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 Big Bad Wolves
Lowest review score: 0 3 Geezers!
Score distribution:
1,074 movie reviews
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Courageous reveals the duo's growing expertise as filmmakers with its skillful blending of moving drama, subtle comedy and several impressive action sequences, including a well-staged foot chase and a harrowing shootout between the cops and bad guys.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The actor (Shepard) delivers a beautifully understated, world-weary turn that largely makes up for the slow-paced film's longueurs, and which in a better film could be described as iconic.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Director-writer Chris Paine's upbeat follow-up to his controversial 2006 documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car" features a number of colorful industry leaders in addition to cameos by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jon Favreau.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Although the screenplay by Vizinberg and Lee Peterkin holds little in the way of surprises, it does offer a taut storyline and complex characterizations.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Gigandet, whose star has been rising thanks to his roles in such films as "Twilight," "Burlesque" and "Easy A," delivers a sensitive portrayal that proves he's more than just a hunk. Malone is as appealing as always, and Hartman is wonderfully fun as the Buster Poindexter-like singer. But the script lacks the depth to transcend its cutesy gimmick.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The storyline is hardly original, but it does provide the opportunity for Rebeck to unleash wickedly scathing observations about the sort of self-obsessed show business types who pursue their own interests no matter who it hurts.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Adrien Brody, delivering his finest performance since "The Pianist," plays the central role of the disaffected Henry Barthes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    First Position overcomes its predictable elements thanks to the inherent visual drama of watching children strain their bodies to the limit in obsessive pursuit of their goals.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Primarily an actors' showcase, it does at least provide the opportunity for the virtuosic John Ventimiglia (The Sopranos) to strut his stuff in a well-deserved leading role.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    A stylish period thriller set in 1930's Shanghai, The Bullet Vanishes is one of the more striking Chinese imports.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The bottom line: The impact of this forceful indictment of our healthcare system is lessened by the sheer ubiquity of similarly-themed documentaries.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The resulting journey of self-discovery is not exactly profound in its revelations, but as usual with McElwee's efforts the proceedings are enlivened by his droll, witty narration, delivered in a sonorous tone.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The only film ever to be released with the promise of a reward--$50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the bomber--Who Bombed Judi Bari? is an engrossing account of the case.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Few true-life stories are as inspiring as that of Darko Kralj, the subject of Dejan Acimovic's new documentary The King.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Frequently slaughtered for consumption in Europe, their inhumane treatment as revealed here will surely prompt outrage among animal lovers as well as those concerned with health and environmental issues.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    This tale of a dysfunctional family whose members experience enough personal crises to fuel a dozen films is a virtual compendium of clichés, but the star's sheer likeability makes it go down as easily as a cup of eggnog.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    While the original version's four hours might have made for wearisome viewing for Western audiences, Herzog's 94-minute cut feels just right, fully immersing us in this rarified world without lapsing into tedium.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    For all the impressive ease with which the filmmaker handles her tyke star, Nana never quite manages to achieve the thematic resonance to which it aspires.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    A rare example of a grown-up story compellingly told from the perspective of children, The Playroom is a modest gem.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    You'll never play the titular parlor game again after watching Would You Rather, director David Guy Levy’s clever exercise in torture porn that manages to display as much restraint as genuine sickness.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Filled with devastating statistics documenting the devastating effects of climate change on the planet, the film takes particular aim at CEOs, or “greedy lying bastards,” of the oil and gas corporations which are contributing to the crisis.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Although the overlong film skirts with hagiography, at times feeling more like a promotional DVD extra than an objective account, it nonetheless has an undeniable emotional pull thanks to its fairy tale-like narrative.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Trippy in the best sense, Vanishing Waves adds a healthy dose of eroticism to its familiar sci-fi genre.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    This would all be moving enough, but the film also benefits greatly from Conde’s endlessly charismatic personality.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    This nastily efficient horror film delivers genuine chills.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Detour is a tautly efficient thriller that fully succeeds in making the viewer identify with its hapless protagonist’s desperate plight.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Its highly informative recounting of this little-known tragic tale provides a vivid reminder of the ephemerality of civilizations.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Although Graham Meriwether’s film is far less incendiary than such similarly themed efforts as "Food, Inc." and "Fast Food Nation," it nonetheless offers considerable — pardon the pun — food for thought in its exploration of modern-day cattle, hog and chicken production.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The Lords of Salem is more creepily atmospheric than truly scary and eventually lapses into silliness. But it does provide some evocatively spooky moments along the way.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The film overcomes its schematic plot elements with finely observed characterizations and rich dialogue.

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