For 1,683 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 12.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Frank Scheck's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 51
Highest review score: 100 Uncertain
Lowest review score: 0 3 Geezers!
Score distribution:
1683 movie reviews
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    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The Unicorn walks a fine line between sensitive observation and voyeurism, frequently tipping over into the latter. It's certainly an uncomfortable film to watch, but the viewer's discomfort doesn't begin to compare to that felt by the troubled people onscreen.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Scheck
    The whole enterprise seems like an advertisement for the breed, the ownership of which will apparently improve your life immeasurably while making a holy mess of it.
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    • 80 Frank Scheck
    One Million American Dreams makes a valuable contribution to the argument that the city's forgotten people surely deserve better.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Scheck
    Most anthology films give you the comfort of knowing that if you don't like one segment, another one will be following in just a few minutes. Berlin, I Love You perversely does the opposite. It makes you nervous that if you don't like one segment, which you surely won't, another mediocre-to-awful one will follow.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    The film ultimately suffers from its overly contrived plot mechanics, but the expert performances by its ensemble make it go down as easy as a smooth glass of Bordeaux.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    St. Agatha is less overtly gory and supernatural-oriented than most efforts of its ilk, such as the recent "The Nun," but it provides plenty of chilling, if slow-moving atmospherics and strong performances.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Paddleton sneaks up on you, wresting its way into your heart even while you're trying to resist its overly determined quirkiness.
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    • 30 Frank Scheck
    The film seems so determinedly intent on keeping the audience guessing that the plot quickly segues from being intriguing to annoying.
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    • 70 Frank Scheck
    This unearthed cinematic nugget provides further evidence, not that any was necessary, of the legendary performer's magnetism and musical virtuosity.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Braid ultimately offers far more style than substance. But it provides many memorable moments and stunning visuals along the way, making it a cinematic ride worth experiencing for more adventurous viewers.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Although it features strong performances and some affecting moments, Then Came You suffers from the sort of cutesiness endemic to so many teen-oriented films, not to mention an over-reliance on montages accompanied by a pop music soundtrack that helpfully reminds you exactly what you're supposed to be feeling at any given moment.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Although its plethora of painfully awkward comic moments will produce shudders of recognition for anyone who's been in a long-term relationship, its sweetly sentimental ending makes The Unicorn a perfectly acceptable date movie.
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    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Arnold makes the most of this endlessly wisecracking character, garnering most of the pic's laughs and giving no impression that he thinks this shlocky, low-budget B-movie is in any way a comedown from the likes of "True Lies."
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    • 50 Frank Scheck
    This indie drama simply lacks the necessary cinematic tension. Despite fine performances from its lead performers, the film never fully comes to life.
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    • 70 Frank Scheck
    It periodically exhibits flabbiness throughout its overlong running time and sometimes has the contrived air of a promotional video. But it nonetheless serves as a powerful portrait of its subjects who overcame severe adversity and continue to make music.
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    • 60 Frank Scheck
    The doc doesn't really delve deeply enough into its important subject, but it does have the advantage of being the first out of the gate.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    A thoroughly mediocre retelling that feels like an unnecessary footnote.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Frank Scheck
    Rapace gives the film her all, delivering an intense, physically demanding performance, but Close doesn't get close enough to transcending its action-movie clichés.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Frank Scheck
    This talky, ham-fisted effort proves particularly disappointing because it should have been much better than it is.
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    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Virtually nothing of real interest happens in the first half, with the excitement only kicking in around the 45-minute mark. Fortunately, what follows is scary and involving enough to make the lengthy build-up seem worth the wait.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Replicas manages to be perversely entertaining for its fast-paced first half, if only because of the sheer absurdity of its storyline. But it eventually devolves into tedious thriller tropes.
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    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Simmering and subdued, this '90s-set teen drama with supernatural elements features an intriguing premise but doesn't quite seem to know what to do with it. Such restraint is admirable in a genre not known for it, but it results in the film feeling more tepid than it should have been.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Frank Scheck
    Well intentioned in the extreme, Sgt. Will Gardner is more effective as PSA than drama.
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    • 20 Frank Scheck
    Writer-director Bilandic fails to infuse the painfully thin proceedings with any narrative momentum or comic flair, resulting in an oppressive weirdness for weirdness' sake.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Frank Scheck
    The film pretty much packs every canine cliché imaginable into its running time, but one look into the soulful eyes of its four-legged star will melt all but the coldest of hearts.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    The screenplay boasts a psychological complexity rare for thrillers of this type, manifested most strikingly in the form of Bernard, who is far from a cardboard cutout villain.
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    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Director Fei Xing stages the violent mayhem in exuberantly giddy fashion, although it all has the feeling of a group of randomly assembled film clips rather than a coherent narrative.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Frank Scheck
    Boasting excellent performances by screen veterans Peter Mullan and Gerard Butler, the latter delivering one of his best turns in years, The Vanishing feels familiar in most ways, including its title (the same as George Sluizer's classic Dutch thriller and its mediocre American remake). Nonetheless, the film proves highly effective with its slowly ratcheted up tension and eerie atmospherics.
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    • 60 Frank Scheck
    Being Rose suffers from its plot contrivances and cliched characters, but it means well and that counts for a lot. It's hard not to get caught up in Rose's fate, especially with Shepherd infusing her portrayal of the spunky character with subtle grace notes. Brolin is equally good, movingly conveying the loneliness and pathos underlying Max's good humor.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 10 Frank Scheck
    Making their previous vehicles Step Brothers and Talladega Nights seem the height of comic sophistication by comparison, Holmes & Watson features the duo parodying Arthur Conan Doyle's famous characters to devastatingly unfunny effect.

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