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 2.7 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 Wedding Planner
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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.