Frank Lovece

Frank Lovece

Agrees with the Tomatometer 69% of the time.

Frank Lovece's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Journal International, Hollywood Reporter, Newsday, TV Guide's Movie Guide

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
81% Our Man in Tehran (2015) "This fascinating and fast-paced documentary about the Iran hostage crisis' Canadian Caper, fictionalized in Argo, is an espionage thriller in itself. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 14, 2015
67% Revolution (2013) "Accessible, understandable and beautifully shot eco-documentary that sounds a warning and backs up its claims, delighting and scaring us simultaneously. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 22, 2015
17% The Squeeze (2015) "Worthy addition to the annals of golf movies and a decent gambling-caper film, marred by a subpar final act. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 17, 2015
No Score Yet Reset "Meandering drama of an average bro with common family issues and uncommon sexual ones. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 9, 2015
No Score Yet Death Of A Tree (2015) "[Death of a Tree is] strident, smug, dogmatic and didactic. It makes Kirk Cameron's films seems like Quentin Tarantino's. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 2, 2015
84% Cheatin' (2015) "Brimming with extraordinary heart and imagination. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 1, 2015
40% Secret of Water (2015) "[New Age documentary Secret of Water] makes no secret that it's preaching to the converted. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 19, 2015
40% Treading Water (2015) "If dying is easy and comedy is hard, Treading Water proves again that whimsy is the hardest kind of comedy there is. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 12, 2015
40% Allure (2015) "Allure, like Occupy Wall Street itself, may have a sincere and important message in there somewhere, but doesn't quite know how to express it in tangible terms. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 12, 2015
20% Earth's Golden Playground (2015) "This film about Yukon gold could only have duller if it had been about Yukon gold potatoes. No, I take that back. The potatoes would have been more interesting. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 4, 2015
60% The Worst Year Of My Life (2015) "Signaling the advent of a promising new talent, The Worst Year of My Life could be one of the best films of yours. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 12, 2015
67% Against The Sun (2015) "A good old-fashioned story of American wartime heroism that's ironically less jingoistic than the major-studio release American Sniper. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 22, 2015
26% We'll Never Have Paris (2015) "When you find yourself rooting for the rival, that's probably not what you want in a romantic comedy. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 22, 2015
9% Taken 3 (2015) "The original Taken was a much better movie than anyone thought it would be. Taken 3, on the other hand, is the movie everyone did think Taken was going to be. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 9, 2015
71% The World Made Straight (2015) "[The World Made Straight has] unerringly true performances and an almost documentary grasp of life in 1970s Appalachia. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 8, 2015
No Score Yet Skating to New York (2014) "Beautifully shot teen wilderness adventure suffers from shallow characterizations and a highly troubling plot misstep. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Dec 12, 2014
No Score Yet A Little Game (2014) "This is [director Evan Oppenheimer's] fifth film. He should have the basics down by now. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Dec 11, 2014
50% The Toy Soldiers (2014) "The Toy Soldiers [is] one of the most unsentimentally well-observed and sympathetically humane movies ever made about teens. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 13, 2014
58% Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain (2014) "Occasionally unfocused... [Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain] nonetheless builds suspensefully to its inevitable tragic outcome. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 6, 2014
11% Hit By Lightning (2014) "[A] turgid, static, ineptly made first directorial feature from Blitt. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 30, 2014
No Score Yet Red Dot On The Ocean (2014) "It's hard to get more inspirational than the real-life voyage of Matt Rutherford. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 24, 2014
3/4 82% The Book of Life (2014) "Funny without being frantic, seamlessly switching from dry humor to slapstick, it shows death as a part of life -- and, judging from a preview audience of very young tykes, does so in a gentle, delightful way. " ‐ Newsday
Posted Oct 16, 2014
62% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) "The market for the film presumably is very young children, and director Miguel Arteta may have figured they want broad and slapsticky. I'm not sure small children can't appreciate gentler whimsy, but if this was his choice the movie sticks to it admirably " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 7, 2014
14% Not Cool (2014) "Excrement-obsessed, with creepy characters played more broadly than in a silent comedy, the appropriately titled Not Cool oozes with vulgarity for its own sake before turning to rom-com cliche sentimentality. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 25, 2014
100% No No: A Dockumentary (2014) "Documentary on controversial 1970s Major League pitcher Dock Ellis is all over the field, but gradually settles down to eke out a win. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 5, 2014
2/4 49% Maleficent (2014) ""Maleficent" misses the mark. " ‐ Newsday
Posted May 29, 2014
No Score Yet How We Got Away With It (2014) "Indie murder story showcases a good feature directing debut, despite having an overabundance of ill-used characters and little chemistry among the cast. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 19, 2014
100% Hanna Ranch (2014) "Hanna Ranch opens your eyes to the living spirit of the Old West, stripping away the myth to reach the underlying, unchanging reality of families raising cattle on land they own. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 16, 2014
86% Desert Riders (2014) "Powerful documentary about child-worker trafficking that provided underage jockeys for Arabian camel racing indicts not only the rich exploiters but the uneducated parents who unwittingly but not unwillingly made their children fodder. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 24, 2014
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 19% 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 78% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) "While it may not be sensational, it's still an inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational Muppet show. " ‐ Newsday
Posted Mar 20, 2014
27% 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
78% 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
22% 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
24% 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
48% 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
63% 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
71% 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
80% 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
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