For 1,086 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 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 3 Geezers!
Score distribution:
1,086 movie reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Squanders its potentially rich possibilities.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Never really decides whether it wants to concentrate on providing information or sociological analysis, with the result that it fails to fully satisfy on either level.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Its observations seem more suited to the op-ed pages of a magazine than the big screen.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Strong performances by Lily Rabe and LisaGay Hamilton aren’t quite enough to redeem Redemption Trail.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Part concert film, part narrative, it isn't fully successful on either level, coming across more like an overlong DVD extra than a fully stand-alone work.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    This seventh installment does at least provide a reasonably satisfying conclusion to the series in the unlikely event they choose to give it a rest.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    While Downtown Express suffers from a derivative storyline, it offers enough musical authenticity to provide ample compensations.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    More aggressively violent and thankfully less mythology driven than previous installments, Underworld: Awakening is strictly for the converted.
    • 39 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    While it does render scientific and philosophical principles in a highly accessible format, the film is nonetheless a real chore to sit through.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    While all this might have made for a potent short subject, the abstract visual monotony begins to wear thin shortly into the 98-minute running time.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Eventually gets so bogged down in its own quirkiness that its humanistic message gets lost.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    The scattershot results, while admittedly providing plenty of fascinating details, doesn't quite do its subject justice.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    This head-scratcher boasts visual imagination to spare even as its logistical complexities and heavy-handed symbolism ultimately prove off-putting.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Filmmaker Julia Haslett lacks focus in her ode to the French philosopher.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Far too bloody for the art house crowd and too leisurely paced and obscure for more general audiences.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Neither an inspirational faith-based film nor an attack on Christian dogma, Will Bakke’s comedy/drama Believe Me plays like a religious variation of "Risky Business" minus the sex.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Ultimately suffers from an overabundance of plot and a paucity of depth, but it does provide some fleeting comic pleasures along the way.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    The film's chief asset is its superbly atmospheric evocation of its period milieu.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    It all adds up to somewhat less than the sum of its parts, but it's made palatable by the well-evoked rural atmosphere and the typically expert performances by the two leads.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Visual artist and filmmaker Matthew Barney's follow-up to his acclaimed "Cremaster" film series continues this provocateur's penchant for outrageous imagery and numbing non-narratives.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    While director-screenwriter Preston A. Whitmore II's film is to be admired for its proponing the values of a higher education over the dream of a career in the NBA, its dialogue, characterizations and situations rarely transcend the level of cliche.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Although more than a little familiar in its road movie-style romantic banter and bickering, the film is easy to take for a number of reasons, including the witty and frequently caustic dialogue. Modest in its aspirations, "Race You" succeeds by not trying to do too much.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Unfortunately, the back story behind FireDancer is ultimately more interesting than the finished product, a thematically ambitious but rough-hewn combination of love story and examination of cultural dislocation.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Ultimately has the air of a home movie project blown up to feature-length proportions.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Very much reminiscent of "Napoleon" in numerous ways only minus the wit, the film is made somewhat palatable by its inherent sweetness and its treatment of typical adolescent angst.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Designed to capitalize on the title and premise of the original but offers little to those who fondly remember it.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    A love story that veers uneasily between mysticism and melodrama.
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Depending on your age and memory, you’ll recognize cinematic DNA from everything from "Three Days of the Condor" to the "Taken" and "Bourne" franchises in this tale of a father and daughter on the run from an evil conspiracy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Oh, "Blair Witch," what hath thou wrought? It has taken less than a decade, but the concept of horror films filmed documentary-style has officially become a tiresome cliche.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Ultimately adds up to less than the sum of its parts. But it possesses a visual power, as well as a lingering resonance, that gives it a certain distinction.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    The film should please his (Sokurov's) fans even while proving a frustrating, tedious experience for most art house audiences.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    It's historically accurate, since Electric Slide is set in 1983, but it only emphasizes the hollow emptiness of this faux New Wave-style crime drama that emphasizes style over substance to an enervating degree.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Boasts an undeniable technical proficiency and historical authenticity, but this docudrama detailing assassin Mark David Chapman's obsession, stalking and eventual murder of the beloved Beatle nonetheless has an unavoidably exploitative feel.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Director Darren Lynn Bousman, who also helmed the past two installments, doesn't deviate from the stylistic formula, which includes grinding industrial music, frenzied editing and a blue-gray color palette.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    This ultra-violent revenge thriller is far more notable for its baroque excesses than coherence or credibility.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    The problem is, despite the fact that the cast is filled with a gallery of veteran comic performers, few of the characters they portray are very interesting.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Managing nary a single original idea throughout its 93-minute running time, the film does benefit from a cast of sexy young TV stars who should attract the desired female teen demographic.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Features a fine performance by Angela Bassett, but her work is the sole subtle element.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Ejecta is ultimately too disjointed and incoherent to have the desired impact. But it certainly features some arresting moments during its wild ride.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    All too ironically titled as it details in lethargic and sometimes convoluted fashion the stories of the many heroic and often unsung figures involved.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    A would-be provocative satire that too often settles for sitcom-grade silliness, The Infidel represents an opportunity wasted.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    This debut feature by Anne Renton doesn't quite find the proper tone to convey its heartfelt message.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Oddly bereft of scares or tension, the film is mainly notable for its sustained atmosphere of weirdness.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    What could have served as a colorful episode in a more expansive film about the famed singer has instead become the premise of a mildly entertaining but overextended road movie that doesn't succeed on either dramatic or comedic terms.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    A bland romantic comedy in the Richard Curtis style, The Decoy Bride is mainly notable for its proof, if any was needed after "Boardwalk Empire," that Kelly Macdonald is a major talent.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Ultimately neither funny nor touching enough to make much of an impact, but it does offer many small, insightful moments along the way.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    The filmmaker's attempt to explore the outer boundaries of erotic and violent obsession are undone by the murkiness of the execution, and only the highly committed and forceful performances by the two leads give the aptly titled Bad Guy any distinction.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    While Stanford is more annoying than endearing as the self-righteous slacker, the charming Deschanel provides the film with its few moments of genuine fun with her offbeat turn as the wily, put-upon girlfriend.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Imagine a teenage lesbian love story directed by David Cronenberg and you'll have some sense of the weirdness of Jack and Diane. Bradley Rust Gray's attempt to weave horror elements into a fairly conventional narrative yields diminishing returns in this overly stylized effort.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Sequins will tax the patience of most viewers not enthralled with endless close-ups of beads and brocades.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    The film's unrelenting bleakness and misanthropic tone is likely to be a turnoff to mainstream performances, but it provides its lead actor with another opportunity to display his riveting intensity.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Despite the author’s scripting and the fine central performances by Joan Allen and Anthony LaPaglia, this low-key effort directed by Peter Askin fails to fulfill the potential of its provocative premise.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    This would-be cult film is unlikely to inspire "Rocky Horror"-style devotion.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Another effective civics lesson that, unfortunately, will probably never be seen by the people whose minds it seeks to change.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    David Duchovny delivers a clearly heartfelt but terminally mawkish and awkward directorial debut in House of D.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    A feel-good tale with undeniably good intentions, this Canadian comedy-drama doesn't really manage to convince on any level.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Ultimately comes across as a soporific costume drama featuring a gallery of miscast stars.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    While the experience may have been highly rewarding for its participants, viewers may be less than enthralled.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Vivid if scattershot documentary examines today's sexualized culture by focusing on three subjects.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    La Vie au Ranch boasts an undeniable authenticity. But how much you enjoy it will depend on your affection for its aimless if attractive characters.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Kate Clere McIntyre and Saraswati Clere's less than revelatory documentary that incessantly makes the point that yoga is really, really good for you.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Many of the film's most entertaining moments are, ironically, its most peripheral: Namely, the extensive archival clips of news conferences in which an alternately relaxed and tense Kennedy jostled with journalists
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    King of the Corner has been adapted from Gerald Shapiro's "Bad Jews and Other Stories" and suffers from an odd, disjointed quality.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    This disappointingly conventional effort pales in comparison to the filmmaker's wildly audacious comedies.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Distinctly and proudly old-fashioned in its retro, film noir vibe, A Walk Among the Tombstones is notable for its dark atmospherics and strong performance by Liam Neeson.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    The film simply has too many tiredly predictable elements for its own good, and despite the handsome cinematography of the extremely picturesque California locations, "Sherman's" never really finds its way.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    A static and awkward effort that never quite comes to life.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    A faux black-and-white silent film that will gain immeasurably from its road show presentations, Louis is more of a novelty than a satisfying cinematic experience.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    The film doesn't manage to achieve for hip-hop what the great rock concert films of the past have done for their musical genre.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    An elongated, rather aimless portrait that doesn't fully convey the essence of its titular subject.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Mad as Hell is far too subjective to take seriously.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    The next time you're invited to a French dinner party, you might want to give it a pass, if the tedious proceedings in Change of Plans are any indication.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Packing in enough cliches for a dozen movies, this drama about a sensitive young man trying to achieve his dreams via the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis will best be enjoyed by the generation unfamiliar with "An Officer and a Gentlemen," "Top Gun" and any preceding boxing movies.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    While its theme of youthful empowerment inevitably strikes an emotional chord, the film never manages to achieve any dramatic steam, plodding along in mildly diverting but essentially bland fashion.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    This war-horror movie basically plays like "Blair Witch" in Afghanistan.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The ideal animated film for Ron Paul to watch with his grandchildren, the bizarre Silver Circle certainly deserves points for sheer eccentricity.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Unfortunately, the gags start to wear thin shortly around the 15-minute mark, not to mention the fact that they pale in comparison to the real-life indignities endured by the members of the "Jackass" crew.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Unlike the restrained 1974 film which cleverly relied mainly on suggestion, this version piles on the graphic, often CGI-enhanced gore.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    While Adam Sussman's screenplay can be admired for its emphasis on subtle atmospherics rather than cheap scares, it is a gimmicky slog of an affair that lacks narrative coherence or strong focus.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The Prosecution of an American President demonstrates that you can be deeply sympathetic to a film's arguments and still come away feeling unconvinced.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Has the feel of a home movie of greater interest to its participants than to an audience.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Lackluster and decidedly old-fashioned (in the worst way).
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The film unfortunately depicts black female sexuality, a topic rarely portrayed onscreen, with all the depth and subtlety of a late night Cinemax offering.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Hamm is unable to do much with his underwritten role, and the present-day sequences don't really hold interest.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    In the depiction of this unlikely journey -- it is supposedly based on a real-life story -- the film awkwardly veers between naturalism and a striving for poetic myth.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    One of those infuriating comedies that practically nudges you in the ribs while you're watching to remind you how cute and funny it is.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The lead performers certainly are highly attractive, making this one of the more sensual werewolf pictures in quite a while -- and to their credit, they do manage to keep a straight face throughout. But ultimately, the anemic Blood and Chocolate could have benefited from a little less chocolate and a lot more blood.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    War
    Lacking even the galvanizing action sequences that would have compensated for suffering through its formulaic plot, this is a thoroughly forgettable exploitationer that will not enhance its stars' resumes.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    This meta-theatrical attempt at creating a comically subversive film is far too self-indulgent to provide insight into its important themes.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    This Chekhovian-style comedy about a group of neurotic actors endlessly kibitzing during a weekend at a country house might have some appeal for self-absorbed thespians, but "civilians," as they're derisively referred to in the film, will find little of interest here.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Stefan Haupt's (The Circle) documentary Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation explores the building's tortured history and the current efforts to bring it to fruition, but in a disappointingly dull style that fails to do justice to its outsized inspiration.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Other than providing yet another meta-theatrical examination of the ever-blurring line between reality and artifice, Janeane From Des Moines emerges as a pointless affair.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Features fine performances from the veterans in its cast. But it ultimately comes across as little more than a compendium of cliches.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The sole laughs are scored by Robert Davi, amusingly playing it straight as a Muslim terrorist who wants to hire Malone to make a suicide bomber recruitment film.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Considering the importance of the still active 93-year-old poet’s art and social activism, the film seems slight and discursive, more of an introduction than a definitive portrait.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The action sequences are strictly pro forma and -- despite the sleek killer's resemblance to the similarly lethal heroine of "La Femme Nikita" -- this dull effort lacks the excitement generated by any of its incarnations.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Hough’s dancing is far more impressive than his acting, and BoA, despite her perky sexiness, is an even less compelling screen presence. But they certainly move well together, and that’s pretty much all that matters here.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Director Stephen Kijak, who previously explored far more compelling musical territory with Scott Walker: 30 Century Man, has delivered a behind-the-scenes portrait that should please the band's diehard fans but offers little of substance to the uninitiated.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Unlike such similar efforts as "A Mighty Wind," this would-be satire isn't funny enough to be entertaining, nor is it clever enough to fool us.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    For a film so seemingly interested in educating audiences about the evils of sex trafficking that it provides horrific statistics at the conclusion, it has no compunction about including copious doses of female nudity.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Despite the strenuous efforts of all involved, Every Secret Thing never manages to overcome its overwhelming air of artsy pretension.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Annette Haywood-Carter’s slow-paced film features a plethora of colorful characters and incidents that register with little dramatic impact.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Battlefield America manages to pack every cliché imaginable into its overstuffed and overlong 106 minutes.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Fails to overcome its hokey script and cliched characterizations.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Watching your friends’ actual wedding videos, however painful, would be a more edifying experience than sitting through Breakup at a Wedding.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Essentially "Alien" set in a self-storage facility, the British low-budget horror flick Storage 24 doesn't manage to rise above the limitations of its bare-bones concept.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    This effort offers some mild amusement but lacks the anarchic wit to make it anything more than a slight diversion.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    This tale of an elite military unit assigned to rescue a war correspondent kidnapped by the Taliban is as frenetic and ultimately mind-numbing as a "Call of Duty" videogame, only without the thematic depth.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Not quite able to make up its mind whether it's a parody or homage, this tired exercise wastes both its gorgeous visuals and a first-rate cast.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    It relies too heavily on shock value rather than solid facts.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    It should be a sturdy player upon its release in home video formats, assuming that its target audience knows how to operate their DVD players.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Crudely shot and edited, the film is most notable for the strong performances by its two leads.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Although directed in effectively creepy fashion by Roberto Buso-Garcia, the film’s leisurely pacing and overall restraint will likely leave genre fans dissatisfied even as its lack of depth will turn off art-house patrons.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Mixing soap-opera melodramatics with pithy one-liners, the film never achieves a coherent tone, with the uneven performances by the ensemble adding to the problem.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    A mockumentary obviously inspired by his landmark 1990 series The Civil War, misses the Christopher Guest mark by a mile.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Designed as a family film adventure promoting positive values, it’s a sort of teenage "Raiders of the Lost Ark" that will provide mild diversion for very young audiences.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Generic B-level horror marked by numerous dull patches, long stretches of expository dialogue and, save for Astin’s admirably intense turn, uninspired performances.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Squanders its timely illegal alien theme with a predictable and unconvincing story line that makes "Green Card" seem a classic by comparison.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    An ineffective indie variation on the sort of generic romantic comedy that should be starring Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    A dry compendium of talking-head interviews.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Bound to disappoint diehard Winters fans while leaving the uninitiated baffled, Certifiably Jonathan doesn't begin to fully suggest the range of the comedian's brilliance and lasting influence.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Levesque, soon to be seen in an action movie, "Inside Out," that is probably more suited to his talents, is a reasonably engaging and likeable screen presence.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    A lame action-comedy that seems ready made for undiscerning late-night cable viewing.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    This bloody exercise in camp quickly wears out is welcome, although its copious doses of nudity and gore, as well as its undeniably catchy title, should help it stand out on video shelves.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    What might have proved reasonably compelling onstage comes across as forced on film, with credibility taking a back seat to contrivance.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Unfortunately, the thin storyline isn't substantial enough to sustain the nearly two-hour running time.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Achieves the dubious distinction of featuring a large gallery of nearly all unlikable characters.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Its resolutely low-key approach doesn’t make for particularly compelling drama.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Redline is the cinematic equivalent of a sports car ad in Maxim magazine.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Glossier and more lavishly produced than most faith-based films, the film directed by Steve Race is ultimately undone by a relentless preachiness that gives it the feel of a two-hour sermon.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Largely devoid of the sex-farce style comic wit to which it aspires, the film is palatable largely because of the charm of lead actress Cheung.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    John Wellington Ennis’ scattershot documentary has many relevant points to make, but the problem is that they’re not made very well and almost all of them have been made before.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Writer-director David Kittredge clearly has serious things on his mind about such subjects as voyeurism, the thin line between fantasy and reality, the link between sex and violence, etc., but whatever points he is trying to make are lost in the general muddle.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Aims to be a cutting-edge portrait of cutthroat political machinations. But it's a mostly toothless affair that, like so many of our current political figures, proves alienating.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Lacks the potent scares and exploitative elements to truly please genre fans. But its thematic ambition and well-crafted elements mark the filmmaker as a talent to watch.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The sort of cheesy thriller that would prove mildly diverting on late-night cable, Slow Burn at least features a terrific cast to enliven its familiar elements.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Depicting a close encounter of the decidedly low-budget kind, Extraterrestrial boasts an undeniable technical competence but can't shake off its inevitable been there, done that quality.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Frustratingly devoid of any background information about the director’s storied career, the film is ultimately repetitive and tedious.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Part adventure saga, part elaborate home movie, the documentary showcases both the emotional and physical pitfalls faced by this emotionally fraught crew.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    This mostly unfunny effort -- though it might have made them laugh silly in its home country -- is unlikely to appeal to art house audiences on this side of the Atlantic.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The writer/director deserves credit for his comparatively low-key approach to the potentially exploitative material, but much like the infant baby at its center, the film seems artificially cobbled-together.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The film’s scattershot approach proves more enervating than enlightening, with the barrage of information presented in such a haphazard manner that continuity and coherence become lost.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    An overly ambitious, overly complex and overly long opus that bites off more than it can chew.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The ambitions and intentions of War, Inc., co-written by and starring John Cusack, are laudable, but the film is a nearly complete misfire.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    They don't make movies like Jolene anymore, and that's a good thing.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    If it was still the 1980s, then Dumbbells might actually be a hit.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Rabindranath Tagore: The Poet of Eternity, although clearly lovingly intended, is too haphazard and unenlightening to fulfill its mission of educating Western audiences about the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    ATM
    As with so many films of this ilk, plot holes and inconsistencies abound, with audiences likely to express in loudly vocal fashion their opinions about what the characters should or shouldn't be doing.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    While this is indeed a likeable enough group, watching them interact with each other over the course of 80 minutes becomes a bit wearisome.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Unfortunately, Allegiance is less sure-footed in the filmmaking department, rendering its potentially suspenseful storyline stilted and uncompelling.
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Its deadly serious take on the subject may inspire more titters than anything else.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Eventually, though, Waiting For Lightning suffers greatly from the absence of Way himself.
    • 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.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Koechner tries hard, but ultimately scores few laughs except for when, like Ferrell, he bares his comically less than toned, fleshy body.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The formulaic script by Steve Koren doesn't manage to exploit the absurd premise with any discernible wit or invention, and the star is left floundering.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Telling an obviously lived-in tale, this small-scale indie drama suffers from a compendium of cliches.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The release date is the most original thing about it.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    While a huge hit in its native country, is neither arty nor truly thrilling enough to greatly impress American audiences.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    About as subtle as its all too obvious title would suggest.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    An essentially two-character drama that would have been far more effective onstage, Brett C. Leonard's Jailbait is ultimately as claustrophobic as its setting.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    This ludicrously plotted drama of incestuous sexual abuse is only partially redeemed by its strong performances.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Unfortunately, the alternately melodramatic and comic Bringing Up Bobby fails to impress, despite a showy turn by Milla Jovovich in a sharp departure from her usual zombie butt-kicking in the Resident Evil series.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The lack of charisma exhibited by leads Jesse Metcalfe and Amber Tamblyn doesn't help matters, and not even the stalwart presence of Michael Douglas fails to provide the proceedings with sufficient gravitas.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The latest example of J-horror to reach our shores, Takeshi Furusawa's Ghost Train demonstrates that the increasingly tired genre may be in need of a serious overhaul.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Directors Patrick Alexander Stewart, Gina M. Angelone and Mouna B. Stewart have failed to construct the often emotional personal accounts into a compelling film.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The longer the proceedings go on the more wearisome they get, with Perry's character quickly wearing out his satirical welcome. By the time it's over, you'll almost wish that La Ultima Pelicula would live up to its title.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Shock to the System demonstrates that merely subverting genre conventions doesn't quite make for compelling entertainment.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Technological updating and a few clever narrative twists are the sole saving graces of the otherwise pedestrian Preservation.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    By the time the relatively brief but seemingly interminable proceedings reach their conclusion, viewers may feel like they've been held hostage themselves.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    A failed cinematic experiment mainly notable for its fine starring performance by a pre-"Juno" Ellen Page, The Tracey Fragments provides more evidence (not that any was needed) that an extensive use of split-screen visuals is far more irritating than arresting.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Unfortunately, Love Object, which uncomfortably totters from psychological suspense to black comedy to pull-out-the-stops horror, never quite lives up to its bizarre premise, and despite its audacious subject matter, it will even have difficulty attaining future cult status.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    This informative but scattershot documentary about the Occupy Wall Street suffers from a surfeit of facts and figures.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The result, Chronicling a Crisis, is an admittedly harrowing exercise in solipsism that will be of little interest to anyone besides the director's diehard fans and perhaps his therapist.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Repellant to look at and fairly inscrutable, the film does at least offer vivid if at times overly broad performances from the three leads.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    A less than satisfying cinematic experience.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Undeniably offers cheap laughs, its most receptive audiences will likely be found in retirement-community auditoriums.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    A highly awkward blending of gay porn and political satire, this latest effort from cinematic provocateur Bruce LaBruce ("Hustler White," "Skin Flick") is the sort of film John Waters would make if he were more political, less funny and completely willing to shed all aspirations of mainstream respectability.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Monogamy doesn't manage to find anything particularly new to say, and says it very, very slowly.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Club Life demonstrates that not everyone has a compelling story to tell.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Doesn't quite manage to elevate its subject to a sufficiently interesting level for anyone who isn't already one of its frequent visitors. A good stroll inside your nearest city park would provide a more edifying experience.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Cheesy reality shows monopolize the TV schedule, but must they infect our multiplexes as well? Love, Etc., Jill Andresevic's documentary depicting the romantic travails of various New Yorkers, is a disturbing example of a trend that is to be soundly discouraged.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    While The Empire in Africa offers a litany of talking heads and shockingly violent images in its exploration of the conflict, it is more confusing and disturbing than enlightening.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Unfortunately, while director/co-writer Ed Gass-Donnelly displays an admirable restraint in his general eschewing of gratuitous gore, quick editing and flashy visuals, the results have a generally soporific feel.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Strictly for the small-fry set, lacking the visual style, wit or imagination necessary to entice adult viewers.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    A horror film dealing with the terrors lurking via our computers, cell phones and other electronic devices, Pulse isn't nearly as scary as watching your hard drive crash or having your BlackBerry conk out in the middle of a vital call.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    There's little to distinguish this from the rest of the entries coming down the horror film assembly line, though the presence of Carrie Fisher as a shotgun-toting housemother who taunts the killer by shouting "Come to mama!" offers some camp value.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Featuring a plethora of unsavory characters, undeveloped subplots and a confusingly jagged narrative, this extremely low-budget effort is mainly notable for its willingness to get down and dirty.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    A horror spoof that has little reason for being, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead pretty much uses up its quotient of wit with the title.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    While this low-budget effort seems to have its heart in the right place and features a sensitive, moving performance by Oscar winner Melissa Leo, it ultimately feels like a compendium of bizarre character quirks adding up to a barely coherent whole.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Has an impressive visual style that reveals its director's music-video experience. Unfortunately, that's about all it has going for it because its sluggish pacing and confusing story line will prevent it from appealing to all but the most rabid J-horror fans.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The strained results eventually prove wearisome, although the sexy Winter is effectively scary and at times even moving as the psycho femme fatale.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Suffering from its forced attempts at pseudo-religious profundity and its familiar depiction of a spiritually lost central character eventually finding salvation, The Calling is ultimately all too resistible.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Interweaving clumsily staged action sequences with endless pontificating about evil mega-corporations privatizing public resources, the mediocre environmental-themed thriller A Dark Truth wears its good intentions on its sleeve.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The Rite becomes more ludicrous as it goes along, with more than a few lines of dialogue from Michael Petroni's over-the-top screenplay eliciting unintended titters.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    This remake of a South Korean movie ultimately provides fewer scares than the average aging baby boomer feels every time they look into a reflective surface.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Attempting to be a meditation on the nature of creative passion and the emotionally liberating effects of physical labor, Triumph of the Wall is as much of an exercise in frustration for the viewer as for its hapless protagonist.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The execution, however, leaves something to be desired, as this effort seems more visually muddled and choppier than previous installments.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    This thriller about child sex trafficking is well-intentioned but dramatically stilted.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The film falters when it ham-fistedly attempts to detour into sensitive drama.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    With neither the dramatic nor comedic aspects of the story line being remotely convincing, the best efforts of the talented cast go for naught.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Dull, talk-heavy snoozer that most closely resembles something that would show up on the CW network.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The fight sequences are staged with admirable proficiency despite the often cheesy special effects.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Although Sutherland is an amiable and charismatic figure, his lack of emotional expressiveness doesn't help matters here. The film does, however, offer the spectacle of his getting a tattoo of the film's title (one of the band's songs) in Icelandic.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    ABCs of Death 2 mainly serves to demonstrate that even talented filmmakers need a lengthier running time to craft even a moderately successful short.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The degeneration into familiar genre tropes reduces the impact of the wittily satirical set-up, with the result that Starry Eyes fails to live up to its initial promise. But the film indicates genuine talent on the part of its directors/screenwriters, who infuse the proceedings with a dark, gothic creepiness that is further enhanced by Jonathan Snipes' retro, synthesizer-infused score reminiscent of John Carpenter.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Has little to offer besides unrelenting strangeness.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Director-screenwriter Hopkins is unsuccessful in navigating the absurd storyline’s jarring tonal shifts, with the result that this kinder, gentler variation on Ms. 45 mainly emerges as off-puttingly bizarre.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The resulting cat-and-mouse game -- occupies most of the film's running time, to gradually diminishing results.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    While the CGI effects are undeniably impressive, the laughable story line, risible dialogue and cheap humor (most of it involving a hapless zoo security guard) seriously detract from the fun.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Postman Pat: The Movie is a mostly charmless and dark affair.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Wit is in short supply, but director Miller at least keeps things moving briskly throughout the relatively brief running time.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Straining for a quiet poeticism and, to its credit, occasionally achieving it thanks to the beautifully photographed scenic environs, Pilgrim Song fails to involve us in its central character’s introspection.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The latest example of a distressing wave of undistinguished theatrical versions of Saturday-morning kid shows.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    While the actor lends his formidable presence to the proceedings, this rote thriller mainly succeeds in squandering his talents.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    It uses numerous hoary techniques -- including tabloid-television-style editing and ominous background music -- that tend to detract from the seriousness of the issues being addressed. Morgan Freeman delivers the portentous narration.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    In a simpler form, Mojave might have been a gripping if minor genre film. Instead, it's undone by the sort of pretentious overwriting that might have seemed impressive in the '70s but now comes across as merely forced.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Unfortunately, the film lacks the hypnotizing strangeness of Foreman's best stage efforts and also pales in comparison to cinematic works like Matthew Barney's far more ambitious "Cremaster" series.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Not only doesn't provide any real information, it barely manages to convey why we should care. It represents a true squandering of a potentially fascinating subject.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Striking nary an unfamiliar note, The Song sluggishly lurches towards its predictable conclusion — spoiler alert, Jed sees the error of his ways — but it does offer some pleasures along the way.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    By-the-numbers screen parody fails to resurrect an increasingly tired genre.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The film is a relentlessly loud and ultimately exhausting exercise only partially leavened by the usual heavy doses of wisecracking humor and visual gags.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The filmmakers are clearly most interested in re-creating the murders in a gruesome and repugnant fashion. It's a shame the film is so exploitative, because Howell and especially Turturro deliver chilling, all too convincing performances.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    With a running time of nearly two hours the overall silliness wears thin rather quickly.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    There’s certainly an interesting documentary to be made about soccer, the world’s most popular sport by far, but This Is Not a Ball isn’t it.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Sacrifices the quietly creepy qualities of the original in favor of ramped-up horror film techniques that by now seem distressingly familiar.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The supporting players are either nondescript or overact to the point of exhaustion.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    There’s a terrific central idea at the core of the film, but it’s lost amid the endlessly repeated nightmare episodes, the banal subplot concerning the couple’s domestic problems and the clunky exposition and visuals.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Equal parts thriller and feel-good inspirational tale, 33 Postcards succeeds mainly in provoking the viewer’s sense of disbelief.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Lacking the objectivity or contextual analysis to more fully examine the important issues it raises, it’s a minor chapter in an unfinished story.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Unfortunately, despite displaying an admirable stylistic ambitiousness and excellent use of its NYC Lower East Side locations The Girl is in Trouble never manages to feel like more than a strained, modern-day pastiche.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    A well-meaning but hopelessly stilted melodrama, Hate Crime sacrifices good intentions with its mediocrity of execution.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Presumably intended as an inspiring portrait of a private individual daring to live his dream of traveling in space, Man on a Mission instead comes across as a cautionary tale about having too much time and money on your hands.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Banks succeeds in mining a few laughs from the otherwise strained, contrived proceedings.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    By the time the proceedings reach their "Paranormal Activity"-style violent conclusion, the viewer’s interest has long since waned.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    While the director/screenwriter is to be commended for avoiding the usual bloodsucker clichés, he hasn't replaced them with anything particularly interesting, with the result that the story plays like a quasi-mystical melodrama featuring characters about whom we care little.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Despite the effective performances by its young lead performers, California Scheming mainly comes across as half-baked.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Its hopelessly stodgy execution will test the patience of even the most enthusiastic audiences for faith-based films.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Although not exactly original in its aspirations or execution, the film's engaging performances and occasional funny moments lift it a notch above the pack of similarly themed fare.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Lacks the finesse to attract significant attention beyond its target audience.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Ultimately feels as shallow as the lives of most of its principal characters.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Unlikely to inspire a passionate following similar to the original, the film, which opened Friday without being screened for the press, ultimately induces more titters than dread.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    An unfortunately muddled portrait of a teenage girl going through a moral and spiritual crisis.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    This less than subtly titled documentary by Mark Birnbaum and Jim Schermbeck will undoubtedly find few viewers.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Effectively creates a menacing atmosphere within the gleaming white halls of the hospital in which it is set, but its story line and characterizations lack the sufficient originality to lift the film above its many better predecessors.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Ultimately, there's not enough material to sustain a feature-length film, and the sloppy editing, cheesy re-enactments and cheap graphics don't exactly make for compelling viewing.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Getting four mediocre horror efforts for the price of one doesn't exactly represent a significant bargain.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Six Million and One suggests the need for both a more ruthless editor and a well-trained family therapist.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    It’s all pleasant and forgettable.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    While One Candle, Two Candles… sheds much needed light on the archaic, barbaric custom that is its subject, its jocular tone threatens to undermine the importance of its message.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    This Divided State will become yet one more largely forgotten cinematic footnote to an election notable for its divisiveness.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Genuine scares are few and far between, and the climactic explanation for the ghost's appearances comes as something less than a revelation.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    A technically ramshackle affair whose primary attribute is Tukel’s deadpan comic performance and self-deprecating willingness to portray his character as a total dick.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Cavemen has absolutely nothing fresh to say about its subject, and its tired genre conventions wouldn’t pass muster on a Fox sitcom.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Ultimately a less-than-satisfying cinematic meal.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    About as subtle as its subtitle, Gloria Z. Greenfield's documentary attempts to be both a comprehensive exploration of anti-Semitism throughout the ages and a forceful alarm about its modern-day threat. Not fully successful on either level...
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Benasra's documentary purports to be a sociological examination of the intimate relationship between women and their shoes. But God Save My Shoes also displays a creepily fetishistic feel.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    A formulaic comedy that displays as much subtlety as its title.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    This static, talky effort ultimately doesn’t justify its feature-length running time despite some strong performances and the occasional moving moment.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Filmmaker Alan Govenar misses the mark in his attempt to document the historical French dwelling of once famous beatniks.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The film never achieves any real depth in its unabashedly admiring portrait. What might have made a mildly interesting short feels vastly attenuated even with its brief 72-minute running time.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Despite a talented cast lead by Halle Berry, director John Stockwell fails to take more than a bite out of this lackluster shark thriller.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Least Among Saints has the strained feel of a basic cable television movie, with modest production values to match.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    One hates to say it, but after this and "Black Snake Moan," it might be time for the talented actress (Ricci) to keep her clothes on.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Aggressively quirky but lacking any real wit - unless you consider a lengthy monologue about the taste of semen to be side-splittingly funny - the film based on David Gilbert's satirical novel is a non-starter.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    A lot of comedic talent founders in this new Harold Ramis comedy that doesn't exactly recall his glory days of "Caddyshack" and "Groundhog Day."
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    This farcical romantic comedy lacks the charm and star power to compensate for its contrived plotting and only mildly amusing situations.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Despite the plethora of melodramatic plot elements, the film remains curiously uninvolving due to its compendium of clichés and sluggish pacing.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Features a winning performance by Sara Rue as its titular heroine but otherwise has little to recommend it. Playing a wallflower who blossoms when she finally meets the right guy, the actress has charm to spare.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Scheck
    Making her feature directorial debut at the tender age of 70, veteran actress Connie Stevens delivers an obviously heartfelt but sadly unfocused melodrama in the form of Saving Grace B. Jones.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Scheck
    Onscreen, it somehow manages to be at once wildly overblown and terminally boring.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Frank Scheck
    Despite its effort to double as a sincerely impassioned message about female empowerment, My Way mainly comes across as a relentlessly self-serving promotional vehicle.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Scheck
    Let's Go to Prison ultimately feels as long as a stint in the big house.
    • 11 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Scheck
    This latest installment of the horror movie spoof franchise is mainly notable for its Charlie Sheen/Lindsay Lohan cameos.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Scheck
    Notable Bollywood producer-director Vidhu Vinod Chopra makes a highly uneasy transition to American films with this weirdly baroque modern-day Western that, while it boasts undeniably imaginative visual and plot flourishes, is far too absurd to take seriously.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Scheck
    It’s especially sad to see such notable actors as Caan and Patric reduced to appearing in this sort of bottom of the barrel, direct-to-video fare.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Scheck
    This overly convoluted and contrived farce features a typically scenic setting and an engaging performance by Helena Noguerra in the central role but otherwise has little to recommend it.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Scheck
    Playing somewhat like a juvenile version of "Rosemary's Baby," this inept, incoherent attempt to cash in on young girls who can't buy a ticket to the R-rated "Saw V" (or are too lazy to sneak in) will be out of theaters long before the Halloween pumpkins start to rot.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Scheck
    A thoroughly undistinguished addition to a genre that probably reached its peak a quarter-century ago with "An American Werewolf in London."
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Scheck
    This dour, uninspired, Hispanic-themed variation on the profitable "Step Up" dance movies is unlikely to similarly rouse teens.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Scheck
    Now that the filmmaker has reached a certain age, she no longer seems to have her finger on her generation’s pulse. Case in point: The Hot Flashes, a ribald comedy whose menopause-referencing title is all too indicative of its pandering humor.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Scheck
    Although Rulin displays a compelling neurotic edge as the driven Emily, Chenoweth and Modine are unable to breathe much life into their schematic roles, while the supporting players are basically saddled with conveying a compendium of quirks.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Scheck
    An indie ethnic comedy clearly hoping to become the Jewish equivalent to "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," this well-timed offering, which arrived in time for Passover, is unlikely to have that sort of crossover appeal, or any appeal at all, for that matter.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Scheck
    The screenplay co-written by Nicholas Thomas and director Luke Greenfield fails to mine the potentially humorous premise for the necessary laughs, with nearly all of the gags falling thuddingly flat.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Scheck
    Manages to be insulting both to slasher movies and lesbians. Where's the gay rights movement when you need it?
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Scheck
    Playing the emotionally shut-down driver for an escort service, the actor provides what little interest there is to be found in this otherwise aimless depiction of urban alienation.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Scheck
    This low-rent frat house comedy is at once far more vulgar and decidedly less anarchic than its obvious inspiration and should flunk out of theaters before this year's crop of freshman students even finish unpacking their bags.

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