About Schmidt 2002

About Schmidt

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In this funny, touching character study, Nicholson gives one of the best performances of his career.

85%

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Warren Schmidt (Jack Nicholson) has arrived at several of life's crossroads all at the same time. To begin with, he is retiring from a lifetime of service as an actuary for Woodmen of the World Insurance Company, and he feels utterly adrift. Furthermore, his only daughter Jeannie (Hope Davis) is about to marry a boob. And his wife Helen (June Squibb) dies suddenly after 42 years of marriage.

Cast & Crew

Jack Nicholson
Warren Schmidt
Hope Davis
Jeannie Schmidt
Dermot Mulroney
Randall Hertzel
Kathy Bates
Roberta Hertzel
Len Cariou
Ray Nichols
June Squibb
Helen Schmidt
Bill Badalato
Executive Producer
James Glennon
Director of Photography
Jane Ann Stewart
Production Designer
Kevin Tent
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Critic Reviews for About Schmidt

All Critics (203) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (173) | Rotten (30)

  • These filmmakers have a feeling for the isolation of blasted lives, but they also can't resist putting them down.

    January 16, 2003
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    January 10, 2003 | Rating: B
  • A poignant marker in the career of a major artist.

    January 8, 2003
  • This is a startling, resonant, life-affirming movie -- both deeply funny and deeply moving.

    January 7, 2003 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Nev Pierce

    BBC.com
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  • A thought-provoking and often-funny drama about isolation.

    January 3, 2003 | Rating: 4/5
  • A cuttingly funny, moving portrayal of a man searching for meaning in his unremarkable, unmemorable life.

    January 3, 2003 | Rating: 4/4

Audience Reviews for About Schmidt

  • Apr 14, 2019
    Jack Nicholson gives a nuanced performance as a square, one of those guys who defines himself by his job, at the end of the line and suddenly w/o that job. Now what? Agonizing reappraisal. A tender look into the heart of American darkness, ably assisted by a decent supporting cast.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 03, 2013
    Another fantastic comedy from Sideways director Alexander Payne, About Schmidt tells the story of an old man searching for meaning in his life as he ventures to his daughter's wedding in Colorado. Along the way he meets various eccentrics, including his son-in-law's mother, a hilariously vulgar woman played by Kathy Bates. Jack Nicholson is great in the lead role, giving one of the best performances of his career, and Kathy Bates has some incredibly funny scenes. Like all Alexander Payne movies, About Schmidt also has an undercurrent of emotion, and Jack Nicholson does a great job of making you understand and feel for Warren Schmidt as he struggles to find satisfaction and happiness. About Schmidt is yet another well-acted, well-written, and thoughtful movie from Alexander Payne, and should come as a breath of fresh air for those sick of shallow low-brow comedies.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • May 27, 2012
    odd film that warrants viewing for nicholson in the lead. sadly this is not something you'll view again and again due to its slow pacing. alexander payne makes interesting films but sadly they aren't exactly crowd favourites.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Feb 29, 2012
    One of Jack Nicholson's last great performances, About Schmidt is just the right mix of dark humor and drama.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer

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