For 1,422 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 Best Kept Secret
Lowest review score: 0 Material Girls
Score distribution:
1422 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The film lacks narration or music, but the devastating images speak for themselves.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Director Pat O'Connor (Dancing at Lughnasa) achieves a lot with a little... Adding greatly to the overall impact are the strong performances by the three leads.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Despite its recycled tropes, the comedy-drama manages to be both funny and moving even if its emotional manipulations are fully apparent.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Might not boast stylistic expertise, but it should please aficionados while providing an entertaining primer for the uninitiated.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    A stylish period thriller set in 1930's Shanghai, The Bullet Vanishes is one of the more striking Chinese imports.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    What The Grand lacks in originality it more than makes up for with its high percentage of funny moments.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The convoluted plotting, profusion of characters and heavy doses of explanatory narration may prove off-putting for some less attentive viewers. But the director infuses the fast-proceedings with enough visual flair — inspired by filmmakers ranging from Kurosawa to Leone to yes, Tarantino — to provide ample compensation.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Displaying a rare inventiveness and technical facility in this increasingly tired, cliché-ridden format, Afflicted delivers a genuinely suspenseful ride while making you wonder how its more elaborate effects were achieved on its obviously low budget.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    An evocative examination of the clash between tradition and modernism in the handling of an age-old problem.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    That the film works to the extent it does is due in large part to the filmmaker’s ingratiating, amusingly self-deprecating personality and his emotional honesty.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The dynamic ski chases are the most exciting, not to mention novel, element of this medieval epic, although there's plenty of fighting with swords, axes, crossbows, and bows and arrows as well.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    It’s all utterly silly and derivative but also undeniably entertaining.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The charismatic performers — who include Angelababy as a woman at the center of a past love triangle with the two male leads — are engaging from start to finish.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Its highly informative recounting of this little-known tragic tale provides a vivid reminder of the ephemerality of civilizations.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The story moves along in fairly predictable beats, including the inevitable denouement in which Jack's deception is exposed. But it's effective nonetheless, thanks to the authentic-feeling depiction of the physical and emotional toll of caring for an autistic child.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    It's not surprising that the remake of the 1986 film About Last Night... is broader, cruder and raunchier than the original. What is surprising it that's also much, much funnier.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The Sunshine Makers is an entertaining look at the days in which the phrase "Turn on, tune in, drop out" were words to live by.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    You can’t make this stuff up. But Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers would be fascinating even if it wasn’t so timely.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    It's in the more personal moments — such as when the artist enthusiastically describes her painting of an elderly Marilyn Monroe — that it becomes most interesting.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The bottom line: The impact of this forceful indictment of our healthcare system is lessened by the sheer ubiquity of similarly-themed documentaries.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The only film ever to be released with the promise of a reward--$50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the bomber--Who Bombed Judi Bari? is an engrossing account of the case.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Barbershop: The Next Cut, the third installment in the film series, brings the laughs while injecting a serious topical theme that gives it a welcome edge.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Imperium traffics in familiar undercover cop thriller conventions while gaining resonance from its disturbing, timely milieu.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Torn approaches its incendiary topical issues with intelligent modesty.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Ascent sometimes lives up to its title by proving a slog, not fully earning its feature-length running time. But the film nonetheless exerts fascination with its haunting imagery.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Using a cinema verite style to explore this little-known subculture, the filmmaker presents a tender portrait of his subjects who have little place in their country's society.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The American Side is a loving homage that should be of particular interest to film buffs who can play spot the references.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The Syrian Bride manages to entertain even as it both moves and amuses.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Not a particularly deep portrait of its iconoclastic subject, this loving documentary should be of interest to aging baby boomers with long memories.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The film serves as a concise biographical portrait and an excellent introduction to the writer's works.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Stones in the Sun occasionally suffers from didactic excess but nonetheless offers an intriguing look at this underexposed community.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    An earnest drama about spiritual redemption that is likely to strike quite a chord with certain audiences.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Exploring the issue of whether being pro-life and pro-gun are mutually compatible, The Armor of Light puts a human face on the perpetually divisive topic.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Although overlong and diffuse, Oasis, written and directed by Lee Chang-dong, boasts many powerful moments.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Allowing its subjects to bare their souls as much as their bodies, Exposed is as frequently moving as it is entertaining.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Eva
    Eva is a provocative and engrossing effort that, although trafficking in familiar themes, is a notable addition to the timeworn genre.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    An impassioned ecology-themed documentary that ultimately is more rewarding for informational than cinematic reasons.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Advocacy filmmaking that also manages to succeed in pulling heartstrings.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    It's a visually stunning experience. Even the shots of riders crashing, and there's enough of them here to fuel a dozen PSAs, achieve a haunting visual poetry.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Primarily an actors' showcase, it does at least provide the opportunity for the virtuosic John Ventimiglia (The Sopranos) to strut his stuff in a well-deserved leading role.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Ordinary World becomes raggedly enjoyable thanks to the unexpected charms of its leading man.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    While unlikely to change anyone's stances on the hot-button issue, the film emerges as a deeply moving portrait that makes palpably clear the desperation of women for whom attaining legal abortions is impossible.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    It's hard not to have mixed reactions while watching Ted Balaker's documentary Can We Take a Joke? about how political correctness is stifling free speech, particularly when it comes to satire and stand-up comedy.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The Sisterhood of Night doesn't fully live up to its promise, with its themes never quite coming into focus. But along the way it presents a vivid depiction of teen angst that feels far realer than the usual exploitive Hollywood treatment.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Fortunately, unlike so many similarly politically themed documentaries, the film makes its case with substantial intelligence and conviction.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Although unlikely to make any new converts, The M Word should well satisfy the filmmaker’s small legion of devoted fans.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Arriving three decades after the fact, this docudrama doesn't quite do justice to its important subject.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    An eccentric comedy likely to be best enjoyed by those steeped in the original novels, Band of Robbers doesn't quite spin its imaginative conceit into comic gold, but it offers some minor pleasures along the way.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    An evocative portrait of strained friendships and creative turmoil.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    As a film, Victor Kanefsky's documentary about the iconoclastic painter Robert Cenedella makes a great art exhibit.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The film delivers a compelling portrait of the complicated issues involved.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Informative if selective documentary will eventually find its natural home on the History Channel.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The film's impact is greatly enhanced by the superb performances by the young lead actors who handle their characters’ complexities with impressive skill.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Using Walter Hill's cult classic film "The Warriors" as a cultural touchstone, Shan Nicholson's documentary Rubble Kings recounts their stories in breathlessly paced, vivid fashion.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    It does offer plenty of musical numbers and an impressionistic portrait of his life and times.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Has its pacing problems, and the special effects are strictly of the cheesy variety, but it provides enough genuine scares to make it thoroughly enjoyable, especially if seen at a drive-in on a hot summer night.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    For connoisseurs of stories of show business near-disasters, "Bells" is compelling viewing.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    For all the sloppiness of its approach, The Lost Arcade is an enjoyable and nostalgic portrait of a bygone era and a local institution that has now lost the pungent atmospheric flavor that made it so unique.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    It's Smith's eccentric oldster who is the film's driving force, and the 80-year-old actress doesn't disappoint.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    You're Not You isn't entirely successful in avoiding a television movie-style predictability in its depiction of its central character's incapacitating illness. But its superb performances and emotional complexity ultimately elevate its familiar themes.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The film possesses a quiet but powerful tension.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The film overcomes its schematic plot elements with finely observed characterizations and rich dialogue.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Filmmaker Leon Gast ("When We Were Kings") paints an entertaining portrait of the still-working 79-year-old photographer.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    This affectionate portrait includes extensive interviews with Wertmuller, who remains vital in her late 80s, as well as performance footage of her singing her original compositions.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The film is a meditation on its themes, and as such is probably too amorphous for its own good. But Vanquishing nonetheless represents a typically audacious effort from an intriguing filmmaker whose work bears future attention.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The film never quite registers with the desired emotional impact, having the feel of an ambiguous short story rather than a fully-fleshed out drama. But the evocative imagery and subtly piercing performances provide a vivid portrait of lives of quiet desperation.
    • 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.
    • 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
    For the most part the film is compelling, with Jones' riveting performance as the alternately sympathetic and nasty protagonist anchoring the proceedings.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    A fascinating if uneven portrait.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Botso is a deserving homage to a life well lived.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    What Amir Bar-Lev and Charlie Lightening’s documentary provides that hasn’t been previously available is an amusing portrait of the backstage goings-on.

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