(2002)

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Metascore

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100
Entertainment Weekly
The power of this great movie -- part comedy, part tragedy, part satire, mostly masterpiece -- is in the details.
100
It is also Nicholson at his bravest and riskiest. By banking his fires and staying alert to the smallest details, he delivers a monumental performance that blasts your expectations and batters your heart.
100
A seriously good movie, a challenge to viewers, a rebuke of the way many Americans live their lives.
100
Philadelphia Inquirer
A quiet, heart-rending masterpiece, one with an actor's turn that people will remember, and rediscover, eons into the future.
100
New York Daily News
Payne achieves an impressive control over the look and tone, so that, melancholy as the movie is, it comes off as both comedy and comment on the human condition.
100
This is a superb film and one of Nicholson's great performances, tamped down but magnetic.
100
Miami Herald
Ever the satirist, Payne mines humor from his characters, be it Randall's cockeyed pyramid-scheme ideas or the banality of a ridiculous wedding toast.
100
Charlotte Observer
A dark comedy that's as emotionally honest as any picture of 2002.
88
Nicholson has at least three magnificent moments in Hour 2. The best is a wedding toast that comes after another that will painfully remind you of every banal wedding toast you've ever heard.
88
Chicago Sun-Times
About Schmidt is billed as a comedy. It is funny to the degree that Nicholson is funny playing Schmidt, and funny in terms of some of his adventures, but at bottom it is tragic.
70
Wall Street Journal
This ambitious, entertaining movie, which showed at film festivals earlier this year, has been hailed in some quarters as a masterpiece worthy of Arthur Miller's Willy Loman or Sinclair Lewis's George Babbitt. Yet its social comments are stained by condescension, and its uplift is sustained by sentimentality that Mr. Nicholson's prickly Everyman can't conceal.

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