For 1,362 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 Movie 43
Score distribution:
1362 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Although it has a visceral intensity, this teen-centered prison movie doesn't avoid the familiar tropes of its genre.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Written by "Final Destination" screenwriter Jeffrey Reddick, the film has its dubious pleasures, not the least of which is the extended sight of nubile lead actress Jenna Dewan in a bustier, high heels and killer miniskirt.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Although The Reception boasts some moments of emotional truth, its small scale and claustrophobic atmosphere make it a tough sit despite its brief time.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Swing does have the advantage of boasting a fair amount of genuine onscreen talent.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    What might have made for an interesting short film lacks the weight to sustain its feature (albeit, brief) length, and even the presence of Mel Gibson, Jim Caviezel (in full bloody Christ mode) and Monica Bellucci is unlikely to attract any but the "Passion" obsessed.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Despite the melodramatic plot twists, there's little emotional resonance to the proceedings, and the film's attempts to link them in metaphysical fashion prove overly ambitious and pretentious.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Golhardt's screenplay has enough quirkily charming moments to compensate for its plethora of stereotypical characters and cliched situations, and director Sherry Hormann provides a light enough touch to make the proceedings palatable, if not quite enjoyable.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Dallas Jenkins’ dramedy about a washed-up actor who learns the error of his ways through being exposed to religion doesn’t have an original cinematic bone in its body. But it’s also refreshingly genial and lacking in preachiness for a faith-based film, demonstrating that a lighter touch doesn’t necessary dilute the obvious messaging.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    No one will mistake director Alejandro Chomski's Feel the Noise for great drama. But there's an undeniable sweetness to the characters, the performers are highly appealing, and the music sizzles.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Although clearly a labor of love for its creator, this coming-of-age tale about a life-changing summer for a young man dreaming of becoming an artist lacks the dramatic momentum to propel audience interest.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Predictable from first moment to last, it does at least provide a showcase for lacrosse, a sport heretofore cinematically unexploited.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    While its blending of philosophy and B-movie conventions will produce more bemused chuckles than converts, the film certainly earns points for sheer audacity.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Bears more than a slight connection to the landmark of the genre, 1974's "Death Wish," starring Charles Bronson. It is based on novelist Brian Garfield's sequel to his original book, though any resemblance is tenuous at best.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Although well-meaning in its attempt to dramatize the stigma the subject evokes in the South Asian American community, Hiding Divya ultimately falters in its execution.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    The film doesn't quite manage to sustain interest for the duration of its 86-minute running time. But it does exert a certain voyeuristic fascination, thanks in no small part to the eccentricities of its central figure.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    This effort offers some mild amusement but lacks the anarchic wit to make it anything more than a slight diversion.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Has its entertaining moments and boasts pungent performances from such supporting players as Ron Perlman and John C. McGinley, but never quite succeeds in managing its uncomfortable tonal shift from dark comedy to true-crime thriller.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    As has been previously demonstrated in the hugely successful Perry's stage, television and big-screen works, subtlety and tonal consistency are not his strong suits. Here, the mostly broadly drawn characters and situations on display quickly prove grating, with the film veering awkwardly between broad comedy and melodrama.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    While the screenplay by T.J. Cimfel and David White eventually proves unsatisfying in its plot revelations, the film certainly holds your attention thanks to Schindler's tautly paced direction and Riegraf's emotionally nuanced performance.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Much of what transpires is wholly unconvincing, although the proceedings are made palatable by the highly appealing performances by the two leads, who display a genuine onscreen chemistry.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Anyone who has seen the original knows exactly where things are heading, with the result that the proceedings seem far more manipulative than unnerving.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Ultimately suffers from an uneven execution and repetitive overload.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Unfortunately, the film itself -- though it contains some superbly staged and highly lavish action sequences -- lacks the tautness of its heroine.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Unfortunately, the Collector simply isn't a very interesting screen villain. Clad in a black mask that reveals only his eyes and mouth, he mainly communicates by heavy breathing. It makes one yearn for the perversely witty chatter of Jigsaw.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Although Martin Sulik's drama sheds light on typically unseen populations of Eastern Europe, the film, heavy on "Hamlet" allusions, may be overstuffed.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    The result is more promotional film - Springfield happens to have recently released both a new album and an autobiography - than intriguing sociology, although the rabidly intense middle-aged female fans on display are probably deserving of psychological study.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Sergei Bodrov's Mongol relates the story of Genghis Khan's early years in a plodding, uninspired fashion that doesn't bode well for the next two entries in a planned trilogy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    This documentary about Howard Zinn provides an effective if not necessarily comprehensive or objective portrait of the esteemed historian and activist.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Part murder mystery, part dysfunctional family drama and part meditation on the elusiveness of the American dream, Motherland doesn't fully succeed on any of its levels.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    While this tale of a couple experiencing myriad romantic ups and downs has its occasional amusing and insightful moments, Meet Me in Montenegro doesn't quite render its characters' foibles endearing.

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