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 11.1 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 The Human Centipede (First Sequence)
Score distribution:
1439 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    For all the impressive ease with which the filmmaker handles her tyke star, Nana never quite manages to achieve the thematic resonance to which it aspires.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Serving as a gentle reminder that enduring love is still possible, My Love, Don't Cross That River is practically the cinematic equivalent of marriage counseling.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Speed Sisters is an eye-opening doc that succeeds in its goal of shattering stereotypes.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Using the plight of the hapless team and its troubled young players as a microcosm of American society in decline, Medora, inevitably bound to be compared to the more ambitious and accomplished Hoop Dreams, nonetheless scores some winning points in powerful fashion.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Director Won Shin-yun delivers a seemingly non-stop series of exciting set pieces that are only slightly marred by occasional visual incoherence.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Marked by incisive characterizations and fine performances, Big Words is aptly titled, referring not only to the name of one of its lead characters but also to the torrent of dialogue driving its skimpy but evocative narrative.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Frequently slaughtered for consumption in Europe, their inhumane treatment as revealed here will surely prompt outrage among animal lovers as well as those concerned with health and environmental issues.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Despite its occasional missteps, the film relates its important and sadly too-little-known story with skill and efficiency.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Pelican Dreams will give you a new appreciation for these creatures sometimes referred to as "flying dinosaurs."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    [A] comprehensive documentary adding context and a modern-day update to the tale.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Dawson City: Frozen Time could have benefited from judicious trimming of its two-hour running time, and there are times when its wandering focus proves irritating. But, at its best, the film represents a captivating time capsule that delivers a poignant paean to a long-gone cinematic era.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    A worthy addition to the ever-growing canon of Holocaust-related films.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Featuring generous amounts of haunting archival footage and photographs, the film is occasionally a bit diffuse in its narrative, straining to convey the complexities of its story with an overabundance of detail. But it ultimately succeeds.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Tells a fascinatingly lurid tale.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The film will eventually be a must-own video item for theater buffs.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    While most likely to appeal primarily to the comic's die-hard fans — and there are still plenty of them these days, thanks to his hugely popular podcast — Road Hard offers genuine laughs while displaying real heart along the way.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Hit man thrillers are a dime a dozen, but director Dru Brown's Aussie variation on the familiar genre takes some seriously clever, nasty turns.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Although the overlong film skirts with hagiography, at times feeling more like a promotional DVD extra than an objective account, it nonetheless has an undeniable emotional pull thanks to its fairy tale-like narrative.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Depicting the struggles of three undocumented Bronx high school students to avoid deportation, From Nowhere resonates with tender compassion for its characters.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    All Things Must Pass approaches its sad subject with a well-balanced mixture of dispassion and sympathy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Tickling Giants provides a comprehensive examination of Youssef’s career highs and lows while providing a vivid personal portrait of its subject whose cheerfulness and resolve began to wither in the face of constant threats to himself and his family.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Life’s a Breeze is breezy, lighthearted fun.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Meet the Patels is home movie-style filmmaking at its most boisterously entertaining.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    One of the film's most poignant moments occurs at the end, with a brief shot of Hesse's gravestone. It was designed, we're informed, by Sol LeWitt.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Above and Beyond pays well-deserved homage to these men who helped create the Israeli Air Force and ensured the survival of the burgeoning nation. It's a wonder that it took nearly seven decades for the story to be recounted in feature documentary form.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Although stronger on atmosphere than narrative clarity, its gorgeous visuals and sensuous evocation of the exotic setting render it a hauntingly poetic cinematic experience.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The ingeniously simple scenario concocted by director Roberts and his co-screenwriter Ernest Riera (they previously collaborated on the horror film The Other Side of the Door) provides the opportunity for genuine tension abetted by a series of jump scares that are no less effective for being predictable.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    A Very Sordid Wedding offers some undeniably entertaining moments, and its talented ensemble, clearly encouraged to pull out all the stops, delivers their comic shtick with admirable gusto.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    A thoughtful and illuminating examination of a provocative subject.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Although it feels all too familiar with its storyline about a bullied 15-year-old, King Jack boasts an immediacy that makes it compelling throughout.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Trippy in the best sense, Vanishing Waves adds a healthy dose of eroticism to its familiar sci-fi genre.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Delivers an easily digestible and amusing portrait of youthful hijinks that should well please its target audience.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Adrien Brody, delivering his finest performance since "The Pianist," plays the central role of the disaffected Henry Barthes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    A valuable if fairly esoteric addition to the music documentary genre.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    This low-key indie drama has enough well observed, insightful moments to compensate for its occasional lapses into forced quirkiness.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    You'll never play the titular parlor game again after watching Would You Rather, director David Guy Levy’s clever exercise in torture porn that manages to display as much restraint as genuine sickness.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    A provocative portrait of an artist who seemed hell-bent on destroying his own legacy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Although the film directed by Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) mostly concentrates on over-the-top comic mayhem, it's actually funniest in its quieter, subtler moments.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The film is emotionally manipulative, to be sure, but it's ultimately hard to resist, especially given the quality of the lead performances.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    While the pleasures of the brief (65 minutes) Viola are modest, it displays an imagination and stylishness that marks the young filmmaker as someone to watch.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Although Graham Meriwether’s film is far less incendiary than such similarly themed efforts as "Food, Inc." and "Fast Food Nation," it nonetheless offers considerable — pardon the pun — food for thought in its exploration of modern-day cattle, hog and chicken production.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Lamb proves itself a deeply intriguing psychological drama that should inspire much spirited debate. Let the controversy begin.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    [Offers] plenty of laughs in its thoughtful examination of the issue.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Well-meaning and enlightening documentary.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    It's Goldstein's performance that truly impresses.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The film provides a vivid reminder that even undocumented workers deserve fair compensation from their employers.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    An intriguing, offbeat surprise.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Documenting the 2010 journey in somewhat haphazard but always compelling fashion, Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey well reflects its subjects’ goal of merging spirituality and environmentalism.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The Grace Card is a surprisingly hard-edged, faith-based drama.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    A thought-provoking and involving film.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    It all goes down easily thanks to a terrific cast.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Although a bit too leisurely and featuring a few too many interminable group therapy scenes, the film nonetheless succeeds in packing considerable dramatic impact thanks to its incisive characterizations, realistic dialogue and well-drawn milieu.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The storyline is hardly original, but it does provide the opportunity for Rebeck to unleash wickedly scathing observations about the sort of self-obsessed show business types who pursue their own interests no matter who it hurts.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    There's no denying that this is a fascinating story, albeit one that raises far more questions than it answers.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Highly entertaining and frequently fascinating.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Reveals writer-director Lee Toland Krieger as a talent worth watching.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Tells a gripping story that resonates with numerous subtexts.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Bezmozgis, whose previous feature was 2009's Victoria Day, is more assured as a writer than filmmaker, with Natasha featuring a bland visual and editing style. But he's elicited fine performances from the ensemble.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    A thorough knowledge of Israeli history and politics would be helpful for viewers, as Rabin in His Own Words is sometimes sketchy and scattershot in its narrative. But its subject emerges as a thoughtful and articulate chronicler, and the wealth of footage presented, including rare home movies, is consistently fascinating.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Both informative and moving.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    A fully rounded and complicated portrait of both the man and a company that somehow managed to survive under devastating circumstances.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Detour is a tautly efficient thriller that fully succeeds in making the viewer identify with its hapless protagonist’s desperate plight.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Southbound should well please genre fans nostalgic for the likes of Tales From the Crypt and Creepshow.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Highly informative and likely to increase enrollment at film schools.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The film largely succeeds in achieving its modest goals, delivering a feel-good, real-life inspirational story in a mostly engaging fashion.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The film is most successful when it concentrates on its subject’s personal life. His candor in discussing his sexuality and other subjects is endlessly refreshing in this era when politicians are mostly defined by their timidity.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    This is the rare film that would actually seem even creepier watched from home on your computer, preferably alone to enhance its voyeuristic effect.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Few true-life stories are as inspiring as that of Darko Kralj, the subject of Dejan Acimovic's new documentary The King.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Addressing its serious themes with subtle and insightful humor, Divine Access is a quiet gem.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Mainly notable for its exoticism and gorgeous scenery.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The results are always visually arresting, while the narrative, even by Maddin standards, is completely out in the ozone.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    It's undeniably moving at times.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Pet
    The film is engrossing, thanks to the director’s skill at delivering sustained tension, and the excellent performances.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    A rather unfocused but ultimately provocative portrait of Eastern Europe.
    • 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.

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