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Norm Schrager

Norm Schrager
Norm Schrager's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Filmcritic.com, Paste Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4.5/5 94% Museum Hours (2013) a very special, very atypical film. ‐ Film Racket
Posted Jul 20, 2013
3.5/5 94% Stories We Tell (2013) ... the subject matter is generally self-involved but Polley's curiosity, investigation and filmmaking technique add a layer of complexity that's worth attention. ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jul 13, 2013
2/5 19% Identity Thief (2013) ...devolves into the tale of the misunderstood criminal with a heart of gold. It's cheap, even for a low-rent comedy... ‐ Film Racket
Posted Jul 13, 2013
4.5/5 85% Upstream Color (2013) ... an addictively entertaining mind-melter that's high on artistry and ambitious as hell. ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jul 13, 2013
4/5 73% Despicable Me 2 (2013) ... consistently creative and lovingly made. When you're hunting down a bad guy who possesses a zombie serum, where else would you find him but at the mall? ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jul 13, 2013
6.5/10 40% Foreverland (2013) There is something to be discovered here, for a particular audience that enjoys shedding a tear or two, from a movie that, at the least, avoids the obvious path to being maudlin or quirky. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2013
4/5 70% Wish You Were Here (2013) a peek at the power of heavy consequences, an amped-up version of that dreary feeling you get after vacation ‐ Film Racket
Posted Jun 6, 2013
2/5 48% The Great Gatsby (2013) ... the characters play second fiddle to their surroundings, plotted out in carefully architected 3D depth, lightly glazed with an (East) egg wash. ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted May 9, 2013
3.5/5 92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Cooper and Lawrence--Cooper especially-a-re naturally inviting actors, so we're willing to put up with their BS, and the screenplay's... ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted May 1, 2013
3/5 90% Lincoln (2012) ... just too much, a pressing, melodramatic attempt to take its own place in film history as a capital-A Achievement. ‐ Film Racket
Posted Apr 13, 2013
3.5/5 78% It's a Disaster (2013) When the script experiences a weaker or slower spot, the action moves along at a welcome clip, admirable considering the film's constrained spaces. ‐ Film Racket
Posted Apr 12, 2013
8.6/10 94% Room 237 (2013) Confounding, eye-opening, and often hilarious. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 5, 2013
4.5/5 100% Burn (2012) ... an American treasure, expertly told and exceptionally executed ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Mar 28, 2013
3.5/5 63% We Have a Pope (2012) Piccoli is so overwhelmingly effective as the pope that his touching performance commands the film, and overrides Moretti's odd storytelling shortcomings. ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Mar 24, 2013
4.5/5 65% Starbuck (2013) By the film's satisfying final scenes, Scott and company are tugging at heartstrings earnestly and damn effectively. ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Mar 24, 2013
4/5 60% John Dies at the End (2013) ... where George Romero, the Evil Dead series and Richard Kelly's brain are having cheap sex, and everyone is on laughing gas. ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Feb 23, 2013
3.5/5 98% 56 Up (2013) Apted's subjects have the physical changes, of course... and there's a greater tendency toward the self-awareness and resignation that comes with age. But fans of the series may be otherwise surprised by the update's distinct lack of stopping power. ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Feb 8, 2013
3/5 79% Quartet (2013) Hoffman knows and respects his audience, but his film refuses to challenge them... Quartet is just, well, appropriately pleasant. ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jan 24, 2013
3.5/5 85% Detropia (2012) ... photography and spare music that sustains a hauntingly dim tone, while suffering the occasional monotony of a documentary without a story arc. ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Jan 17, 2013
4/5 69% Les Misérables (2012) A rewarding musical movie. Its sweeping orchestrations and memorable acting make those longer sequences feel shorter, make the overly saccharine stuff not too sticky. ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Dec 26, 2012
9/10 92% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) The result is a remarkably thorough, unexpectedly cinematic, two-and-half-hour chronicle of American persistence. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 21, 2012
3.5/5 51% This is 40 (2012) ... a narrative mess, a stack of repetitive story blocks hastily piled into a 2-hour-plus comedy. But it's also really funny. ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Dec 18, 2012
4.5/5 98% This Is Not a Film (2012) ... we start to believe this just might be one of the great bold, clandestine film projects ever made. ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Dec 9, 2012
3.5/5 90% Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) Once the actors get into a comfortable groove, Safety reveals some touching moments... ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Nov 20, 2012
3.5/5 78% A Late Quartet (2012) When Hoffman and Keener are onscreen... Yaron Zilberman's debut feature plays its most beautiful and intelligent music. ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Nov 1, 2012
4/5 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) Tom Tykwer and The Wachowskis have created a film that transcends its heft, adapting David Mitchell's mega-novel into a brisk, cinematic showcase of excitement and surprises. ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Oct 28, 2012
2.5/5 50% Pusher (2012) ... the story hasn't aged particularly well, and the director's attempts to recreate that 1990s style are uneven, unintended, or just plain unnecessary. ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Oct 28, 2012
8.7/10 96% Argo (2012) For those people with lingering questions about Ben Affleck's talents as a filmmaker, Argo should remove any doubt. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 12, 2012
2.5/5 28% Backwards (2012) In this romantic drama, sweet and innocent equals plain and predictable. And unless you're a hopeful teenage moviegoer, that's a subpar equation for a feature film. ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Sep 27, 2012
4.5/5 83% Welcome To Pine Hill (2013) ... feels so richly authentic, you could easily mistake it for a documentary. ‐ Meet In The Lobby
Posted Aug 25, 2012
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 71% 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 78% 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 87% 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 76% 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 78% 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 18% 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 (2013) ...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