For 1,074 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.9 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 The Human Centipede (First Sequence)
Score distribution:
1,074 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Ra'anan Alexandroricz's documentary uses a simple framework - a starkly photographed series of interviews with nine retired judges and lawyers instrumental in administering the often arbitrary laws - to deliver a provocative examination of the nature of justice.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Featuring generous doses of raucous humor as well as a haunting atmosphere of dread as Tommy and Rosie’s exploits prove increasingly dangerous, Rob the Mob is a true-crime tale that boasts an uncommon emotional resonance.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Instantly proves itself an invaluable historical document. Shot verite-style with no narration, soundtrack or other embellishments, Tahrir: Liberation Square simply depicts the events of late January and early February 2011 with a vital immediacy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Although not exactly breaking any new ground with its by now all too familiar found-footage format, Paranormal Activity 3 hews to the formula in expertly crafted fashion, mustering up the requisite scares and then some.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Moving historical drama brings a fascinating chapter of art history to life.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Shines a much deserved spotlight on this unheralded artist.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Should be mandatory viewing for those interested in the dominant intersection between religion and politics.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    The extra weight that the actor has packed on gives him an air of vulnerability that makes his character's ultimate emergence from his seemingly impenetrable emotional shell all the more moving.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    It’s a marvelously imaginative conceit that transforms what could have been yet another dryly informative documentary into the realm of art.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    The visual style and the natural, unaffected performances by a talented cast help create an atmosphere of verisimilitude that makes the story all the more powerful. [23 Oct. 1996]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Director Overbay, working from an effective screenplay by his wife Ginny Lee Overbay, slowly ratchets up the tension in quietly compelling fashion.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    This fascinating tale is told with uncommon depth and nuance.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    This striking cinematic collage provides a hauntingly personal perspective on a country that has been wracked by strife from its very beginnings.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    An uncompromising portrait of how global capitalism can exploit an area's resources to the point of near annihilation.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Few will fail to be moved by this portrait of selflessness in the face of near insurmountable odds.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    A music documentary of uncommon richness.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    The opportunity to see the stunning footage on the big screen is not to be missed, and the narration by Daniel Craig, delivered with James Bond-style drollness, makes it as much fun to listen to as to watch.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Christopher Nolan's noirish thriller is an uncommonly polished and assured feature debut, highly clever textually and supremely accomplished technically. This ultra low-budget exercise marks the emergence of a significant directorial talent. [13 April 1999]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    A fascinating examination of a mysterious life and the truly bizarre art that it spawned.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Beautifully acted by the largely unknown cast, This is Where We Live is as reticent as its characters, its emotions emerging as much from what’s unsaid as expressed. Its admirably understated approach infuses what could have been an all too predictable, feel good drama with an intriguing complexity.
    • 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.

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