About Schmidt Reviews

May 17, 2018
A character study that has the emotional richness of the great Italian and Eastern European films of the 1960s, in which humor and pathos rode up and down on the seesaw together.
January 16, 2003
These filmmakers have a feeling for the isolation of blasted lives, but they also can't resist putting them down.
January 10, 2003
January 8, 2003
A poignant marker in the career of a major artist.
January 3, 2003
A thought-provoking and often-funny drama about isolation.
January 3, 2003
A cuttingly funny, moving portrayal of a man searching for meaning in his unremarkable, unmemorable life.
January 3, 2003
Each deft stroke of Payne's pen is matched by a Nicholson flourish, transforming the film into a moving, bittersweet ballet.
December 20, 2002
Nicholson ... produces the most understated -- and one of the most powerful -- performances of his career.
December 20, 2002
The pleasures of About Schmidt are what might be called Midwestern pleasures: a sly sense of humor, sturdiness, self-discipline, solidarity.
December 20, 2002
A road trip of self-discovery, by turns hilarious and poignant, for a man unexpectedly at odds with the tiny world he has so laboriously made.