Ronnie Scheib

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For 535 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ronnie Scheib's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Citizenfour
Lowest review score: 10 Fading of the Cries
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 36 out of 535
535 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Ronnie Scheib
    Sampling snippets and snatches of lives and conversations, Maysles and his fellow filmmakers undertake a folk odyssey through northern landscapes that proves a fitting farewell to an American ethnographer.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Ronnie Scheib
    Devos depicts stages of grief not as a series of emotions but as an evolving alchemy of perception that surrounds the protagonist, distorting time, space, color and light in patterns of dislocation, muffling the synapses that connect sounds and images.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    The filmmakers quietly expose conflicts and contradictions without the intrusion of voiceover, and with only occasional intertitles furnishing factual information.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Throughout the film, the beauty of the landscapes and the totally natural insertion of human, animal and insect movement within the frame lend The Creation of Meaning a particular grace.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    The filmmakers eavesdrop on intimate musical interludes at home and in the workplace, where it becomes immediately apparent that these forgotten maestros consider themselves representatives of families who have practiced their art for centuries, passing on their musical knowledge from generation to generation.
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    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Though highly improvisational and slapdash a la mumblecore, Kotlyarenko’s pic proves more anarchic and satirically energetic, showcasing individual actors almost like performance artists.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Since Thomas’ character is incapable of change or variation, and the film’s only engaging supporting players occupy a small fraction of the running time, it falls squarely upon Arquette to carry the film.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Ronnie Scheib
    Beginning as a colorful documentary about the Puerto Rican transgender community, candidly showcasing nine very different subjects, Mala Mala slowly morphs into a celebration of solidarity and collective activism without ever losing sight of its likable protagonists.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    The film doesn’t so much avoid cliches as brush off any sentimental excess, briskly maintaining narrative flow.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    An admirable if downbeat character study, Gabriel still sinks into a psychological quagmire.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Impressive though the results of the WHO’s campaign to eradicate polio may be, it is Zaidi’s lensing of the streets, waterways and people of Pakistan that lingers in the mind.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    As endless processions of friends and colleagues attest to Spinney’s genius, and the filmmakers wallow in never-before-seen behind-the-scenes imagery, they fail to fully capture the actual art of puppeteering, with woefully few substantial excerpts from the show itself.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Unlike more generally philosophical, life-affirming autobiographical docus about dying, “One Cut, One Life” rehashes old problems and tries to resolve multiple unresolved issues already exposed in previous films, proving as exasperating as it is weirdly compelling.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Contemporary issues pale before the fascination exerted by the generously sampled films themselves, executed throughout with masterful classical film vocabulary.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    A joyous celebration of creativity and razor-sharp wit sustained into old age, as evinced by outspoken nonagenarian fashion icon Iris Apfel, Iris also offers proof of Albert Maysles’ continued vitality as a documentarian.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    The pleasures of well-observed characters and small epiphanies are undeniable, and Alex of Venice, actor Chris Messina’s directing debut, is amply supplied with both, thanks to Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s extraordinary performance: Registering profound shocks with slight ripples rather than big emotions, she quietly commands attention.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Live From New York! registers as simultaneously too outsider and too insider — a perfect definition of mainstream media itself.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    If Caranfil’s mix of comedy and tragedy seems too scattershot to fully achieve catharsis, it does boast a rather Jewish sense of humor, itself a curious testimonial to the past.
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    • 40 Ronnie Scheib
    In its avoidance of all ambiguity, this giant-screen opus ultimately boils down to a rhapsodic endorsement of the tourism and shopping industries.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Ronnie Scheib
    A magnificent tapestry of sounds and images, this documentary interweaves multiple leitmotifs that flow through the film like familiar old friends, surging to the forefront only to be reabsorbed and casually encountered farther on.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Momentarily abandoning the strain of imagining liberation within a realistically perceived Israel, Fox here settles for the ephemeral glow of an exuberant block party.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Marquardt never buries her symbolic subtext very deep, what with a woman who freezes her eggs and a man who ensures that his patients feel nothing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    The documentary moves with the same fluidity that characterizes Peck’s choreography.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    The film offers surprisingly cogent, lived-in evocations of a period too often glossed over in impersonal, by-the-book montages.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    The superlatively acted indie promises more than it delivers, but chillingly evokes sufficient primal dread.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Above and Beyond reps an uneasy combo of two very different kinds of documentary, one of them personalizing the past and the other “objectifying” political advocacy.
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    • 40 Ronnie Scheib
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    Star Chiyaan Vikram delivers a knockout three-pronged performance, but this cinematic bravura is offset by underdeveloped scripting, flatly one-dimensional villains and overdone lone-hero-vs.-swarms-of-murderous-attackers setpieces.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Static, strikingly composed documentary stretches are interspersed with actors playing workers who voice a variety of complaints, appreciations and parables that deliberately, even pointedly, fail to encompass the sense of being there amid the unfolding spectacle.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Ronnie Scheib
    The film replaces choreography with metronomic editing, while one-note overstatement drowns out character development.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    The amazing invincibility of Hollywood-entrenched pedophiles creates a thematic unity of its own in Berg’s otherwise somewhat shakily constructed film.

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