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

Ronnie Scheib's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 First Cousin Once Removed
Lowest review score: 10 Fading of the Cries
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 466
466 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    Likable but lightweight slacker comedy.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    Moving, engagingly low-key curio.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Slicker, funnier and more professional than its predecessor, State Property 2, with Damon Dash at its helm tones down the original.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    In its reliance on emotionally loaded voiceover and its disconcertingly direct appeals for support, Len Morris' old-fashioned docu seems more designed for fund-raising pitches than theatrical release.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    In striving simultaneously to cover the transplanted rap scene, sample a wide range of groups, and give an unbiased picture of Cuban society, helmers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who have hitherto worked in short-form, blur the overall shape of their picture.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    In scope, depth, rhythm and gags, "Pizzas" seems best suited to the small screen.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Name cast, occasional deft touches and nifty contrast between the two locales cannot overcome script's terminal awkwardness.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    As fascinating as it is frustrating.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Keeps grimly glued to its one-note premise, relieved by nary a glimmer of humor, surprise or personality.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Far from encouraging "Survivor"-style competitiveness, the desert setting serves as a serene Club Med-type backdrop to the all-male bonding.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Shady mood-piece profits greatly from enigmatic performance by Emmanuel Xeureb.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Inevitable comparisons to Quentin Tarentino's femme-centered carnage extravaganza "Kill Bill" are not unwarranted insofar as both films featurefeature an abstract, self-conscious, and decidedly post-modern approach to a moribund genre.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    A lackluster actioner.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    A lightly feminist, good-naturedly comic sketch of a Chinese-American family in crisis. But despite pic's earnestness and obvious good intentions, narrative elements, carefully set forth though they may be, fall back on overfamiliar, underdeveloped tropes.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    May shock many viewers, especially political liberals.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Neither newly revelatory nor formally innovative.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Pic contains its share of viable gags and stars generate a certain degree of convincing chemistry. But eventually, the seams in personality design and artificially stitched-together script construction begin to show.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    More polished and better acted than many "inspirational" biopics.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Though the Pangs prove culturally adaptive on a visual level, they seem completely clueless as to the tonal modalities of Mark Wheaton's admittedly undercooked, all-American script.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Undeniably topical but the lack of emotional investment in its characters renders it more intelligent than engaging.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Engages but underwhelms.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Never completely takes off, yet somewhat overestimates the surrounding zaniness. Still, any opportunity to witness the improvisatory skills of Sarah Silverman, Bonnie Hunt and Amy Sedaris should not be missed.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Thanked and vilified from coast to coast, Carter remains steadfast in his belief that Israel's policies in the Occupied Territories are unjust and counterproductive.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Kagan's green-screen filmization, in its over-busy editing, ever-changing angles and constantly shifting backdrops, strips the play of its starkness, leaving disproportionate schmaltz and propaganda.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Proves a welcome addition to the growing body of films on Iraq, but ultimately promises more than it delivers.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Generates enough mild humor to keep the spoof rolling, but lacks the commitment and scope.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Boasts dazzling hockey action, but its off-ice piousness makes for tough sledding for non-Canucks.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Aggressively upbeat docu, helmed by two males ill-equipped to bring any distance to the camp's pervasive feel-good feminism, tends to relentlessly reiterate points better served by example.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    The overly simplistic script by Zac Stanford (“The Chumscrubber”) hits nothing but high notes, making the whole dramatically less than the sum of its parts.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    A convoluted bilingual thriller about a kidnapping in Colombia, Towards Darkness may be too clever for its own good. Frosh director Antonio Negret intertwines so many disparate characters, each with a flashback-studded backstory, that after a while the exhausted viewer, assaulted by sudden time-jumps, agitated handheld camerawork and tediously protracted suspense, ceases to care.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Beyond its cool, reflective surfaces and infinite plays with perspective lies nothing -- character, relationships, motives all seemingly irrelevant. Even Willem Dafoe as a haunted cop cannot ground these artfully grisly optical illusions, unconnected to any comprehensible storyline.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    With Swaziland providing this mother lode of material, helmer Michael Skolnik extracts only the most pedestrian of films.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Although it avoids overt moralizing or clunky lesson-learning, pic's careful balancing act between tragedy and comedy eventually becomes its sole raison d'etre.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Shiota piles tons of symbolic baggage on his pint-size protagonists, who luckily rise to the challenge.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Wide-ranging educational documentary attaches itself to the rise and fall of a 12-year-old fashion model, and indeed, its sincere, cautionary tone seems best suited to younger auds and small screen exposure.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Filmmakers underline the immediate relevance of their conclusion: In matters of war and peace, who we elect president is crucial.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Once Choose Connor ventures into the larger political arena, it begins to work against itself.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Meandering mindlessly, Wizards comes off as yet another humdrum Pottery artifact.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    That Blitstein pulls off this tiredly self-reflexive conceit with relative panache is due in no small part to the scruffy grace of leads Justin Rice ("Mutual Appreciation") and indie fixture Brendon Sexton III.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Lacks seismic guffaws but elicits many mild smiles.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Luke Meyer and Andrew Neel's New World Order is less about an international cabal seeking world enslavement than about those who fervently believe such conspiracies exist and who crusade to defeat them.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Ultimately, nothing can save this pic from the warm fuzzies.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    The filmmakers' metaphor of the housing market as a casino, with hard-working people's homes used as chips, although apt, may lack the visual and visceral excitement.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Picture touchingly conveys the everyday closeness of the Rashevskis, who are wont to tango their troubles away, but spiritual upheavals and tonal shifts feel artificial and strained.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    A radiant perf by Annie Parisse and a virtuoso turn by Eli Wallach are insufficient to lift this male intergenerational angst-fest out of the ghetto.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    The bros are built, and "Hand," with its gorgeous shots of mist-shrouded woods and sun-burnished hay, plus a brief but rapturous foray into gay sex, may attract queer auds.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Kalmbach’s laid-back approach proves more likable than revelatory.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Simultaneously insightful and idiotic.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Amiable but uneven.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    A startling wake-up call about appalling conditions prevailing in American schools, The War on Kids contradicts popular wisdom.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    It is the presence of Duncan as a Mike Tyson-esque, malaprop-spouting ex-champion that, at least momentarily, lifts the pic out of its mediocrity.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Israeli helmer Dror Sahavi's well-meaning but simplistic terrorist melodrama, gingerly counterbalancing religious fanatics on either side of the Israeli-Palestinian divide, utilizes a lyrical "Romeo and Juliet"-type encounter between a reluctant suicide bomber and a Jewish escapee from Orthodox closed-mindedness to plead mutual tolerance.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Dancing Across Borders, Anne Bass' uneven docu debut, traces the fortunes of Cambodian ballet dancer Sokvannara "Sy" Sar from the time Bass first discovered him performing traditional temple dances at Angkor Wat to his conquests on the world stage.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Happily, "Upwards" picks up immeasurably when three legit luminaries (Andrea Martin, Julie White, Peter Friedman) enter the picture as the couple's parents.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Beginning promisingly enough, "Handsome" soon turns monotonously angst-ridden, with all humor and personality falling by the wayside.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    This mildly amusing, resolutely inoffensive outing lacks serious sexual tension -- which might just make it a viable compromise date pick in limited release.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Despite its infotainment look, Burzynski ultimately proves convincing.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Even if Matteo Garrone's "Gomorrah" hadn't dramatically raised the bar for mafioso movies, The Sicilian Girl would have repped a mediocre entry in the Cosa Nostra canon and a waste of an extraordinary true story.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Unfortunately, picture's concept doesn't stretch to 74 minutes.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Bubbles along with a jaunty but unoriginal blend of the sweet, tart, cute and weepy.
    • 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.