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About Schmidt Reviews

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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
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-
September 2, 2010
Heartfelt Nicholson, not for kids at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: A
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
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 ReviewRead More | Original Score: 4/5
October 15, 2003
At once ridiculous and profoundly touching.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 7, 2003
Bring your patience to the latest Jack Nicholson film... it's very slow, but very rewarding.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 6, 2003
With Nicholson, Payne has made his best film yet, a movie that is funny and touching without ever compromising its vision.
Read More | Original Score: A
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
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.
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
April 17, 2003
Nicholson is fantastic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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