For 1,490 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 11.3 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 Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Score distribution:
1490 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Despite its flaws, the film proves very moving at times. The characterizations which start out excessively quirky eventually become subtler and more nuanced.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Director Isaac Florentine, a veteran of this sort of direct-to-video violent fare, not surprisingly proves more effective with the action than dramatic scenes, but he keeps the pace moving nicely.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Wolf Warrior 2 is even bigger and bolder than its predecessor, which doesn’t always work in its favor. But genre fans will definitely relish the near-constant barrage of elaborate set pieces that are choreographed and filmed for maximum impact.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    It is Gubler’s appealing performance that anchors the proceedings.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    How the film wound up in theaters rather than on the Syfy channel is anybody's guess, although the R-rated gore and sex is clearly a major factor. Nonetheless, it has a certain goofy, Troma Films-style charm, and the brief 77-minute running time makes it appropriate for the bottom half of a drive-in double feature
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Bringing a much needed personal perspective to a war that has claimed thousands of American lives, the film nonetheless suffers from a hagiographic quality that, from everything we hear expressed about its self-effacing subject, would have disturbed even him.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Embers strains for a philosophical profundity that eludes it. And despite its brief running time, so little actually happens in the plot that it feels much longer than it is. But the film has many resonant moments.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Best of all is Holm, who is consistently hilarious as the sarcastic shrink from hell.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Scott Caan, who delivers a derivative but extremely well acted drama.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    The proceedings are largely engrossing and the performances are mostly excellent, with especially strong turns by the female leads.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Best appreciated for the winning performances of its trio of stars, who convey their characters' desperation with humor and poignancy.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Eventually the conventions of romantic comedy take hold, with the humor declining precipitously.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Delivering some genuinely creepy slow-burn moments before devolving into baroque excess, Emelie delivers a nasty twist on an all-too-common scenario.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    This B-movie, reminiscent of '70s era grindhouse fare, is a reasonably proficient and professional debut that fulfills its modest aspirations.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Although Criminal retains its source material's cleverness and intricate plotting, something seems to have been lost in the translation.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    It’s all absurd in a way that is typical Besson. But it’s also undeniably entertaining, and it marks a relatively pain-free way to kill, if not three days, at least a couple of hours.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    The film doesn’t fully succeed in elucidating its complex issues. But the wide-spread problem it explores is clearly undeniable, and at the very least this rough-hewn but provocative documentary will hopefully inspire further discussion.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    The film has enough entertaining action and sly humor to please its target audience.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    The creepy evocativeness of its superbly utilized setting...and the well-realized creature designs make it a more than respectable horror effort. The haunting final shot alone makes it worth the price of admission.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Ultimately fails to illuminate its subject, though it does offer some evocative moments and terrific music along the way.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Pound of Flesh should reasonably satisfy his core fans, even if they're more likely to watch it on VOD than in theaters.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Too outlandish to be fully convincing, this adaptation of the best-selling memoir sacrifices subtlety for broad laughs.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Visually stunning if dramatically logy and willfully enigmatic.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Manages to be effective even though the Indian drama is rough around the edges.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    A slight but sweet effort that serves as an excellent showcase for its Mexican star, Jaime Camil. The effortlessly charismatic performer delivers a winning performance in this romantic comedy that somehow manages to work despite its endless contrivances.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Tales of cynical curmudgeons rediscovering their humanity have long been a cinematic staple, but Wonderful World brings a refreshing lack of sentimentality to its take.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    This religious-themed drama earns points for proselytizing in more narratively compelling form than usual. But while the film is watchable and features some effective performances, suffice it to say that it isn’t exactly All the President’s Men.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    For a younger generation who think that Madonna and Lady Gaga represent the heights of outrageousness, The Outrageous Sophie Tucker stands as a much needed reminder that they have a very large debt to pay.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    While Imperfections lives up to its name with its too clever by half plotline and failure to find a coherent tone, the indie film features enough enjoyable moments to overcome its flaws.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Essentially a chase movie infused with buddy comedy elements, the film is a fast-paced, mildly entertaining lark that’s chiefly enlivened by Cusack’s droll performance.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    There’s no denying the inherent emotional power of watching Wampler, aided by two experienced climbers, endure his arduous quest to climb a mountain twice the height of the Empire State Building.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    More interesting conceptually than dramatically, Eric Nicholas' thriller Alone With Her boasts a highly clever technological conceit, albeit one that was exploited many years ago to a lesser degree in "The Anderson Tapes."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Blair Erickson’s inventive low-budget horror film doesn’t fully live up to its provocative premise, and its extensive use of the found-footage style gives it an all too familiar feel. But it offers some genuine scares along the way, as well as a terrific performance by the ever-reliable Ted Levine.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    This assemblage of star-filled shorts makes for a generally rewarding grab bag.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    The 3-D effects come fast and furious, rendered with a technical skill and humor that gives this otherwise strictly formulaic slasher picture whatever entertainment value it possesses.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Gurukulam succeeds in its goal of immersing the viewer in its gentle and spiritual setting. Whether you'll achieve enlightenment watching it is another question.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Although undercut at times by self-indulgence that includes navel-gazing narration by the filmmaker, Rock in the Red Zone delivers a moving portrait of a musical community that's managed to survive under far greater pressures than worrying about the next gig.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Directors Stephen St. Leger and James Mather fill the film's obvious narrative gaps with enough witty banter and tongue-in-cheek humor for audiences to overlook the subpar special effects used throughout.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Meyer, whose credits include co-directing and co-editing the classic Grey Gardens, largely employs a fly-on-the-wall approach here that sometimes makes for less than compelling viewing. Nonetheless, the film earns points for the importance of its message.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    A surprisingly effective debut effort from writer-director Robert Kirbyson.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Wastes its promising premise with a wavering tone that veers uneasily between camp humor and, pardon the expression, straightness.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    The documentary raises important and substantial questions about an issue that has only become increasingly relevant in recent years.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Inconsequential but intermittently charming.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    While plenty of information is imparted in the impassioned proceedings, the film loses some impact because of its lack of a compelling structure.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    A slow-paced and often confusingly plotted crime drama that never lives up to the delicious potential of its premise.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    For all its fandom and self-indulgence, Dear Mr. Watterson does offer some insightful musings about the decline of comic strips in general, with their content ever shrinking due to the diminished state of the newspaper industry.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    The film is more impressionistic than informative, lacking the necessary dramatic structure to make it truly compelling.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    The film relies heavily on the charm of its lead performers, and both rise to the occasion.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    The writer-director’s affection for his characters — the script is loosely autobiographical -- is both palpable and infectious.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Ted's Boston-accented zingers are expertly delivered by the director/star, whose voice talent is undeniable, and Wahlberg again demonstrates that he's skilled at comedy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Featuring a terrific performance by Ryan Barton-Grimley in the lead role, Repatriation is a modest indie film worth seeking out.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Scott's film chronicling the rise of one of the world's fastest-growing sport is best geared to fans, presenting those of us with merely a casual interest with far too much information and repetitive footage of snowboarders in action.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    The film's main draw is its cast, all of whom have seen more illustrious career days but nonetheless can still deliver the goods.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Despite its frustratingly wandering narrative, All We Had does manage to pull you in, thanks largely to its moving depiction of the mother-daughter bond at its center.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Rue plays her with just the right combination of sweetness, sexuality and sass.

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