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About Schmidt

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Alexander Payne

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About the Movie

Academy Award-winner Jack Nicholson ("The Bucket List," "As Good As It Gets") stars as Warren Schmidt, an embittered man who has just retired after 32 years as an insurance company actuary. When his wife dies suddenly, Warren packs up the 35-foot Winnebago that he and his wife had planned to travel the country in and sets out on a journey across the Nebraska plains to Denver, Colorado, for his daughter's wedding to a waterbed salesman whom Warren despises. Every move Warren makes seems wrong, and he appears destined to end his life as he lived it: a failure. But along the way, Warren recounts his journey to and shares his observations with an unexpected friend -- a poor Tanzanian orphan whom Warren is sponsoring for 73 cents a day. In his long letters to the boy, Warren begins to see himself -- and the life he has lived -- in a new light.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 202
  • Fresh: 172
  • Rotten: 30
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A seriously good movie, a challenge to viewers, a rebuke of the way many Americans live their lives. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jul 30, 2003

Fresh: Nicholson ... produces the most understated -- and one of the most powerful -- performances of his career. – Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: The pleasures of About Schmidt are what might be called Midwestern pleasures: a sly sense of humor, sturdiness, self-discipline, solidarity. – Stephen Hunter, Washington Post, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: 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/Vulture, Oct 6, 2004

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Customer Reviews


All I can say is perfect.

How can you not...

...say this movie is anything less than a masterpiece of comedy? You would have to have sour grapes in your throat. Nicholson's impulse toward philanthropy is one of the wittiest premises I've partaken in in the landscape of dark comedy in years. It's a must see.


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About Schmidt
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2002

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