For 1,075 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 Big Bad Wolves
Lowest review score: 0 Material Girls
Score distribution:
1,075 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Shot over the course of several years, Evolution of a Crime is often rough-hewn in its execution, but it's deeply moving nonetheless.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Serves to not only put a very human face on this horrific condition but also as a triumphant valedictory of Campbell's poignant farewell tour.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Revenge of the Mekons is a buoyant exploration of the musicians’ devotion to their art and each other.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Flamenco is a treat for the senses that will delight dance fans.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    The sort of film that would be best appreciated in the '70s-era grindhouses that sadly no longer exist, Kung Fu Killer is delicious popcorn fare.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Shines a much deserved spotlight on this unheralded artist.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Each of the stories, impeccably staged and acted, has just the right length, well befitting the slight aspects of their story lines. Never allowing preciousness or ponderousness to infuse the material, filmmaker Pak demonstrates a real talent for concise storytelling marked by poignancy and humor.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Flirting intriguingly with film noir conventions, the film never really achieves a coherent tone in its depiction of the complicated and sometimes fatal series of events that arise.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    In effect an elaborate home movie. But its examination of the long-lasting effects of evil on the psyche of its victims and their descendants is both thoughtful and much needed in these increasingly polarized times.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    While much of what is said here has been recounted in previous forums -- the special Sept. 11 episode of TV's "Third Watch" being a prime example -- the redundancy doesn't deprive the commentary of its power.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The film lacks narration or music, but the devastating images speak for themselves.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    A sensitive and well-observed drama that, while not breaking new ground, marks its director-screenwriter as someone to watch.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Despite the often insightful comments by the various cast members and Shepard himself -- the film doesn't dig very deeply into the artistic process of putting on a new play. But it does offer a fascinating fly-on-the-wall perspective.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Ultimately stronger on characterization and atmosphere than narrative. But its portrait of a society torn apart by, among other things, religious fundamentalism, is all too currently resonant.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Although overlong and diffuse, Oasis, written and directed by Lee Chang-dong, boasts many powerful moments.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Scenes of dark humor abound as well, like the episode in which the gathered journalists react in fury when they are not provided with pictures of the infamous deck of playing cards depicting the "50 Most Wanted" Iraqi figures.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Comes across as Almodovar lite, but the film, from director-screenwriters Ines Paris and Daniela Fejerman, offers some pleasures along the way, including an engaging performance by Leonor Watling ("Talk to Her").
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    In this enjoyable if trivial battle between von Trier's psychodrama theatricality and Leth's cool formalism, it's ultimately the viewer who comes out the winner.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    It does offer plenty of musical numbers and an impressionistic portrait of his life and times.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The leisurely narrative is barely able to sustain the film's full-length running time, and some of the obviously staged sequences involving the family of shepherds are annoyingly hokey. Nonetheless, "Weeping Camel" has an undeniable appeal.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The film will eventually be a must-own video item for theater buffs.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The results are always visually arresting, while the narrative, even by Maddin standards, is completely out in the ozone.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    While the arguments obviously will be digested differently according to the viewer's preconceived notions, the impressive credentials of the witnesses, most of them former insiders rather than mere pontificators, give their arguments an undeniable credibility.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    A clearly partisan effort -- director George Butler is a longtime Kerry friend and supporter -- the film is nonetheless bound to have some political impact, thanks to its powerful depiction of the young Kerry.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    An earnest drama about spiritual redemption that is likely to strike quite a chord with certain audiences.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Quite moving thanks to its gorgeous cinematography and a story that manages to be emotionally resonate despite its familiarity.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Saw
    Boasts an undeniably original premise and clever plot machinations that lift it several notches above the usual slasher film level.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Tells a gripping story that resonates with numerous subtexts.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    An appealing lead performance from its leading man and a wonderfully sentimental, if overly familiar, story line are the chief virtues of this French drama, a huge success in its native country.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Mainly notable for its exoticism and gorgeous scenery.

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