For 1,375 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 10.5 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 InAPPropriate Comedy
Score distribution:
1375 movie reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Has an impressive visual style that reveals its director's music-video experience. Unfortunately, that's about all it has going for it because its sluggish pacing and confusing story line will prevent it from appealing to all but the most rabid J-horror fans.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The strained results eventually prove wearisome, although the sexy Winter is effectively scary and at times even moving as the psycho femme fatale.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Suffering from its forced attempts at pseudo-religious profundity and its familiar depiction of a spiritually lost central character eventually finding salvation, The Calling is ultimately all too resistible.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    You've Been Trumped Too is a mostly unnecessary sequel that spends much of its brief running time rehashing distressingly familiar news footage about Trump's campaign.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    As lumbering and slow-moving as the vehicle in which most of its action takes place, Nick Gillespie’s horror thriller makes the familiar mistake of confusing obscurity with tension.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Interweaving clumsily staged action sequences with endless pontificating about evil mega-corporations privatizing public resources, the mediocre environmental-themed thriller A Dark Truth wears its good intentions on its sleeve.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The Rite becomes more ludicrous as it goes along, with more than a few lines of dialogue from Michael Petroni's over-the-top screenplay eliciting unintended titters.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    This remake of a South Korean movie ultimately provides fewer scares than the average aging baby boomer feels every time they look into a reflective surface.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    A predictable, whimsical exercise that only occasionally produces the sort of bittersweet emotion it seeks to elicit.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Attempting to be a meditation on the nature of creative passion and the emotionally liberating effects of physical labor, Triumph of the Wall is as much of an exercise in frustration for the viewer as for its hapless protagonist.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Pod
    Pod has a hallucinatory quality that makes up in ferocity what it lacks on cogent storytelling.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The execution, however, leaves something to be desired, as this effort seems more visually muddled and choppier than previous installments.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    This thriller about child sex trafficking is well-intentioned but dramatically stilted.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    While the performers are appealing, 3rd Street Blackout is a too determinedly quirky affair to fully mine the comic potential of its clever premise. Much like its setting, the film could have used more energy.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The film falters when it ham-fistedly attempts to detour into sensitive drama.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The dark humor feels forced and artificial, especially when tied to the utterly ludicrous plot machinations
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Although based on a true story, this drama directed by Bob Yari about the relationship between a young journalist and the aging Ernest Hemingway never rings true despite the authenticity of its setting.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    With neither the dramatic nor comedic aspects of the story line being remotely convincing, the best efforts of the talented cast go for naught.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Dull, talk-heavy snoozer that most closely resembles something that would show up on the CW network.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The fight sequences are staged with admirable proficiency despite the often cheesy special effects.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Director Miguel Angel Vivas (Kidnapped) fails to bring any visual flair to the sluggishly paced proceedings, and the CGI effects prove less than convincing.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Although Sutherland is an amiable and charismatic figure, his lack of emotional expressiveness doesn't help matters here. The film does, however, offer the spectacle of his getting a tattoo of the film's title (one of the band's songs) in Icelandic.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    ABCs of Death 2 mainly serves to demonstrate that even talented filmmakers need a lengthier running time to craft even a moderately successful short.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The action sequences and gun battles are staged with enough flair to satisfy genre fans who haven't gotten their fill with the recent Magnificent Seven remake.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The degeneration into familiar genre tropes reduces the impact of the wittily satirical set-up, with the result that Starry Eyes fails to live up to its initial promise. But the film indicates genuine talent on the part of its directors/screenwriters, who infuse the proceedings with a dark, gothic creepiness that is further enhanced by Jonathan Snipes' retro, synthesizer-infused score reminiscent of John Carpenter.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Has little to offer besides unrelenting strangeness.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The film is certainly watchable, thanks to the elaborately staged action sequences and Statham's killer charisma.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Director-screenwriter Hopkins is unsuccessful in navigating the absurd storyline’s jarring tonal shifts, with the result that this kinder, gentler variation on Ms. 45 mainly emerges as off-puttingly bizarre.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Rather than delving deep into its subject, the film loses focus by concentrating on the feelings of Harlan's descendants rather than a deep analysis of the man himself.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    To paraphrase a famous line from an old political debate--I've seen Carrie, I love Carrie, and Some Kind of Hate is no Carrie.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The resulting cat-and-mouse game -- occupies most of the film's running time, to gradually diminishing results.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    While the CGI effects are undeniably impressive, the laughable story line, risible dialogue and cheap humor (most of it involving a hapless zoo security guard) seriously detract from the fun.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Postman Pat: The Movie is a mostly charmless and dark affair.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Wit is in short supply, but director Miller at least keeps things moving briskly throughout the relatively brief running time.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Straining for a quiet poeticism and, to its credit, occasionally achieving it thanks to the beautifully photographed scenic environs, Pilgrim Song fails to involve us in its central character’s introspection.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The latest example of a distressing wave of undistinguished theatrical versions of Saturday-morning kid shows.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    While the actor lends his formidable presence to the proceedings, this rote thriller mainly succeeds in squandering his talents.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    It uses numerous hoary techniques -- including tabloid-television-style editing and ominous background music -- that tend to detract from the seriousness of the issues being addressed. Morgan Freeman delivers the portentous narration.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    In a simpler form, Mojave might have been a gripping if minor genre film. Instead, it's undone by the sort of pretentious overwriting that might have seemed impressive in the '70s but now comes across as merely forced.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Unfortunately, the film lacks the hypnotizing strangeness of Foreman's best stage efforts and also pales in comparison to cinematic works like Matthew Barney's far more ambitious "Cremaster" series.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Not only doesn't provide any real information, it barely manages to convey why we should care. It represents a true squandering of a potentially fascinating subject.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Striking nary an unfamiliar note, The Song sluggishly lurches towards its predictable conclusion — spoiler alert, Jed sees the error of his ways — but it does offer some pleasures along the way.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    By-the-numbers screen parody fails to resurrect an increasingly tired genre.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    While its intriguing setup sounds like it could make for a provocative and original thriller, The Dark Below never lives up to its promise, although it earns points for originality.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The film is a relentlessly loud and ultimately exhausting exercise only partially leavened by the usual heavy doses of wisecracking humor and visual gags.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The filmmakers are clearly most interested in re-creating the murders in a gruesome and repugnant fashion. It's a shame the film is so exploitative, because Howell and especially Turturro deliver chilling, all too convincing performances.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    With a running time of nearly two hours the overall silliness wears thin rather quickly.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    There’s certainly an interesting documentary to be made about soccer, the world’s most popular sport by far, but This Is Not a Ball isn’t it.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Sluggishly paced and featuring lengthy voice-over narration by Strong in which his character ponders his role in the universe like a graduate philosophy student, the film never achieves liftoff.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Sacrifices the quietly creepy qualities of the original in favor of ramped-up horror film techniques that by now seem distressingly familiar.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Substitute a cat for the bunny (no spoilers here about its fate) and you have the ironically titled, generic thriller The Perfect Guy that somehow wound up on the big screen instead of on Lifetime.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The supporting players are either nondescript or overact to the point of exhaustion.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    There’s a terrific central idea at the core of the film, but it’s lost amid the endlessly repeated nightmare episodes, the banal subplot concerning the couple’s domestic problems and the clunky exposition and visuals.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The film doesn't have much in the way of genuine laughs despite a plethora of attempted gags, but it does have a geniality that makes it hard to entirely dislike.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The frequently dazzling performance footage is offset by long dull interviews with dancers who intone such platitudes as "the language of music is rhythm…rhythm is the language of life."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Unfortunately, Kampai! For the Love of Sake is more cheerleading than informative, concentrating largely on personality profiles of three figures—two of them Westerners--obsessed with the Japanese rice wine.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Equal parts thriller and feel-good inspirational tale, 33 Postcards succeeds mainly in provoking the viewer’s sense of disbelief.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Lacking the objectivity or contextual analysis to more fully examine the important issues it raises, it’s a minor chapter in an unfinished story.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Unfortunately, the screenplay contains little real wit, with the result that the various plot machinations have a strained quality that tends to reduce the proceedings of their intended giddiness. On the other hand, the performers are attractive; there's plenty of nudity; the setting is scenic, and the musical numbers -- well, they're pretty bad.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Unfortunately, despite displaying an admirable stylistic ambitiousness and excellent use of its NYC Lower East Side locations The Girl is in Trouble never manages to feel like more than a strained, modern-day pastiche.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    A well-meaning but hopelessly stilted melodrama, Hate Crime sacrifices good intentions with its mediocrity of execution.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Presumably intended as an inspiring portrait of a private individual daring to live his dream of traveling in space, Man on a Mission instead comes across as a cautionary tale about having too much time and money on your hands.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Another day, another exorcism…ho-hum.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Deviating from the original in some key respects, this version of Martyrs doesn't make much of a case for its inspiration, but it may attract those hardcore horror fans averse to reading subtitles.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Banks succeeds in mining a few laughs from the otherwise strained, contrived proceedings.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    By the time the proceedings reach their "Paranormal Activity"-style violent conclusion, the viewer’s interest has long since waned.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    On the surface, the doc makes some compelling arguments, although most of its power is emotional rather than informational.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    While the director/screenwriter is to be commended for avoiding the usual bloodsucker clichés, he hasn't replaced them with anything particularly interesting, with the result that the story plays like a quasi-mystical melodrama featuring characters about whom we care little.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Despite the effective performances by its young lead performers, California Scheming mainly comes across as half-baked.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Its hopelessly stodgy execution will test the patience of even the most enthusiastic audiences for faith-based films.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Although not exactly original in its aspirations or execution, the film's engaging performances and occasional funny moments lift it a notch above the pack of similarly themed fare.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Lacks the finesse to attract significant attention beyond its target audience.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Ultimately feels as shallow as the lives of most of its principal characters.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Unlikely to inspire a passionate following similar to the original, the film, which opened Friday without being screened for the press, ultimately induces more titters than dread.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    An unfortunately muddled portrait of a teenage girl going through a moral and spiritual crisis.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    This less than subtly titled documentary by Mark Birnbaum and Jim Schermbeck will undoubtedly find few viewers.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Effectively creates a menacing atmosphere within the gleaming white halls of the hospital in which it is set, but its story line and characterizations lack the sufficient originality to lift the film above its many better predecessors.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Ultimately, there's not enough material to sustain a feature-length film, and the sloppy editing, cheesy re-enactments and cheap graphics don't exactly make for compelling viewing.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Getting four mediocre horror efforts for the price of one doesn't exactly represent a significant bargain.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Six Million and One suggests the need for both a more ruthless editor and a well-trained family therapist.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    It’s all pleasant and forgettable.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    While One Candle, Two Candles… sheds much needed light on the archaic, barbaric custom that is its subject, its jocular tone threatens to undermine the importance of its message.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    With a storyline less challenging than that of a typical CBS crime procedural, Ride Along 2 is little more than a repetitive rehash of the original.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    This Divided State will become yet one more largely forgotten cinematic footnote to an election notable for its divisiveness.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Genuine scares are few and far between, and the climactic explanation for the ghost's appearances comes as something less than a revelation.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    A technically ramshackle affair whose primary attribute is Tukel’s deadpan comic performance and self-deprecating willingness to portray his character as a total dick.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Visually stunning but strained by pretentious poeticism and a simplistic storyline, My Father Die is ultimately as labored as its ungrammatical title.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Cavemen has absolutely nothing fresh to say about its subject, and its tired genre conventions wouldn’t pass muster on a Fox sitcom.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Ultimately a less-than-satisfying cinematic meal.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    About as subtle as its subtitle, Gloria Z. Greenfield's documentary attempts to be both a comprehensive exploration of anti-Semitism throughout the ages and a forceful alarm about its modern-day threat. Not fully successful on either level...
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Benasra's documentary purports to be a sociological examination of the intimate relationship between women and their shoes. But God Save My Shoes also displays a creepily fetishistic feel.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    A formulaic comedy that displays as much subtlety as its title.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    This static, talky effort ultimately doesn’t justify its feature-length running time despite some strong performances and the occasional moving moment.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Filmmaker Alan Govenar misses the mark in his attempt to document the historical French dwelling of once famous beatniks.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The film never achieves any real depth in its unabashedly admiring portrait. What might have made a mildly interesting short feels vastly attenuated even with its brief 72-minute running time.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The film seems more appropriate for a testimonial dinner than theater screens, with virtually no voices heard from outside Larsen's colleagues and acolytes.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Despite a talented cast lead by Halle Berry, director John Stockwell fails to take more than a bite out of this lackluster shark thriller.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Least Among Saints has the strained feel of a basic cable television movie, with modest production values to match.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    One hates to say it, but after this and "Black Snake Moan," it might be time for the talented actress (Ricci) to keep her clothes on.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Aggressively quirky but lacking any real wit - unless you consider a lengthy monologue about the taste of semen to be side-splittingly funny - the film based on David Gilbert's satirical novel is a non-starter.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    A lot of comedic talent founders in this new Harold Ramis comedy that doesn't exactly recall his glory days of "Caddyshack" and "Groundhog Day."
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    This farcical romantic comedy lacks the charm and star power to compensate for its contrived plotting and only mildly amusing situations.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Despite the plethora of melodramatic plot elements, the film remains curiously uninvolving due to its compendium of clichés and sluggish pacing.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Features a winning performance by Sara Rue as its titular heroine but otherwise has little to recommend it. Playing a wallflower who blossoms when she finally meets the right guy, the actress has charm to spare.

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