For 1,067 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 Material Girls
Score distribution:
1,067 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    The film doesn't quite manage to sustain interest for the duration of its 86-minute running time. But it does exert a certain voyeuristic fascination, thanks in no small part to the eccentricities of its central figure.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    This effort offers some mild amusement but lacks the anarchic wit to make it anything more than a slight diversion.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Has its entertaining moments and boasts pungent performances from such supporting players as Ron Perlman and John C. McGinley, but never quite succeeds in managing its uncomfortable tonal shift from dark comedy to true-crime thriller.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    As has been previously demonstrated in the hugely successful Perry's stage, television and big-screen works, subtlety and tonal consistency are not his strong suits. Here, the mostly broadly drawn characters and situations on display quickly prove grating, with the film veering awkwardly between broad comedy and melodrama.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Much of what transpires is wholly unconvincing, although the proceedings are made palatable by the highly appealing performances by the two leads, who display a genuine onscreen chemistry.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Anyone who has seen the original knows exactly where things are heading, with the result that the proceedings seem far more manipulative than unnerving.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Ultimately suffers from an uneven execution and repetitive overload.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Unfortunately, the film itself -- though it contains some superbly staged and highly lavish action sequences -- lacks the tautness of its heroine.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Unfortunately, the Collector simply isn't a very interesting screen villain. Clad in a black mask that reveals only his eyes and mouth, he mainly communicates by heavy breathing. It makes one yearn for the perversely witty chatter of Jigsaw.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Although Martin Sulik's drama sheds light on typically unseen populations of Eastern Europe, the film, heavy on "Hamlet" allusions, may be overstuffed.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    The result is more promotional film - Springfield happens to have recently released both a new album and an autobiography - than intriguing sociology, although the rabidly intense middle-aged female fans on display are probably deserving of psychological study.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Part murder mystery, part dysfunctional family drama and part meditation on the elusiveness of the American dream, Motherland doesn't fully succeed on any of its levels.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    More stylishly filmed than many others of its ilk, but at the end of the day, is just an ordinary slasher film.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    This week's campaign commercial, er, political documentary, is a portrait of Democratic candidate Sen. John Kerry's service in Vietnam.
    • 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."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    While Giuliani Time offers a wealth of important information that many might have long forgotten, its impact is diluted by its heavily biased nature and lack of balance.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    It might well be time for a creative rebooting; the freshness, if not the viscera, has begun to strongly diminish.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    More notable for its small, incisive moments than as a moving depiction of the way that familial relationships are affected by life crises, the film makes only a minor impact.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    The sort of sweeping romantic saga rarely attempted on our shores these days, Bride Flight should well please art house audiences, especially of older females, starved for this sort of old-fashioned fare.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    A playfully self-reflexive exercise whose endless in-jokes will best be appreciated by only the most ardent genre aficionados.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Much like the recent, similarly themed "Life in a Day," the results are more admirable than enlightening or even entertaining.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Good People follows a familiar thriller template without managing to be particularly compelling.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    This mildly engaging comedy drama has enough quirky charms to compensate for its rough spots.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    The feature-length film ultimately becomes repetitive, with the lack of contextual information about the subjects’ lives rendering the proceedings shallow.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    The provocative issues of Silent Waters are unfortunately undercut by schematic plotting and one-dimensional characterizations, but the forcefulness of its message makes it a rewarding cinematic experience.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Part somber character study and part revenge thriller, Steven Knight‘s debut feature lacks the thematic depth necessary to take it seriously while not featuring enough of the high-octane action that its star’s fans have come to expect.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    For all its thoughtful analysis, the film is more anecdotal than truly enlightening. While its cheerleading approach to the problem is admirable, it seems more designed to appeal to the heart than the head.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    The director-screenwriter does manage to invest the familiar proceedings with some quirky, original touches.

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