For 997 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 8.3 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 Exists
Score distribution:
997 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Carl Colby's deeply felt exploration of his father's life and career is as emotionally, as it is historically, intriguing, even if the filmmaker ultimately admits that he's never quite able to get to the bottom of his subject's enigmatic personality.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Although not exactly breaking any new ground with its by now all too familiar found-footage format, Paranormal Activity 3 hews to the formula in expertly crafted fashion, mustering up the requisite scares and then some.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Martyn Burke's documentary hauntingly dissects the rise of media mortality in the war zone and the mental disorders that follow.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Instantly proves itself an invaluable historical document. Shot verite-style with no narration, soundtrack or other embellishments, Tahrir: Liberation Square simply depicts the events of late January and early February 2011 with a vital immediacy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Although there are numerous interviews with various people both directly involved with or peripheral to the action, the most compelling figure on display is a particularly articulate coach who proves all too determined to have his protégé succeed. The fact that he works strictly on commission is certainly no small element of his zeal.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Few will fail to be moved by this portrait of selflessness in the face of near insurmountable odds.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    A quiet, nearly plot-free drama enlivened by beautifully nuanced performances by its four-person leading ensemble, In Our Nature depicts familiar dysfunctional family dynamics with a welcome lack of melodrama.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    The comedy of errors surrounding the 11 years (and counting) efforts to rebuild the devastated Ground Zero site would be funny if it weren't so tragic. Filmmaker Richard Hankin manages to encompass both aspects in 16 Acres, his strikingly coherent documentary chronicling the tortured process.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Ra'anan Alexandroricz's documentary uses a simple framework - a starkly photographed series of interviews with nine retired judges and lawyers instrumental in administering the often arbitrary laws - to deliver a provocative examination of the nature of justice.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    The extra weight that the actor has packed on gives him an air of vulnerability that makes his character's ultimate emergence from his seemingly impenetrable emotional shell all the more moving.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    The opportunity to see the stunning footage on the big screen is not to be missed, and the narration by Daniel Craig, delivered with James Bond-style drollness, makes it as much fun to listen to as to watch.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    This subtly engrossing psychological thriller plays like an intellectual version of Fatal Attraction, minus the sex and the dead bunny. And that’s meant as a compliment.
    • 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
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Christopher Nolan's noirish thriller is an uncommonly polished and assured feature debut, highly clever textually and supremely accomplished technically. This ultra low-budget exercise marks the emergence of a significant directorial talent. [13 April 1999]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    This fascinating show-business documentary brings its subject to life, warts and all, in a way that would no doubt have thoroughly pleased him.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    A deeply dispiriting portrait of the systemic persecution of the LGBT community in Uganda, the country that seems to be ground zero for homophobia.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    This striking cinematic collage provides a hauntingly personal perspective on a country that has been wracked by strife from its very beginnings.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Narrated in unobtrusive fashion by Forest Whitaker and featuring a jaunty Afropop soundtrack, the film is crisp and economical, with the filmmaker carefully avoiding extraneous melodramatics. They are, after all, hardly necessary in a tale that already contains such inherently powerful drama.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    The filmmaker documents the proceedings in refreshingly matter-of fact-fashion, thankfully avoiding the temptation to overly sentimentalize or mine cheap humor and contrived suspense from the proceedings.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    This intense drama co-starring Jeanne Tripplehorn and writer-director Leland Orser is at times too minimalistic for its own good, but it has a powerful emotional immediacy that fully grips the viewer by the time it reaches its wrenching conclusion.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    [A] small-scale but deeply moving documentary.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Beautifully acted by the largely unknown cast, This is Where We Live is as reticent as its characters, its emotions emerging as much from what’s unsaid as expressed. Its admirably understated approach infuses what could have been an all too predictable, feel good drama with an intriguing complexity.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Featuring generous doses of raucous humor as well as a haunting atmosphere of dread as Tommy and Rosie’s exploits prove increasingly dangerous, Rob the Mob is a true-crime tale that boasts an uncommon emotional resonance.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    This moving documentary lends a very human face to its powerful environmental message.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Director Overbay, working from an effective screenplay by his wife Ginny Lee Overbay, slowly ratchets up the tension in quietly compelling fashion.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    At once a touching adolescent love story and a visually evocative portrait of society torn apart by literally competing forces, Patema Inverted is an uncommonly ambitious animated effort that beautfully illustrates the need for both physical and emotional connections in a topsy-turvy world.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Shot over the course of several years, Evolution of a Crime is often rough-hewn in its execution, but it's deeply moving nonetheless.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Serves to not only put a very human face on this horrific condition but also as a triumphant valedictory of Campbell's poignant farewell tour.

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