For 104 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 38% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 61% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Frank Lovece's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Ran (re-release)
Lowest review score: 20 The Trumpet of the Swan
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 104
  2. Negative: 14 out of 104
104 movie reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Frank Lovece
    Manages to inject more than a little humor into this tension-filled genre classic.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Frank Lovece
    Stands separate from the rest, in a pantheon, a true cinematic masterwork of sight, sound, intelligence, and most importantly--passion.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Frank Lovece
    Serenely stunning.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Lovece
    For all the casual terribleness it records, it is entertainment; the characters are real and fleshed-out, and we care about what happens to them.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Lovece
    A brilliant surrealistic joke about a group of friends whose attempts to dine are continually thwarted.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Lovece
    A comic masterpiece.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Lovece
    Refreshing, innovative and immensely funny.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Lovece
    In a film mercifully free of the usual warm and fuzzy movie sentimentality, director Maggie Greenwald and her fine cast shatter most hillbilly stereotypes.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Lovece
    A radiant, heartbreaking film.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Lovece
    The film ends with a return to the beach, and one of the most psychologically chilling and expertly photographed shots imaginable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Lovece
    The effect is one of gorgeous puppets, a removed perspective that makes some of the most powerful political and social events in history seem like the sad, desperate flailing of monkeys.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Lovece
    From the opening lines to the epilogue (one of the film's few misfires), this taut first feature from TV producer and novelist Henry Bromell sustains a taut mood of unease and isolation, and the ensemble performances (TV starlet Campbell's included) have the qualities of the highest-caliber stage work.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Lovece
    If you've never seen a martial arts movie, this is a great place to start.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Lovece
    While the unfortunate epilogue strains the naturalism of what's gone on before and leaves a bit of a sour taste, this semi-improvisational comedy otherwise reaches Balzacian brilliance.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Lovece
    The able cast brings these emotionally complex characters to life, while making Shawn Slovo's occasionally lyrical dialogue sound perfectly natural.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Lovece
    Colossally entertaining.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Lovece
    An effective and moving drama about the strength of the human spirit and the will to survive.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Lovece
    The film burbles with delightful dialogue and a sparkling sense of life.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Lovece
    No matter your age, this is one great AGE to be at.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Lovece
    This is as powerful a set of evidence as you'll ever find of why art matters, and how it can resonate far beyond museum walls and through to the most painfully marginal lives.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Lovece
    Like the hardscrabble lives of this isolated wasteland, it's equal parts unforgiving white-heat aridity and golden late-afternoon glow.
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    • 70 Frank Lovece
    Though the electric organ score is unnecessarily ominous in clearly comical scenes, this is a fascinating early interpretation of what has become a classic tale.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Lovece
    The movie sticks with you as few do: It's rewardingly authentic and emotionally real.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Lovece
    Sometimes seems as noisy and unrefined as Jean himself. But it has just as much heart, and builds up to rousingly "Rocky"-like climax.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Lovece
    That rare film aimed at teenage girls that's still enjoyable for grownup viewers.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Lovece
    The character designs, however, are much less impressive. Except for the oddly naturalistic Sinclair, the rest look like cartoony characters from one of Disney's '60s films.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Lovece
    With grace and cleverness, mixing romance and comedy in a genuinely delightful way.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Lovece
    Feel-good tone notwithstanding (and creepy to boot), there are nagging riddles about the Helfgott story that the film has neither the nerve nor the sense to tackle.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Lovece
    Penn's stark and unvarnished portrait of the challenged Sam makes even the hardest-to-swallow plot acceptable.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Lovece
    Compared with most of what passes for scary movies these days, this is golden: It's not stupid, it's not wussy and it pulls off a couple of pretty nasty jolts.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Lovece
    The combat visuals that follow are as powerful as those of any war film.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Lovece
    Captures the way drug addiction gives structure and purpose to aimless lives, and evokes the breathtaking rapture of a fix. All this and a happy ending, too.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Lovece
    This truly terrifying film version of the best-selling Blatty novel is far superior to the book.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Lovece
    This sweet, lovingly passionate story is nonetheless a charmer. Anderson's technique -- jaggy, product-testimonial close-ups; eerie still-image insertions -- is arresting, but this is an actors' showcase.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Lovece
    The atmosphere is Southern Gothic pure enough to do Carson McCullers proud -- grotesque, sentimental and dankly nasty -- and Thornton manages not to undermine his own writing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Lovece
    This is no film for the squeamish.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Lovece
    It differs from American films about the period in its evocation of day-to-day passion. The power of beauty is often dealt with in films, but not so often its powerful curse.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Lovece
    Delightful, off-the-wall, and ultimately moving.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Lovece
    The characters may be one-dimensional ciphers with nothing much to say, but boy, do they not say it with style.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Lovece
    The ever-charismatic character actor George Coe stands out as a small-town jeweler grateful for a late-life affair.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Lovece
    While this is just as long as the first film, more convincing special effects help make time fly.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Lovece
    The genial humor is occasionally marred by an overall sexist tone and some downright nasty homophobic and racist attempts at humor.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Lovece
    It would have been nice if Hardwick had a bigger budget for retakes to work out some of the supporting actors' stiffness, but he does keep the story moving, finding the humor in characters caught up in their own machinations rather than cheap wisecracks.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Lovece
    Some brilliant human moments do emerge, and there's nothing wrong with a reminder to live life in harmony, and not to beat yourself up.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Lovece
    Amusing and at times uproarious.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Lovece
    Essentially a feature-length episode of the popular Nickelodeon animated series, this faithful expansion is savvy enough to stay put.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Lovece
    This lively and nicely timed comedy has plenty enough, farce, slapstick and even drawing-room humor.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Lovece
    A rare sequel that's better than the original.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Lovece
    Kristin Scott Thomas is the film's revelation. She takes center stage as a smart, fearless woman who's utterly irresistible.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Lovece
    Born and raised in Minnesota, the Coens know their targets well and generally hit them squarely.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Lovece
    A massive, sweaty, frequently silly epic that nevertheless delivers enough brute pleasure to pass a rainy afternoon.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Lovece
    The movie's physical violence isn't gratuitous -- it's the emotional violence that makes this a movie for grown-ups, not kids.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Lovece
    The funny lines fall flat and the relationships and conversations among adult characters are straight out of 1950s sitcoms. Now that's scary.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Lovece
    Screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie's tough-guy dialogue and Bryan Singer's crisp direction give the ensemble cast every opportunity to shine, and they do.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Lovece
    The non-action scenes are so pedestrian that one suspects the good stuff is less due to workmanlike director Lee Tamahori than to one of the best second-unit crews in the biz.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Lovece
    Suffers from wishy-washiness.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Lovece
    The glammed-up Kinski looks the same age throughout and only has three expressions: angry, wistful, and someone's-killed-my-dog.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Lovece
    Relentless parade of tragedy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Lovece
    The title of the film is most unfortunate because it gives no indication of the film's stark theme. Moreau is good as the disenchanted woman, but Mann is less effective.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Lovece
    Overall it's a funny film, but parents should decide if the anti-gay and misogynist elements are worth the laughs.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Lovece
    Characters' eccentricities feel contrived and the wackiness seems forced, though the film's amiable ambling does keep the viewer intrigued, if not charmed.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Lovece
    Most of the film's imagination and energy seem to have gone into the clever casting and flamboyant costume and set design.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Lovece
    Thought-provoking but proceeding at a crawl, the film suffers from performances that are virtually all pitched to the same note of existential ennui -- thank goodness, then, for Rush, who's arrives like a wake-up blast of compressed air.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Lovece
    Formulaic but not entirely predictable, it's like old-school Disney, but without Tim Conway.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Lovece
    The film is a harmless extension of the skit, aimed at fans and best viewed as a showcase for Meadows's considerable talents.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Lovece
    Occasionally marred by purple narration; it's also a mite sloppy in terms of time-passage and geography. Yet its mythic characters feel like genuine, hurting human beings.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Lovece
    Sarandon is terrific and Penn is in top form, but the film is an achingly earnest message movie with a curiously muddled message.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Lovece
    Deeply adolescent; its impact is visceral rather than intellectual.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Lovece
    Extremely well-shot espionage thriller that might have worked as an old-fashioned guy's-guy movie if the guys involved had any real, human personality and the espionage were actually thrilling.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Lovece
    A romantic comedy distinguished by the particular roadblocks writer/director Kevin Smith throws up in front of his characters.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Lovece
    Photographed as harsh spectacle in brown and gray with unfailingly overcast skies, the story is affecting and suspenseful enough when focusing on Vassili, the humble peasant youth, and his patrician adversary playing a chess-like game of cat-and-mouse.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Lovece
    Grownups who grew up on The Jetsons and children who, like the movie's heroes, aren't yet nine years old, should enjoy this film.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Lovece
    Happily, a feeling of genuine comradeship among these athletes shines through, and their irreverent, go-for-broke comments are a jolt of fun compared to the usual canned epigrams from pampered sports multimillionaires.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Lovece
    Heartfelt as Reno and Applegate are here, the film strands them with an impotently blustering, straw-dog villain and a limp, directionless story.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Lovece
    The story's a bore; its arrhythmic stutter of humor and drama, tension and calm never builds into any coherent emotional arc.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Lovece
    Despite the Lear-like trappings and the talented young cast, which does its work with considerable grace, it has little momentum or punch.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Lovece
    Overblown, ridiculously contrived drive-in flick.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Lovece
    Never has the adage "You can't help who you fall in love with" been more lavishly illustrated than in this historical drama.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Lovece
    Bighearted and wistful, but with no fresh spin or anything new to say.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Lovece
    A meandering and deeply shallow tale of spiritual redemption.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Lovece
    A sad blot on an impressive career.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Lovece
    This ORANGE is a lemon.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Lovece
    Some great things can found in this fluidly kinetic film, well-directed by X-Files series and movie veteran Rob Bowman, including no-nonsense dialogue, epic photography and a terrific score. It's too bad the story is so sloppy and stupid.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Lovece
    Kudos to writer-director Eric Schaeffer for doing a sexually graphic romantic comedy about fiftysomethings without being patronizing or cutesy. With both heart and guts, he honestly depicts how that moony-eyed, falling-in-love rush of endorphins is the same at 55 as it is at 15.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Lovece
    They STILL didn't get it right this TIME.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Lovece
    The movie's uninspired animation (including primitive, blocky computer imagery) doesn't help, nor do its astonishingly stereotyped characters.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Lovece
    Give Steven Spielberg some dinosaurs or a cute, funny alien and he'll spin populist sci-fi till the Arcturan cows come home. Give him a philosophical story about technology changing what it means to live in this world and he'll craft a hodgepodge of shallow and unexplored ideas.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Lovece
    All talk and no action. Never, however, has pedantic navel-gazing been so beautifully drawn.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Lovece
    In the end the film has absolutely nothing to say.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Lovece
    The real trouble is Jack: He's narcissistic and tough to like (Pontevecchio's fine, but a younger actor might not have brought an impression of arrested development to the character), and his crude sense of humor borders on the disgusting.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Lovece
    This one makes De Niro's recent film "15 Minutes" look like "Network." Even worse, aside from a few scenes with Shatner, it just isn't funny.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Lovece
    Sexist, plot-hole-riddled movie equates women with cows and men with bulls.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Lovece
    If you try to imagine a breezy Cary Grant movie in which Grant makes penis and fart jokes, you'll have some idea just how wretched it is.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Lovece
    The latest offender in the odd "let's see what the cute and funny mentally ill can teach us" genre, this mystery/domestic drama commits all the usual sins and clichés.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Lovece
    Collapsed into the black hole of its own mythology.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Lovece
    Inconsistency of tone and internal logic plagues the film throughout.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Lovece
    So bewildering it's almost entertaining, this comedy of fiftysomethings and their extramarital affairs is one of those films you can actually see flailing for life.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Lovece
    It's a classic fantasy scenario, overflowing with creative possibilities, but Carrey's Nolan isn't charmingly misguided or comically loathsome enough to deserve the lesson; he's just a big, inconsequential crybaby.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Lovece
    Even the snowboarding scenes that might have been the visceral heart of this thing are cut in such a way that we never get more than a few seconds of full-frame athletic skill; despite the real-life snowboarders doing the stunt work (including Rob "Sluggo" Boyce, Tara Dakides and Javas Lehn), it all looks like editing-room cheats.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Frank Lovece
    The annoying Reg Rogers, on the other hand, who plays Little Caesar creator Raoul Berman, delivers his lines like a stoned Pee-wee Herman, and the scene in which Billy Crystal mutters and drools in a restaurant is just disturbing for anyone who admired his work in the past.