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About Schmidt Reviews

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Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies
January 10, 2016
[It] toys with convention, leading us down that happy ending path and then hopping off of it again. It's refreshing, if not humorously frustrating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
January 20, 2011
Sharply observed, Alexander Payne's poignant comedy is a character study of an ordinary American, who embarks on a journey of self-discovery and in the process becomes humanized and extraordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Emanuel Levy
January 19, 2011
Alexander Payne's poignant serio comedy is a sharply observed character study, featuring Jack Nicholson in a towering performance as an ordinary American embarking late in life on a journey of self-discovery.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
September 2, 2010
Heartfelt Nicholson, not for kids at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
About Schmidt is a touching, human story about a man who comes to the realisation that his life is nothing more than a failure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Cole Smithey
April 15, 2009
"About Schmidt" is a hostility-provoking film for the same reason that American citizens have lost their civil rights. The picture endorses, nay lionizes, complacency, inaction and the privilege of the greedy to steal whatever they covet simply because th
Full Review | Original Score: D
Michael Dequina
February 6, 2009
A simple, silent, static shot of Nicholson's face is one of the most beautiful, powerful, indelible images of the 2002 movie year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tony Macklin
Bright Lights Film Journal
February 2, 2009
About Schmidt drives another nail in the coffin of irony. It is as lacking in irony as its blatant crayon drawing ending. It's a synthetic antidote to an ironic world, a superficial contrivance that is getting voluminous applause from those who sho
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007
Mostly, the satire here amounts to nudging us into feeling superior to other people's lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alan Dale
September 26, 2006
[Y]ou laugh with a growing sense of dread because it makes you feel what it's like to realize it's too late to help yourself.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
About Schmidt is like The Straight Story and Ikiru without beauty, warmth, the delightful discoveries along the way, or the hope.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
November 1, 2004
Great work by Jack Nicholson in the title role plus Kathy Bates, Hope Davis and Dermot Mulroney at the tempered hand of writer/director Alexander Payne.
| Original Score: A
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 6, 2004
I don't know if there is another actor alive who could have made About Schmidt as entertaining as it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 6, 2004
[W]hen Nicholson decides to bring a character to life, he's so captivating that you forget he's a movie star. Such is the case with About Schmidt.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/5
Jurgen Fauth
October 15, 2003
At once ridiculous and profoundly touching.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
October 7, 2003
Bring your patience to the latest Jack Nicholson film... it's very slow, but very rewarding.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 6, 2003
With Nicholson, Payne has made his best film yet, a movie that is funny and touching without ever compromising its vision.
| Original Score: A
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
July 25, 2003
Comédia melancólica que traz Nicholson em grande atuação como homem amargo por não ter feito diferença no mundo.
| Original Score: 4/5
Susan Michals
June 10, 2003
. . .director/writer Alexander Payne and writing partner Jim Taylor have given us yet another comic masterpiece, and certainly Nicholson will be virtually guaranteed an Oscar nod.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
June 8, 2003
A crazed retiree finds himself bored with life and over-compensating. Nicholson gives another terrific performance while the film's pace drags everything else down.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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