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Jack Nicholson plays retiring insurance actuary Warren Schmidt in Alexander Payne's About Schmidt. Schmidt has settled into a dormant life. He has an unfulfilling marriage to Helen (June Squibb), and conspires to spend as much time away from her as possible. Schmidt's daughter Jeannie (Hope Davis) is engaged to Randall Hertzel (Dermot Mulroney), a man Schmidt believes is entirely unworthy of his daughter. When Helen unexpectedly dies, Warren is adrift until he discovers old love letters sent to his wife from his best friend. This inspires Warren to make a valiant effort to stop his… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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"These filmmakers have a feeling for the isolation of blasted lives, but they also can't resist putting them down."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine
"A cuttingly funny, moving portrayal of a man searching for meaning in his unremarkable, unmemorable life."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"About Schmidt is a touching, human story about a man who comes to the realisation that his life is nothing more than a failure."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"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"
‑ Tony Macklin, Bright Lights Film Journal
"A poignant marker in the career of a major artist."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Each deft stroke of Payne's pen is matched by a Nicholson flourish, transforming the film into a moving, bittersweet ballet."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"Alexander Payne's poignant serio comedy is a sharply observed character study, featuring Jack Nicholson in a towering performance as an ordinary American embarking late in life on a journey of self-discovery."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Screendaily
""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"
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Mostly, the satire here amounts to nudging us into feeling superior to other people's lives."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"A thought-provoking and often-funny drama about isolation."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Nicholson ... produces the most understated -- and one of the most powerful -- performances of his career."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Heartfelt Nicholson, not for kids at all."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"A simple, silent, static shot of Nicholson's face is one of the most beautiful, powerful, indelible images of the 2002 movie year."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"[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."
‑ Alan Dale, Blogcritics.org
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