About Schmidt
About Schmidt (2002)

Warren Schmidt is a retired insurance salesman, who at age 66 has no particular plans other than to drive around in the motor home his wife insisted they buy. He's not altogether bitter, but not happy either, as everything his wife does… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: December 13, 2002
DVD Release Date: June 3, 2003
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: In this funny, touching character study, Nicholson gives one of the best performances of his career.

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

These filmmakers have a feeling for the isolation of blasted lives, but they also can't resist putting them down.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

A cuttingly funny, moving portrayal of a man searching for meaning in his unremarkable, unmemorable life.

Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies

[It] toys with convention, leading us down that happy ending path and then hopping off of it again. It's refreshing, if not humorously frustrating.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

A poignant marker in the career of a major artist.

Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

Each deft stroke of Payne's pen is matched by a Nicholson flourish, transforming the film into a moving, bittersweet ballet.

Emanuel Levy

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.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

A thought-provoking and often-funny drama about isolation.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Nicholson ... produces the most understated -- and one of the most powerful -- performances of his career.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Heartfelt Nicholson, not for kids at all.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
Alexander Payne and Jack Nicholson together? Awesome! But seriously though, this is a great movie. It's a moving story, if a bit depressing, but… More
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney, Kathy Bates, June Squibb, Howard Hesseman, Len Cariou, Cheryl Hamada, Christine Belford, Harry Groener,… More
Tyler Christian
Another genuine, intelligent gem in Alexander Payne's short but ingenious filmography. Jack Nicholson turns in one of the best performances of his career… More
Daniel Mumby
As much as I go on about directors in these reviews, there are some films which wouldn't be half as good without the central performance of their star.… More
Matthew Slaven
Schmidt is such a peculiar fellow, brilliantly played by Nicholson. His simplistic reserve and insulation have made him content in his routine of the past 42… More
Steven Carrier
Alexander Payne is most certainly an artist. He crafts these intimate character studies that are layered and deep and "About Schmidt" continues this… More