is great. I loved the scene in the caravan park.
May 4, 2014
Heart-warming,inspring comedy about the road trip of man "in crossroads".Jack Nicholson in one of his best roles
Leo D.
April 14, 2014
It's all about Jack Nicholson performance, god what an amazing actor.
April 14, 2014
About Schmidt is a hilarious masterpiece by director Alexander Payne. Jack Nicholson is superb and gives one of his best performances, which is impressive especially considering his already extensive acting career. It is a true old school comedy that everyone can enjoy and Nicholson is just excellent.
Cle S.
April 11, 2014
One of the best comedy dramas of the 21st century at which the fun and the drama are very well balanced. And along with his role in "The Departed" one of Jack Nicholson's last great performances.
Nik M.
August 28, 2012
About Schmidt is heartfelt and often sad but has a poignant storyline that is touching and even simple at times. The drama is pure and Nicholson turns in a fine performance as a man in search for purpose.
December 29, 2013
Alexander Payne is not only a genious but a poet and a story teller. In this story he really tells you the flaws of isolation and the "american way" He takes reality and has fun with it by making storys out of it and making it memorable.
March 6, 2014
Sadly About Schmidt did not satisfy me by way of laughs despite being described as a very funny comedy. However it was ultimately saved, and I did enjoy it, because of the charming tone and great moving moments. Especially the ending, which almost had me on the brink of tears. I don't know why it is so sad but trust me it is.
OrangeMilk
April 18, 2012
This a brilliant depiction of a melodramatic, moving yet meek look into the poignant life and mind of a retiring insurance actuary. A great mixture of bleak and light-hearted moments with an outstanding, passionate performance by the great Jack Nicholson.
ken karlson
March 4, 2014
This one has it all and like other Alexander Payne films, Sideways, The Descendants, Nebraska, About Schmidt can be viewed time and time again and gain entertainment value each time. Comedy, Drama and sensitive, touching scenes throughout. A true gem. See it...over and over. Ken K.
April 1, 2011
A touching movie that showcases many talented performances that blend comedy and drama from Jack Nicholson, Hope Davis, June Squibb, Kathy Bates, and Dermot Mulroney. A wonderful script as well
February 22, 2014
This is one of Jack's best movies, and it may be his best performance. Rarely has Nicholson been so vulnerable, and so personal in one of his performances. What is great about "About Schmidt" is that it is a character study that doesn't present itself as such. It entertains you; you don't even realize the film is chronicling the actions and motivations of a certain kind of person. It is all so very engaging, and very funny.
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