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  • 100
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    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. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A seriously good movie, a challenge to viewers, a rebuke of the way many Americans live their lives. show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    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. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern 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. show more

  • 100
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A quiet, heart-rending masterpiece, one with an actor's turn that people will remember, and rediscover, eons into the future. show more

  • 100
    Jami Bernard 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. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    This is a superb film and one of Nicholson's great performances, tamped down but magnetic. show more

  • 100
    Rene Rodriguez 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. show more

  • 100
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    A dark comedy that's as emotionally honest as any picture of 2002. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert 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. show more

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