For 927 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.6 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 Material Girls
Score distribution:
927 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    A fascinating examination of a mysterious life and the truly bizarre art that it spawned.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Should be mandatory viewing for those interested in the dominant intersection between religion and politics.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    A fascinating account of its subject's self-torture over his inability to stop one of the 20th century's greatest tragedies.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Uses dark humor, incisive characterizations and social commentary to infuse its familiar detective tale with a distinctive flair.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    An uncompromising portrait of how global capitalism can exploit an area's resources to the point of near annihilation.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Transporter 2 really does deliver the goods.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    This tale of domestic abuse breaks little new stylistic or psychological ground, but it is a searing, well-acted drama that should strike universal chords.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    While political and social context is kept to a minimum, the darkly poetic images they capture speak volumes about what the miners go through.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Particularly adept at chronicling the vague existential aimlessness of a segment of postcollege young adults, Bujalski manages to make his subjects seem simultaneously articulate and socially dunderheaded.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Fascinatingly ambiguous tale and bizarre cast of characters make it one of the more entertaining documentaries in recent memory.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    An eye-opener that handles its themes in a refreshingly nonexploitative manner.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Combining the influences of Italian neorealism with Dickensian melodrama, Andrei Kravchuk's simultaneously tough-minded and sentimental The Italian is as bracing as it is moving.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    What distinguishes it are its intelligent, unsentimental screenplay, which only occasionally lapses into emotional manipulation; the assured direction by Yukihiko Tsutsumi; and the superb acting.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Anyone looking for subtlety, character development or layered plotting will be disappointed, but action fans will find plenty to amuse them with this film that makes "Hard-Boiled" look restrained.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    This autobiographical tale of a 10-year-old boy coping with his mother's severe illness boasts terrific performances from its three leads -- Joe Pantoliano, Marcia Gay Harden and young Devon Gearhart.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Despite his obvious infirmities, Reilly infuses his performance with a great deal of energy -- frequently shouting his lines for emphasis -- and, of course, perfect comic timing. It's fortunate that we have this filmed record -- directed by Barry Poltermann and Frank Anderson -- of a memorable solo performance by a true show business original.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    A music documentary of uncommon richness.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Powerful enough to make even the most cynical believe in the ability of ordinary people to induce political change.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Moving historical drama brings a fascinating chapter of art history to life.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    A moving if too-leisurely paced effort that benefits immeasurably from the superb performance by its 84-year-old star.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Arriving amidst a tidal wave of overblown and frequently charmless big studio efforts, Sita Sings the Blues is a welcome reminder that when it comes to animation bigger isn't necessarily better.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Comprising seven individual films with a cumulative running time of more than 8 1/2 hours, Have You Heard From Johannesburg (the title comes from a Gil Scott-Heron song) naturally will find a more receptive home on television and home video, but New York's Film Forum, presenting it in three parts, is to be commended for giving the series its world theatrical premiere.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Most notable for its evocative photography of the bleak Oklahoma landscapes and for the memorable turns by its two leads, who bring a haunting, world-weary gravitas to their performances that feels utterly authentic.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    The film, which received its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, no doubt will become a mainstay of university film courses.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    With fierce arguments, often drawn on partisan lines, raging across the country, The Lottery will be of vital interest to anyone interested in the topic, especially the parents of young children.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    For an event of such seismic social importance in the modern era, the 1969 Stonewall riots went shockingly undocumented. Almost no archival footage exists, which gives Kate Davis and David Heilbroner's documentary feature Stonewall Uprising the frustrating air of an oral history lesson. But it's a vitally important one nonetheless.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Its awkward title notwithstanding, Mugabe and the White African offers the sort of narrative drama rarely found in documentaries.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Running almost two hours, its increasingly convoluted narrative may be too difficult to follow for younger viewers. But its thematic ambition and dazzling visual style ultimately make it one of the more rewarding anime efforts to reach these shores.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    While the film is occasionally frustrating in its lack of analysis, it nonetheless delivers a riveting portrait of the driven and troubled Mugianis.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    The film is best appreciated as a showcase for the hugely popular titular character, with Perry tearing into the role with hugely entertaining comic gusto.