For 1,364 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Frank Scheck's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 51
Highest review score: 100 Big Bad Wolves
Lowest review score: 0 Beyond Honor
Score distribution:
1364 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    It is a provocative and potentially rich premise, to be sure, but the execution here is somewhat lacking.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    While Kramer's well-conceived screenplay features much amusing dialogue, there's a forced quality to the proceedings that makes the comic premise seem more artificial than it needs to be.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    While it provides a sometimes thoughtful examination of modern sociological issues, The Architect unfortunately succumbs to melodrama in its depiction of its troubled characters.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Norm of the North is mildly diverting, although Pixar needn't be overly concerned.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    The film is an initially insightful portrait of modern corporate society that unfortunately lapses into melodrama.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Veers wildly from slapstick comedy to melodrama, but writer-director Rahul Bose, making his feature debut, handles the transitions more effectively than is usual, and the film is generally entertaining even when it's being utterly ridiculous (or maybe especially when it's so).
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Although more than a little meandering and self-indulgent, the film is likeable nonetheless thanks to its incisive characterizations and canny capturing of true-life moments.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    The Boy From Geita is a harrowing depiction of ignorance and superstition run amuck.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Rosenwald is not always successful in doing full justice to its rich subject matter, suffering from pacing problems and occasionally feeling drawn-out in its feature-length running time.... But it certainly deserves kudos for bringing long overdue attention to this unsung figure whose life was one big mitzvah.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Features enough genuine laughs to give it decent commercial traction.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    While the duo's crimes were indeed sensational, writer-director Todd Robinson's starry take on the material fails to provide much in the way of a new perspective.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    The effectively deglamorized Cattrall is terrific, investing her portrayal with a complex mixture of vulnerability, toughness and still-powerful sexuality.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Lacks the cinematic panache to elevate it above the level of agitprop. But its all too relevant dissection of its subject is well worth paying attention to.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    An affecting drama marked by solid performances and a refreshing restraint in the way it delivers its religious message.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    While not as balanced or fully satisfying as it should be, Matthew Barney: No Restraint will fit naturally as a pairing for future theatrical and DVD exposures of Barney's controversial works.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Yet another ode to the pleasures of overindulgence. The experience of watching this loosely plotted comedy set in the suburbs of New Jersey is somewhat akin to spending a nice summer day playing softball with your friends. Only without the sun, the fresh air, the exercise or the fun.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    While the filmmaking is crudely effective at best, it successfully showcases the physical, if not the acting talents, of its largely female cast.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    A diverting blend of "Rear Window"-style suspense and autumnal romance. While the film is ultimately unable to fully succeed on either front, it offers many pleasures along the way.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Displays moments of cleverness but not enough to sustain its feature-length running time.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    The filmmakers, longtime music video veterans, have delivered a technically polished production that belies the film's low budget. They've also elicited mostly strong performances.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    The Dirties is as provocative as it is sloppily messy in its themes.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    It suffers from a lack of genuine chills or suspense that renders its slight virtues rather moot.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Its blizzard of statistics notwithstanding, the film consists mostly of true-life stories that, while undeniably tragic, stir up more emotion than thought.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Spends an inordinate amount of time ogling the tight, lithe bodies of its young female characters. Thus, what might have appealed only to teen girls might well have crossover appeal to leering young boys as well.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    While its mixture of cinematic styles is awkward more often than not, Girl Rising deserves points for at least trying something different rather than relying on the bone-dry, academic approach usually employed for such informational ventures.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    While the human performers are more than adequate, there’s no doubt that the canine stars carry the day. Their utter irresistibility helps a long way in terms of getting past the corny plot machinations of A Dog’s Purpose.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    A visually arresting cinematic essay that, unfortunately, makes its points long before its conclusion.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Both in terms of the activities and characters depicted, Rank doesn't truly manage to sustain interest for the course of its feature-length running time.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Diffuse and rambling at times, An Animated Life, which sometimes has the feel of a tribute film shown at an award gala, is not as compelling as such similarly themed docs as "Waking Sleeping Beauty" and "Frank and Ollie." But it nonetheless serves as an entertaining salute to an unsung figure whose considerable accomplishments well deserve recognition.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Atmospheric visuals and strong performances aren't enough to compensate for this would-be poetic drama's thin plotline.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Sweaty Betty has a likable quality and an obvious affection for its subjects who maintain a resolute cheerfulness throughout their struggles. But it's hard not to wish that the shambling material had been constructed into a more cohesive whole.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Henry & Me is a heartwarming tale that should prove irresistible to young baseball fans.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    While it offers some mildly frothy diversions, the Pedro Almodovar-styled Cupcakes lacks the cinematic nutrition to overcome its empty calories.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Shot in actual 3D rather than being the latest example of the horrible post-shooting conversion process, "Afterlife" undeniably looks terrific.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    While its narrative elements threaten at times to descend from whimsical into hopelessly twee, My Name Is Emily ultimately finds a proper, if not particularly compelling, balance.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    While visually stylish and thematically ambitious, Secret Things is ultimately more preposterous than provocative, its vague explorations of sexual and class struggle failing to coalesce in a coherent manner.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Takes a surprisingly gritty approach that gives the material some gravitas but also robs it of some of its fun.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    How She Move doesn't exactly break any new ground. But the terrific dance numbers on display should please its teenage target audience.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Risen is fairly engrossing in its thriller-like section, with Fiennes' restrained performance providing a solid dramatic anchor and the Maori actor Curtis being a nice change from the usual blonde-hair/blue-eyed Jesus. But when the film shifts into inspirational territory it ironically becomes far more prosaic, depicting the miracles in a low-budget, low-key fashion that will hardly win any converts.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    The proceedings have a certain haunted quality, thanks to the dramatic setting and the stark black-and-white cinematography by Steve Cosens that fully conveys its bleakness.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Compensating for its less than convincing special effects with some intriguing plot twists and bracingly nihilistic situations, The Human Race is a reasonably compelling low-budget genre item.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    A reasonably amusing effort that manages to poke fun at Brooks' neuroses and governmental blundering with equal skill.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Incident at Loch Ness manages to cross "Project Greenlight" with "The Blair Witch Project" in a way that makes one pine for the originals.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    The winning performances by its two leads elevate this contrived Israeli import.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Cogent documentary makes the persuasive argument for the role that U.S. military and corporate interests have played in the influx of immigration from Latin American countries.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Fortunately, the terrific lead performances by Jonathan Pryce and newcomer Jerome Holder are enough to help Dough rise above its formulaic ingredients.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    That it all works to the extent that it does is due to its undeniably sweet depiction of a close-knit extended family whose members truly care for and help each other. It's cinematic wish fulfillment in this era of broken families and far-off relatives who keep in touch via social media.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Traded features nary an original element but nonetheless registers as a solid if minor oater.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    The documentary will nonetheless strike an emotional chord with anyone who's grown up eating the product it celebrates. And over the course of 100 years, that's a lot of matzos.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Will best be appreciated by those already familiar with the fashion world in general and Saint Laurent in particular.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    While lacking the technical polish necessary to lift it into a more elevated cinematic dimension, Philip T. Johnson's directorial debut earns points for its thematic ambitions and cheeky wit.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    With its clever premise and quartet of appealing comedic star turns, Wild Hogs is a step above the typical comedies rolling off the assembly lines of the major studios.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Delivering a fully committed, moving performance, Thomas Haden Church makes you pay attention to a figure you would otherwise pass by without a second thought.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    While only sporadically effective in its attempt at creating a modern-day Psycho, Forgetting the Girl does manage to sustain a sufficiently disturbing mood that is not easily forgotten.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Doesn’t exactly dig very deep, but its often fascinating archival footage and stories of royal lineage dating back to the days of Queen Victoria (who bore no less than nine children) surely will delight devoted Anglophiles.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Rodrigo H. Vila’s documentary about the famed Argentine singer and political activist suffers from its overly insular and hagiographic perspective, but in its best moments it well illustrates the reasons for her musical influence and social importance.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Contains enough fascinating archival footage to make it worthy of interest.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    The film reveals the influence of director/co-writer Werthman's profession because it adopts a highly clinical and thoughtful rather than exploitative turn. Although at times one wishes for a little more heat, of both the dramatic and erotic variety, there is an admirable intelligence and restraint on display.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Although its formulaic storyline...holds no surprises, the film nonetheless exerts a certain charm.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    The film, which feels attenuated despite its brief running time, doesn’t dig deep enough to provide more than an impressionistic portrait.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    The plot, of course, is merely an excuse for an endless series of gags, and the percentage of them that score is fairly high. But since the jokes are based over and over on the fact that Lloyd and Harry are really, really dumb, a certain repetitive factor sets in.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Speaking his (Rourke) lines in an unintelligible accent that occasionally requires subtitles and wearing a white suit that never seems to get bloody even when he’s stabbing people to death, the actor brings an undeniably fascinating strangeness to the otherwise familiar proceedings.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    A bit too rambling and diffuse to be fully educational, We Weren't Just Bicycle Thieves nonetheless serves as a valuable introduction to its subject.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Patrick McGrady's documentary strains to reconcile its conflicting moods, but Fry's gushing enthusiasm for the subject is ultimately if sometimes queasily infectious.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    The Great Gilly Hopkins has its enjoyable moments — Bates' entertaining, scenery-chewing turn providing many of them — and its themes are refreshingly complex for a film targeted to kids.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Mainly will appeal to devotees, but even nonfans might want to appreciate its visual splendors on the big screen.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    There are undeniably arresting moments along the way, thanks to Dafoe's subtly intense performance and the well-crafted visuals.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    This is an affectionate portrait rather than a meaningful critical analysis.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Not for the faint-hearted.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Despite the occasional jolts, Phantom of the Theatre is not particularly scary. But as befitting its milieu, it looks fabulous.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Pantoliano brings his usual degree of wily, understated humor to his role and is ably supported by the terrific ensemble, but he's unable to elevate a film that is ultimately as directionless as its protagonist.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Stylish and well-observed while ultimately not adding up to very much.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Although ragged in its presentation and frustratingly unfocused in its storytelling, Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn is an endearing cinematic valentine that pays well-deserved tribute to a vanished musical institution.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Should reasonably please fans of the genre before assuming its place in the horror section of your local video store.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Perhaps best suited for younger audiences, who will be more receptive to a vital history lesson only if it's given a music video-style treatment.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Well meaning but less than riveting in its execution, this documentary is far better suited for public television exposure than theatrical release.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    The cinematic clumsiness is a shame, because Equal Means Equal makes many powerful points along its diffuse, rambling way. Here is a case in which less would definitely have been more.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    From its actual and figurative scenes of cockfighting to its copious use of throbbing Brazilian music, there's little here that rises above the level of formula. But director Machado displays a sure touch in his ability to convey the sultry atmosphere of his exotic setting, and he has elicited admirably naturalistic performances from his highly attractive, youthful performers.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Say what you will about the confused narrative, blatant borrowings and wildly over-the-top gory violence of Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning -- at least you can see what the hell is going on.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    While hardly sophisticated in its approach and certainly not polished in its technical elements, the film does get its heartfelt message across with undeniable sincerity.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Displaying his usual mixture of broad, sitcom-style humor and soapy melodramatics, it's an entertaining if hokey effort that his target audience will eat up.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Although not wholly successful in its sociological aspirations, the film does provide both considerable laughs and food for thought.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Tai chi devotees will find much to appreciate here, especially the extensive footage of Cheng demonstrating his skills. But the hagiographic approach doesn't delve very deeply, and the repetition of extravagant tributes by talking heads eventually proves monotonous.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    The sometimes forced if well-intentioned social proselytizing is alleviated by the well-drawn relationships among the central characters.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    The film becomes markedly more entertaining with every appearance by Walter Hagen (Jeremy Northam), Jones' archrival, a raconteur and bon vivant who, though fiercely competitive, enjoyed playing while drunk and clad in a tuxedo.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Manages to be reasonably diverting even as it proves inevitably minor in its impact.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Suffers from the same occasionally heavy-handed style as its predecessors, it offers a credible indictment against the large corporations currently enjoying windfall profits thanks to the Iraq war.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    The filmmakers' fidelity to their source material is admirable, but more historical context could have made this Trip as illuminating as it is magical.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    A fly-on-the-wall portrait that provides a vivid reminder that children around the world don't have it nearly as lucky as those in America, with the daunting, UNICEF-provided statistics delivered at the end hopefully inciting a spur to action.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Labine and Punch invest their performances with enough anarchic comic inventiveness and genuine chemistry to make their characters’ courtship and relationship issues funnily entertaining.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Although it sketchily touches on many provocative issues -- the inhumanity of this form of incarceration, the relationship between the artist and subject -- Herman’s House fails to explore them in a fully satisfying manner.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Offers a litany of images and sound bites that are all too disturbing. Although Ever Again lacks the dramatic focus that would make it truly distinctive, it offers a timely wake-up call that should be well heeded.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    A giddy romp that never takes itself seriously in the slightest, and that makes Taipei look like the center of the gay universe.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    A cut above the usual level of slasher films, with its overly convoluted plot enhanced by an impressive level of cinematic style. It also places a greater emphasis on surprising plot twists than gore.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Tautly orchestrated within its single setting and photographed and edited for maximum shock value, The Damned never really rises above its standard conventions. But its fast pacing and sheer air of conviction make it a better than average example of its overworked genre.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Heist nonetheless has a B-movie appeal thanks to its strong ensemble and wacky commitment to its overcomplicated, wildly absurd plotting.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    While the film occasionally stretches credibility and is also rather schematic in its characterizations, it tells its tale with skill and economy, and its observations about consumerist Israeli society are critically insightful without being overdone.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Should attract some interest in urban theatrical situations before settling into cult video status.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Fails to overcome its recycled elements but displays a winning spirit that's hard to dislike.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Gives these canines the sensual elegance of the Calvin Klein models Weber has so famously photographed. Would that the substance of the film have come close to having the impact of its visuals.

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