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 3 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
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Lovece
    This is no film for the squeamish.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Lovece
    A romantic comedy distinguished by the particular roadblocks writer/director Kevin Smith throws up in front of his characters.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Lovece
    A comic masterpiece.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Lovece
    Delightful, off-the-wall, and ultimately moving.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Lovece
    A massive, sweaty, frequently silly epic that nevertheless delivers enough brute pleasure to pass a rainy afternoon.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Lovece
    The combat visuals that follow are as powerful as those of any war film.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Lovece
    An effective and moving drama about the strength of the human spirit and the will to survive.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Lovece
    A sad blot on an impressive career.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Lovece
    The film burbles with delightful dialogue and a sparkling sense of life.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Lovece
    While this is just as long as the first film, more convincing special effects help make time fly.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Lovece
    A rare sequel that's better than the original.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Lovece
    No matter your age, this is one great AGE to be at.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 20 Frank Lovece
    A lovely soundtrack by Irish balladeers the Saw Doctors can't make up for the rest of this belabored labor of love.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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