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 5.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Frank Lovece's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Rififi (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
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Lovece
    Colossally entertaining.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Lovece
    A comic masterpiece.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Lovece
    All talk and no action. Never, however, has pedantic navel-gazing been so beautifully drawn.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Lovece
    Sexist, plot-hole-riddled movie equates women with cows and men with bulls.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Lovece
    Relentless parade of tragedy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Lovece
    Delightful, off-the-wall, and ultimately moving.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Lovece
    A romantic comedy distinguished by the particular roadblocks writer/director Kevin Smith throws up in front of his characters.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Frank Lovece
    That rare, unfortunate thing, a total misfire of a movie.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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