For 887 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Frank Scheck's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 Best Kept Secret
Lowest review score: 0 Movie 43
Score distribution:
887 movie reviews
    • 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.
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    • 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.
    • 78 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.
    • 69 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    By most standards, District B13 is a fairly routine summer action movie, albeit one in French. But what makes it unique are the truly amazing and kinetic action scenes featuring Parkour pioneer Belle and co-star Cyril Raffaelli.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The latest in a series of big-screen documentaries dealing with the conflict, and it does so in a particularly involving, fly-on-the-wall manner.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Indie coming-of-age dramas are not exactly an endangered species, but Michael Kang's debut drama is an admirably intelligent and modest example of the genre.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    While the film loses focus along the way, it has enough moving and powerful moments to make it a worthy entry in an increasingly crowded genre.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Gunnarsson's film ultimately lacks the grandeur and wit necessary to make the legend fully come alive. Still, the film does offer certain kicks to those who like their action films infused with fantastical elements and benefits greatly from its highly effective lead performances.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    This tale of the team that for a brief period in the 1970s promised to popularize soccer in the U.S. has it all: heroes, villains, sex and, oh yes, some sports as well.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    A richly uplifting if somewhat rambling portrait of indomitableness in the face of old age and infirmity, Been Rich All My Life will be inspirational to young and old alike.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    While My Country, My Country is hardly an exhaustive depiction of its subject, it provides much in the way of material and perspectives previously unexposed.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Although the film occasionally become repetitive, one can't help but be moved by the way in which these two groups of people -- who couldn't be more different in terms of background and orientation -- have found a common emotional ground.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    While Saw III provides a decent number of new twists, psychological as well as torture-wise, it necessarily lacks the originality of its predecessors.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The dramatic story is related here in a somewhat diffuse and scattershot fashion that reduces some of its impact. But there is no denying its emotional resonance.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    For connoisseurs of stories of show business near-disasters, "Bells" is compelling viewing.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    For all its flaws, is an often spooky and imaginative ghost story that contains a genuine creepiness.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    While the film doesn't fully succeed in its striving for a Hitchcock-style ambiguity in its storytelling, it is consistently engrossing in its exploration of the fine line between civic duty and vigilantism.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Demonstrating that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, the screenwriter-director has delivered a well-observed film boasting highly realistic performances and dialogue, if not plot elements. But it's Posey's fascinating portrayal of a thirtysomething Manhattan single woman looking for love that lifts the film above its "Sex and the City" predictabilities.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Its razor-sharp script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and the hilariously deadpan comic performances by Ben Kingsley and Tea Leoni make it a consistent pleasure.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Although The Willow Tree occasionally suffers from a surfeit of portentous symbolism, it is ultimately a powerful portrait of a man who gets what he always wanted.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    A family-friendly fantasy that finds the director working in an uncharacteristically gentle mood.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Dans Paris makes the city seem like the ideal place to be clinically depressed.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    A rather unfocused but ultimately provocative portrait of Eastern Europe.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    An impassioned ecology-themed documentary that ultimately is more rewarding for informational than cinematic reasons.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Comes as a godsend to those hordes of desperate parents unable to secure tickets for their heartsick tweens during the teen star's sellout tour last year.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The wall-to-wall soundtrack naturally features plenty of today's leading hip-hop and R&B artists, including Flo Rida, T-Pain, Missy Elliott and Trey Songz.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    An unusually poetic and meditative eco-themed documentary, Laura Dunn's The Unforeseen is as beautiful as it is ultimately depressing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    What The Grand lacks in originality it more than makes up for with its high percentage of funny moments.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Overcomes its essential familiarity thanks to a frequently witty script, grounded direction (by Peter Cattaneo, of "Full Monty" fame) and an engaging turn by its star that proves him more than capable of carrying a comedy feature.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    This contemporary riff on "The Sunshine Boys" generally manages to succeed anyway, thanks to the entertaining performances by Mac and co-star Samuel L. Jackson and its generous doses of raucous humor and sweet soul music.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Proves to be an engrossing and entertaining polemic that successfully walks a fine line between thoughtful debate and, well, juicy gossip.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Entertaining and substantive enough to be interesting even for those completely unfamiliar with weaves and relaxers.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Reveals writer-director Lee Toland Krieger as a talent worth watching.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    An evocative examination of the clash between tradition and modernism in the handling of an age-old problem.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Despite its undeniably fascinating elements, Prodigal Sons attempts to deal with so many issues at once that it inevitably lacks focus. But there's no denying that it offers a hook that other similarly themed docs could only envy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    What threatened to be yet another routine exercise in raunchiness instead turns out to be a sweet, charming, hilariously funny love story that could emerge as a sleeper hit.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    It offers a much needed personal perspective on a subject that is too often reduced to political arguments.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The actor's compelling self-exposure, physically and emotionally, draws us into such a degree that we genuinely come to care about his well-being.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The film bears an undeniable stamp of authenticity in its depiction of the romantic crisis suffered by two twentysomethings in New York's ever picturesque Greenwich Village.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    These talented performers star in two of the wittiest, most sophisticated sitcoms on the air, but for this movie pairing they're stuck with an endlessly silly plot line and overblown physical mayhem that is instantly forgettable. The fact that they make it so funny nonetheless is a testament to their abilities.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    There's no denying that it is often outrageous fun, and the news that Fragasso and Drudi are working on a script for "Troll 2: Part 2" is but the icing on a very nasty cake.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    There's no shortage of fascinating segments.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The film's satirical commentary about the intersection of politics and art is rarified, to be sure, but there is enough pointed humor in its execution to make The Juche Idea a provocative if intellectually challenging experience.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    If the impact of co-director/writer Reed Cowan's film is undercut by its sometimes sloppy execution, it nonetheless provides a disturbing portrait of the increasing overlap between church and state.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Doesn't exactly bring anything new to the genre, it's no less effective than its predecessor in expertly conjuring an air of low-tech-style dread.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Filmmaker Leon Gast ("When We Were Kings") paints an entertaining portrait of the still-working 79-year-old photographer.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Although at times the film gets bogged down in psychological murkiness, the relentless pace and brooding charisma of its star overcomes its narrative deficiencies.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The ensemble cast -- ranging from an Oscar winner (De Niro) and faded action star (Seagal) to a B-movie vet (Fahey) and tabloid fodder (Lindsay Lohan, not exactly playing against type as a drugged-out, hell-raising sexpot) -- pretty much offers something for everybody.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Although its sendup of L.A.'s shallow, self-absorbed show business culture is not exactly revelatory, the film does deliver solid laughs, many of them thanks to Philips' wittily provocative, surprisingly hostile confessional ditties.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Fast-paced and episodic, the film at times provides such a torrent of information that it becomes more wearisome than enlightening.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Although scattershot in its approach and relying a bit too heavily on cutesy animation, Orgasm Inc. is an eye-opening exposé.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The Grace Card is a surprisingly hard-edged, faith-based drama.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    This touching if insular drama about a woman grieving over the recent death of her aunt is well acted and incisively observed, although it's ultimately too low-key to have much dramatic impact.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    For all its aesthetic deficiencies and self-promotional aspects, it at least provides a valuable and important message.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Informative if selective documentary will eventually find its natural home on the History Channel.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Informative and insightful for films buffs without sacrificing accessibility to the casual fan, "Cameraman" is essential viewing for anyone interested in film history.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Occasionally borders on hagiography, but it nonetheless provides wonderful insights into the book's social and literary importance as well as its author's personality.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Courageous reveals the duo's growing expertise as filmmakers with its skillful blending of moving drama, subtle comedy and several impressive action sequences, including a well-staged foot chase and a harrowing shootout between the cops and bad guys.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The actor (Shepard) delivers a beautifully understated, world-weary turn that largely makes up for the slow-paced film's longueurs, and which in a better film could be described as iconic.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Director-writer Chris Paine's upbeat follow-up to his controversial 2006 documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car" features a number of colorful industry leaders in addition to cameos by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jon Favreau.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Although the screenplay by Vizinberg and Lee Peterkin holds little in the way of surprises, it does offer a taut storyline and complex characterizations.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Gigandet, whose star has been rising thanks to his roles in such films as "Twilight," "Burlesque" and "Easy A," delivers a sensitive portrayal that proves he's more than just a hunk. Malone is as appealing as always, and Hartman is wonderfully fun as the Buster Poindexter-like singer. But the script lacks the depth to transcend its cutesy gimmick.