About Schmidt Reviews

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September 21, 2015
Jack Nicholson portrays a caricature of a stiff, uninteresting insurance salesman with no life and no personality. He retires, his wife dies, and I kept waiting for something interesting to happen. But it never does. About halfway thru I turned it off in boredom. Now I'm a huge Jack Nicholson fan, the guy is always watchable and brilliant. But this wasn't funny or interesting, and at most it made you feel sad for a guy with no life who never does anything interesting and is just unhappy. I guess the point of the movie is that old white guys who live their lives like they thought were supposed to are unhappy or something. Ok, got it. Very disappointing movie.
½ August 16, 2015
'Life is nothing more than a failure''
½ June 26, 2015
This is a great movie about old age, Nebraska, retirement, longing, disappointment and the meaning of life. I loved how Payne tied the retired insurance executive Warren Schmidt's fate in with the pioneers and the whole history of Nebraska there at the end. The movie was fantastic up to then but that scene (in Kearney, Nebraska) just put it over the top in a very satisfying way.
February 6, 2014
About Schmidt is slow and not as strange as I expected, but Jack Nicholson is great in the lead role and there are many moments that are genuinely funny and relatable.
April 23, 2015
Nicholson gives one of the best performances of his career as a old retired man looking back on his life and his legacy. Through a clever means of narrating letters to an African child through a charity program we get an honest look at a mans life. The story is at times funny, dramatic, and in general true to life making it a recommended picture for those who don't mind a slower paced character study
½ February 27, 2015
The deeply thought provoking final minutes of this film make it largely worth seeing on its own merit, though the rest you need to know About Schmidt is that it's occasionally funny and consistently poignant.
February 17, 2015
awesome black comedy from director of equally good 'election"
½ November 13, 2011
- Watched again on blu-ray. This is a rare movie that actually get's better for me each time i see it, up to 3 or 4 viewings now. I think Nicholson is at his best here, he is so good, and it's quite different from his usual roles. Kathy Bates is awesome as well and Dermot Mulroney makes me laugh in this. Check it out!

- Just watched this again on TV, such a good movie. Very well written and Jack's best performance in some time.
January 3, 2015
Jack Nicholson gives one of his best performances in this Alexander Payne-directed dramedy. Nicholson plays a man who retires, at least a bit unwillingly, with his wife dying not long after. He then travels in a motor home to his daughters wedding, a wedding a to a man he doesn't really approve of. It is a well directed and well written movie that is sweet, bitter, funny, and dramatic all held together by Nicholson's wonderful performance. More than 30 years after Nicholson burst onto the scene in "Easy Rider," he proved he still was one of the finest actors in the business.
½ May 24, 2014
I'm afraid that, although, in it's own right, this is a good film, this film will be forgotten all too easily simply because there are too many like it. There is very little in the way of original ideas here.
½ November 29, 2014
I am a Jack Fan so his performances is always great!!! I appreciated the dry humor...
November 24, 2014
In this superb performance of Jack Nicholson, he shows the depths of the character he can reach to give a fulfilling performance. A very slow paced and beautiful movie which really hits you by the end during his monologue.
½ October 28, 2014
A touching and deceptively authentic performance from Nicholson and a heartfelt screenplay are the only redeeming factors in this otherwise run-of-the-mill biopic.
September 29, 2014
Yeah, alright, I did shed a tear or two, but it was still an incredibly dull movie. Maybe I'll appreciate it more when I'm sixty-six. Fresh tomato for the way Jack Nicholson pronounces "Ngudu", plus it was nice of Michael Payne to include some existential questions which I, personally, have a soft spot for.
September 27, 2014
Presenting a soul-crushingly bleak portrayal of everyday life before offering a glimmer of hope, "About Schmidt" can be tough to sit through, but Nicholson is brilliant and the payoff is wonderful.
½ September 15, 2014
Nicholson is fantastic and Alexander Payne is as zany and comedic as ever in a film that will entertain and amuse throughout. One of Nicholson's shining moments late in his fantastic career, About Schmidt is an entertaining and funny film that will make the audience think, cry, laugh, and smile throughout. Pushing the boundaries of your normal comedy, Alexander Payne's authentic style comes full force making comedy out of the real life drama that encompass his character's lives.
½ September 11, 2010
Nothing really happened! It's a film about nothing in particular - he retires, his wife dies & his daughter gets married - all pretty usual occurrences! I didn't find anything moving or too original in this at all, which is a shame, since Nicholson is not bad in it, it's just a 2 hour long film of no particular consequence.
½ 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.
½ 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
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