For 1,565 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11.8 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 The Human Centipede (First Sequence)
Score distribution:
1565 movie reviews
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    The film simply fails to provide much reason for nonfans to particularly care about the rise to cult stardom of the Rhode Island-birthed group.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    That the film works at all is due to the performances of Smollett-Bell, who is natural and appealing, and Pierce, who infuses his low-key portrayal with his usual deep soulfulness. But their fine efforts are not enough to lift the mediocre One Last Thing above its basic cable-level veneer.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    It's the female performers who steal the show, especially Whitman as the uber-confident Zelda and Alexander as the girlfriend who tolerates Bernard's immaturity even while calling him out for it.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Scheck
    211
    Director Shackleton stages the ultra-violent mayhem with reasonable proficiency but little flair or imagination. And the less said about the dialogue...the better.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Lorna Tucker's documentary profiling famed fashion designer Vivienne Westwood displays a genuine tension between the filmmaker and her subject that initially proves intriguing. Unfortunately, that tension soon dissipates, and all that's left is a much too cursory portrait of a figure whose fascinating life and career should have led to a more interesting film.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Scheck
    Presumably intended for Jackass fans desperately in search of a plot, Action Park makes a typical episode of America's Funniest Home Videos look sophisticated by comparison.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Infusing its familiar dystopian sci-fi tropes with stylishly gonzo, low-budget filmmaking and inventive narrative flourishes, Upgrade proves far more entertaining than it has a right to be.
    • 10 Metascore
    • 20 Frank Scheck
    A low-rent, post-apocalyptic sci-fi tale that doesn't succeed as either homage or parody of such obvious inspirations as the Mad Max series, Future World proves as original as its title
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Before the film succumbs to those overindulgences, it's a reasonably taut, effective thriller that benefits greatly from Dormer's strong performance as the beleaguered heroine.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    It's mildly enjoyable while you're watching it, but as with all such outings, you'll have a hard time remembering it the next day.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    To say that the storyline is cliched is giving it more credit than it deserves. But the film manages to succeed anyway, thanks largely to the quiet charisma and likeability of its physically imposing leading man who manages to hold his own even playing opposite the scene-stealing tykes.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    The doc is as much a profile of its passionate central figure as an account of Brinton's importance to the history of cinema.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    The sluggish pacing and digressionary plot elements make the proceedings feel as slow as the gait employed by the film's undead supporting characters.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Active Measures delivers a well-researched and smartly laid-out cinematic thesis that connects the myriad dots in skillful fashion.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Class Rank combines satire with teen romance in sweetly innocuous, but not particularly memorable, fashion.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The sort of suspenseful, old-fashioned war movie that should particularly appealing to older viewers, provided they don't mind reading subtitles.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    The film delivers an evocative biographical portrait of Talley.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    This Seagull proves a worthy if hardly definitive adaptation of the classic drama.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The Bleeding Edge is a terrifying eye-opener.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The film strongly argues against the use of elephants for such things as giving rides to tourists and performing in circuses. What gives those arguments their moral force is the animals themselves, demonstrating intelligence, sociability and emotion.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    The most thrilling aspect of director Per Fly's drama is watching the interactions between co-stars Theo James and Ben Kingsley. Even as James sucks all the energy out of the room with his inert performance, Kingsley creates oxygen with his dynamic, wildly entertaining turn.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Scheck
    The performers do what they can with the tired material, with Starr mining his doofus character for all it's worth and Perlman making a committed investment that doesn't pay off. Despite their strenuous efforts and the picturesque Catskill Mountains locations, The Escape of Prisoner 614 comes to feel as laborious as its title.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Nana proves another valuable addition to the Holocaust documentary canon, exploring Maryla's important legacy in devoting much of her later years to educating people about the horrors she experienced and witnessed.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The whole point of Lives Well Lived is to showcase inspiring individuals, and in that regard it succeeds handsomely. Director Bergman effectively alleviates the visual tedium of a series of talking heads by including plenty of home movies, vintage photographs and archival footage of historical events that figure in the commentary.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Chronicling the lives of the same six women survivors after the end of the war, After Auschwitz proves an inspiring testament to the indomitability of the human spirit.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Kingsley delivers such a riveting performance that it becomes easy to overlook the film's less compelling aspects.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Frank Scheck
    Providing important historical and sociological context, Hitler's Hollywood emerges as a compelling cinematic essay that should be essential viewing for cinephiles and history buffs alike.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Other than the luminous Dawson, who somehow manages to rise above the hackneyed material, none of the principal players emerge from this cinematic wreckage unscathed. Director Macy emphasizes the comedic aspects of the material in such overly broad fashion that Krystal begins to resemble a demented sitcom that could only have benefited from a laugh track.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    If Catena has any faults, they're not on display in this documentary. But it hardly matters, considering the importance of the work that he's done and continues to do.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Only the talents of its estimable cast, also including Pierce Brosnan and Minnie Driver, manage to make it worth checking out.

Top Trailers