For 934 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Frank Scheck's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 51
Highest review score: 100 Best Kept Secret
Lowest review score: 0 Beyond Honor
Score distribution:
934 movie reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Frank Scheck
    At once heartbreaking and uplifting.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Frank Scheck
    Featuring superb performances by the principal actors, Big Bad Wolves is mesmerizing from start to finish.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Scheck
    There is no denying the passion or intelligence of this work, which is meant to be an encouragement to explore the films for ourselves rather than a dry history lesson. On that level, "Viaggio" fully succeeds.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Scheck
    A visually enthralling undersea travelogue.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Scheck
    Zlah H. Hamzeh's documentary is a powerful and timely portrait of the tensions that can be generated by immigration situations, especially in a post-Sept. 11 world.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Scheck
    Superbly conveys its themes of despair and lost opportunities.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Scheck
    There is no denying the emotional impact of the story, which is powerfully conveyed in this important, deeply moving documentary.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Scheck
    Fateless is both haunting and poetic. It also is visually stunning.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Scheck
    A heartwarming and moving adventure that does excellent justice to the classic character.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Scheck
    Michael Apted's landmark films documenting the lives of a disparate group of Brits in seven-year intervals have always been fascinating from a sociological perspective. But the latest installment proves that they are undeniably brilliant cinematically as well.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Scheck
    Pungently atmospheric, brilliantly textured and featuring superb performances from every performer in parts big and small.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Scheck
    The performances are excellent all around, with Scott mesmerizing as the emotionally volatile Laevsky and the gorgeous Glascott making vividly clear why her character drives all the surrounding men to distraction.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Scheck
    Taut, superbly executed and consistently engrossing, The Disappearance of Alice Creed marks an auspicious feature debut for writer-director J Blakeson.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Scheck
    This deeply humanistic, profoundly touching work representing independent cinema at its finest should be seen by far wider audiences.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Scheck
    The devastating effects of head injuries in sports are detailed in Steve James' wrenching documentary.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Scheck
    Few will be unmoved by this film's subjects, including the great niece of Herman Goering and the daughter of concentration camp commandant Amon Goeth, as they relate the heavy burdens stemming from their fateful lineage.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Scheck
    Depictions of custody battles have become a cinematic staple, but few register with the heartfelt emotion of Any Day Now.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Scheck
    Gorgeously photographed by co-director Burke in the beautiful environs of East Sussex, England, this modest but subtly powerful piece of minimalist cinema exerts a haunting spell.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Scheck
    Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon bring impressive emotional and physical heat to Sunlight Jr., director/screenwriter Laurie Collyer’s beautifully observed character study of an unmarried couple living on the economic margins.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Scheck
    A real-life thriller that rivals the most dramatic fiction in terms of emotional impact.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Scheck
    This superb documentary captures Gore Vidal in all his ever-articulate glory.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Scheck
    Elena is an elegiac cinematic essay that is both haunting and unforgettable.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Schickel's documentary, narrated by Sydney Pollack, breaks no new ground stylistically, but it is a well-organized, informative and inevitably entertaining portrait of the man who revolutionized screen comedy and who arguably became the first mass-market, commercialized media figure.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    An invaluable addition to the rock history cinema archives.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Almost unbearably moving at times, Julie Betuccelli's simple but sublime debut feature presents a portrait of maternal love and female fortitude that will reduce the stoniest of viewers to tears.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Compelling.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    A terrific cinematic essay that will have a very, very long shelf life.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Ultimately a powerful portrait of the sort of apocalyptic culture clash that is resulting in an increasingly dangerous and fragmented world.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    The filmmakers turn what could have been dry subject matter into compelling, inspirational drama.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    A thoughtful, provocative effort that makes up for its narrative failings with its astute philosophical musings.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    A fascinating examination of a mysterious life and the truly bizarre art that it spawned.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Should be mandatory viewing for those interested in the dominant intersection between religion and politics.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    A fascinating account of its subject's self-torture over his inability to stop one of the 20th century's greatest tragedies.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Uses dark humor, incisive characterizations and social commentary to infuse its familiar detective tale with a distinctive flair.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    An uncompromising portrait of how global capitalism can exploit an area's resources to the point of near annihilation.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Transporter 2 really does deliver the goods.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    This tale of domestic abuse breaks little new stylistic or psychological ground, but it is a searing, well-acted drama that should strike universal chords.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    While political and social context is kept to a minimum, the darkly poetic images they capture speak volumes about what the miners go through.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Particularly adept at chronicling the vague existential aimlessness of a segment of postcollege young adults, Bujalski manages to make his subjects seem simultaneously articulate and socially dunderheaded.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Fascinatingly ambiguous tale and bizarre cast of characters make it one of the more entertaining documentaries in recent memory.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    An eye-opener that handles its themes in a refreshingly nonexploitative manner.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Combining the influences of Italian neorealism with Dickensian melodrama, Andrei Kravchuk's simultaneously tough-minded and sentimental The Italian is as bracing as it is moving.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    What distinguishes it are its intelligent, unsentimental screenplay, which only occasionally lapses into emotional manipulation; the assured direction by Yukihiko Tsutsumi; and the superb acting.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Anyone looking for subtlety, character development or layered plotting will be disappointed, but action fans will find plenty to amuse them with this film that makes "Hard-Boiled" look restrained.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    This autobiographical tale of a 10-year-old boy coping with his mother's severe illness boasts terrific performances from its three leads -- Joe Pantoliano, Marcia Gay Harden and young Devon Gearhart.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Despite his obvious infirmities, Reilly infuses his performance with a great deal of energy -- frequently shouting his lines for emphasis -- and, of course, perfect comic timing. It's fortunate that we have this filmed record -- directed by Barry Poltermann and Frank Anderson -- of a memorable solo performance by a true show business original.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    A music documentary of uncommon richness.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Powerful enough to make even the most cynical believe in the ability of ordinary people to induce political change.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Moving historical drama brings a fascinating chapter of art history to life.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    A moving if too-leisurely paced effort that benefits immeasurably from the superb performance by its 84-year-old star.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Arriving amidst a tidal wave of overblown and frequently charmless big studio efforts, Sita Sings the Blues is a welcome reminder that when it comes to animation bigger isn't necessarily better.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Comprising seven individual films with a cumulative running time of more than 8 1/2 hours, Have You Heard From Johannesburg (the title comes from a Gil Scott-Heron song) naturally will find a more receptive home on television and home video, but New York's Film Forum, presenting it in three parts, is to be commended for giving the series its world theatrical premiere.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Most notable for its evocative photography of the bleak Oklahoma landscapes and for the memorable turns by its two leads, who bring a haunting, world-weary gravitas to their performances that feels utterly authentic.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    The film, which received its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, no doubt will become a mainstay of university film courses.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    With fierce arguments, often drawn on partisan lines, raging across the country, The Lottery will be of vital interest to anyone interested in the topic, especially the parents of young children.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    For an event of such seismic social importance in the modern era, the 1969 Stonewall riots went shockingly undocumented. Almost no archival footage exists, which gives Kate Davis and David Heilbroner's documentary feature Stonewall Uprising the frustrating air of an oral history lesson. But it's a vitally important one nonetheless.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Its awkward title notwithstanding, Mugabe and the White African offers the sort of narrative drama rarely found in documentaries.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Running almost two hours, its increasingly convoluted narrative may be too difficult to follow for younger viewers. But its thematic ambition and dazzling visual style ultimately make it one of the more rewarding anime efforts to reach these shores.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    While the film is occasionally frustrating in its lack of analysis, it nonetheless delivers a riveting portrait of the driven and troubled Mugianis.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    The film is best appreciated as a showcase for the hugely popular titular character, with Perry tearing into the role with hugely entertaining comic gusto.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Carl Colby's deeply felt exploration of his father's life and career is as emotionally, as it is historically, intriguing, even if the filmmaker ultimately admits that he's never quite able to get to the bottom of his subject's enigmatic personality.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Although not exactly breaking any new ground with its by now all too familiar found-footage format, Paranormal Activity 3 hews to the formula in expertly crafted fashion, mustering up the requisite scares and then some.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Martyn Burke's documentary hauntingly dissects the rise of media mortality in the war zone and the mental disorders that follow.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Instantly proves itself an invaluable historical document. Shot verite-style with no narration, soundtrack or other embellishments, Tahrir: Liberation Square simply depicts the events of late January and early February 2011 with a vital immediacy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Although there are numerous interviews with various people both directly involved with or peripheral to the action, the most compelling figure on display is a particularly articulate coach who proves all too determined to have his protégé succeed. The fact that he works strictly on commission is certainly no small element of his zeal.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Few will fail to be moved by this portrait of selflessness in the face of near insurmountable odds.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    A quiet, nearly plot-free drama enlivened by beautifully nuanced performances by its four-person leading ensemble, In Our Nature depicts familiar dysfunctional family dynamics with a welcome lack of melodrama.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    The comedy of errors surrounding the 11 years (and counting) efforts to rebuild the devastated Ground Zero site would be funny if it weren't so tragic. Filmmaker Richard Hankin manages to encompass both aspects in 16 Acres, his strikingly coherent documentary chronicling the tortured process.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Ra'anan Alexandroricz's documentary uses a simple framework - a starkly photographed series of interviews with nine retired judges and lawyers instrumental in administering the often arbitrary laws - to deliver a provocative examination of the nature of justice.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    The extra weight that the actor has packed on gives him an air of vulnerability that makes his character's ultimate emergence from his seemingly impenetrable emotional shell all the more moving.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    The opportunity to see the stunning footage on the big screen is not to be missed, and the narration by Daniel Craig, delivered with James Bond-style drollness, makes it as much fun to listen to as to watch.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    This subtly engrossing psychological thriller plays like an intellectual version of Fatal Attraction, minus the sex and the dead bunny. And that’s meant as a compliment.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    The visual style and the natural, unaffected performances by a talented cast help create an atmosphere of verisimilitude that makes the story all the more powerful. [23 Oct. 1996]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Christopher Nolan's noirish thriller is an uncommonly polished and assured feature debut, highly clever textually and supremely accomplished technically. This ultra low-budget exercise marks the emergence of a significant directorial talent. [13 April 1999]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    This fascinating show-business documentary brings its subject to life, warts and all, in a way that would no doubt have thoroughly pleased him.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    A deeply dispiriting portrait of the systemic persecution of the LGBT community in Uganda, the country that seems to be ground zero for homophobia.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    This striking cinematic collage provides a hauntingly personal perspective on a country that has been wracked by strife from its very beginnings.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Narrated in unobtrusive fashion by Forest Whitaker and featuring a jaunty Afropop soundtrack, the film is crisp and economical, with the filmmaker carefully avoiding extraneous melodramatics. They are, after all, hardly necessary in a tale that already contains such inherently powerful drama.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    The filmmaker documents the proceedings in refreshingly matter-of fact-fashion, thankfully avoiding the temptation to overly sentimentalize or mine cheap humor and contrived suspense from the proceedings.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    This intense drama co-starring Jeanne Tripplehorn and writer-director Leland Orser is at times too minimalistic for its own good, but it has a powerful emotional immediacy that fully grips the viewer by the time it reaches its wrenching conclusion.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    [A] small-scale but deeply moving documentary.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Sweet Dreams delivers a rare uplifting story from a country that has seen more than its share of brutality and heartache.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Beautifully acted by the largely unknown cast, This is Where We Live is as reticent as its characters, its emotions emerging as much from what’s unsaid as expressed. Its admirably understated approach infuses what could have been an all too predictable, feel good drama with an intriguing complexity.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Featuring generous doses of raucous humor as well as a haunting atmosphere of dread as Tommy and Rosie’s exploits prove increasingly dangerous, Rob the Mob is a true-crime tale that boasts an uncommon emotional resonance.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    It’s a marvelously imaginative conceit that transforms what could have been yet another dryly informative documentary into the realm of art.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    This moving documentary lends a very human face to its powerful environmental message.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Director Overbay, working from an effective screenplay by his wife Ginny Lee Overbay, slowly ratchets up the tension in quietly compelling fashion.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Each of the stories, impeccably staged and acted, has just the right length, well befitting the slight aspects of their story lines. Never allowing preciousness or ponderousness to infuse the material, filmmaker Pak demonstrates a real talent for concise storytelling marked by poignancy and humor.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Flirting intriguingly with film noir conventions, the film never really achieves a coherent tone in its depiction of the complicated and sometimes fatal series of events that arise.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    In effect an elaborate home movie. But its examination of the long-lasting effects of evil on the psyche of its victims and their descendants is both thoughtful and much needed in these increasingly polarized times.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    While much of what is said here has been recounted in previous forums -- the special Sept. 11 episode of TV's "Third Watch" being a prime example -- the redundancy doesn't deprive the commentary of its power.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The film lacks narration or music, but the devastating images speak for themselves.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    A sensitive and well-observed drama that, while not breaking new ground, marks its director-screenwriter as someone to watch.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Despite the often insightful comments by the various cast members and Shepard himself -- the film doesn't dig very deeply into the artistic process of putting on a new play. But it does offer a fascinating fly-on-the-wall perspective.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Ultimately stronger on characterization and atmosphere than narrative. But its portrait of a society torn apart by, among other things, religious fundamentalism, is all too currently resonant.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Although overlong and diffuse, Oasis, written and directed by Lee Chang-dong, boasts many powerful moments.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Scenes of dark humor abound as well, like the episode in which the gathered journalists react in fury when they are not provided with pictures of the infamous deck of playing cards depicting the "50 Most Wanted" Iraqi figures.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Comes across as Almodovar lite, but the film, from director-screenwriters Ines Paris and Daniela Fejerman, offers some pleasures along the way, including an engaging performance by Leonor Watling ("Talk to Her").
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    In this enjoyable if trivial battle between von Trier's psychodrama theatricality and Leth's cool formalism, it's ultimately the viewer who comes out the winner.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    It does offer plenty of musical numbers and an impressionistic portrait of his life and times.