Nick Rogers

Nick Rogers
"Truly, for some men, nothing is written unless THEY write it." - Sherif Ali, "Lawrence of Arabia." "It's a great thing when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself." - Lester Burnham, "American Beauty" "One: never underestimate your opponent. Expect the unexpected. Two: take it outside. Never start anything inside unless it's absolutely necessary. And three: be nice. You be nice ... until it's time to not be nice." - Dalton Voss, "Road House."

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Nick Rogers's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/5 37%

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

"The worst movie Tom Cruise has ever made. Sadder still: He knows it." ‐
Posted Oct 20, 2016
2/5 51%

The Accountant (2016)

"Embraces its idiosyncratic and icy reserve before immolating it with a four-blowtorch attack of dopey sentiment, clunky exposition, unsurprising "surprises" and illogical twists. After 128 minutes, the promising setup feels four films ago." ‐
Posted Oct 11, 2016
4.5/5 96%

Big Night (1996)

"It will send your salivary glands into Tex Avery territory, but "Big Night" is layered with the delicacy, care & closely guarded alchemy of a family recipe - evolving beyond food as emotional or communicative currency into something more bittersweet." ‐
Posted Sep 29, 2016
3.5/5 83%

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

"It's often easy to zone out early, but let the weight of the math behind the numbers hit you relative to the lives lost - danger, devastation and death due to worry about a one-millionth profit percentage. That, and the second act's fury, floors you." ‐
Posted Sep 29, 2016
4/5 74%

The Name of the Rose (Der Name der Rose) (1986)

"Umberto Eco seems unduly dismissive of a film that had to excise his postmodern trappings and scholarly sidebars. But it hasn't just been stripped down to a tawdry whodunit. Here, albeit in a streamlined way, the whydunit matters as much, if not more." ‐
Posted Aug 31, 2016
2/5 60%

War Dogs (2016)

"There's no "Gimme Shelter," but "War Dogs" feels like a sort of Martin Scorsese LEGO set down to a Jonah Hill minifig with articulated middle fingers you can raise. Were it not for Hill's slyly physical performance, the film would be utterly useless." ‐
Posted Aug 18, 2016
5/5 83%

Sausage Party (2016)

"Cranks the absurdity of the narrative and the anxieties in frightening, analogous real-world neuroses we cling to long past sell-by dates. Sounds like a harshed mellow, but the whole thing is stoned immaculate. Your body will hurt from laughing." ‐
Posted Aug 11, 2016
1.5/5 56%

Jason Bourne (2016)

"Like watching three NBA All-Stars, whom you know haven't lost a step, return to the court and perform nothing but three-man weave drills. Worse yet, it actively undoes everything about Bourne that elevated him above an amnesiac, ass-beating cipher." ‐
Posted Jul 27, 2016
4.5/5 88%

Something Wild (1986)

"Radiantly human even as, and after, it erupts in violence and rage, "Something Wild" remains an astonishing rarity - a bittersweet romantic tragicomedy that's generally optimistic ... but also hesitant and harmful exactly where it needs to be." ‐
Posted Jul 26, 2016
4.5/5 84%

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (2016)

"As generously global as it is intensely introspective, this is the finest pure-music documentary since 2012's "A Band Called Death." A splendid look at the happy accidents, and intentional elation, found in a fermata of fertile creativity." ‐
Posted Jul 6, 2016
3.5/5 55%

The Purge: Election Year (2016)

"Continues to tap into very believable oppression and outrage, and the outer limit of how greatly you might lay your body down for a platform and a person. A natural endpoint offering far tougher face-offs against real-world ideas than you may expect." ‐
Posted Jun 29, 2016
3/5 41%

The Phantom (1996)

"Maybe "The Phantom" would have been better served betting the house on its old-school aesthetic. Supertitles. Narrators. Melodramatic music. Cheesy? Sure, but bravely so, in a way that would make it a bold outlier rather than a mostly blasé casualty." ‐
Posted Jun 26, 2016
2.5/5 31%

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

"Whatever enjoyment you find is more of an OK-fine white flag than a willful surrender to masterful spectacle. Though consistently slick, the visual effects in "Independence Day: Resurgence" boast all the awe and wonder of a software upgrade. " ‐
Posted Jun 23, 2016
1.5/5 34%

Now You See Me 2 (2016)

"A character in "Now You See Me 2" calls Macau "the Vegas of Asia." Consider this, then, the Fremont Street of sequels: a curiosity whose novelty fades fast and only gets cheesier, sadder and more shamelessly desperate to please the longer you linger." ‐
Posted Jun 9, 2016
4.5/5 87%

Flirting With Disaster (1996)

"An immaculately constructed Rube Goldberg device that accumulates comic energy and speed as it reaches its finale, built from social and emotional hypocrisies we use to try and paper over our vices. It's what Russell does now, only far less serious." ‐
Posted Jun 2, 2016
4.5/5 77%

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

"Ultimately, "Popstar" and the Lonely Island tip more sacred cows than they slaughter, but their approach absolutely fits the material. This isn't a satire of the way we live now, but it's a wise, wicked and funny satire of the way we leisure now." ‐
Posted Jun 2, 2016
2/5 31%

Wise Guys (1986)

"It's tempting to dismiss "Wise Guys" as a pointless, ill-advised forebear to "Dumb and Dumber." But even if only for an act, you sense De Palma striving for more artful zaniness a la the Marx Brothers or a grimmer side of the Ealing Comedy spectrum." ‐
Posted May 2, 2016
4/5 70%

Highlander (1986)

"Before it came to a thudding halt with a craven, creatively bankrupt franchise cash-grab, the rich world of "Highlander" - in all its bombast and bereavement - was, and is, worth getting lost in for two hours." ‐
Posted Apr 2, 2016
1.5/5 30%

Black Moon Rising (1986)

"One long, fuel economy-eroding idle before a mildly interesting vehicle stunt. For all its potential, "Black Moon Rising" only proves history's deep, dark cracks are there for a reason and some movies are fated to fall into them at 325 miles an hour." ‐
Posted Feb 29, 2016
1.5/5 23%

Zoolander 2 (2016)

"Profoundly unfunny. Ferrell and Wiig work their usual weird, wacky magic together. But even they take on the sad desperation of EMTs who are wielding defibrillators that have, like the Blue Steel-lipped corpse beneath them, expired a long time ago." ‐
Posted Feb 11, 2016
3.5/5 42%

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

"Condensed in clever ways that meet standards of class commentary set forth by both Austen and Romero, however dissimilar their methods. These two great tastes may not taste great together per se. But it's worth taking down an entire box just once." ‐
Posted Feb 4, 2016
4.5/5 79%

Beautiful Girls (1996)

"Does "Beautiful Girls" philosophically aspire to much more than mirroring a Counting Crows lyric from "Mr. Jones?" Maybe not. But there's a barroom eloquence, bottle-bottomed anxiety and stumblebum sadness to it that lingers in its bones." ‐
Posted Jan 29, 2016
5/5 92%

Anomalisa (2015)

"This may sound like a work of novelty animation or perhaps a novella of an idea for Kaufman. But here is an acridly funny, achingly resonant and meticulously constructed film about emotional insecurity, delusional envy and the myopia of loneliness." ‐
Posted Jan 20, 2016
4/5 51%

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016)

"Bay seems enraged by the military-industrial complex you'd expect him to embrace. It feels like a major tipping point. It also still feels like a Michael Bay movie. But his occasional excesses don't overwhelm an otherwise raw, ragged, merciless film." ‐
Posted Jan 14, 2016
2/5 82%

The Revenant (2015)

"A coonskin-cap "Saving Private Ryan" opening suggests a compelling confluence of Michael Mann and John McTiernan. Instead, this becomes a long - insufferably long - day's journey into night, indulging Iñárritu's intrusive filmmaking more than usual. " ‐
Posted Jan 7, 2016
5/5 86%

Heat (1995)

"Ominous, operatic, often emulated but never equaled. This is go-for-broke, GOAT-level filmmaking - not only upending expectations but exceeding them with unanticipated success in its elegant, exciting examination of existential and emotional entropy." ‐
Posted Dec 29, 2015
4.5/5 75%

The Hateful Eight (2015)

"This is Quentin Tarantino's bleakest vision yet -a bit unruly and untidy but unforgettable because it's the filmmaker at his angriest and most ambitious. It's an enraged fireside chat and a tremendously entertaining, caustically humorous Western. " ‐
Posted Dec 29, 2015
4.5/5 94%

Carol (2015)

"Todd Haynes' most rapturous, riveting film in two decades. An exquisite romance of both gossamer beauty and gargantuan emotions, propelled by two of the year's best female performances and a synesthetic symbiosis between its cinematography and score." ‐
Posted Dec 23, 2015
4/5 60%

Joy (2015)

"Even as it gets stuck between stations, "Joy" is an engaging - and, at the right moments, enraging - tale about both perseverance and the psychology behind purchasing. It may be time for David O. Russell to move on from his repertory players, though." ‐
Posted Dec 22, 2015
3.5/5 38%

Cutthroat Island (1995)

"It's hardly the landlubber suggested by its reputation (which has more likely shifted more toward novel curiosity than cautionary tale). But if all the parties involved suspected they were going broke, they should have gone *for* broke to boot." ‐
Posted Dec 3, 2015
4/5 51%

In the Mouth of Madness (1995)

"Despite its otherworldly milieu, "Madness" taps into apocalyptic anxieties about real-world rhetoric - chiefly that it's turning virulent to a point where our collective cultural antibodies can't, or won't, fight off the disease. A fine horror film." ‐
Posted Oct 29, 2015
4/5 89%

Mississippi Grind (2015)

"A captivating, contemporary, sometimes comic spin on the antebellum allure of a downriver gambling odyssey - soaking in the sights of the trip and soaring on unexpectedly excellent juju of the odd-couple casting for the two low-rollers at its center." ‐
Posted Oct 11, 2015
4/5 90%

After Hours (1985)

"As absurdist angst-ridden comedy, "After Hours" isn't flawless. As Martin Scorsese's way of using art to cathartically shake off bugaboos, exorcise demons and bounce back stronger after major dream-project setbacks, it's its own sort of masterpiece." ‐
Posted Oct 2, 2015
3.5/5 84%

The Walk (2015)

"Despite a wobbly start, "The Walk" eventually finds its feet once you realize Zemeckis and company are delivering a confident, charming and unexpectedly stirring version of the tale aimed more at children than Marsh's warts-and-all documentary." ‐
Posted Oct 2, 2015
3.5/5 34%

The Green Inferno (2015)

"Minor beefs aside, "The Green Inferno" is both a furious, full-stop cannibal horror show and a way for Eli Roth to ferociously gnaw at meat on the bone he has to pick with today's social-media milieu." ‐
Posted Sep 26, 2015
5/5 75%

Real Genius (1985)

"A witty, whip-smart and wise classic. It checks crowd-pleasing boxes of college-comedy tropes while boasting a cheerful view that optimism in education is not a sucker's bet but one to place over and over to keep things interesting ... and weird." ‐
Posted Sep 17, 2015
2.5/5 14%

My Science Project (1985)

"The inventive finale can't save a painfully slow film that feels like a cheap, hastily wrapped assembly-line product. Like "Back to the Future," it's instructive in the perils of rose-colored nostalgia, but only because it's worse than you remember." ‐
Posted Sep 17, 2015
4/5 73%

Everest (2015)

"The grueling obstacles here bypass injury straight into a sort of Cronenberg on Ice body-horror show. You want mountain-climbing ecstasy? Go see "Meru." Harsh, humbling, haunting and exhausting, "Everest" chronicles the agony and skillfully so." ‐
Posted Sep 17, 2015
2.5/5 43%

American Ultra (2015)

"Aided by martial arts training (footage of which would make the greatest Blu-ray extra ever), Jesse Eisenberg can only keep "American Ultra" moving for so long before it tops out at modest velocity squarely in the middle of the road." ‐
Posted Aug 20, 2015
4/5 87%

Straight Outta Compton (2015)

"The first hour is electrifying in all the right ways. Its second half trades impact for incident, ultimately rendering "Straight Outta Compton" little more than a multimillion-dollar reenactment - albeit a persuasively acted and vividly rendered one." ‐
Posted Aug 13, 2015
4/5 93%

The Gift (2015)

"It does little to reinvent how it riles you, but it doesn't have to. Co-star/writer/director Joel Edgerton delivers a confidently patient, psychologically potent and wonderfully acted (especially by Bateman) parable of victimization and vindication." ‐
Posted Aug 7, 2015
4/5 94%

Re-Animator (1985)

"To call "Re-Animator" campy and leave it at that seems a knee-jerk reaction to discredit, or disregard, the clear skill behind an excellent American horror movie. Even at its most outrageous, it's controlled by a steady, confident hand with a plan." ‐
Posted Jul 31, 2015
4/5 81%

Mute Witness (1995)

"It feels like Waller poured all the inspiration he ever had into one movie. But for a film forged through a favor and trial-by-fire moviemaking, it earns its place in the panoply of '90s psychological thrillers that throw you for a loop or six." ‐
Posted Jul 31, 2015
4.5/5 93%

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015)

"You expect this to raise a fist to the awesomeness of being The Guy, and it does with gusto. But what really keeps this fifth installment fresh is a look at how exhausting it must also feel to always be The Guy...whether it's Ethan Hunt or Tom Cruise." ‐
Posted Jul 30, 2015
2/5 19%

Self/less (2015)

""Self/less" stubbornly refuses to deliver even modest thrills no matter how hard its star kicks at it. This second-rate sci-fi thriller hastily and lazily slaps together ideas from "Seconds" and "Freejack" with wan One-Percenter finger wagging." ‐
Posted Jul 24, 2015
4/5 71%

Jurassic World (2015)

"This isn't an annoyingly self-reflexive shredding of its forefather. It's very much its own smart, sleek endeavor with momentum, confidence ... and minor drawbacks. In all, it's pulpy summer fun with more on its mind than first glance may reveal." ‐
Posted Jun 25, 2015
2/5 34%

Max (2015)

"In trying to sharpen its edge where sincere empathy suits it fine, "Max" swerves its story in the worst possible direction. By the utterly preposterous third act, you'll wish the simple tale had stuck to its guns rather than draw them and fire away." ‐
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3.5/5 58%

Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)

"By twisting the gotcha-scare geometry just off-kilter enough to goose you, carefully considering the psychology of paranormal belief, and giving Lin Shaye room to play with a lead role, this prequel unexpectedly proves the best of this series' bunch." ‐
Posted Jun 5, 2015
3/5 31%

Poltergeist (2015)

"Its slight pleasures are more indicative of Gil Kenan's plea for time off from Movie Jail for good behavior than his directorial skills. However, he brings impish, effective efficiency to a remake that works modestly on its own single-serving terms." ‐
Posted May 23, 2015
5/5 97%

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

"It marries unadulterated, uncompromised thematic weight to an onslaught of juggernaut action, creating a film to which all other blockbusters this summer might as well bow down in deference. This is like mainlining the reason why we go to the movies." ‐
Posted May 14, 2015
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