For 934 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 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:
934 movie reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Frank Scheck
    At once heartbreaking and uplifting.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Arriving amidst a tidal wave of overblown and frequently charmless big studio efforts, Sita Sings the Blues is a welcome reminder that when it comes to animation bigger isn't necessarily better.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    A fully rounded and complicated portrait of both the man and a company that somehow managed to survive under devastating circumstances.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Scheck
    There is no denying the passion or intelligence of this work, which is meant to be an encouragement to explore the films for ourselves rather than a dry history lesson. On that level, "Viaggio" fully succeeds.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Scheck
    Fateless is both haunting and poetic. It also is visually stunning.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    An eye-opener that handles its themes in a refreshingly nonexploitative manner.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    A terrific cinematic essay that will have a very, very long shelf life.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Scheck
    Gorgeously photographed by co-director Burke in the beautiful environs of East Sussex, England, this modest but subtly powerful piece of minimalist cinema exerts a haunting spell.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Almost unbearably moving at times, Julie Betuccelli's simple but sublime debut feature presents a portrait of maternal love and female fortitude that will reduce the stoniest of viewers to tears.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Moving historical drama brings a fascinating chapter of art history to life.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Scheck
    Michael Apted's landmark films documenting the lives of a disparate group of Brits in seven-year intervals have always been fascinating from a sociological perspective. But the latest installment proves that they are undeniably brilliant cinematically as well.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    An uncompromising portrait of how global capitalism can exploit an area's resources to the point of near annihilation.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Scheck
    Pungently atmospheric, brilliantly textured and featuring superb performances from every performer in parts big and small.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Scheck
    A heartwarming and moving adventure that does excellent justice to the classic character.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Particularly adept at chronicling the vague existential aimlessness of a segment of postcollege young adults, Bujalski manages to make his subjects seem simultaneously articulate and socially dunderheaded.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Sweet Dreams delivers a rare uplifting story from a country that has seen more than its share of brutality and heartache.
    • 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
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Uses dark humor, incisive characterizations and social commentary to infuse its familiar detective tale with a distinctive flair.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Scheck
    This deeply humanistic, profoundly touching work representing independent cinema at its finest should be seen by far wider audiences.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    The visual style and the natural, unaffected performances by a talented cast help create an atmosphere of verisimilitude that makes the story all the more powerful. [23 Oct. 1996]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Compelling.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The results are always visually arresting, while the narrative, even by Maddin standards, is completely out in the ozone.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    It’s a marvelously imaginative conceit that transforms what could have been yet another dryly informative documentary into the realm of art.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Scheck
    Elena is an elegiac cinematic essay that is both haunting and unforgettable.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    While political and social context is kept to a minimum, the darkly poetic images they capture speak volumes about what the miners go through.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The leisurely narrative is barely able to sustain the film's full-length running time, and some of the obviously staged sequences involving the family of shepherds are annoyingly hokey. Nonetheless, "Weeping Camel" has an undeniable appeal.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    A fascinating account of its subject's self-torture over his inability to stop one of the 20th century's greatest tragedies.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Scheck
    There is no denying the emotional impact of the story, which is powerfully conveyed in this important, deeply moving documentary.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    If ultimately the highly talky Saraband comes across as a minor entry in the canon, it nonetheless marks a dignified farewell for one of cinema's greatest directors.