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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Lovece
    Refreshing, innovative and immensely funny.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Frank Lovece
    Serenely stunning.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Lovece
    A brilliant surrealistic joke about a group of friends whose attempts to dine are continually thwarted.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Lovece
    A radiant, heartbreaking film.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Lovece
    Born and raised in Minnesota, the Coens know their targets well and generally hit them squarely.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Lovece
    Colossally entertaining.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Lovece
    All talk and no action. Never, however, has pedantic navel-gazing been so beautifully drawn.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Lovece
    With grace and cleverness, mixing romance and comedy in a genuinely delightful way.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Lovece
    Bighearted and wistful, but with no fresh spin or anything new to say.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Lovece
    The movie sticks with you as few do: It's rewardingly authentic and emotionally real.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Lovece
    A meandering and deeply shallow tale of spiritual redemption.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Lovece
    If you've never seen a martial arts movie, this is a great place to start.