Ronnie Scheib

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For 527 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 1.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ronnie Scheib's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 First Cousin Once Removed
Lowest review score: 10 Fading of the Cries
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 36 out of 527
527 movie reviews
    • 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
    Reminiscences about Goodman and readings of his poetry are played over old pictures that capture his singularly seductive appeal and lively sense of humor.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    The film doesn’t so much avoid cliches as brush off any sentimental excess, briskly maintaining narrative flow.
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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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Scotti's amateur camerawork proves strangely compelling.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Slight, extremely likable picture, a sly variant on recent immigrant movies like "The Visitor" and "Goodbye Solo."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    The superlatively acted indie promises more than it delivers, but chillingly evokes sufficient primal dread.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Pitch-perfect dialogue, quietly dynamic helming and small-scale action on a widescreen canvas make for a very appealing film.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    A vibrant, unpretentious small-town tale.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Though fans might miss Perry's genre-exploding daring, the excellent cast injects enough pathos and zing to keep picture percolating.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Pays fitting tribute to Wetlands' unique rebirth of '60s idealism within a '90s urban setting.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    A curiously warm-and-fuzzy hindsight interpretation of artistic aggression, delivered by the artists themselves.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    [A] meticulous postmortem.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Laurien van den Broeck's masterful unblinking performance transcends the uneasy all-English dialogue.
    • 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."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Celebratory, family-friendly fable.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Ultimately, picture's fascination lies with the personalities and strategies of the candidates themselves.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Briskly paced humor and/or pathos flow organically from situation and characters.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Stephen Dorff's powerhouse perf as an ordinary Joe trapped behind bars with warring ethnic psychopaths propels Felon well ahead of its expose/exploitation brethren while still avoiding the pious learning curves of Frank Darabont's prestige prison dramas.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Effortlessly interlinking the stories through the jaunty perambulations of a fresh-faced waitress from a local cafe, Thomson's crowd-pleaser makes up in refined schmaltz what it lacks in innovation or profundity.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Expertly constructed, impressively lensed and 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Surprisingly entertaining.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Upbeat Urbanworld documentary prizewinner, full of strong personalities and crisply edited court action.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Clearer, more thoughtful editing would have greatly enhanced the effectiveness of this sometimes-revelatory documentary.
    • 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.
    • 75 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Competently written and skillfully acted, the film seems to be melodrama-bound, when a shocking discovery and the sudden arrival of friends instead send it careening into comedy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    With equal measures of showmanship, patriotism and irony, hundreds vie at NYC's Pussycat Lounge for the East Coast Division of the first-ever nationwide air guitar championship for the right to eventually represent the U.S. at the world championship.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Piles the pathos high as if to see how many hard-luck cliches its pugilist hero can fend off without succumbing to schmaltz. Given John Leguizamo's knockout perf, sentimentality never dares raise its head, and the improbably stacked deck from which his character is dealt gives the pic's would-be "neo-realist" premise a peculiar edge.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Pic's quiet lucidity and matter-of-fact procedurals pack a cumulative emotional punch.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Maintaining a bemused, sometimes comic distance, Betbeder traces how happenstance crystallizes into biography as his characters traverse the titular seasons.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    PBS-bound docu constitutes a revealing look at a poorly understood chapter in American history.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    With an eclectic mix of strong-minded thesps all pulling in slightly different directions, this shape-shifting genre hybrid successfully commingles 12-step therapy, romantic comedy and hit-man thriller.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Enjoyable, daffily improbable escapist romp.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Atmospheric picture positively vibrates with authenticity, and Janssen's intense, febrile performance earned a special jury prize at the Hamptons fest.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Altina makes for loose, exasperating but oddly endearing viewing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Crams a wealth of material into 90 minutes without losing clarity or momentum.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Functions swimmingly as both a bigscreen inflation of smallscreen icons and a fairly hilarious stand-alone.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Fascinating case study of the moral quagmire of globalism.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Suffused with buoyant, sunlit sensuality, like its free-flying heroine, Elza confounds logic while seducing the senses.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Hentoff presides over a film rich in the sounds and occasional sights of legendary cultural figures, from Lenny Bruce and Malcolm X to Bob Dylan and Coleman Hawkins.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Mai Iskander's stunning documentary-helming debut.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Proves as entertaining as the earlier "The War Room," which also featured Carville, but is more somber.
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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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    A worshipful tribute to the life and work of Jane Goodall.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Bristling with wry wit and peopled with a rogue's gallery of disaffected losers.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Basically conservative yet titillatingly "eccentric" British laffer could succeed in the "Full Monty" import slot.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
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    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Throughout, the drivers are framed against the various cityscapes they traverse, though their philosophical views on what is unfolding around them differs with age and temperament.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Beastie Boy Adam Yauch proves he can make a comprehensive, state-of-the-art docu of interest to basketball aficionados.
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    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Cunningly fashioning found footage into a rabbit's-eye view of events, Polish helmer Bartek Konopka creates a chillingly apt political allegory in Rabbit a la Berlin.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    The documentary's open-endedness offers something for everyone.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Alain Gsponer’s well-crafted romantic comedy, glides along on the sheer power of rising German star Daniel Bruhl’s boyish charm.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    A magnificent performance by Sarah Polley illuminates every frame of this relatively upbeat melodrama.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
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    • 70 Ronnie Scheib
    Endearing documentary, winner of Tribeca's audience award, should delight devotees and intrigue nonbelievers.

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