For 1,421 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 Uncertain
Lowest review score: 0 Material Girls
Score distribution:
1421 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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
    Featuring a plethora of unsavory characters, undeveloped subplots and a confusingly jagged narrative, this extremely low-budget effort is mainly notable for its willingness to get down and dirty.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    While this is indeed a likeable enough group, watching them interact with each other over the course of 80 minutes becomes a bit wearisome.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Watching your friends’ actual wedding videos, however painful, would be a more edifying experience than sitting through Breakup at a Wedding.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Annette Haywood-Carter’s slow-paced film features a plethora of colorful characters and incidents that register with little dramatic impact.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    With a running time of nearly two hours the overall silliness wears thin rather quickly.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    A formulaic comedy that displays as much subtlety as its title.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The fight sequences are staged with admirable proficiency despite the often cheesy special effects.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Glossier and more lavishly produced than most faith-based films, the film directed by Steve Race is ultimately undone by a relentless preachiness that gives it the feel of a two-hour sermon.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Its hopelessly stodgy execution will test the patience of even the most enthusiastic audiences for faith-based films.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Directors Patrick Alexander Stewart, Gina M. Angelone and Mouna B. Stewart have failed to construct the often emotional personal accounts into a compelling film.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    While the actor lends his formidable presence to the proceedings, this rote thriller mainly succeeds in squandering his talents.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    If it was still the 1980s, then Dumbbells might actually be a hit.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    It relies too heavily on shock value rather than solid facts.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Despite the effective performances by its young lead performers, California Scheming mainly comes across as half-baked.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Frustratingly devoid of any background information about the director’s storied career, the film is ultimately repetitive and tedious.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    While this low-budget effort seems to have its heart in the right place and features a sensitive, moving performance by Oscar winner Melissa Leo, it ultimately feels like a compendium of bizarre character quirks adding up to a barely coherent whole.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Features fine performances from the veterans in its cast. But it ultimately comes across as little more than a compendium of cliches.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    This effort offers some mild amusement but lacks the anarchic wit to make it anything more than a slight diversion.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Hough’s dancing is far more impressive than his acting, and BoA, despite her perky sexiness, is an even less compelling screen presence. But they certainly move well together, and that’s pretty much all that matters here.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Banks succeeds in mining a few laughs from the otherwise strained, contrived proceedings.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Postman Pat: The Movie is a mostly charmless and dark affair.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Ultimately feels as shallow as the lives of most of its principal characters.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The film’s scattershot approach proves more enervating than enlightening, with the barrage of information presented in such a haphazard manner that continuity and coherence become lost.
    • 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.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Generic B-level horror marked by numerous dull patches, long stretches of expository dialogue and, save for Astin’s admirably intense turn, uninspired performances.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Rabindranath Tagore: The Poet of Eternity, although clearly lovingly intended, is too haphazard and unenlightening to fulfill its mission of educating Western audiences about the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    John Wellington Ennis’ scattershot documentary has many relevant points to make, but the problem is that they’re not made very well and almost all of them have been made before.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Its resolutely low-key approach doesn’t make for particularly compelling drama.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Lacks the potent scares and exploitative elements to truly please genre fans. But its thematic ambition and well-crafted elements mark the filmmaker as a talent to watch.
    • 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
    It’s all pleasant and forgettable.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The film unfortunately depicts black female sexuality, a topic rarely portrayed onscreen, with all the depth and subtlety of a late night Cinemax offering.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Depicting a close encounter of the decidedly low-budget kind, Extraterrestrial boasts an undeniable technical competence but can't shake off its inevitable been there, done that quality.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Getting four mediocre horror efforts for the price of one doesn't exactly represent a significant bargain.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    It should be a sturdy player upon its release in home video formats, assuming that its target audience knows how to operate their DVD players.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Stefan Haupt's (The Circle) documentary Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation explores the building's tortured history and the current efforts to bring it to fruition, but in a disappointingly dull style that fails to do justice to its outsized inspiration.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The longer the proceedings go on the more wearisome they get, with Perry's character quickly wearing out his satirical welcome. By the time it's over, you'll almost wish that La Ultima Pelicula would live up to its title.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Technological updating and a few clever narrative twists are the sole saving graces of the otherwise pedestrian Preservation.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Director Stephen Kijak, who previously explored far more compelling musical territory with Scott Walker: 30 Century Man, has delivered a behind-the-scenes portrait that should please the band's diehard fans but offers little of substance to the uninitiated.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    By the time the relatively brief but seemingly interminable proceedings reach their conclusion, viewers may feel like they've been held hostage themselves.
    • 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.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The film falters when it ham-fistedly attempts to detour into sensitive drama.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    For a film so seemingly interested in educating audiences about the evils of sex trafficking that it provides horrific statistics at the conclusion, it has no compunction about including copious doses of female nudity.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Despite the strenuous efforts of all involved, Every Secret Thing never manages to overcome its overwhelming air of artsy pretension.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Club Life demonstrates that not everyone has a compelling story to tell.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The writer/director deserves credit for his comparatively low-key approach to the potentially exploitative material, but much like the infant baby at its center, the film seems artificially cobbled-together.
    • 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."
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Safelight squanders the efforts of a talented cast who are unable to lift the material beyond its clichés.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    While its emphasis on character dynamics and a slow burn atmosphere is to be commended, Dark Was the Night is too derivative and familiar to make much of an impact.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Another day, another exorcism…ho-hum.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Only the writer's most ardent fans — and they are legion, judging by his book sales of over 190 million copies — will find anything of interest here.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Featuring long stretches in which little is said or happens, the film never quite burrows into the viewer's skin in the way in which it was obviously intended.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    While the two leads are appealing and display an undeniable chemistry, the narrative skimpiness makes their efforts for naught.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Pod
    Pod has a hallucinatory quality that makes up in ferocity what it lacks on cogent storytelling.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Should well succeed in attracting their literally faithful audiences, although its heavy-handed proselytizing and soap opera-ish storytelling will prove a turn-off to those who don't pray on a daily basis.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Director Camille Delamarre (Brick Mansions) and his collaborators have devised a few nifty sequences.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Genre fans, at least, should be satiated by the copious amount of gore and viscera on display, although whether they'll be hungry enough for the next installment--all too obviously set up for at the conclusion--is another matter.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Despite its inspiring real-life tale and its laudable message, Godspeed is too flimsily constructed and crudely amateurish to have much of an impact.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The Disneyesque adage is unfortunately all too typical of A Ballerina's Tale, which, other than adding to the pop culture barrage that has accompanied this gifted dancer's rise to stardom, does little to provide insight into her unique story.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    As with his 2007 effort, director-screenwriter Rob Zombie's approach is far grittier than in the original series.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Failing to live up to it anarchic convictions by adding sympathetic aspects to its central character shortly before the conclusion, Uncle Nick, much like the sorts of holiday celebrations it depicts, is ultimately too strained to be enjoyable.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Without that sort of compelling figure at its center, Diablo feels far more like a pastiche than the real deal.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Its intriguing premise devolving into familiar genre conventions, 400 Days also suffers from clichéd characters and strained dialogue.
    • 22 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Despite the vivid evocation of its central character's helpless self-destruction, All Mistakes Buried offers little that we haven't seen before.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    It's the sort of by-the-numbers, forgettable thriller, starring actors whose marquee days are behind them.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Those enthralled by the venerable brand will no doubt swoon, but casual viewers will find it little more than a feature-length infomercial.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Lacking the stylistic finesse that might have compensated for its schematic narrative deficiencies, Backtrack lives up to its title all too well.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    On the surface, the doc makes some compelling arguments, although most of its power is emotional rather than informational.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Its paper-thin characterizations, hackneyed plotting and overdependence on viciously profane humor put this effort more in the minor league of Tammy, McCarthy's previous collaboration with her director/co-screenwriter husband Ben Falcone, than her truly inspired work with Paul Feig on Bridesmaids and Spy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    In between bouts of torrid sex, the men engage in the sort of anguished, confessional conversations that Eugene O'Neill would find over-the-top. None of the characters are particularly interesting, even with the dramatic revelations they've been assigned.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    There are plenty of fisticuffs and shootouts to be found in The Duel, but precious little of interest.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Rollins' villain is a deliciously deranged, compelling character, but the problem is that there's not enough of him in this otherwise routine B-movie clearly shot on the cheap, with low-grade CGI effects making the shootouts and gore mostly laughable.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Biggs is appealing in the central role, although for him, conveying mortified embarrassment doesn't exactly qualify as an acting stretch. But he does have good chemistry with Montgomery.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The film — penned by Michael Ricigliano Jr., a lawyer making his screenwriting debut — never really achieves the necessary dramatic tension despite a surprising climactic plot twist. The dialogue rarely rises above the level of cliché.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The film is certainly watchable, thanks to the elaborately staged action sequences and Statham's killer charisma.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    A predictable, whimsical exercise that only occasionally produces the sort of bittersweet emotion it seeks to elicit.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    It provides only scant background information and no deep insights about the musicians, other than that they seem like very nice people who apparently perform more for the love of church than money.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Phantasm: Ravager should please longtime fans while leaving newcomers unimpressed and confused.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Although it contains many fascinating elements, Never Surrender: The Ed Ramsey Story emerges as a hagiographic and frustratingly self-indulgent exercise.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The storyline, familiar-feeling as it is, could have made for an effective thriller. But writer/director Whedon (brother of Joss) bogs down the pacing with too many routine flashbacks.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Rajiv Shah’s screenplay fails to flesh out its characters and situations in compelling fashion, leaving the actors struggling to bring depth to the sketchy scenario and Mehta’s uninspired direction.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The action is practically non-stop from beginning to end, but is never remotely exciting due to the Cuisinart-style editing that reduces it all to an incomprehensible, messy blur.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The dark humor feels forced and artificial, especially when tied to the utterly ludicrous plot machinations
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The overpowering air of familiarity to this rip-off pretending to be homage makes it redundant.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Director Alex Merkin does reasonably well with an obviously low budget, and the screenplay by Jesse Mittelstadt thankfully doesn't take itself too seriously. That's not to say it's good, mind you, with the film's last line, delivered by Richards, definitely not destined to go down in screen history.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The film’s stage origins, and a cameo appearance by Lin-Manuel Miranda, may be of interest to theater buffs, but everyone else will be left wondering what all the fuss was about.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Uneasily combining its determinedly edgy plotline with failed sentimentality, Flower is redeemed only by Zoey Deutch’s magnetic performance, which would be star-making if in the service of a better vehicle.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Frequently wearing only a halter top and skintight yoga pants, Johnston looks as great as she moves. While her dramatic chops leave something to be desired, they’re more than adequate for the rote narrative which only gets in the way of her kicking serious butt.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Johnson and Efron possess impressive muscles, but the performers have never done as much heavy lifting as they do here. And to their credit, they succeed to some degree.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    It’s all an overstuffed mess, but that was true of the previous entries as well, and audiences obviously don’t seem to mind.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Much of the film’s effectiveness can be credited to King, who makes Shannon appealing even when acting selfishly. It’s also refreshing to see a teen character portrayed by an actual teenager as opposed to the usual twentysomething.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Lacking objectivity and the necessary contextual information and commentary that would provide a balanced examination of its subject matter, Hare Krishna! mostly preaches to its robe-wearing choir.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The film wastes several talented performers with its low-key, rambling humor and one-dimensional characters.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Pilgrimage alternates long stretches of tedium with ultra-violent sequences that have the feel of medieval torture porn.

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