For 938 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 7.9 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 Movie 43
Score distribution:
938 movie reviews
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Slickly executed with glossy, neon-drenched cinematography and a throbbing techno-music score, Paris Countdown sacrifices substance for stylishness, as has become the distressing tendency of so many recent crime dramas. But its fast pacing, compelling lead performances and frequent doses of action prevent boredom from settling in.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Boasting uncommonly handsome production values and a stellar cast, the awkwardly titled The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box nonetheless feels like a stillborn attempt at a franchise starter.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Park Hong-soo’s debut feature includes enough kinetic action sequences to satisfy genre fans even while its dramatic elements leave something to be desired.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    The film’s true MVP is Cusack, delivering a wittily subtle and acerbic turn that well displays his gift for deadpan comedy. He elevates the material whenever he’s onscreen, providing hints as to the more interestingly subversive film Adult World might have been.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Despite its shameless manipulations and unsubtle approach, it’s an ambitious and well-intentioned feature debut from a director whose future efforts bear attention.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    The film is elevated by the quality of the performances, with Breslin and Henley movingly affecting as the closely bound sisters and Sorvino convincingly conveying her character’s inability to function.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    The film’s attempt at blending humor, poignancy and melodrama results in an awkward mish-mosh. But it has heart to spare, and the performances by the multi-generational ensemble are very effective, with particularly moving work by the veterans in the cast.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    The convoluted, cliché-ridden storyline, apparently inspired by the director’s father’s real-life experiences in the drug trade, is the least interesting element, while the brief, perfunctory action sequences no doubt reflect the low budget. But the film certainly looks and sounds good.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Despite the affecting performances by the two leads, this overly muted drama fails to make much of an impact.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Despite a neat narrative twist delivered during the end credits, Alien Abduction is ultimately a by-the-numbers enterprise that will please only the most undemanding audiences at midnight screenings.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Despite Meat Loaf’s hammily entertaining turn as the desperate owner of a musical theater summer camp, the film fails to live up to its obvious inspirations.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    While the screenplay by De Paolis and Sarah Nerboso falters in its melodramatic plot elements, its incisive characterizations and well-drawn smaller moments provide some compensation.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    The film earns a few laughs thanks to the energetic efforts of its hardworking cast, but they’re decidedly of the hit-or-miss variety.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    The director-screenwriter does manage to invest the familiar proceedings with some quirky, original touches.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Ultimately a less-than-satisfying cinematic meal.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    While those in the know will undoubtedly find something to appreciate in the film's wide-ranging if amateurish stabs at satire, the vast majority will feel left out of a private joke.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    A dry compendium of talking-head interviews.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Yet another stylish exercise in depravity in which Huppert floats through the sordid proceedings in a calm haze. If only the film she inhabits was as sexy as it aspires to be.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Lacks the finesse to attract significant attention beyond its target audience.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Fails to overcome its hokey script and cliched characterizations.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    This Divided State will become yet one more largely forgotten cinematic footnote to an election notable for its divisiveness.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Unfortunately, the screenplay contains little real wit, with the result that the various plot machinations have a strained quality that tends to reduce the proceedings of their intended giddiness. On the other hand, the performers are attractive; there's plenty of nudity; the setting is scenic, and the musical numbers -- well, they're pretty bad.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Director Rupert Wainwright fails to bring any style to the material, not producing a fraction of the suspense or wit generated by Carpenter in the original even while working with a far lesser budget.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The film doesn't have much in the way of genuine laughs despite a plethora of attempted gags, but it does have a geniality that makes it hard to entirely dislike.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Unfortunately, there's little wit or genuine suspense to elevate the proceedings above the level of a cheesy comic book.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Alternately tedious and bombastic, the film never achieves a consistent tone, and the characters and situations, while seemingly played on a realistic level, are neither remotely credible nor satisfyingly surreal.