Ronnie Scheib

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For 531 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 1.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ronnie Scheib's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters
Lowest review score: 10 Fading of the Cries
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 36 out of 531
531 movie reviews
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Ronnie Scheib
    An admirable if downbeat character study, Gabriel still sinks into a psychological quagmire.
    • 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.

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