Frank Lovece

Frank Lovece

Agrees with the Tomatometer 67% of the time.

Publications:
Film Journal International , Hollywood Reporter , Newsday , TV Guide's Movie Guide
Total Reviews:
457

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " Smart, intense and action-packed, this superhero movie-as-political thriller expands the boundaries of comics-based films" — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 3, 2014
1/4 22% Sabotage (2014) " It seems strange to say about an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, but "Sabotage" is flabby." — Newsday
Posted Mar 27, 2014
92% Source Code (2011) " A thoroughly original, imaginative and fast-flying tale in which the Groundhog Day aspects are secondary to a story of service, honor and dedication. " — Newsday
Posted Mar 23, 2014
3/4 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " While it may not be sensational, it's still an inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational Muppet show." — Newsday
Posted Mar 20, 2014
21% Stay (2014) " Quinn and Schilling both bring welcome nuances of expression and movement, but neither character amounts to much more than a petulant whiner." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 20, 2014
79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " A caper movie crossed with a prison picture, this second Muppets outing from new owner Disney is self-referential fun in the troupe's traditional hip/smart/campy/corny-copia." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 17, 2014
23% Need For Speed (2014) " Whatever else its virtues and flaws, Need for Speed is -- if we may put it this way -- a star vehicle." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 12, 2014
25% Awful Nice (2014) " Well, they're half right. It's awful." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 5, 2014
19% HairBrained (2014) " Poorly thought-out serio-comedy" — Film Journal International
Posted Feb 28, 2014
96% The Lego Movie (2014) " The Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs auteurs create another witty, emotionally real animated adventure" — Film Journal International
Posted Feb 3, 2014
64% Old Goats (2014) " It doesn't view old age with the cute 'n' twinkly lens of Hollywood comedies, nor is it Nebraska, let's say. It's a little gem of modest lives and, in its own way, bros before hos." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 16, 2014
78% All The Light In The Sky (2013) " The film's nondescript depictions of quotidian life gel into a big-picture story of humanity's brief spark of presence in an infinite universe. That Swanberg and...Jane Adams do this without the least bit of pomposity is a pretty damn neat trick." — Film Journal International
Posted Dec 19, 2013
57% Some Velvet Morning (2013) " The Neil LaBute movie for people who hate Neil LaBute movies -- a tightly packed, deviously well-played two-person drama about the illusions of both love and drama." — Film Journal International
Posted Dec 13, 2013
71% Weekend Of A Champion (2013) " An all-access pass into the past, this intimate behind-the-scenes documentary...is entrancing even for those of us whose familiarity with the sport begins and ends with the Indianapolis 500." — Film Journal International
Posted Nov 21, 2013
61% Dear Mr. Watterson (2013) " Whatever one might say about this documentary's excesses, it's the work of some talented filmmakers: The directing, editing, cinematography, music and visual effects all impress. " — Film Journal International
Posted Nov 15, 2013
73% The Motel Life (2013) " The Motel Life -- no relation to the same name-brand -- ultimately accomplishes the tricky task of painting the believable lives of two marginal people without romanticizing in the least their dire straits and awful, hardscrabble existence." — Film Journal International
Posted Nov 7, 2013
65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " The good stuff more than balances the bad, and even at nearly two hours, the movie never drags and stuffs in moments you can't forget. We'll forgive them the plot holes. This time." — Film Journal International
Posted Nov 6, 2013
88% Not Yet Begun to Fight (2013) " Hour-long documentary about an organization teaching fly fishing to wounded combat veterans creates a saintly subject and feels incomplete." — Film Journal International
Posted Oct 24, 2013
29% 2 Jacks (2013) " Granted, the Tolstoy story had the benefit of internal monologues that clarified motivations and impulses. But a good film finds ways of doing this through gesture, expression and other artful ways. This is not a good film." — Film Journal International
Posted Oct 17, 2013
78% I Used To Be Darker (2013) " This vagueness of intent and of character construct mars a film with complex emotional arcs and often wickedly skillful dialogue, in which meaning is often in what's unsaid. " — Film Journal International
Posted Oct 3, 2013
15% Winnie Mandela (2013) " Affecting biographical drama about the controversial anti-apartheid crusader, wife of fellow South African racial-equality advocate Nelson Mandela." — Film Journal International
Posted Sep 6, 2013
1.5/4 62% One Direction: This Is Us (2013) " An airbrushed image of celibate wholesomeness without groupies or even girlfriends, and where evidently nothing stronger than milk passes these young men's lips." — Newsday
Posted Aug 29, 2013
0.5/4 2% Getaway (2013) " Not a single moment in this automotive snuff film isn't ridiculous, and its only mystery is why the estimable Ethan Hawke agreed to star." — Newsday
Posted Aug 29, 2013
62% One Direction: This Is Us (2013) " Feature-length reality show masquerading as a documentary. Top-notch craft, lowdown whitewash." — Film Journal International
Posted Aug 29, 2013
2% Getaway (2013) " A car-crash movie that's a train wreck." — Film Journal International
Posted Aug 28, 2013
3/4 74% You're Next (2013) " It clicks as an exercise in suspense and well-paced, slowly unfolding answers." — Newsday
Posted Aug 22, 2013
74% You're Next (2013) " Exploitation aficionados who bemoan the Disneyfication of Times Square and the loss of the amazing, decrepit grand dames of grindhouse that lined West 42nd Street will feel a frisson of memory as strong as anything prompted by a Proust madeleine." — Film Journal International
Posted Aug 22, 2013
1/4 5% Paranoia (2013) " You're not paranoid -- it really is bad." — Newsday
Posted Aug 16, 2013
57% Chennai Express (2013) " Like the southbound train of the title, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan's romantic action-comedy-musical Chennai Express barrels forward with barely a stop to rest." — Film Journal International
Posted Aug 15, 2013
80% The Good Son: The Life of Ray Boom Boom Mancini (2013) " Superb documentary about the famed boxer haunted by an opponent's death in the ring three decades ago, and a heart-tugging reconciliation." — Film Journal International
Posted Aug 9, 2013
2/4 14% The Smurfs 2 (2013) " Not Smurftastic, but not Smurfawful, either." — Newsday
Posted Jul 30, 2013
22% Copperhead (2013) " Its budgetary limitations show. Many scenes could have used additional takes to polish the performances, and the often-poor sound recording is a shortcoming, particularly with stylized period dialogue. The leads show surprisingly little range." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 19, 2013
30% The Lone Ranger (2013) " Cracking the code of how to present a Lone Ranger for the 2010s, Gore Verbinski's heroic adventure is a whip-cracking thrill-an Old West superhero movie, essentially-with a climactic train sequence of unparallel craft." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 3, 2013
33% Bert and Arnie's Guide to Friendship (2013) " Even with a well-constructed story, a comedy is so hard for a newcomer to pull off that it can still fail by not getting laughs. And this indie comedy doesn't even have a well-constructed story." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 21, 2013
83% This Is the End (2013) " This Is the End is masterful comedy filmmaking, all the more impressive for its loose-limbed apparent casualness." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 18, 2013
—— Triumph Of The Wall (2013) " Navel-gazing documentary that's less about the subject-the building of a stone wall-than about the filmmaker obsessing over the subject and himself. Vocally. Continuously. Numbingly." — Film Journal International
Posted May 31, 2013
64% Epic (2013) " Its utterly generic and not particularly apt title aside, the animated Epic is one of the best features so far from Blue Sky Studios." — Film Journal International
Posted May 24, 2013
75% Doin' It in the Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC (2013) " Documentary about New York street basketball offers great technical quality and admirably insider interviews, but celebrates the subject unquestioningly, without a larger context." — Film Journal International
Posted May 22, 2013
60% Released (2013) " While the stars' stories may raise more questions than answers, they're engaging and keep you interested. That's most of the battle with any documentary. " — Film Journal International
Posted May 10, 2013
1/4 7% The Big Wedding (2013) " This movie plays like an episode of "Gilligan's Island" done as straight as an episode of "Lost."" — Newsday
Posted Apr 25, 2013
7% The Big Wedding (2013) " Comedy about a wedding where the groom's divorced parents must pretend to still be married. The production should have been annulled." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 25, 2013
65% Dog Pound (2013) " Overheated melodrama of inmates at a juvenile detention facility hits all the prison-movie clich├ęs." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 1, 2013
40% The Other Side of the Ice (2013) " The film often uses the confessional, speak-to-the-camera format of reality shows, but in this far less artificial context, and minus prompting producers, it works on a gut level." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 8, 2013
65% Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey (2013) " Real-life Cinderella story with quiet emotion and a down-to-earth working band make this rock documentary far more than an episode of "Behind the Music."" — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 8, 2013
50% The Battle of Pussy Willow Creek (2013) " Unfunny mockumentary parodying Ken Burns' filmmaking." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2013
—— The Lost Medallion: The AdventStoneures of Billy (2013) " Should have stayed lost." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2013
46% Beautiful Creatures (2013) " Densely, atmospherically shot, with two appealing leads...keep an eye on the two rising stars. " — Film Journal International
Posted Feb 12, 2013
83% Uprising (2013) " Powerful, ground-level documentary on the 2011 Egyptian revolution." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 10, 2013
2/4 38% The Guilt Trip (2012) " Despite some funny offhand moments, "The Guilt Trip" doesn't jell. I almost feel guilty for saying that." — Newsday
Posted Dec 18, 2012
—— Char-ac-ter (2012) " Well-known actors talk about the nature of acting, interviewed by one of their own." — Film Journal International
Posted Nov 29, 2012
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