Norm Schrager

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
Film Racket , Filmcritic.com , Meet In The Lobby , Paste Magazine
Total Reviews:
311
Total QuickRatings:
2

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 311
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4.5/5 89% Compliance (2012) " The setup is cinematically basic - and, as a director, Zobel has fine skills in ensuring a movie about a phone call doesn't feel static - but there are plenty of cultural and sociological layers within." — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Aug 25, 2012
57% Sparkle (2012) " Sparkle never really gets big. It pretends to." — Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 23, 2012
4.5/5 70% Dark Horse (2012) " Dark Horse does offer a melancholic connection to the audience, one with eerie, unexpected impact." — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Aug 11, 2012
3.5/5 79% Ruby Sparks (2012) " Ruby Sparks clicks, making the most of rich performances by stars Dano and Zoe Kazan, with a script by Kazan that embraces as much convention as it intends to buck." — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jul 26, 2012
3.5/5 88% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) " ... a huge, mixed bag of Nolan-sized ambition, working both for and against the film. " — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jul 19, 2012
4.5/5 95% 5 Broken Cameras (2012) " ... a story that posits man's tender connections against its violent tendencies." — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jun 26, 2012
2/5 35% Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) " ... unsure and inconsistent, waffling between horror humor and historical fiction, never feeling firm enough to establish either..." — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jun 22, 2012
2.5/5 53% Patang (2012) " Bhargava is so caught up in his subtle, non-participant viewpoint - which works very well, by the way - that he doesn't emphasize dialogue or actors enough to craft an emotional bond." — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jun 16, 2012
7.0/10 96% Yellow Submarine (1968) " Whether it was a case of inspiration or coincidence, most of Yellow Submarine's more creative and graceful visuals are those that complement the songs." — Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2012
4/5 77% The Color Wheel (2012) " Perry takes two characters, a road trip plot, and grainy 16-millimeter Kodak film (yes, film) and smugly rips up a generation of indie film trends." — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jun 3, 2012
4/5 79% The Grey (2012) " Joe Carnahan's Alaska-set survivalist fable feels familiar, but it's also sharp and focused, Carnahan's best film in a decade." — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jun 3, 2012
4.5/10 19% Chernobyl Diaries (2012) " It's appropriate that the young cast spends a good deal of time running in circles -- it's a metaphor for first-time director Brad Parker's repetitive, colorless action." — Paste Magazine
Posted May 25, 2012
3.5/5 82% About Sunny " ...it illuminates the miserable upbringing suffered by a horrible number of American children, amplified by the possibility of escape." — Meet In The Lobby
Posted May 16, 2012
3.5/5 84% The Hunger Games (2012) " ... older folks (like, ages 25-45) who've witnessed frightening tales of oppression or violence in fiction before, will generally be unaffected by the hand-to-hand combat, sword-throwing, poisoning and other such untimely demises. " — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Mar 23, 2012
4/5 78% Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012) " easily the Duplass brothers' most accessible, crowd-pleasing film" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Mar 15, 2012
4.5/5 94% Moneyball (2011) " Pitt's performance is deceptively great, and the award season accolades he received are well deserved. " — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Mar 12, 2012
4/5 71% Scalene (2012) " an unflinching, character-driven drama" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Feb 9, 2012
4.5/5 76% We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012) " ... impressively designed, narratively complex and simply scary. And it's the best film to be released in 2011." — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jan 26, 2012
1.5/5 22% Angels Crest (2011) " a bare-bones affair for the cast and the audience." — Filmcritic.com
Posted Dec 29, 2011
2.5/5 74% Rampart (2012) " When Moverman stays out the way, the action is plain, almost matter of fact. When he gets his camera moving in artificial ways, the action is practically neutered." — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Dec 21, 2011
4.5/5 98% The Artist (2011) " ... warm cinema surprises and a seemingly endless creative energy that's easy to fall for." — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Dec 21, 2011
4/5 84% A Better Life (2011) " Weitz creates an effective, surprisingly artistic heart-tugger ..." — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Nov 11, 2011
4/5 78% Melancholia (2011) " Classic von Trier: handheld camerawork, hand-wringing emotion, and the heavy feeling that everything within the very proper setting is a big, disastrous mess." — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Nov 11, 2011
4.5/5 77% The Other F Word (2011) " Whoa, what's this? A punk rock documentary tearjerker? " — Filmcritic.com
Posted Nov 3, 2011
3.5/5 70% The Woman (2011) " ... despite its reputation as a gratuitous shockfest, (it's) tense, well-paced, and does have some social commentary to make. By way of screaming, of course." — Filmcritic.com
Posted Oct 24, 2011
4.5/5 74% Bellflower (2011) " It's impossible not to get caught up in a movie made with such brash boldness and brass balls." — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Oct 8, 2011
3.5/5 75% Everything Must Go (2011) " Ferrell's unexpected ability to collect these psychological components - none particularly subtle, but all effective - and build a sad Everyman, shows the guy can actually carry a dramatic film. And probably will again." — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Oct 8, 2011
3.5/5 87% Submarine (2011) " ... leaps right out of the gate like the little brother to Wes Anderson's Rushmore. " — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Oct 8, 2011
4/5 94% Win Win (2011) " ... insightful look at the idea of friendship, delivered by an enviable collection of poignant performances." — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Oct 1, 2011
3/5 81% Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2011) " There's an unmistakable, unintentional X-Files feel here" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Sep 1, 2011
3.5/5 88% The Hedgehog (2011) " a serene summer elixir to cure us of the season's big-budget bombast." — Filmcritic.com
Posted Aug 18, 2011
4.5/5 87% Bobby Fischer Against The World (2011) " When Garbus begins to document the post-disappearance Fischer years, it becomes clear that her film will stand as one of the quintessential Bobby Fischer records." — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jul 31, 2011
3.5/5 88% If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011) " ... Curry still extracts a dose of mystery and wonders what kind of empathy we can have for the film's subjects." — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jul 31, 2011
3.5/5 92% Source Code (2011) " ... what keeps Source Code working even when the story doesn't hold up: Jones's feel for action. With few exceptions, when predictability or subpar dialogue hit the screen, that instinct keeps the audience hanging on." — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jul 31, 2011
2/5 25% Autoerotic (2011) " ... the presentation isn't necessarily funny or mature enough to inspire the laughs that Autoerotic appears to be shooting for (pardon me.)" — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jul 31, 2011
3.5/5 65% The Wave (2011) " ... an intriguing slant on the story, an occasionally damning portrayal of pointless power." — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jun 13, 2011
2/5 69% Beautiful Boy (2011) " The filmmakers are shooting for vulnerability and emotional desperation, but the set-up is too contrived and immature to feel whole. " — Filmcritic.com
Posted Jun 2, 2011
2/5 0% Brother's Justice (2011) " as any film school student will tell you, usually in hindsight, you need a script. " — Filmcritic.com
Posted May 12, 2011
3.5/5 85% Farewell (L'affaire Farewell) (2010) " ... a history lesson that's occasionally monotone, but has moments of narrative depth and color." — Filmcritic.com
Posted May 8, 2011
4/5 49% The Bang Bang Club (2011) " Silver's recreation of actual events has an almost tangible energy that recalls Paul Greengrass's work." — Filmcritic.com
Posted May 8, 2011
3.5/5 92% The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte) (2011) " Frammartino's quiet project is superbly composed and confidently ambitious, suggesting a continuity of life, regardless of corporeal being. But his grand philosophical thesis requires an excess of patience for most theatergoers." — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Apr 16, 2011
3.5/5 80% 678 (2010) " it's a film defined by its challenging issues and elegant storytelling." — Filmcritic.com
Posted Mar 24, 2011
3/5 35% Battle: Los Angeles (2011) " It's quickly apparent the director understands how to choreograph action - especially battle-focused - a skill too often overlooked by crash-happy action filmmakers." — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Mar 14, 2011
2.5/5 72% The Adjustment Bureau (2011) " ... light suspense, basic action and a pedestrian treatment of a higher power. " — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Mar 3, 2011
3/5 48% Bottle Shock (2008) " ... (Chris Pine) exudes the type of charm and confidence that helps carry J.J. Abrams' Star Trek; here, it adds a lot of youth and life to a pleasant American underdog tale." — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Feb 19, 2011
2/5 42% Dinner for Schmucks (2010) " ... too much time spent on the borderline of smart and silly; the longer we're there, the more trying the attempt can feel." — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Feb 19, 2011
4.5/5 92% Dogtooth (Kynodontas) (2010) " ... remarkably creative and strangely entertaining. " — Meet In The Lobby
Posted Feb 19, 2011
4/5 88% Mad Bastards " lives in a heartbreaking place of real people and their real-life hopes." — Filmcritic.com
Posted Feb 10, 2011
3/5 75% These Amazing Shadows (2011) " it's interesting to hear what kind of films are important to Rob Reiner or Wayne Wang but, frankly, we've seen more insightful, emotional responses in any AFI TV special" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Feb 3, 2011
3.5/5 56% Uncle Kent " Ultimately, if Kent learns anything, it's that he's probably too old for all this crap -- and that's a mature realization for a film genre usually known for its youth and 'hey, whatever' attitude." — Filmcritic.com
Posted Jan 28, 2011
3/5 83% Legacy: Black Ops (2010) " ... the director has a good eye and a great lead actor to pull Legacy through. " — Filmcritic.com
Posted Jan 23, 2011
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