For 466 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ronnie Scheib's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 The Arbor
Lowest review score: 10 Fading of the Cries
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 466
466 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    A vibrant, unpretentious small-town tale.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    An old-fashioned postmodern hoot.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Fascinating case study of the moral quagmire of globalism.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Entertaining, painlessly educational documentary.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Brain-teasing, wildly unpredictable animated feature.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Alternating between New York clubs by night and the colorful streets and countryside of Santa Domingo by day, pic captures the spirit of the music and the nation that gave birth to it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Winning, consistently funny comedy, with lively script by veteran Colombian producer/scribe Dago Garcia ("Maximum Penalty"), The Car is driven by unusually sharp helming from newcomer Luis Orjuela, and a dynamite ensemble cast.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    So strong are the perceived parallels between the Peruvian situation described in State of Fear and the sociopolitical dynamics of the current U.S. war on terror that filmmakers have trouble, in post-screening Q&As, returning the discussion to the historical subject at hand.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Fascinating glimpse into wholly different body of laws, engrossingly evolving script and standout performances.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Pic's quiet lucidity and matter-of-fact procedurals pack a cumulative emotional punch.
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    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Picture offers unique glimpses into the hearts and minds of those who have turned reasons for hatred into a crusade for tolerance, braving the scorn of enemies and compatriots alike.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Pitch-perfect central perf (by scribe and co-producer Damian Lahey), total lack of dramatic artifice and surreally situational humor make for a minor-key vignette of unmistakable, if unstable, authenticity.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Tyro helmer Sara Lamm satisfyingly stitches together the family soap opera into a comfortable crazy quilt without sacrificing its unique, oddly topical edge.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    A rousing, hilarious Bacchanal of family togetherness, Roger Paradiso's brilliantly cinematic adaptation of the second-longest running play in Off-Broadway history might be the best of the recent rash of wedding pics.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Arguably stronger conceptually than visually, surreal mix of the unexpected and the banal is definitely not to everybody's taste. But the music is inarguably sublime.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Pays fitting tribute to Wetlands' unique rebirth of '60s idealism within a '90s urban setting.
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    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    The women's personalities and strengths command attention, their stories neatly dovetailing with the study's hypotheses. But when the film suddenly, almost subversively, shifts gears, and the questioner becomes the questioned, the pic's dynamic changes radically.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    What emerges from Walter's docu is not a sense of failure, but a recognition that the play's the thing, enriched by every flawed performance, perfection almost irrelevant to its cry of anguish.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Though picture is downbeat and defiantly low-budget, its laid-back absurdist tone and no-nonsense pacing make for an audio-visual delight.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Spinning a wry, tall-tale version of his autobiography, the septuagenarian audaciously plays himself at every age and every stage of his improbably picaresque adventures.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Crams a wealth of material into 90 minutes without losing clarity or momentum.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Bristling with wry wit and peopled with a rogue's gallery of disaffected losers.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Mai Iskander's stunning documentary-helming debut.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    For some, the documentary will represent the endorsement of a self-hater spouting traitorous ideas; for others, it celebrates the courage of a reviled, truth-telling martyr to the cause of academic freedom.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Scotti's amateur camerawork proves strangely compelling.
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    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    At a leisurely 172 minutes, the pic takes on the desultory rhythms of rural stagnation, its rigorous compositions imparting aesthetic weight and meditative scope to everything in its purview.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Gleefully piles on everything anyone could want in a docu on the fabulous Kuchar brothers, whose deliriously campy zero-budget mellers -- with titles like "Hold Me While I'm Naked" or "Sins of the Fleshapoids" -- enlivened many otherwise somber evenings of '60s underground cinema.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    The women's outspoken commentaries prove consistently colorful and their long-ago stripteases -- feathers flying, tassels spinning -- still pack a sensual, sassy, what-the-hell punch.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Slight, extremely likable picture, a sly variant on recent immigrant movies like "The Visitor" and "Goodbye Solo."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Nominally structured around the Intel Science Talent Search, Whiz Kids traces a dual process: the empowerment of economically challenged students who otherwise might not realize their potential, and the empowerment of the nation through the problem-solving efforts of its best and brightest.
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    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Endearing documentary, winner of Tribeca's audience award, should delight devotees and intrigue nonbelievers.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Some viewers will doubtless argue over Ismailos' choices or balk at her adherence to a romantic single-vision theory of a highly collaborative art. Still, her eclectic pantheon weighs in with entertaining anecdotes and illuminating comments, illustrated with well-chosen samplings of the artists' work.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    An edgier Richard Linklater for a less privileged generation, mumblecore helmer Frank V. Ross captures his characters' dead-end disaffection not through stasis, but through nervous activity.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    "Mundo" saves the full effect for dramatically lit performances at stopovers along the road, climaxing at the jam-packed Luna Park arena in Buenos Aires.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Cleverly channeling gangster tropes through a British kitchen-sink soap opera, TV scribe-helmer Ben Wheatley has concocted a nifty black comedy, with a little help from his friends, in Down Terrace.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Family-friendly holiday fare.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Initially registers as meandering and disjointed enough to qualify as mumblecore. But remarkably, the film gradually, effectively coheres, building to a climax at once unexpected yet integral to what has transpired before.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    This curious blend of documentary and narrative, held together less by any plot device than by a rigorous aesthetic, proves all the more effective for being in service of casual naturalism.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    To the extent that Michelle Williams' multilayered interpretation of Marilyn Monroe serves as its raison d'etre, My Week With Marilyn succeeds stunningly.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Pic benefits greatly from Ben Kingsley's brilliantly nuanced reading of frankly bombastic narration.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    A smartly paced, highly entertaining Bollywood gagfest. No comic masterpiece, perky pic nevertheless boasts likable characters, colorful villains, well-timed gags and Ram Sampath's extremely catchy tunes, all woven into a seamless, escalating whole.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Joseph Dorman's intelligent if conventional bio-doc of Sholem Aleichem proves particularly revealing, since the famed, dandyish Yiddish writer led a life as full of colorful ironies as the motormouth schlemiels that populate his stories.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Expertly constructed, impressively lensed and surprisingly entertaining.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    The horrific events in Mexico are proving fertile ground for black comedy, and though Saving Private Perez is certainly not the blackest, it may well be the funniest.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    When a baby orca strayed from its family pod near Puget Sound and showed up 200 miles away in Canada in 2001, it became the center of a long-running human drama by turns cute, inspirational, ludicrous and tragic, as documented in The Whale.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Shepard delivers in spades, his character weary but just crackpot enough to survive.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    A worshipful tribute to the life and work of Jane Goodall.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Surprisingly entertaining.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Oddly, the director's personal connection with his subject adds little warmth, filmmaker Carl proving nearly as unemotional as his deadpan dad.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Reminiscences about Goodman and readings of his poetry are played over old pictures that capture his singularly seductive appeal and lively sense of humor.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Luc Cote and Patricio Henriquez's You Don't Like the Truth demonstrates, through excerpts from an actual videotaped interrogation at Guantanamo, the process by which human will can be systematically broken down to force an admission of guilt, regardless of truth.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Deftly avoiding both the haphazardness of mumblecore and the fakery of studio romantic comedies, Khoury deploys a light directorial touch marked by assured thesping and a genuine appreciation for neurotic angst.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    A delightfully inventive valentine to his 83-year-old Lebanese grandmother, Mahmoud Kaabour's Grandma, a Thousand Times tenderly deconstructs the family-portrait genre, investing all manner of postmodernist distancing devices with emotional resonance.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    A must-see for stargazers of all ages.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Gerwig, charmingly unflappable in "Greenberg," lets it all hang out here, unafraid to sacrifice likability to over-the-top hysteria as someone who cannot control herself, despite a lingering sense of her own absurdity. Alexander proves a worthily understated foil, his self-deprecatory whimsy recalling that of a young Johnny Depp.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Sticking closely to the written text (with basketballs and barbells supplying incidental props) and wisely not attempting to reimagine the specific circumstances that separate the lovers, a dynamite ensemble cast of young actors invests the Bard's poetry with energetic immediacy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Spearheaded by phenomenal pint-sized lead Sydney Aguirre, this challenging third feature from the Zellner Brothers retains much of their provocative trademark idiocy but navigates darker waters.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Daly deftly creates a disturbing, Chabrol-like tension that plays on immediate identification with the handsome medico's lonely, shy vulnerability and slow-building horror at the depths to which his self-delusion can sink.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Nicole Karsin's beautifully crafted documentary We Women Warriors highlights the activism of three strong, extraordinarily likable women from three different regions and indigenous cultures of Colombia.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    One need not fully subscribe to Peter Navarro's demonization to appreciate his lucid wake-up call to the imminent dangers of the huge U.S.-China trade imbalance and its disastrous impact on the American economy.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    The film, produced by Cherney, makes a clear and cogent case (later upheld by a court verdict) that police and FBI falsified evidence in order to discredit Bari's cause.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    The 13 women, all born or made New Yorkers -- all born or made women -- of various ages, shapes, sizes and backgrounds, lose none of their mystique by being captured "behind the scenes," traipsing through airports or meticulously applying weird makeup. Rather, they reveal themselves as more conscious, integral parts of a spectacle that unfolds to hypnotic effect.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Revelatory for the disabled and entertaining for the rest of us.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Clearer, more thoughtful editing would have greatly enhanced the effectiveness of this sometimes-revelatory documentary.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    This engaging character study functions best as a two-hander: The male leads build a wholly believable, offbeat co-dependency, while their interactions with others tend toward the more generic.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Suffused with buoyant, sunlit sensuality, like its free-flying heroine, Elza confounds logic while seducing the senses.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    A curiously warm-and-fuzzy hindsight interpretation of artistic aggression, delivered by the artists themselves.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Filled with colorful, articulate neighborhood champions, this absorbing picture eschews militant outrage for a quietly devastating look at social commodification.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Amid the flood of documentaries about the Arab Spring in general and the Egyptian Revolution in particular, Uprising takes a clear, cohesive approach to the spontaneous events at its center.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Unlike Steven Soderbergh's twisty "Side Effects," Karpovsky's picture seldom surprises, its strengths lying in a leisurely journey toward a clearly predestined denouement.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Craig Rosebraugh’s docu Greedy, Lying Bastards covers ground well-traveled by environmental exposes from “An Inconvenient Truth” to “The Island President.” Rosebraugh, however, focuses less on the issue of global warming itself and more on the deniers and their big-money backers.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    With its convincingly antique-looking artifacts and hilarious “re-creations,” the March 1 release should please audiences searching for an intelligent, satiric spin on historical hindsight.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Cindy Kleine pays tribute to her famed theater-director hubby in Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner, with thoroughly delightful results.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    [A] deft assemblage of homemovies, work tapes and interviews is further invigorated by 1980s interviews with Pomus and a dynamite soundtrack of his rock ‘n’ roll perennials.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    The film’s rather simplistic cultural juxtapositions, pitting artistic appreciators against status-seeking philistines, work best when narrowly focused on the subject of wine.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    This engaging if somewhat underwhelming tale of unlikely redemption builds a funny-sad web of intersecting interactions around its strong central perfs.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Laid-back yet incisive, The New Black examines the complexity of black attitudes toward same-sex marriage, which the mainstream media tend to oversimplify as church-dominated and uniformly negative.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Morrison has always closely collaborated with musicians, but here the helmer goes one better, making music the ultimate product of the Great Flood.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Works better as a series of well-conceived, impeccably timed and executed physical gags, with light dustings of pathos, than as the story of a woman sacrificing her artistic identity on the altar of motherhood.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    The constant, genial comic undercurrent of teenspeak exchanges, penned by the writing team of helmer Meyer and Luke Matheny, contrasts satisfyingly with Kingsley’s wry musings and the more serious treatment given to David’s evolving maturity.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Mistaken for Strangers, a documentary about indie group the National, comes off like an exercise in self-deprecation. As much a diary film as a rockumentary, it almost compulsively veers away from its ostensible subject.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Giving not an inch to any sort of readable moral paradigm, this third installment in Potrykus’ Grand Rapids-set animal trilogy (including his 2010 short “Coyote” and his 2012 feature “Ape”) proves as fascinating as it is off-putting.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    [A] meticulous postmortem.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Despite a comic Yiddishe mama turn by Meryl Streep and a sensitively nuanced performance by Uma Thurman in a convincing changeup from her recent kickass action roles, Prime remains an oddly juiceless older woman-younger man romance, with a Freudian twist.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Unlike "Unzipped," with its single focus on the charismatic Mizrahi, Seamless follows three of the 10 finalists, furnishing a quietly fascinating contrast in persona, approach and design.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    In his intriguing take on the Frankenstein myth, first-time scripter/helmer James Bai establishes an entire alternate universe with consummate mastery only to fail to coax a convincing performance out of his lead actor.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    In an act of "selfless service," a group of American women, backed by industry giants like Clairol and Vogue, open a beauty school in war-ravaged Afghanistan. The anomalies are manifold: Gun-toting soldiers patrolling the streets are visible through the windows as rookie beauticians busily snip, perm and tweeze.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Gay Gotham farce written, directed and starring veteran actor Craig Chester ("Swoon," "Kiss Me Guido") delivers plenty of well-timed slapstick, a brace of oddball zanies and a couple of show-stopper musical numbers. Material is uneven, but rhythm and pacing keep action moving smartly.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    An ambitious, low-budget neo-noir, Stephen Purvis' El Cortez navigates the genre's tawdry twists and crosses and double-crosses with intermittent flair.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Brand has assembled a cast of world class improvisers, yet doesn't take advantage of their own particularized, inflected rhythms, as each ritualistically experiences a jump-cut fragmentary flashback in front of the same bathroom mirror.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Greif obviously ascribes to the Blake Edwardian school of comedy, laying out gags with commendable topographical precision. But, unlike Edwards' unique mixture of sophistication and slapstick, Funny Money falls squarely in the tradition of pure farce, itself an anomaly in this age of aggressively abrasive personality comedies.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    A strong cast, formal visual style and cynical voiceover that propels the action help elevate this Seattle-set gay romp from the ranks of the stereotypical.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Documentary seems best suited to cable: Lake's informal, Oprah-like concern invites the intimacy of home viewing. But the chick-chat approach in no way undermines the gravity of the problems the docu addresses.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Piles heavy emotional baggage on a slender story frame. Pic looks ravishing, featuring a nocturnal road trip through a cool kaleidoscopic landscape of shifting colors peopled by three commanding thesps of different generations whose interlocking stories form a cohesive whole.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Safer, more conventional and closer to broad TV sketch humor than Christopher Guest's comedies of manners, The Grand never quite recoups in laughs what it loses in spontaneity.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    This inordinately likable and consistently funny boxing saga-cum-romantic comedy doesn't so much ridicule the "Rocky"-type inspirational sports fable as gently deflate its heroic overdrive.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Uniquely Southern documentary has become surprisingly timely this election year.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Picture loses its delicate edge when it builds to a prescribed dramatic flashpoint within an overly compressed timeframe
    • 28 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Uneven but enjoyably titillating black comedy should elate Rickman fans while pleasing aficionados of extra-flakey caper flicks.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Likable but lightweight slacker comedy.