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
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Lovece
    Delightful, off-the-wall, and ultimately moving.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Lovece
    While this is just as long as the first film, more convincing special effects help make time fly.
    • 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.
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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.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Lovece
    Penn's stark and unvarnished portrait of the challenged Sam makes even the hardest-to-swallow plot acceptable.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Lovece
    The combat visuals that follow are as powerful as those of any war film.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Lovece
    With grace and cleverness, mixing romance and comedy in a genuinely delightful way.
    • 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.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Lovece
    Amusing and at times uproarious.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Lovece
    A massive, sweaty, frequently silly epic that nevertheless delivers enough brute pleasure to pass a rainy afternoon.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Lovece
    Born and raised in Minnesota, the Coens know their targets well and generally hit them squarely.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Lovece
    Deeply adolescent; its impact is visceral rather than intellectual.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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