For 1,978 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 12.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Frank Scheck's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 51
Highest review score: 100 Big Bad Wolves
Lowest review score: 0 Grizzly II: Revenge (1983)
Score distribution:
1978 movie reviews
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Here Today doesn’t fully succeed in any department. But it does provide some alternately amusing and touching moments, thanks largely to the heartfelt performances by Crystal and his co-star Tiffany Haddish.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The strength of the ensemble helps give the proceedings further dramatic resonance, with the performers providing subtle emotional depths that keep us firmly invested in the characters' plight.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 20 Frank Scheck
    Gallo displays none of the screenwriting elan he's exhibited in such previous efforts as Midnight Run and the Bad Boys films, although here it's hard to separate the ponderous dialogue from the way it's delivered.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Cannily exploiting #MeToo themes and the opportunities for cinematic mayhem provided by technology-driven smart homes, Held proves an uncommonly thoughtful and provocative suspenser.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Filmmaker Harry Michell doesn't quite stick the landing in his sophomore feature, aiming for a complex mixture of comic irreverence and sensitive character study. But he does earn points for creative ambition, and Say Your Prayers, benefiting from a terrific ensemble, has enough entertainingly startling moments to mark its filmmaker as capable of bigger and better things.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Scheck
    It's never remotely involving, and you can feel the lead performers straining to handle their acting chores. The exception is Haddish, who is so convincingly scary and menacing here that you wish her character were in a better, dramatic movie.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Ultimately, Happily seems to bite off more than it can chew, proving more successful in its insightful exploration of relationship dynamics than its bizarre storyline. That few of its narrative mysteries are resolved is obviously meant to be purposefully ambiguous, but the results are finally more frustrating than intriguing.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Clever enough to not take his plot too seriously while fully indulging in its sentimentality, the filmmaker has crafted an undeniably feel-good romantic comedy. You'll have to try hard not to fall under its spell.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Less a sequel than a remake featuring a younger actor going through the same narrative paces as Murphy in the original, Coming 2 America includes so many nods to its predecessor that it feels like a feature-length Easter Egg in search of a movie.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    As the documentary vividly illustrates, it's what's motivating that evangelical support that proves problematic.
    • 7 Metascore
    • 10 Frank Scheck
    In its tiresome attempts to send up its star's image and not take itself too seriously, the film becomes exceedingly laborious.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    At this point, Cage's movies don't have to be reviewed, but rather stamped with official certificates of weirdness. This effort directed by Kevin Lewis certainly qualifies.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr.'s feature debut represents indie cinema at its most stark and elemental.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    While The Sparks Brothers may be a bit too exhaustive for those merely seeking an introduction to the band, longtime fans will be thrilled by the deluxe treatment.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    As with both of his previous works, the filmmaker delivers an undeniably ambitious mind-bender that bites off more than it can narratively chew.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The expert cinematic stylization on display proves ample reason to forgive The Night for any narrative shortcomings.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Frank Scheck
    It's a witty, beautifully observed and well-acted film that proves as engaging as it is boundary-shattering.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    The admirable efficiency of Skyfire means that you don't have to waste a lot of time sitting through endless exposition.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The movie displays the measured pacing and tautness marking many of Eastwood's films, and Neeson delivers an Eastwood-style performance while also revealing an emotional vulnerability that proves fully relatable. It's easy to see how his distinctive combination of mature rugged masculinity and Irish soulfulness has made him a perfect action hero for these complicated times.
    • 7 Metascore
    • 0 Frank Scheck
    Grizzly II: Revenge is so bad, it's just bad.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Scheck
    Hicham Hajji's debut — while featuring an impressive supporting cast and admirably attempting to inject political commentary into its mix — proves such a wan, ineffective vehicle that it leaves its star all dressed up with nowhere to go.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Much like Rodriguez's Spy Kids films, We Can Be Heroes proves silly, light-hearted fun for its target audience, blissfully free of ponderousness and enlivened by antic humor.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Fatale proves very watchable, in an incredulous B-movie kind of way, and Taylor is a slick enough filmmaker to keep things moving swiftly and entertainingly. The film certainly looks terrific, thanks to Dante Spinotti's glossy cinematography and the high-end production design and costuming.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The performances are all fine, with Sawa and Stahl providing forceful presences. But Sullivan is particularly memorable, delivering the sort of galvanizing, physically and emotionally demanding turn that would be of the star-making variety if Hunter Hunter were to be seen by a wide audience.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Scheck
    The most problematic aspect of the film is that Hogan displays none of the cheeky charm and charisma that made him an international star. Although still obviously in great physical condition, he mainly walks through the film looking tired and pained, as if embarrassed to be taking part in such a labored self-reflexive exercise. On the other hand, you can't really blame him.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Scheck
    Despite the high-stakes drama, there's nary a compelling moment throughout, and some of the characterizations, especially Stormare's villainous Sanitation Department honcho, are so absurdly one-note that it's hard not to think that the film is meant as parody.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Benefiting from copious amounts of home movies and old photographs (for all his air of mystery, White apparently was an obsessive chronicler of his own life), the filmmaker expertly leads the viewer through a complicated, time-shifting scenario that consistently upends our expectations.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Frank Scheck
    The dialogue suffers from a strained, turgid quality, most resembling a daytime soap opera.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Scheck
    The result is yet another paean to arrested male adolescence that should be mandatory viewing in convents to prevent nuns from thinking of renouncing their vows of celibacy.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Russell leans into his iconic role with admirable commitment, providing just enough winking to let us know he's in on the joke and thoroughly enjoying it, while Hawn remains as adorable — albeit now in a more grandmotherly way — as always. When they're onscreen together, it somehow feels like this year's pandemic-threatened Christmas will miraculously still be one to celebrate.

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