For 998 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.3 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 Movie 43
Score distribution:
998 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Might not boast stylistic expertise, but it should please aficionados while providing an entertaining primer for the uninitiated.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Featuring veteran Austrian theater actor Philipp Hochmair and former circus performer Walter Saabel playing loosely fictionalized versions of themselves, The Shine of Day sporadically registers with beautifully observed moments even while suffering from its lack of a compelling narrative.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    While the pleasures of the brief (65 minutes) Viola are modest, it displays an imagination and stylishness that marks the young filmmaker as someone to watch.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Marked by incisive characterizations and fine performances, Big Words is aptly titled, referring not only to the name of one of its lead characters but also to the torrent of dialogue driving its skimpy but evocative narrative.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    You can’t make this stuff up. But Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers would be fascinating even if it wasn’t so timely.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    An atmospheric chiller that’s just quirky enough to achieve cult status.

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