Norm Schrager

Norm Schrager

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 12, 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 12, 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 12, 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 12, 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 12, 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 23, 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 23, 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 8, 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 19, 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 27, 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 27, 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

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 15, 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 2, 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 2, 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)

" 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 22, 2012
4/5 78%

Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012)

"easily the Duplass brothers' most accessible, crowd-pleasing film" ‐
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" ‐
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 25, 2012
1.5/5 22%

Angels Crest (2011)

"a bare-bones affair for the cast and the audience." ‐
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 97%

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