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

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 81%

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

"If "Mad Max" embraced a geneticist's acumen and "The Road Warrior" a philosopher's spirit, "Thunderdome" is about cold, hard economics - not just in Bartertown's transactions but the market expectations that come with the receipt of studio funding." ‐
Posted May 8, 2015
1.5/5 7%

Hot Pursuit (2015)

"You've got to be in the right frame of mind to enjoy it. Like desperate and trapped on a domestic flight with a dead iPad, no headphones and 87 minutes of cruising altitude to fill with something by watching it over someone's shoulder without sound." ‐
Posted May 7, 2015
3/5 55%

The Age of Adaline (2015)

"Via someone who's not Adaline, the film eventually addresses, with elegiacal eloquence, the nexus of never-was or the crossroads of coulda-been to which we can all achingly relate. Pity about the Nicholas Sparks playbook finale & damnable narration." ‐
Posted Apr 23, 2015
4/5 33%

The Last Dragon (1985)

"A remake could bring more cohesion to a film with an identity crisis. But it also might not strike the funky, daffy sweet spot in which "The Last Dragon" takes an inner-city poke at the hero's journey without ever taking the piss out of it." ‐
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3/5 79%

Furious 7 (2015)

"Paul Walker's action scenes excite without feeling exploitative and the finale saves it. The bummer is that "Furious Seven" needs saving, as too much of it feels more like joyless, obligatory and bereaved due diligence than a fist-pumping thrill." ‐
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2/5 17%

The Gunman (2015)

"An ill fit for Sean Penn on any front - too tight to let his action-hero experimentation breathe and too loose for his geopolitical ire to take hold. In the areas of art and altruism, it plays like something Penn probably loathes: voluntourism." ‐
Posted Mar 23, 2015
1.5/5 60%

Run All Night (2015)

"Liam Neeson's most arthritic action movie yet isn't one with a number wedged in its title. It's difficult to not think about the fun and finesse "John Wick" brought to a similar scenario, and how joylessly obligatory all of this feels by comparison." ‐
Posted Mar 12, 2015
2.5/5 32%

Chappie (2015)

"Ultimately, "Chappie" is about someone whom you know to have better instincts that you hope win out in the end. After this, you'll feel the same about Blomkamp. It's the kind of bad from which he can bounce back ... but damn, does it hurt to watch." ‐
Posted Mar 5, 2015
4/5 30%

Stuart Saves His Family (1995)

"Wisely, "Stuart Saves His Family" attempts something tougher than the usual "SNL" movie, painting a fully fleshed-out portrait of seriocomic misery. In a subgenre littered with films worth forgetting, here is one that's good enough and smart enough." ‐
Posted Feb 26, 2015
4.5/5 97%

Two Days, One Night (2014)

"Cotillard shows us resignation, recommitment and rediscovery. But there's never resentment, which creates the film's thematic linchpin A social drama with real sting and a fascinating field study of life on the working class's financial fringe." ‐
Posted Feb 19, 2015
3/5 14%

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015)

"The Platonic ideal of a sorta-welcome sequel no one needs. Like "Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay" or "Horrible Bosses 2" before it, "Hot Tub Time Machine 2" proves some bottles aren't built for much more than a single bolt of lightning." ‐
Posted Feb 19, 2015
2/5 35%

Project Almanac (2015)

"It's easy to imagine the folks behind "Looper," "Timecrimes" or "Predestination" chuckling over the paradoxical simplicities and deflated drama. But their time travelers never said "Whatever we did at Lollapalooza had some crazy ripple effects!" " ‐
Posted Feb 1, 2015
3.5/5 40%

Black or White (2015)

"For the first two acts, Mike Binder casts an honest look at these characters' pride and prejudices. Too bad its last act hinges more on incident and surprise than illumination or self-reflection. It mars an otherwise admirably tough-minded drama." ‐
Posted Feb 1, 2015
3/5 14%

The Loft (2015)

"Smug, cynical, sleazy and reasonably entertaining. The sort of disposable, high-end junk that can only belong to January - a psychosexual-thriller spin on "The Hangover." When it comes to winking trash, there are crummier pads in which to crash." ‐
Posted Feb 1, 2015
3.5/5 84%

The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)

"It's a watchable, likely accurate recitation of facts, with two outstanding performances. But in the case of the Falcon and the Snowman, the truth we don't see onscreen may be stranger, and stronger, than the historical fiction that has been created." ‐
Posted Jan 30, 2015
4.5/5 89%

A Most Violent Year (2015)

"You've seen this New York crime story, but you've rarely seen it as expertly controlled, tightly coiled and perfectly constructed. A thoroughly engrossing, endlessly suitable heir to Sidney Lumet's throne, with meat on its bones and ice in its veins." ‐
Posted Jan 30, 2015
3/5 34%

Blackhat (2015)

" "Blackhat" is a clunky Michael Mann movie and a classed-up Steven Seagal movie. To perceive either statement as an outright pan is to deny the surface pleasures in either. A lesser effort, but bleak, brooding and beautiful enough to skate by." ‐
Posted Jan 19, 2015
2.5/5 11%

Taken 3 (2015)

""Taken 2" refashioned Bryan Mills in the image of Brosnan instead of Bronson. "Taken 3" works in a similarly bland, proficient groove. "It ends here," says the poster. Let's hope so. We, and Neeson, have better things to do." ‐
Posted Jan 11, 2015
4.5/5 74%

Inherent Vice (2015)

"Anderson's protagonists long for something different - prosperity, virility, respect, love. For Doc, it's a day when, as Jim Morrison said, "everything was simpler & more confused." His pursuit is witty, wise, ambitious & close to stoned immaculate." ‐
Posted Jan 11, 2015
5/5 89%

Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

"A tale of haunting introspection, unremitting power and potent symbolism. "America" ruminates on the corrosive effects of greed, violence, objectification and pain, and forces us to face despicable acts of a stand-in for our nation's worst impulses." ‐
Posted Jan 1, 2015
4/5 72%

Big Eyes (2014)

"Considered an awards contender by association with its leads' pedigrees, "Big Eyes" is many things - kooky, punchy, peppy, poignant, powerfully acted - but it's decidedly not that. Disabuse yourself of that idea and enjoy Burton's loose, limber work." ‐
Posted Jan 1, 2015
2.5/5 27%

Annie (2014)

"It's not an utter disaster. How could it be given Quvenzhané Wallis's unfettered joy and easy rapport with Jamie Foxx and Rose Byrne? But she's the only thing in a reimagined "Annie" that treats rather than tricks as it strains to manufacture whimsy." ‐
Posted Jan 1, 2015
3.5/5 29%

Dumb and Dumber To (2014)

"Nostalgic victory laps such as this ultimately come down to the pace their personnel can maintain. Although it's hardly a personal record for anyone involved, "Dumb and Dumber To" shows that sporadic and unsteady can still finish the race, too." ‐
Posted Jan 1, 2015
1/5 7%

Supergirl (1984)

"With catastrophe rotting its marrow, "Supergirl" exemplifies the wisdom in waiting to ensure a great female superhero movie. Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel will kick down very big doors. "Supergirl" knocks itself out by heedlessly running into one." ‐
Posted Jan 1, 2015
4.5/5 100%

The Terminator (1984)

"Cameron maintains the heedless, non sequitur pace of a nightmare without resorting to cheap tactics. The frights of these nightmares, those cracked reflections of reality, hardly feel manufactured or inauthentic. And neither does "The Terminator." " ‐
Posted Oct 30, 2014
4.5/5 71%

Léon: The Professional (1994)

"Luc Besson's original cut feels more like a journey than just a joy-buzzer jolt of action, and the deeper, braver, darker story he set out to tell - a fractured and fractious fairy tale. When people rave about "The Professional," they mean "Léon."" ‐
Posted Oct 24, 2014
4/5 85%

John Wick (2014)

"It holds no candle to Keanu Reeves' holy trinity of "Point Break," "Speed" and "The Matrix." But this impish, insolent reminder of Reeves' instincts for adrenalized action should count as time off for good behavior from his stint in movie jail." ‐
Posted Oct 24, 2014
1.5/5 22%

Dracula Untold (2014)

"The fleeting moments of wit, subtlety, inventiveness and visual flair only clear the low bar of making this slightly more tolerable than "I, Frankenstein" -which similarly defiled a classic character in the futile hope for a fertile franchise." ‐
Posted Oct 11, 2014
4/5 91%

All of Me (1984)

"Timeless, indelible and irrefutable proof that Steve Martin is not just among the funniest men alive. He's one of the most thoughtfully funny men alive. Plus, Carl Reiner's devilishly deft touch makes this feel appropriately like 1984 by way of 1944." ‐
Posted Aug 27, 2014
3.5/5 70%

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai (1984)

"There are fun fripperies to be found on the fringe of "Buckaroo's" free-for-all. But like the bells and whistles of a garish pinball game, they are but momentarily enjoyable distractions on a machine that was destined to tilt from the get-go." ‐
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2.5/5 35%

The Shadow (1994)

"Despite handsome production values and a crackerjack supporting cast, "The Shadow" remains a temperamental trinket that lacks the temerity to truly explore, as its titular hero would say, what evil truly lurks in the hearts of men." ‐
Posted Jul 1, 2014
4/5 86%

Fear of a Black Hat (1994)

"It lampoons the luminaries, yes, but gives their authentic anger, which came from a real place, the benefit of gentler nudges. Its greatest fury lambastes losers who embraced a gangster rap ethos to build a bank account, not let loose a battle cry." ‐
Posted May 30, 2014
4.5/5 97%

Stop Making Sense (2014)

"Like Talking Heads itself, Jonathan Demme's landmark 1984 film is accessible and arty. In less skilled hands, it would simply feel alien and cold, not vibrantly and enthrallingly alive. " ‐
Posted May 8, 2014
2/5 20%

Sabotage (2014)

"Early on, an irritated DEA agent asks who cut one in the back of their vehicle. The question fits a film that feels like its own unwelcome lingering fart - lively in its violence but not its story, and demanding far too much of Arnold Schwarzenegger." ‐
Posted Mar 29, 2014
3.5/5 37%

The Chase (1994)

"What seems crudely jerry-rigged to be nothing more than a mindless car crash-up is instead an intelligent, incisive carving-up of media insanity and idiocy. Plus, throughout the movie, Charlie Sheen showcases stealthy comic chops." ‐
Posted Mar 28, 2014
3.5/5 17%

Terminal Velocity (1994)

"A brisk, sleek wrong-man story that's easily the better of 1994's dueling skydiver movies and, had a darker Charlie Sheen from another universe not swapped places with our own, might have made the actor Kurt Russell's action-movie heir apparent." ‐
Posted Mar 28, 2014
1.5/5 65%

Reality Bites (1993)

"Gone is the fearless savagery Stiller smuggled into his TV series. Stuck between slacker and attacker, he settles for something curiously inert, slavishly mainstream and so hopelessly phony its own characters might make fun of it between bong rips." ‐
Posted Feb 25, 2014
4.5/5 57%

The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

"Few of the Coen Brothers' films spike the vein of pure pleasure as easily. It's an irresistibly loquacious, unpredictably riotous comedy that dares you to keep up with its daffiness and doesn't give a damn whether you get left behind." ‐
Posted Feb 1, 2014
1/5 3%

The Legend of Hercules (2014)

"An early frontrunner for 2014's funniest credit: Ironing by Bogdan Lambev. Mr. Lambev could've done worse than keeping loincloths clean and pressed. He could've been one of four writers who smoothed out this mythology's coolest, campiest wrinkles." ‐
Posted Jan 10, 2014
4/5 75%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"Peter Berg delivers an appropriately harrowing, horrifying and humbling war film that's imperfect but offers indelible ideas, images and performances. If it ultimately goes Hollywood, it's only after running an exhausting gauntlet of authenticity." ‐
Posted Jan 9, 2014
4/5 82%

Scarface (1983)

"One fundamentally dishonest character choice launched a billion-dollar industry. But it hardly sours a film that became a garishly ghoulish, bleakly funny and compulsively watchable template for modern-criminal deconstructions of the American Dream." ‐
Posted Jan 3, 2014
3/5 39%

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)

""Marked" employs more traditional, but effective, tactics to unsettle. But this reasonably entertaining overachiever also has the most to lose when forced to perform mouth-to-mouth on franchise mythology that's been coding for a long time." ‐
Posted Jan 3, 2014
5/5 80%

Carlito's Way (1993)

"Although still distinctly sleek a la de Palma, it's the rare instance in which romantic optimism & warm, careful character observation trump his penchant for coolly detached cynicism. It's not nihilistic, fetishistic or misogynistic. It's humanistic." ‐
Posted Dec 21, 2013
4/5 78%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"It's every bit the charming confection you expect it to be, but it's also uncommonly and unexpectedly thoughtful about the troubles of the creative mind and the travails of the creative process. It's spoonfuls of salt that make this medicine go down." ‐
Posted Dec 21, 2013
4.5/5 58%

Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

"Even amidst readily apparent imperfections, "Wicked" still holds a melancholy grip. That's because its supernatural elements are really but a grace note to the symphony of its everyday drama, whose elegant, elegiac qualities have diminished little." ‐
Posted Nov 14, 2013
5/5 90%

Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)

"The bravery, vulnerability and risks of Exarchopoulos and Seydoux's performances multiplies exponentially in the final act, and the result is a revelatory love story that delights, shatters, bruises and lingers in the memory. One of the year's best. " ‐
Posted Nov 14, 2013
3.5/5 65%

Twilight Zone---The Movie (1983)

"Where does it land? A fifth dimension beyond that known to most films. The middle ground between wowing & worthless, between so great & so what, and it lies between the pits of recklessly fatal hubris and the very summit of spirited genre filmmaking." ‐
Posted Aug 29, 2013
4/5 64%

Demolition Man (1993)

"Not for nothing does the film open on a screen-filling image of the Hollywood sign in flames, for it torches almost every supposition that a film made to showcase Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes whomping on each other can only be brain-dead." ‐
Posted Aug 1, 2013
1.5/5 43%

Red 2 (2013)

"So much of the movie feels on the verge of collapsing into blooper laughs well before the credits roll. It's depressing to watch such once-likable characters and conceits flail with no rescue in sight. Then again, they'd have been better dead than RED 2." ‐
Posted Jul 18, 2013
4/5 55%

So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993)

"Everyone quotes the Scottish-accented misanthropy. But at its heart, "Axe" is a sweet, funny romance between people trapped in patterns and freed by a positive paradigm shift. It's also the reason we never see Mike Myers' true face in films anymore." ‐
Posted Jun 27, 2013