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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4.5/5 100% The Work (2017) I can't recall seeing a film that rumbles with as much rage as The Work - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
3.5/5 61% Dean (2017) Dean enjoys an easy storytelling that indicates a style Martin could translate to future, less personal work - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
3/5 75% Wakefield (2017) Cranston is all in, but it's tough to tell what he's shooting for sometimes as his character becomes more unhinged - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
7/10 66% Tommy's Honour (2017) The film does put a welcome emphasis on character development, but the approach also makes Tommy's Honour feel longer than it needs to be. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
4.5/5 85% Lion (2016) This is the best acting Dev Patel has done in his relatively short, but full, career - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2016
4/5 88% Christine (2016) Christine has a lot going on at once, not always asking to be looked at or considered - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
3.5/5 81% Girl Asleep (2016) does a fine job getting to the heart of what it means to turn 15 and not fit in - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
8.1/10 80% Joshy (2016) With five main characters, a host of cameos and a precipitous balance between comedy and darkness, Joshy gets a lot done, and does it very well. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2016
4/5 91% Microbe and Gasoline (Microbe et Gasoil) (2016) Gondry's intentions (and young actors) are good, even as this likable film suffers from a pesky lack of cohesiveness. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
3 / 5 68% The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015) The mix of reality and absurdity gives Felix Herngren's film a pleasant patter, but the energy feels too loose and strangely artificial. - Meet In The Lobby EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
3.5 / 5 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) The cast is an enormous plus, filling the movie with seriously seasoned pros who bring real weight to the film. - Meet In The Lobby EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
4.5/5 88% The Invitation (2016) a unique, low-budget winner - and another standout thriller in 2016. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2016
4.5/5 96% April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué) (2016) It's a steampunk fantasy minus the punk. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2016
4.5/5 92% Anomalisa (2015) As in previous Kaufman films, the complexity of the human condition meets an intricate level of environmental detail - and that's even more impressive in an animated world like the one in Anomalisa - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2015
4.5/5 84% Experimenter (2015) outstanding - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2015
3.5/5 93% Wildlike (2015) a small accomplishment - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2015
3/5 77% Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine (2015) You probably don't need to see another movie about Steve Jobs to understand the guy was, in all likelihood, a tremendous prick - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2015
2/5 65% Digging For Fire (2015) There's a fine line between letting it all flow and simply failing to commit to anything - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2015
4/5 90% Cartel Land (2015) an effectively tense look at potential change in progress. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2015
5.6/10 55% Minions (2015) Struggling to come up with a reason for its sidekick characters to have their own adventure, Minions proves far too much of a little thing. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2015
3.5/5 75% 7 Chinese Brothers (2015) Schwartzman and cast - plus dog - really do a fine job holding your attention for 75 minutes - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2015
4/5 100% GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2015) has something to say about long-standing cultural issues in which women are forced to either never give up or simply give in. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2015
4/5 99% Starred Up (2014) harsh, real, remarkably well-acted, and obviously personal - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2015
4/5 87% Zero Motivation (2014) When Zero Motivation highlights the girls' pervasive ennui and restlessness, the film is at its strongest - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2015
6.9/10 89% A Most Violent Year (2015) We're watching a career in progress here, the missteps of a very talented director who's trying to make a true mark on American filmmaking. J.C. Chandor's attempt is admirable, even as he remains at the brink of cinematic mastery. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet The Circle (2005) more dramatic potential than on-screen power - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2014
3.5/5 100% The Battered Bastards Of Baseball (2014) ... just about holds up as a documentary, usually great fun and relatively dramatic as the baseball bureaucracy starts firing arrows at Russell's class-A kingdom. - Meet In The Lobby EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2014
3/5 91% Disneynature Bears (2014) ...the landscape and photography are regularly astounding, and that should be enough to hold most adults' attention for the film's 75 minutes. - Meet In The Lobby EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2014
4.5/5 96% Blue Ruin (2014) Two films come to mind while watching Blue Ruin: Carl Franklin's One False Move and The Coens' No Country for Old Men. That's some damned impressive company, and it's appropriate. - Meet In The Lobby EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2014
4/5 91% Obvious Child (2014) Jenny Slate is the reason to see Obvious Child. And she holds the promise of better comedies to come. - Meet In The Lobby EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2014
3.5/5 72% Interstellar (2014) ... a physically overwhelming space mega-movie that often fires on all cylinders, but sputters toward the journey's end. - Meet In The Lobby EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2014
7.4/10 93% The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) A distinctively human tale in a world of software development, Own Boy succeeds on many levels. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2014
4.5/5 96% Ida (2014) Pawlikowski takes advantage of her dark eyes with the monochromatic photography, giving Ida a strange, otherworldly presence - she's as hypnotic as the movie is. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2014
2.5/5 24% Devil's Knot (2014) Why was Devil's Knot made? Yes, the documentaries are more difficult to watch, but they're also infinitely more fascinating. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2014
3.5/5 60% Proxy (2014) unpredictable enough to bring the film far above standard scare fare - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2014
4.5/5 97% Ernest & Célestine (2014) Beautiful and believable for any age, in any language. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2014
3.5/5 60% Generation War (2014) ... a good, personal war epic that gets better and more challenging as it goes on. - Meet In The Lobby EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2014
9.1/10 88% The Wind Rises (2014) If The Wind Rises is indeed the final film from Hayao Miyazaki -- the animation master has both announced and rescinded his retirement -- he leaves us with a moving, meaningful farewell. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2014
4.5/5 100% The Square (Al Midan) (2013) clearly a testament for the people - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2014
2/5 25% Upside Down (2013) Solanas takes on the genre with the swoony rush and sloppiness of a lovesick preteen. - Meet In The Lobby EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2014
4/5 75% Lone Survivor (2014) the screen ideal of a steely-eyed military maneuver: well-mapped out but terrifying, with unrelenting focus and attitude. - Meet In The Lobby EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2014
5/5 92% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) ... an unexpected gem, a movie that seems completely familiar while turning narrative convention on its ear again and again. - Meet In The Lobby EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2013
4/5 91% The Great Beauty (2013) ... the endless charm, the boundless creativity and Luca Bigazzi's cinematography are inarguably wondrous. - Meet In The Lobby EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2013
3.5/5 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) ... this sequel is better cast, well-wound and powerfully paced. - Meet In The Lobby EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2013
4.5/5 96% Gravity (2013) Space, land, sea. Life, death, evolution. Technology, humanity, destruction. All within a conventional structure that lacks conceit, and is constantly riveting. - Meet In The Lobby EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2013
6.2/10 23% Paradise (2013) Cody's fresh coming-of-age story keeps pulling back from blossoming into something a bit magical. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2013
6/10 36% Jayne Mansfield's Car (2013) It's obvious that Billy Bob Thornton is attempting something meaningful with Jayne Mansfield's Car. It's just tough to figure out what it is. - Paste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2013
2.5 / 5 80% Prisoners (2013) The makers of Prisoners think they're validating the film's vicious actions with provocative reactions, but it's a hollow effort. - Meet In The Lobby EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2013
4.5/5 94% A Band Called Death (2013) ... the total package is simply joyous, a lovingly told celebration of big dreams and second chances. - Meet In The Lobby EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2013
3.5/5 87% Computer Chess (2013) Despite its creative smarts and originality, Computer Chess can really be summed up as an artistic curiosity. - Meet In The Lobby EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2013