For 1,114 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 9.2 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 Beyond Honor
Score distribution:
1,114 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    The film doesn't really manage to sustain attention through its brief running time. But it is heartening to see that the filmmaker, now in his mid-80s, is as passionately engaged as ever.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    The director attempts to infuse the film with a dreamy poeticism via slow motion and other stylistic devices, with the results feeling mildly pretentious.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Rather than delving deep into its subject, the film loses focus by concentrating on the feelings of Harlan's descendants rather than a deep analysis of the man himself.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Although it sketchily touches on many provocative issues -- the inhumanity of this form of incarceration, the relationship between the artist and subject -- Herman’s House fails to explore them in a fully satisfying manner.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    This tedious exercise in abstraction by Belgian filmmakers Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani well apes the visual stylization of such filmmakers as Mario Bava and Dario Argento without bothering to provide anything equivalent in terms of theme or content.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Lacks the cinematic panache to elevate it above the level of agitprop. But its all too relevant dissection of its subject is well worth paying attention to.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    It is a provocative and potentially rich premise, to be sure, but the execution here is somewhat lacking.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Ultimately, the film, for all its evident verisimilitude, never really demonstrates a compelling reason for being.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Attempts to achieve a Pedro Almodovar-level of humor without much success... Degenerating into witless slapstick.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    That the film works to the degree that it does is largely due to the sensitive performances. Bonnaire delivers a beautifully modulated turn.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    While plenty of information is imparted in the impassioned proceedings, the film loses some impact because of its lack of a compelling structure.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Despite its flaws and unevenness, White Reindeer at least deserves points for not providing another sugarplum-infused view of Christmas.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    This Divided State will become yet one more largely forgotten cinematic footnote to an election notable for its divisiveness.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    A slow-paced and often confusingly plotted crime drama that never lives up to the delicious potential of its premise.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    The sort of quirky independent comedy that strives for hipness but ultimately just feels contrived and derivative.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Rosenwald is not always successful in doing full justice to its rich subject matter, suffering from pacing problems and occasionally feeling drawn-out in its feature-length running time.... But it certainly deserves kudos for bringing long overdue attention to this unsung figure whose life was one big mitzvah.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Suffers from the same occasionally heavy-handed style as its predecessors, it offers a credible indictment against the large corporations currently enjoying windfall profits thanks to the Iraq war.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    The film doesn’t fully succeed in elucidating its complex issues. But the wide-spread problem it explores is clearly undeniable, and at the very least this rough-hewn but provocative documentary will hopefully inspire further discussion.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    The film, which feels attenuated despite its brief running time, doesn’t dig deep enough to provide more than an impressionistic portrait.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    The film is an initially insightful portrait of modern corporate society that unfortunately lapses into melodrama.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    This is an affectionate portrait rather than a meaningful critical analysis.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Most of this is fairly predictable spoofing, and Englund is wasted as a psycho-hunting shrink clearly modeled after Donald Pleasence's character in "Halloween." But there are moments when the proceedings are unsettling and original.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Family dysfunction has proved a rich resource for documentary filmmakers in recent years, but "October" lacks the narrative drive and emotional resonance of such examples of the genre as "Tarnation" and "Capturing the Friedmans."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Cogent documentary makes the persuasive argument for the role that U.S. military and corporate interests have played in the influx of immigration from Latin American countries.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    The widely heralded musical auteur deserves a more insightful documentary treatment than the one afforded in Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    A fascinating historical tale is rendered with less than compelling results in this pseudo-documentary.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    More interesting conceptually than dramatically, Eric Nicholas' thriller Alone With Her boasts a highly clever technological conceit, albeit one that was exploited many years ago to a lesser degree in "The Anderson Tapes."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    A diverting blend of "Rear Window"-style suspense and autumnal romance. While the film is ultimately unable to fully succeed on either front, it offers many pleasures along the way.

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