Ronnie Scheib
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For 498 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
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters
Lowest review score: 10 The Reunion
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 35 out of 498
498 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Though the actors don't flesh out or particularly fit their roles, they seem perfectly at ease with them and with each other.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Nothing here -- technologically, linguistically or visually -- would not be more at home decades ago, when director Stephen Herek helmed "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" and "The Mighty Ducks."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Loveless exerts a low-energy, dread-tinged fascination that intrigues rather than wows.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Despite the fine thesping seen in this innocuous piece of fluff, the whole amounts to less than the sum of its parts.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Mia and the Migoo boasts a handsome, folkloric look that is often undermined by a ham-handed script.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    The major draw of Blank City lies in its generous glimpses of rare, virtually lost Super-8 and 16mm films.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Brit helmer Malcolm Mowbray's film assumes the constrictions of a stagebound farce, taking place on a single set in real time, and swept along in magisterially broad strokes by Jeffrey Tambor's playfully theatrical perf.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Exhibits stray instances of intrigue and wit, and makes nostalgic hay with its enshrinement of old-timers Pippa Scott and H.M. Wynant, but ultimately suggests a too-writerly, over-padded "Twilight Zone" episode.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Virtually dialogue-free, the film opts for an almost perverse minimalism; even the camera is limited to the topography within the kids' purview.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    A venerable cast of Broadway vets interminably wanders through the clan's Connecticut mansion with no apparent goal, carrying the remains of never fully explained resentments.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Racks up damning anecdotal evidence without substantially altering the discussion.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Hearing the majestic iambic pentameter rendered in the sharply rising and falling cadences of colloquial Yiddish proves wackily charming, but the lack of correlation between the two plots makes the result feel unfocused.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Veering crazily in tone, Inside Out might fail to catapult its star into wider acceptability, but should delight fans of lightly absurd actioners.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Sarah Jessica Parker's myriad fans will doubtless appreciate her frazzled warmth in a part she energetically inhabits, but the picture at times feels out of step with contemporary reality and humorless in its adaptation of a comic bestseller.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Though conceptually intriguing, the mix of downward drug spiral with uphill struggle for good never really coalesces.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Dave Boyle's picture is fueled by no overriding visual style, relying completely on its actors' chemistry for momentum. Unfortunately, the two strike no sparks.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Colorless exposition and a lack of imagination or wit stall Father of Invention at the starting gate.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Revenge is a disappointment. Admittedly, the picture deploys the same kind of cinematic bells and whistles that made "Killed" so enjoyable. But without true tension, the documentary feels as slickly manufactured as its va-va-voom subject.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Picture narrowly avoids outright bathos, thanks largely to first-rate perfs by its child thesps and by Ray Liotta. But by self-righteously rejecting facile solutions, then employing them anyway in the tradition of "no ending left behind," the result conforms to parents' old-fashioned notions of kid movies rather than demonstrating true kid appeal.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Buday's astrology-themed romantic comedy boasts a promising premise, convincing chemistry between its attractive leads and fine thesping by a defensively edgy Jena Malone. But the uneven script, repetitive tropes and over-indulgence of actorly bits slow the pace, tipping youthful casualness into complacency.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    This simplistic story of bucolic redemption has few pretensions to depth, ambiguity or realism, relying on its name cast, sprightly lead and a helluva horse to attract family audiences.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Part personal quest, part testimonial and part fund-raiser, A Journey in My Mother's Footsteps fulfills disparate agendas for helmer Dina Rosenmeier, a mildly resentful daughter wondering why her humanitarian mother prioritized orphaned Indian children over her own offspring.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Though the picture is respectful of the heist-film template -- the gathering of the crew, the readying of props, the planned circumvention of all obstacles -- its main imperative consists of placing Kahn in impossible situations and watching him trick or strongarm his way out.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Another in the procession of dead children movies that followed Atom Egoyan's magisterial "The Sweet Hereafter," helmer Gaby Dellal's sophomore effort unfolds in a similarly snow-blanketed small town filled with grieving adults, the community divided in apportioning blame. In contrast with Egoyan's labyrinthine structure and complex storylines, Crest cobbles together bits of plot and a motley assortment of half-formed characters.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Luckily, the music trumps the indifferently shot concert footage and lends shape to the evocatively lensed recording sessions in iconic locations. Nothing, unfortunately, mitigates Markus' sincere but trite and awkward narration.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    The tale of a pickpocket's redemption through love, plus a vengeance-seeking cop and assorted betrayals, Loosies weakly channels Sam Fuller's "Pickup on South Street" but without the explosive action, iconic thesping and stylistic punch.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Carefully crafted and impressively thesped, particularly by Margo Martindale, Zack Parker's ambitious, self-styled thriller channels a wide spectrum of high-concept classics, from "Rashomon" to "Memento." But the resolution of its conflicting truths proves so bizarre and idiotically off-the-wall that it mitigates all that precedes it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Swell never really gathers momentum, remaining a collection of moments, some more privileged than others.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Though stylistically incoherent at times, picture benefits from the percussionist's plainspokenness.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    The story of a ragtag Native American team rediscovering the tribal roots of the game to defeat preppie champions is rife with tired tropes, and lacking in three-dimensional characters or colorful plot-twists. Happily for this Onandaga-financed production and vet director Steve Rash, gifted Native American lacrosse players lend hard-hitting impact to the game scenes.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Registers like a quaint display of local color.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    What starts as an impassioned exploration of the medical establishment's court-proven conspiracy to "contain and eliminate" the chiropractic profession soon turns into a scattershot expose of the entire health care field in Doctored.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    A vibrant catalogue of his outdoor pieces presented in context with an exhaustive portrait of Borba as a boundlessly energetic, iconoclastic creator, the documentary ties itself too tightly to its subject, mimicking forms and rhythms it never fully makes its own.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Though it retains the narrative complexity of the Swedish bestseller on which it's based, WWII saga Simon and the Oaks never creates an emotional or intellectual throughline of its own.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Few could dispute the obvious physical and mental benefits derived from the practice of this ancient discipline. One could, however, wish that this endless encomium played less like a PowerPoint sales pitch, illustrated with clip-art imagery, scored with generic music and narrated in mellifluous tones by Annette Bening.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Colburn's focus is so single-mindedly laudatory that the whole collaborative process is reduced to people either helping or hindering the visiting genius.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    In the central role, first-time feature helmer Alexander Poe may trigger sheepish identification among the neurotic with the protag's vaguely ridiculous reactions. While his character registers as white-bread bland, strong performances from the two "exes" save this indie from a surfeit of self-deprecating charm.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    The leads jell well but the film overcompensates to justify their union, surrounding them with broadly drawn secondary characters presented in an uncertain, inconsistent comic tone.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Stephen Vittoria's documentary about Mumia Abu-Jamal -- unrepentant commie cop-killer to some, political martyr to others -- makes no bones about its allegiance.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Although Dyer's sophomore feature clearly intends to capture the magical otherness of a child's p.o.v., nothing in her strangely aloof mise-en-scene or her late sister Gretchen's script yields anything more than a group of well-thesped, believable suburban kids upset by their parents' behavior.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    With its striking Arctic scenery, “Ice” is a gorgeous if overexplained armchair adventure.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    More entertaining than especially revelatory, this timely documentary adds a sprightly note to a somber subject.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    The idea of framing Holocaust atrocities in contemporary genre terms, although intriguing, is not without its perils, and the secret, when revealed, looms too large to fit within the plot’s parameters, creating strange disconnects between form and content.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    The script’s autobiographical roots tend to substitute for a well-constructed dramatic throughline, giving the film an open-endedness that feels more dismissive than ambivalent.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Suliman (“Paradise Now,” “The Attack”) dominates the screen as Khaled, utterly compelling in and out of jail, his magnificent perf tying up cinematic loose ends.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    The ease with which the perky, big-eyed heroine ingeniously succeeds in improving the lot of everyone around her and the painterly manner in which reality in every inch of the frame is "improved" constitute both the "quirky" charm and the pure fishiness of the film.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    A killer ending does not a movie make, and ultimately In the Bedroom may be more interesting to talk about than sit through.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Ronnie Scheib
    Gentle, muted film of limited aesthetic ambition.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Ronnie Scheib
    This black comedy on the making of a documentary about mail-order wives finally breaks down under the weight of its twists and turns, but mostly maintains a creepy fascination with its scuzzy characters.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Ronnie Scheib
    Despite Almereyda's strong following in arthouse circles, William Eggleston in the Real World --which requires patient if not repeat viewing -- will probably not venture far into it.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Ronnie Scheib
    Comes off as lame and unfocused as its draggy dramatis personae.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Ronnie Scheib
    Even Sandler diehards may pass on this mostly derivative paean to compulsive computer geekdom and male sexual dysfunction.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Ronnie Scheib
    Lack of perspective and shaky comic tone plague Tollbooth -- sinking it in a morass of whiny cliches.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Ronnie Scheib
    Even a magnificently inspired Maria Bello proves insufficiently daring to save Richard Alfieri and Arthur Allan Seidelman's Chekhov-based chamber piece Sisters from pretentious psychodrama.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Ronnie Scheib
    Pic relies on nerdy world-weary irony to carry the day, but doesn't convincingly draw its characters.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Ronnie Scheib
    Trite, sententious and generally unfunny.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Ronnie Scheib
    A bland, perverse round-robin of teen angst.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Ronnie Scheib
    Featuring a strong central perf by Bill Sage, a raincoated detective turn by Roy Scheider and the upscale autumnal serenity of the Hamptons, If I Didn't Care remains a stylistic exercise in elegant gratuitousness.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Ronnie Scheib
    Partly produced by Lifetime, the pic attempts to elevate the disease-of-the-week movie into a moral dialectic between conformity and imagination.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Ronnie Scheib
    A humorless, relentlessly ethnocentric docu about Jews in basketball.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Ronnie Scheib
    The result is a rough-edged, head-scratching mix of tones. Fortunately, musicvideo vet Rhein's competent helming skills counterbalance her off-putting dialogue and flat acting style so that the picture doesn't come off strictly amateur.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 40 Ronnie Scheib
    Competent but unimaginative horror entry.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Ronnie Scheib
    Sentimental and a bit too cute in evoking a child's-eye view, the picture, nevertheless will please its target Jewish auds.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Ronnie Scheib
    Comes off as a painfully old-fashioned, flatly directed exercise in passionless historical reenactment.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Ronnie Scheib
    Though the low-budget picture is not without interest, its uneven thesping, sound quality and special effects might prove more welcome on the fest fringe.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Ronnie Scheib
    Jose Rivera and Tim Sullivan's script relentlessly piles on goopy conversation-stoppers like "Do you believe in destiny?" and "I didn't know that true love had an expiration date."
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Ronnie Scheib
    Timothy Hutton's fine, loose-limbed perf as a man adrift lifts Multiple Sarcasms, frosh scribe-helmer Brooks Branch's male menopause apologia, out of cliche-ridden territory -- at least temporarily.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Ronnie Scheib
    Though it follows the reductive paradigms of men-on-the-make laffers, the low-budget, flatly shot picture rarely turns nastily shrill or swaggeringly stupid in tone; redemption and/or sanity is usually waiting in the wings.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Ronnie Scheib
    Icelandic helmer Baltasar Kormakur ("101 Reykjavik," "Jar City") injects notes of hysteria into the script's frenetic pileup of gratuitous cliches, as Dermot Mulroney pushes his square-jawed, desperate hero to near-masochistic extremes.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Ronnie Scheib
    But atmospherics notwithstanding, the narrative unfolds unconvincingly in jerky fits and starts.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 40 Ronnie Scheib
    Offering a smorgasbord of violence with liberal sprinklings of sex, Russian import Alien Girl delivers wearisome brutality but little finesse.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Ronnie Scheib
    Winters deserves better.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Ronnie Scheib
    Tracks the race-to-the-deadline scramble of a personable young designer preparing an underfunded fashion show, but offers few threads that were not already more solidly and stylishly woven into "Unzipped," "Seamless" or "11 Hours."
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Ronnie Scheib
    Without fully fleshed-out generic or social contexts, left-wing documentarian Philippe Diaz's preachy mix of graphic free love and polemical diatribe fails to mesh as fiction, though it does make for superior porn.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Ronnie Scheib
    Lacks focus, stumbling from one emotionally fraught stopping place to another but arousing less and less curiosity along the way.