For 1,065 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 8.7 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:
1,065 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    A rather unfocused but ultimately provocative portrait of Eastern Europe.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Mixes comedy and melodrama to a typically baroque degree. Like his "Oldboy" and "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance," the film displays an audacious visual and narrative style, often sacrificing credibility and coherence along the way. But there is no denying its originality.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The Purge: Anarchy efficiently exploits its high-concept premise while delivering far more visceral thrills than its predecessor.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The film lacks narration or music, but the devastating images speak for themselves.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Director Pat O'Connor (Dancing at Lughnasa) achieves a lot with a little... Adding greatly to the overall impact are the strong performances by the three leads.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Might not boast stylistic expertise, but it should please aficionados while providing an entertaining primer for the uninitiated.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    What The Grand lacks in originality it more than makes up for with its high percentage of funny moments.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The convoluted plotting, profusion of characters and heavy doses of explanatory narration may prove off-putting for some less attentive viewers. But the director infuses the fast-proceedings with enough visual flair — inspired by filmmakers ranging from Kurosawa to Leone to yes, Tarantino — to provide ample compensation.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Displaying a rare inventiveness and technical facility in this increasingly tired, cliché-ridden format, Afflicted delivers a genuinely suspenseful ride while making you wonder how its more elaborate effects were achieved on its obviously low budget.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    An evocative examination of the clash between tradition and modernism in the handling of an age-old problem.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    That the film works to the extent it does is due in large part to the filmmaker’s ingratiating, amusingly self-deprecating personality and his emotional honesty.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    It’s all utterly silly and derivative but also undeniably entertaining.
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    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Its highly informative recounting of this little-known tragic tale provides a vivid reminder of the ephemerality of civilizations.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Ultimately has few original aspects, but it is an intelligently wrought drama that makes it a respectable entry in the genre.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    It's not surprising that the remake of the 1986 film About Last Night... is broader, cruder and raunchier than the original. What is surprising it that's also much, much funnier.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    A richly uplifting if somewhat rambling portrait of indomitableness in the face of old age and infirmity, Been Rich All My Life will be inspirational to young and old alike.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    An unusually poetic and meditative eco-themed documentary, Laura Dunn's The Unforeseen is as beautiful as it is ultimately depressing.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The director has staged the elaborate production in his usual stately but impressive manner, and the production values boast the usual Merchant/Ivory stamp of quality.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Our Brand Is Crisis well demonstrates the international efficacy of the methods used to twice elect Bill Clinton. Unlike in "The War Room," the charismatic Carville makes but fleeting appearances in this docu, and it suffers as a result.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Although its sendup of L.A.'s shallow, self-absorbed show business culture is not exactly revelatory, the film does deliver solid laughs, many of them thanks to Philips' wittily provocative, surprisingly hostile confessional ditties.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Torn approaches its incendiary topical issues with intelligent modesty.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The Syrian Bride manages to entertain even as it both moves and amuses.

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