Ronnie Scheib
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For 523 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 point lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ronnie Scheib's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Let the Fire Burn
Lowest review score: 10 Reunion
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 36 out of 523
523 movie reviews
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    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Engaging leads, high-end production values, wedding preparations, energetic musical numbers and a familiar story should ensure healthy biz for Mere brother ki dulhan, a lightweight, unambitious three-way romantic comedy whose utter predictability may be its greatest asset.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    A must-see for stargazers of all ages.
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    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Although the film wears its dated genre affectations on its sleeve, the script avoids pretension, its hero’s believably alienated exhaustion overriding mere nostalgia.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Pic benefits greatly from Ben Kingsley's brilliantly nuanced reading of frankly bombastic narration.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Whenever Sutherland comes on scene, any inadequacies in the film's depiction of the well-to-do become irrelevant.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Family-friendly holiday fare.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    At several points, Chang is the only thing standing between his event and total chaos, as frustrated ticket-holders rush the gates.
    • 77 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    A rogues gallery of flamboyant gangsters paint an anecdote-rich portrait of the drug trade, while a steady stream of cops, coroners and crime reporters furnish social commentary.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    The movie belongs to thesps Jacobs and Meester. Jacobs fully inhabits her less-than-completely-sympathetic role with warmth and just the right touch of unconscious entitlement, while Meester luminously expands the film’s affective core.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    An old-fashioned postmodern hoot.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Beneath the strings of gags and wisecracks run parallel threads of ruthlessness and hysteria which bring “Motivation” a little closer to “Full Metal Jacket” than “Private Benjamin” as off-screen conflicts invade the closed-in encampment.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Knockout performances by John Cusack and child actor Bobby Coleman help legitimize a whimsical but sententiously moralizing script.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    By the film's underwater finale, director Matteo Garrone has bestowed a tragic stature on the pint-size Othello who loves "not wisely but too well."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Brain-teasing, wildly unpredictable animated feature.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Revelatory for the disabled and entertaining for the rest of us.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Thoughtful, incisive, controversial.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Shepard delivers in spades, his character weary but just crackpot enough to survive.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Culture shock often proves the stuff of comedy, but the sight of a silver-studded, sombrero-topped mariachi band breaking into a rousing rendition of "Hava Nagila" transports diversity into the realm of the surreal.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    For Fry, the music's complexity, ambiguity, innovation and humanity far surpass Wagner's personal limitations. He may not convince his viewers of the rightness of his conclusions, but he certainly makes a fervent case for the triumph of art over biography.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Confusing lack of historical set-up considerably dims the potential luster of a great true story: Helmer Alberto Negrin relies instead on competently rendered but cliche-ridden melodrama of nasty Nazis and suffering Jews.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Burns' always impressive sense of place lends authenticity to the pals' perambulations, and the stellar cast brings a welcome overabundance of personality to regrettably one-note roles.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Barsky wisely includes just enough dissenting voices and admissions of grievous error by Koch himself to prevent the picture from seeming like a 100% feel-good puff piece.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Less cohesive and accessible than "The Maid" (which the Chilean duo co-scripted and Silva helmed solo), picture nonetheless contains unforgettable scenes.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Ron Frank and Melvut Akkaya’s docu isn’t exactly groundbreaking, but as a brief history of the Catskill resorts, liberally laced with well-edited archival promos, songs, homemovies and extended excerpts from routines by Jewish comics who performed there, it consistently entertains.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Holiff Sr.’s extensive audio diaries and taped phone conversations with Cash give authentic voice to the film’s otherwise stodgy re-creations of this true odd couple’s stormy relationship.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Director-producer Aviva Kempner's well-researched but unchallenging docu, like "The Goldbergs" itself, has cross-cultural appeal for Jews and goyim alike.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Uneven but enjoyably titillating black comedy should elate Rickman fans while pleasing aficionados of extra-flakey caper flicks.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Despite lively commentaries by a pantheon of master musicians and magnificently performed classical pieces, "Exiles" only distantly echoes Huberman's visionary adventure.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Documentarian Jarred Alterman emphasizes oddball lyricism in the one-of-a-kind Convento, in which a 400-year-old Portuguese monastery provides the canvas for a Dutch family's artistic experimentation.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Schwarz lacks the writing chops to adequately embed the character’s predictable learning curve into a richer narrative fabric, but Dunne’s perf is pitch-perfect.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    As a character study and revelation of a possible answer to addiction, the docu rocks. But Negroponte's low-res video camera, trivializes the film's already crude approximations of psychedelic experiences and its recordings of shamanistic rituals.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    The indomitable siblings' unusual background, huge size and highly developed intellects, as well as the dramatic ups, downs and rebounds of their interwoven sagas, should result in a fascinating dual biodoc. But the two-hour pic's lack of economy makes for heavy slogging, with no boxing minutiae too small for exhaustive exposition.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    The latest in a line of documentaries decrying the destruction of viable working-class businesses and residential neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Su Friedrich’s film bypasses sadness and indignation for flat-out anger and well-aimed sarcasm.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Picture loses its delicate edge when it builds to a prescribed dramatic flashpoint within an overly compressed timeframe
    • 74 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Covering familiar ground from an unfamiliar angle, Ted Woods' oddball documentary White Wash examines the history of African-American disenfranchisement from a black surfer's viewpoint, in the process countering the racist myth that black people don't swim or surf.
    • 72 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Winner of the Golden Starfish fiction competition at the Hamptons fest, pic's gutsy, madly ambiguous unleashing of a mixed bag of religious reactions attests to a genuine sense of regionalism.
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    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Though generally engrossing, Ikland's multiscreen displays and cross-cultural theatrical experiments prove more distracting than effective.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Koons Garcia has obviously opted for an upbeat approach: Choruses of scientists and farmers sing the praises of organic farming while John Chater’s camera visually devours the fruits, vegetables and livestock produced by healthy dirt.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Collectivist in spirit, this mostly entertaining film lacks an official host or voiceover narration, which first works swimmingly but eventually becomes too diffuse.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    For Semans’ conceit of an obsessively narrow world to really work, he needed to have established an initially more expansive milieu.
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    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Luft grounds the film with an insistently believable performance, while other thesps float in and out of cliche.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    A Whisper to a Roar traces a too-familiar step-by-step political pattern: the transformation of a liberator into a despot, his subsequent reign of tyranny and the popular uprising against it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Perhaps the least accessible of Tian's films, this serenely elliptical poser will elude all but the most devoted arthouse auds.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    This offbeat charmer succumbs to the same airless artificiality that has claimed many recent efforts in the genre.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Though the picture meanders somewhat in the absence of a clear throughline, the focus on Scott's music and electronic experimentation remains strong throughout, thanks to an eclectic roster of musicians and scholars and a generous sampling of his compositions.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Uniquely Southern documentary has become surprisingly timely this election year.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Once Heifetz becomes a household name, Rosen struggles mightily to milk drama not from his musical genius, but from his relatively unremarkable personal life.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Certain moments in the film resemble nothing so much as attending a school reunion, being buttonholed by an old acquaintance and shown snapshots of the grandkids. A complacently conservative acceptance sometimes seems to blanket all of 56 Up, as if maturity entails a serene blessing of the status quo.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Frank Langella's note-perfect, tour-de-force turn as a man elegantly shaping his own demise is nicely counterpointed by a shambling Elliott Gould as a bird-watching private eye.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Though no "Love and Diane," this modest film nevertheless reveals the fragility of hope in survivalist mentalities pre-programmed to expect the worst.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Maxine Trump’s feature loses focus as it progresses, though its insights into guitar making, forestry harvesting and environmental shortages resonate strongly.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Likable but lightweight slacker comedy.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Evocatively fleshed out with surprisingly iconic homemovies, passionate love letters and well-chosen pop tunes, Kleine's homegrown Jewish "Madame Bovary" escapes the navel-gazing boundaries of the personal-diary docu by the sheer force of its evocation of bygone sensuality.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Moving, engagingly low-key curio.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    The improvisational zeal with which Cusack approaches his role (absent from his miscast villainous turn in “The Paperboy”) is particularly fun to watch.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    If Dalsgaard’s advocacy of Gehl’s utopian vision largely ignores the socioeconomic forces arrayed against it, the film should nevertheless enthuse pedestrians, bike riders and public-space proponents everywhere.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Its extremely narrow focus on the death throes of an art form, rather than the art itself, limits its appeal.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Watching a consummate pro like Turner navigate an uneven script, veering from farcical determination, her cheeks puffed like those of a demented chipmunk, to utter devastation, can be immensely entertaining, particularly when she's backed by an able cast, as she is here.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Tracing a journey of self-discovery through six North Indian states without a formal script, Ali’s actors, like his characters, effectively improvise in a meandering present tense, stripped of any viable destination.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Set in cramped apartments and hole-in-the-wall storefronts in the East Village, Michael M. Bilandic's nanobudget comedy Happy Life plays like a poor schlub's "High Fidelity."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Of particular interest to gay-rights activists and their adversaries, this "War Room"-like but extremely civil documentary seems best suited to community venues and the smallscreen.
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    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Miller deftly navigates his picture's unusual tonal mix, balancing absurdity, melodrama, comedy of manners and an unblinking ethnographic stare. But the film's nearly three-hour length may consign it to cult status.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Scripter/helmer Sue Kramer's awkward freshman outing eventually coasts on the genuine charm of its leads. A strong vehicle for Heather Graham, who has never looked lovelier, "Gray" scores most convincingly in its reinvention of Carole Lombardian sexual screwiness as head-spinning gender confusion.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    A bathetic TV-movie-type "learning experience" that provides about as much insight into teenagers as 40s westerns did into Indians--it's all in the costumes and customs.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Its straight-ahead rape, humiliation and ingenious revenge competently executed but not aestheticized, the essential grunginess never overly slicked up.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Teper buries his material in gimcrack mod trappings that trivialize rather than celebrate Sassoon's accomplishments.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    With Swaziland providing this mother lode of material, helmer Michael Skolnik extracts only the most pedestrian of films.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    This far-fetched, deliberately artificial game of musical chairs -- in which mismatched characters encircle, attract and repel each other -- feels forced, often losing itself in excess verbiage.

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