For 1,439 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 11 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Frank Scheck's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 51
Highest review score: 100 Uncertain
Lowest review score: 0 9/11
Score distribution:
1439 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    At once a touching adolescent love story and a visually evocative portrait of society torn apart by literally competing forces, Patema Inverted is an uncommonly ambitious animated effort that beautfully illustrates the need for both physical and emotional connections in a topsy-turvy world.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Shot over the course of several years, Evolution of a Crime is often rough-hewn in its execution, but it's deeply moving nonetheless.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Serves to not only put a very human face on this horrific condition but also as a triumphant valedictory of Campbell's poignant farewell tour.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Revenge of the Mekons is a buoyant exploration of the musicians’ devotion to their art and each other.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Flamenco is a treat for the senses that will delight dance fans.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    The sort of film that would be best appreciated in the '70s-era grindhouses that sadly no longer exist, Kung Fu Killer is delicious popcorn fare.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Shines a much deserved spotlight on this unheralded artist.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Provocative and hard-hitting, Every Last Child is a chilling reminder that even diseases once thought eradicated are still capable of rearing their ugly heads as a result of ignorance and prejudice.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Its subjects are indeed a fascinating and diverse lot.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Besides his sure gift for incisive characterizations and acerbically witty dialogue, Johnson also displays a strong visual sense, with the film shot and edited for maximum effect.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Making the most of its limited budget, Blood Punch is an audacious, gruesomely violent and darkly funny thriller that enjoys messing with its viewers' minds.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Grippingly depicting the ensuing tensions that constantly threaten to spill over into violence — even while raising discomfiting questions about the scope of First Amendment rights — the film is a nail-biter from start to finish.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Director/screenwriter Khalil Sullins makes an auspicious feature debut with his audacious sci-fi thriller that's as engrossing as it is thought-provoking.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Even for those younger viewers who won't succumb to nostalgic reveries, Taken by Storm is a fascinating music doc that showcases the artist behind those memorable images.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    While the pictures have a stark power undiminished by the passage of time, it's the photographer's eloquent commentary that provides the film with its most moving moments
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    At once comical and poignant, this offbeat, true-life show-biz tale deserves instant cult status.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Few films feel as cathartic as James Solomon's documentary The Witness.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Beautifully captures the distinctive wit of its subject.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Puts a human face on the issue of income inequality.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Although it's hard to avoid the feeling of invading their privacy at times, the viewer becomes thoroughly invested in the fate of the film's subjects.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Featuring hilarious yet acutely observed performances by Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey as the titular characters, Elvis & Nixon, receiving its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, is a hoot.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Popstar is filled with the sort of sly jokes whose targets music fans should have no problem recognizing.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Sketchy with biographical information, An Art That Nature Makes is sometimes frustrating in its lack of context and wandering focus. But the filmmaker serves her subject well with her excellent presentation of many examples of Purcell's work from throughout her long career.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Infusing its nightmarish scenario with bracing doses of satirical humor, Tunnel is smarter and more sophisticated than most Hollywood attempts at the genre.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Sky Ladder chronicles his life and career in illuminating fashion, beginning with his troubled childhood.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Infused with psychological complexity and nuanced characterizations, Ouija: Origin of Evil falters only in the final section.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    the film mainly advocates for the creation of the Behavioral Health Corps (BHC) as a division of the Defense Department that would consolidate mental health services throughout all military branches. The case it makes for its necessity feels impossible to refute.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Compelling enough to anticipate the inevitable Hollywood dramatization of the story, On the Map will prove fascinating even to non-sports buffs.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Benefits from a fresh angle that will particularly appeal to blues aficionados.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    By the time Left on Purpose reaches its conclusion, it has delivered a powerful examination of the debilitating effect of clinical depression and raised disturbing questions about the right to take one's own life.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    The film raises more troubling questions than it answers, but it's fascinating throughout nonetheless.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    The film handles its admittedly familiar themes in uncommonly sensitive fashion.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    The tale is told entirely through Rock’s perspective, with no friends, colleagues, or talking heads weighing in. But that turns out to be no detriment, since the Cambridge-educated photographer proves a witty and rueful commentator whose observations are infused with self-deprecating humor.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    The film makes its case methodically and persuasively.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    One of the more effective entries in what has essentially become a documentary subgenre, the film focuses on the surviving Green Berets who recall their experiences with a combination of pride and sorrow.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Shlomit Nechama’s screenplay makes the proceedings compelling while mining gentle humor from the foibles of the mostly endearing characters, expertly played by the large ensemble.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Benefiting greatly from its charismatic, likeable subjects, Night School displays a compassion and empathy that feels more necessary than ever.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Almost Sunrise makes for powerful viewing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    The film should prove catnip to music lovers, especially blues fans.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    By avoiding excessive proselytizing and instead simply and effectively relating its moving tale, All Saints proves stirring in a way many of its cinematic brethren do not.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Boasting impressive visuals and special effects, Anti Matter overcomes its familiar narrative aspects with an imaginative style that fully draws us into its complex storyline. The film proves that sophisticated sci-fi can be terrifying without relying on cheap jump scares.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The leisurely narrative is barely able to sustain the film's full-length running time, and some of the obviously staged sequences involving the family of shepherds are annoyingly hokey. Nonetheless, "Weeping Camel" has an undeniable appeal.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The film will eventually be a must-own video item for theater buffs.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The results are always visually arresting, while the narrative, even by Maddin standards, is completely out in the ozone.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    While the arguments obviously will be digested differently according to the viewer's preconceived notions, the impressive credentials of the witnesses, most of them former insiders rather than mere pontificators, give their arguments an undeniable credibility.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    A clearly partisan effort -- director George Butler is a longtime Kerry friend and supporter -- the film is nonetheless bound to have some political impact, thanks to its powerful depiction of the young Kerry.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    An earnest drama about spiritual redemption that is likely to strike quite a chord with certain audiences.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Quite moving thanks to its gorgeous cinematography and a story that manages to be emotionally resonate despite its familiarity.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Saw
    Boasts an undeniably original premise and clever plot machinations that lift it several notches above the usual slasher film level.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Tells a gripping story that resonates with numerous subtexts.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    An appealing lead performance from its leading man and a wonderfully sentimental, if overly familiar, story line are the chief virtues of this French drama, a huge success in its native country.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Mainly notable for its exoticism and gorgeous scenery.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The two main characters are both so funny, human and touching that Sunset Story ultimately possesses an emotional quality missing from many similarly themed efforts.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Although Cinevardaphoto is hardly a major work, it does represent the latest (and earlier) chapters in the career of a fascinating filmmaker.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    A lack of artful filmmaking doesn't detract from the dramatic impact of this fly-on-the-wall, cinema verite documentary.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Highly entertaining and frequently fascinating.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Odessa ... Odessa! could use a little more narrative substance to augment its haunting imagery but is ultimately a memorable portrait of cultural dislocation.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Possesses a lighthearted quality that makes it rather enjoyable.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Tells a fascinatingly lurid tale.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    A thought-provoking and involving film.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    If ultimately the highly talky Saraband comes across as a minor entry in the canon, it nonetheless marks a dignified farewell for one of cinema's greatest directors.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The result isn't particularly mesmerizing, but it does offer a well-rounded portrait that will be of particular interest to photography lovers.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Well-meaning and enlightening documentary.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The film is narrated by Kathleen Turner in her inimitable husky style, with the actress receiving a final credit as one of the volunteers at ground zero.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Highly informative and likely to increase enrollment at film schools.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    An inspirational film for cinephiles everywhere.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Ultimately has few original aspects, but it is an intelligently wrought drama that makes it a respectable entry in the genre.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The admirably tasteful result is a social study far more suited for the likes of Oprah Winfrey than Jerry Springer.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The killer himself takes a far more prominent role in this edition, and as played by the superb Tobin Bell he's quite a memorable creation.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Refreshingly devoid of politics.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The Syrian Bride manages to entertain even as it both moves and amuses.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Fortunately, unlike so many similarly politically themed documentaries, the film makes its case with substantial intelligence and conviction.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The film possesses a quiet but powerful tension.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The director has staged the elaborate production in his usual stately but impressive manner, and the production values boast the usual Merchant/Ivory stamp of quality.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    A surprisingly frank effort that demonstrates that the country's censors may be loosening their reins. This well-acted portrait of a young single mother displays a universality that should translate well to the art house circuit.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Prolific Hong Kong lenser Johnnie To delivers another solid action picture with this latest effort, a cops and robbers yarn with social commentary mixed in along the way.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The film is an atmospheric and complex thriller that, while not quite living up to its thematic ambitions, more than sustains interest along the way.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Our Brand Is Crisis well demonstrates the international efficacy of the methods used to twice elect Bill Clinton. Unlike in "The War Room," the charismatic Carville makes but fleeting appearances in this docu, and it suffers as a result.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    A worthy addition to the ever-growing canon of Holocaust-related films.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Although Evil eventually suffers from its heavy-handed treatment of its subject, it is a well-made and engrossing melodrama.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Well acted and smartly written, the film is an eye-opening sociological portrait that also manages to be a compelling human drama.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    A highly informative if rather hagiographic portrait of the notable playwright and performer, The Lady in Question Is Charles Busch should prove quite enticing for the legions of fans who have followed him throughout his career.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Mixes comedy and melodrama to a typically baroque degree. Like his "Oldboy" and "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance," the film displays an audacious visual and narrative style, often sacrificing credibility and coherence along the way. But there is no denying its originality.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Another highly entertaining portrait of attractive young Europeans looking for personal and professional fulfillment amidst gorgeous locations.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Lacks the powerful focus of the filmmaker's debut effort and often flounders under the weight of its melodrama and contrivances. But it also boasts many well-observed moments and features stellar performances by its youthful cast.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Lacks the subtle power of the previous two efforts, although boasting effective performances from its terrific cast.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Augmenting Baer's interviews with various figures embroiled in the Middle East struggle, including members of Hamas and the Hezbollah, is chilling footage of actual attacks, much of it emanating from the terrorists themselves.

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