Ronnie Scheib
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For 507 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 0.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ronnie Scheib's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Sweet Land
Lowest review score: 10 Prince of Swine
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 36 out of 507
507 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Ronnie Scheib
    Intelligently written, brilliantly cast and thesped story of a German mail order bride in a Norwegian-American community in Minnesota just after WWI never hits a wrong note.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Ronnie Scheib
    Dramatically spellbinding and intellectually stimulating, picture abstractly manipulates multiple layers of representation to shattering effect.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Ronnie Scheib
    Brief Encounters reps a must-see for art lovers.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Ronnie Scheib
    A fascinatingly fractured glimpse into a disengaged mind and a biopic-in-reverse of its subject, quite unlike any documentary seen before.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Ronnie Scheib
    The brilliantly edited tapestry of actions and reactions exposes a pattern of prejudice and fear capable of infinitely repeating itself.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Ronnie Scheib
    Adapting the cold language of data encryption to recount a dramatic saga of abuse of power and justified paranoia, Poitras brilliantly demonstrates that information is a weapon that cuts both ways.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Ronnie Scheib
    Paley sustains a consistently funny, sometimes even self-deprecatory comic tone.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Ronnie Scheib
    Though targeted at tots, Ponyo may appeal most to jaded adults thirsty for wondrous beauty and unpackaged innocence
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Ronnie Scheib
    Utterly engrossing dual-character study, unfolding with a serene disregard for indie quirkiness, Goodbye Solo radiates authenticity.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Ronnie Scheib
    Brimming with energy, elan and the unpredictability of his "Something Wild," Jonathan Demme's triumphant Rachel Getting Married may just lay the wedding film to rest, being such a hard act to follow.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Ronnie Scheib
    Lively, intelligent collage, both richly complex and immediately accessible.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Ronnie Scheib
    Sly, inventively drawn, brilliantly executed cartoon.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Ronnie Scheib
    Does a superb job of condensing an overwhelming mass of documentation, archival imagery and artistic representation into a concise yet passionate history lesson whose relevance could not be timelier.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Ronnie Scheib
    Feminist without the arrogance of 20-20 hindsight, vividly precise in its depiction of 18th-century pre-revolutionary France (the filmmakers were allowed to shoot inside Versailles), alive with exuberantly thesped personages and awash in the joy and power of music, the picture is a stunner.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Ronnie Scheib
    Tension flows organically from every phase of this dangerous endeavor, making for a highly entertaining outing for operaphiles and operaphobes alike.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Ronnie Scheib
    Imamura's square-framed, black-and-white imagery, in all its various stylistic incarnations, proves as compelling through the docu's myriad detours as in any of his better-known psychological thrillers.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Ronnie Scheib
    Sweetgrass offers a one-of-a-kind experience.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Ronnie Scheib
    The dialogue — natural, vibrant and totally embedded in the moment, never sententious or showoff-y — is delivered with consummate believability by an excellent cast.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Ronnie Scheib
    The novelty of helmer Gardner’s approach to 9/11, her insider’s look at the almost unimaginable difficulties faced by Cantor Fitzgerald in the weeks following the attack, and the abundance of coverage spanning 10 years of inhouse interactions more than compensate for the docu’s occasional unevenness.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Ronnie Scheib
    Pray deftly maintains the integrity and momentum of his story’s various strands while moving backward and forward in time, and from one discreet subtopic to another, his segues as unpredictable as they are imperceptible.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Ronnie Scheib
    With remarkable warmth and immediacy, Green and co-scripter Keogan have managed to capture the beauty of an obviously flawed family, one neither too perfect nor too demographically balanced to ring true, and imbue it with a sense of plenitude that seems to flow as much from the sun-drenched land itself as from the quirkily particular personalities involved.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Ronnie Scheib
    Consistently fascinating and suspenseful.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Ronnie Scheib
    Here, as in his 1992 breakthrough feature, “In the Soup,” Rockwell conveys his characters’ peculiar suppositions and perceptions using a variety of cinematic approaches, many recalling the untrammeled exuberance of early cinema.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Chris Browne's sense of humor captures perfectly the contradictions, absurdities and drama at the intersection of class, media, money and sports without dissing any of his player/subjects.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Zombie Honeymoon scores simultaneously as romantic, tragic, grotesque and screamingly funny
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Now, 50 years later, the Justice Department has decided to reopen the case, due largely to Keith Beauchamp's documentary, which contains testimony from hitherto unseen witnesses.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Lively interviews from a wide range of people, a wealth of excerpted footage stretching over decades, and a story packed with legend are served up by helmer Joe Angio with a verve mirroring the restless creativity of the film's subject.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Always surprising documentary makes excellent use of its many serendipidities.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Todd Robinson constructs a riveting thriller.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    A potent combination of ethnography and concert film, Brit helmer Jasmine Dellal's joyous celebration of tzigane music follows the 2001 U.S. "Gypsy Caravan" tour, which showcased five bands from four countries.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Rollicking story of a rich kid whose wildly successful bid for popularity has him playing drug-distributing shrink to an entire high school boasts pitch-perfect faceoffs between upstart Anton Yelchin and alcoholic principal Robert Downey Jr. that could fuel a chemistry lab.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    This mesmerizing morality play, rich in rare archival footage and complete with heroic Allied saviors, merits a full-fledged arthouse run before reaching larger PBS and cable auds.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Less groundbreaking video experimentation than extraordinary concert experience, Lou Reed's Berlin expertly fulfills its function.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Gini Reticker's lucidly impassioned film, filled with strong, eloquent spokeswomen, garnered Tribeca's docu award.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    A skillfully crafted, highly entertaining documentary.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
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    Expansively, dramatically, magnificently Russian, Nikita Mikhalkov's loose remake of "12 Angry Men" plays like vintage jazz from a veteran band.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    The actors are charismatic, particularly Ricardo Darin.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Bear Cub casually pulls off an amazing feat--combining innocent childhood nostalgia and graphic sexuality.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Hassan Yektapanah's first film attests to the deceptive simplicity of Iranian cinema, transforming the most minimal of props, scenes, and stories into a complex journey of discovery.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Fascinating.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Richly layered picture dramatizes a landmark doctor/patient showdown, chronicles a classic case of transgenderism and reveals how aspects of Schreber's story prefigured Nazism.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Sharp dialogue, idiosyncratic characters and a wickedly brilliant structure that subtly derails expectation make Laura Smiles a rarity among mellers.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Gloriously flamboyant comedic extravaganza, fuses soap opera and "American Idol"-type competition, following four wildly different women vying for the star role in a feature filmization of a popular telenovela.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Petra Seeger's beautifully crafted documentary about neurobiologist Eric Kandel, In Search of Memory, interweaves experience and experiments, autobiography and science as seamlessly as the Nobel Prize winner's same-titled book.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    This worthy follow-up to Kosashvili's brilliant "Late Marriage" should delight auds worldwide.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    The perceptively balanced "Dreams" transitions seamlessly from domestic drama to 70-mph heats.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    With rare candor and a refreshing lack of piety, first-timers and combat-weary veterans exhibit their camaraderie, euphoria and burnout as the camera documents their struggles with logistics, horror, death and self-doubt.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    In astounding detail, Stonewall Uprising recalls the now-famous three-day riots in June 1969 after a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a popular Greenwich Village gay bar, as homosexuals finally, openly fought back.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Veering wildly between paranoia (being judged by "12 people who voted for George Bush") and self-aggrandizement (modestly comparing himself to Da Vinci, Bach and Galileo), Spector makes a fascinating subject.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    The documentary sometimes bears an eerie resemblance to Claire Denis' brilliant "White Material" in its tense evocation of menace stalking the periphery of the frame.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Spoken Word benefits from an improbably perfect storm of production circumstances: The muscular, balanced script, the brainchild of an unusual alliance between professional poet Joe Ray Sandoval and TV writer William T. Conway, consistently plays to Nunez's strengths.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    A highly engaging picture with a post-apartheid edge (certain scenes play like a farcical "Invictus").
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    This must-see expose entertains as it horrifies.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Rarely has anyone embodied contradictions as happily and harmoniously as octogenarian New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Like Sebastian Silva's "The Maid," Queen posits a radically different approach to class and gender empowerment.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Lee Hirsch's "The Bully Project" serves as a call to action against abuse of students by their peers as it follows, over the course of a year, five sobering case histories of unrelenting schoolyard persecution.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Hungarian schoolteacher Gyongi Mago's campaign to raise awareness of her hometown's once-vibrant, now conspicuously absent Jewish population is captured in the superior docu There Was Once ...
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    The uncompromising power of Ingrid Jonker's poetry runs like a pulsing vein through Black Butterflies.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Morrison sometimes slows down imagery to a hypnotic, frame-by-frame trance-like state; one can imagine townsfolk scrutinizing the faces of long-dead relatives magically raised.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Gee follows Sebald's path with only occasional detours, while intermittently glimpsed talking heads fade in and out of artful black-and-white landscapes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Director Kimball's sharply focused, serenely ravishing nature photography provides reason enough to go armchair birding.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Rob Schroder and Gabrielle Provaas' raunchy, hilariously uninhibited documentary should wow arthouse audiences.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    This strong, well-crafted documentary preaches eloquently to the choir.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    This thoroughly engrossing, highly anticipated picture boasts assured direction by sophomore helmer Reema Kagti, a well-constructed script by Kagti and fellow femme writer Zoya Akhtar, and strong thesping by familiar Bollywood luminaries Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Rani Mukerji.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    The director’s double vision establishes a level of equality on film that in some ways defies the disparity in power between the two opposing forces.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    The sensual movement of bodies through space creates a visual language whose infinite variations seduce and fascinate over the course of the film’s numerous rehearsals.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    “Waka” refers to an ancient form of poetry still widely popular today, and helmers Haptas and Samuelson, through their serene lensing and fluid editing, propose a visual thread linking the past to the present “as the crow flies.”
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Incandescent performances by Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon and an unerring grasp of strip-mall-dominated Florida distinguish Sunlight Jr.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Gondry and his frisky hieroglyphs successfully convey Chomsky’s concept of language as the fleeting “meanings we impose on fragmentary experience.”
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Yet even as the timelessness of the human activity on display seduces with its serenity, it evokes in modern viewers a definite impatience with the impracticality of traditional rites and rhythms, perhaps only enjoyable in 90-minute doses.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Deftly sidestepping both melodrama and family-values messaging, Poppe imbues the film with enormous emotional resonance, brilliantly grounded by his leading lady.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Mordaunt previously directed a docu in Laos that featured kids who sold unexploded bombs for scrap metal, and that earlier experience invests this feature’s characters and milieu with an absolute integrity.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    The film represents a scathing critique of America’s juvenile justice system, the privatization of penal institutions, and the whole notion of “zero tolerance.”
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    For all their concentration on the human factor, the filmmakers by no means shortchange the aesthetic dimensions of LHC.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Banks allows the exhilaration of the game and the exigencies of realpolitik to determine the ups and downs of her film’s sentimental journey.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    A surprising, well-crafted documentary.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    This dual focus on the need to end the ineffective, destructive “war on drugs” and broader questions of political compromise gives director Riley Morton’s film particular resonance.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Throughout, Before You Know It resists foundering in pathos or kitsch; its subjects are too complex and resistant, having survived decades of change, to be reduced to victims or examples.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    The film’s slow deliberation and aesthetic rigor act as a form of seduction, luring the viewer into unwilling identification with Carlos.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    A unique blend of camp and conviction, To Be Takei deftly showcases George Takei’s eclectic personality and wildly disparate achievements.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ronnie Scheib
    Oreck spins a mesmerizing web that appropriates a wealth of disparate Eastern European images — of mushrooms, farmers, falling trees and war-destroyed buildings — to illustrate its lyrical discourse.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    From this polarizing lie, Techine fashions a brilliantly complex, intimate multi-strander, held together but somewhat skewed by the central perf of Emilie Dequenne ("Rosetta"), whose radiant physicality threatens to eclipse even Catherine Deneuve.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    The documentary's open-endedness offers something for everyone.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Distinguishes itself from such last-fling-before-the-wedding comedies as "The Hangover" with the grittiness of its Texas locales and the smug intelligence of its unapologetically narcissistic protagonist.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Fascinating study of free enterprise in free fall. While it may disappoint thrill-seekers, "Girlfriend" should still delight Soderbergh fans and niche auds.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    The excellent cast in Christophe Barratier's loose remake of a 1945 Jean Dreville film ensures that the predictable, nostalgic ride remains enjoyable throughout.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Instead of using its hot-button issues as a present-day hook, sticks with a 19th century mindset which it accompanies with elegant turn-of-the-century decors.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Superb emotional thesping complements script's measured restraint.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Unfortunately, instead of the usual larger-than-life male figures--Marcello Mastroianni, Harvey Keitel, Bruno Ganz--of Angelopoulos's recent films, we get a distractingly vapid couple who tend to drain the emotional resonance of these extraordinary, ever-shifting tableaux.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Documaker Daniel Peddle also works as a casting director, and so it is small wonder his crisp, concise, intimate portrait of six very different, self-styled "aggressives" -- women who stress their masculine sides -- should reveal in each a curious integrity and beauty.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Hadzihalilovic, the wife of cinematic agent provocateur Gaspar Noé and his sometime collaborator, has created a work of limpid beauty and eerie menace that some undoubtedly will dismiss as kiddie porn.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Magnificent photographs, archival news footage, and location-shot porn add texture and immediacy to Joseph Lovett's fascinating memoir of the sexually explosive 12-year period (1969-1981).
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Although by now routine, the intertwining of separate story strands is solidly structured, and the different mini-narratives resolved in unsurprising yet satisfying ways.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Helmer George Butler correctly gauges his film's strengths, with the search for life in the universe becoming a heartfelt tribute to a couple of robots.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Upbeat Urbanworld documentary prizewinner, full of strong personalities and crisply edited court action.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Proves as entertaining as the earlier "The War Room," which also featured Carville, but is more somber.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    A sure-fire audience-pleaser, Scott (son of Garry) Marshall's winning comedy bow could have been titled "My Big Fat Jewish Bar Mitzvah."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    The picture's deepest fascination lies in the soldiers' complicated reactions to the war, perceived simultaneously as funny, horrific, stirring and traumatic.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Enjoyable, daffily improbable escapist romp.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Briskly paced humor and/or pathos flow organically from situation and characters.

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