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About Schmidt Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 26, 2002
...a serious work with serious problems.
Full Review| Original Score: C
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
Victoria Alexander
November 8, 2002
It's a brilliant, honest performance by Nicholson, but the film is an agonizing bore except when the fantastic Kathy Bates turns up. Bravado Kathy!
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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
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
Arthur Lazere
September 26, 2002
[Nicholson] makes Payne's film look better than it is, but he can't save it from being overlong, repetitious, and flat.
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
December 23, 2002
A lazy effort peppered only sparingly with inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 18, 2003
I walked out of the theater not giving a darn about Schmidt...
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
December 30, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
December 29, 2002
Two hours of Alexander Payne encouraging the audience to congratulate themselves on how smart they are.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
January 2, 2003
It's little more than a lightweight satire about the average life of a typical Midwesterner that shows no affection for its characters like Fargo does
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
December 19, 2002
Payne has assembled a collection of brilliant elements here, but not all of them belong in the same movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
September 27, 2002
Schmidt is a credible creation yet Payne's contempt runs synonymous to that of his native son's.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
January 16, 2003
Offers only the sporadic laugh, the less frequent original cultural insight and, at best, a craftsmanlike performance from its aging headliner.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
December 20, 2002
The year's most overrated picture. Don't bother.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
January 9, 2003
The story of an eternal optimist told by confirmed pessimists.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rachel Gordon
September 27, 2002
Payne's latest attempt at satire falls short of impressing when it stars someone that is capable of delivering.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
October 2, 2002
Both as satire and as drama, About Schmidt turns out to be a fascinating setback.
Alex Keen
December 7, 2002
Alexander Payne's follow-up to his critically praised debut, Election, struggles throughout to convey a purpose and vision. While the humor is evident in the premise, it fails consistently to execute successfully.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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