Ronnie Scheib

Ronnie Scheib

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Variety film critic.
Chicago Reader , Variety
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
—— A Fuller Life " A loving tribute for those well versed in the Fuller canon, the doc may prove less revelatory than entertaining for neophytes." — Variety
Posted Aug 18, 2014
27% The Maid's Room (2014) " After a seductively moody intro, Michael Walker's domestic thriller devolves into a cartoonish attack on the filthy rich." — Variety
Posted Aug 7, 2014
88% The Kill Team (2014) " This chilling war-is-hell expose [is] must-see viewing. " — Variety
Posted Jul 21, 2014
100% The Pleasures Of Being Out Of Step (2014) " Stooped at almost 90 but feisty and humor-filled as ever, Hentoff presides over a film rich in the sounds and occasional sights of legendary cultural figures, from Lenny Bruce and Malcolm X to Bob Dylan and Coleman Hawkins." — Variety
Posted Jul 11, 2014
100% A Picture of You (2014) " A curiously likable, entertainingly laid-back Asian-American take on all-too-familiar dysfunctional family tropes, this Kickstarter-enabled effort boldly mines farce along with sentiment." — Variety
Posted Jun 30, 2014
50% Five Dances (2013) " Rather than adapting the pieces to conform to his paper-thin narrative, Brown explores the tensions and contortions of dancers expressing fresh emotion through a pre-existing art form. " — Variety
Posted Jun 24, 2014
—— Humshakals (2014) " There may be multiple look-alikes, but they don't exactly double the fun in this tedious, witless outing from director Sajid Khan." — Variety
Posted Jun 24, 2014
82% Evergreen: The Road to Legalization in Washington (2014) " Dual focus on the need to end the ineffective, destructive "war on drugs" and broader questions of political compromise gives director Riley Morton's film particular resonance." — Variety
Posted Jun 19, 2014
100% The Only Real Game (2014) " [A] clear-eyed snapshot of sports hope struggling against socioeconomic stagnation." — Variety
Posted Jun 19, 2014
79% Before You Know It (2014) " [An] engrossing documentary." — Variety
Posted May 30, 2014
60% Lila, Lila (2014) " Alain Gsponer's well-crafted romantic comedy... glides along on the sheer power of rising German star Daniel Bruhl's boyish charm." — Variety
Posted May 19, 2014
93% Journey To The West (2014) " Another exquisite, snail-paced cinematic perambulation from Tsai Ming-liang and Lee Kang-sheng." — Variety
Posted May 14, 2014
86% The Discoverers (2014) " Schwarz lacks the writing chops to adequately embed the character's predictable learning curve into a richer narrative fabric, but Dunne's perf is pitch-perfect." — Variety
Posted May 12, 2014
31% The Girl and Death (2014) " The film's emotional center rings coldly hollow, its star-crossed lovers coming off more like projected figures than flesh-and-blood players." — Variety
Posted Apr 30, 2014
91% Cupcakes " Israeli helmer Eytan Fox's candy-colored musical is an endearingly goofy celebration of the right to be yourself." — Variety
Posted Apr 28, 2014
88% Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors (2014) " Terrifically conceived and executed." — Variety
Posted Apr 23, 2014
90% Dancing In Jaffa (2014) " A surprising, well-crafted look at a ballroom-dancing program aimed at bridging gaps between Jewish and Palestinian children in Israel." — Variety
Posted Apr 14, 2014
88% Amélie (2001) " Jeunet has succeeded at drawing us inside his head; the question is, do we want to be there?" — Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 9, 2014
—— The Vanquishing Of The Witch Baba Yaga " A poetic, mesmerizing fusion of fairy tale and cultural commentary from director Jessica Oreck." — Variety
Posted Apr 8, 2014
88% La cage dorée (The Gilded Cage) " Alves ultimately unites his large cast in festive unity, with comic reversals redeeming the seemingly irredeemable in farcical fashion, and with large doses of ethnic warming." — Variety
Posted Apr 2, 2014
91% Mistaken for Strangers (2014) " With its wry humor and fantastic mix of music and images, this seemingly odd choice for Tribeca's opening-nighter could carve out a solid theatrical niche." — Variety
Posted Mar 24, 2014
100% Buzzard " As fascinating as it is off-putting." — Variety
Posted Mar 13, 2014
90% A Birder's Guide To Everything (2014) " Meyer and lenser Tom Richmond capture an intersection of high-school and natural spheres that highlights New England's serenity and beauty without undue pictorial fussiness." — Variety
Posted Mar 11, 2014
—— La Chair De Ma Chair " Though the gruesome plot fills the bill, genre-wise, "Flesh" often seems like an empty stylistic exercise instead of a horror film." — Variety
Posted Mar 6, 2014
50% Cannibal (2014) " Antonio de la Torre is brilliant as a killer and eater of young women in Manuel Martin Cuenca's sumptuously lensed psychological drama." — Variety
Posted Mar 4, 2014
80% Felony " Thanks to Saville's tightly controlled direction and a superlative cast, the mere exchange of glances builds as much suspense as the kinetic action sequence that opens the pic." — Variety
Posted Mar 4, 2014
95% Particle Fever (2014) " A documentary about science for professionals and laypeople alike, Particle Fever celebrates an event of earth-shattering importance, though what far-ranging transformations it heralds remain unknown" — Variety
Posted Mar 3, 2014
—— Amy Winehouse: The Day She Came to Dingle " Maurice Linnane chronicles an important, atypically tranquil moment in Amy Winehouse's tumultuous career." — Variety
Posted Feb 18, 2014
85% The New Black (2014) " Laid-back yet incisive, "The New Black" examines the complexity of black attitudes toward same-sex marriage, which the mainstream media tend to oversimplify as church-dominated and uniformly negative." — Variety
Posted Feb 16, 2014
15% Endless Love (2014) " It may prove too bland even for its target audience." — Variety
Posted Feb 13, 2014
53% Adult World (2014) " The improvisational zeal with which Cusack approaches his role is particularly fun to watch." — Variety
Posted Feb 11, 2014
33% Mars At Sunrise (2014) " Suliman ("Paradise Now," "The Attack") dominates the screen as Khaled, utterly compelling in and out of jail, his magnificent perf tying up cinematic loose ends." — Variety
Posted Feb 10, 2014
—— Little Feet " Alexandre Rockwell plunges directly into the wildly unpredictable logic of childhood with this black-and-white gem." — Variety
Posted Feb 6, 2014
22% Gimme Shelter (2014) " The film is hamstrung by its fidelity to real-life inspirational models." — Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2014
80% To Be Takei (2014) " A unique blend of camp and conviction, "To Be Takei" deftly showcases George Takei's eclectic personality and wildly disparate achievements, from "Star Trek" crewmate to gay-rights activist." — Variety
Posted Jan 19, 2014
86% Run & Jump (2014) " Steph Green's debut feature captures the beauty of an obviously flawed family with remarkable warmth and immediacy." — Variety
Posted Jan 14, 2014
25% The Grounded (2014) " Throwing in sweeping vistas of virgin snow and orphaned moose as proof of nature's greatness, and recruiting a motley bunch of believers along the way, the film won't convert anyone but the already holistically minded." — Variety
Posted Jan 9, 2014
98% The Rocket (2014) " The adventures of a 10-year-old Laotian boy are subject to radically different interpretations in The Rocket, Australian documentarian Kim Mordaunt's impressive narrative debut." — Variety
Posted Jan 6, 2014
91% Kids for Cash (2014) " Deeply shocking and continually surprising." — Variety
Posted Dec 3, 2013
91% Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky (2013) " Michel Gondry doodles while Noam Chomsky philosophizes in an inspired meeting of idiosyncratic minds." — Variety
Posted Nov 21, 2013
67% Sunlight Jr. (2013) " Incandescent performances and an unerring grasp of milieu distinguish this latest feature from Sherrybaby helmer Laurie Collyer." — Variety
Posted Nov 11, 2013
100% Musicwood (2013) " Maxine Trump's feature loses focus as it progresses, though its insights into guitar making, forestry harvesting and environmental shortages resonate strongly." — Variety
Posted Nov 4, 2013
79% Aftermath (2013) " The more the action hews to a Hammer horror template, the less congruent it feels with historical revelation." — Variety
Posted Nov 1, 2013
64% The Human Scale (2013) " If Dalsgaard's advocacy of Gehl's utopian vision largely ignores the socioeconomic forces arrayed against it, the film should nevertheless enthuse pedestrians, bike riders and public-space proponents everywhere." — Variety
Posted Oct 21, 2013
60% Cut to Black (2013) " Dan Eberle pushes film noir to its subjective extreme with this well-acted, unpretentious story of a fatalistic ex-cop." — Variety
Posted Oct 21, 2013
46% All Is Bright (2013) " This engaging if somewhat underwhelming tale of unlikely redemption builds a funny-sad web of intersecting interactions around its strong central perfs." — Variety
Posted Oct 7, 2013
98% Let The Fire Burn (2013) " Jason Osder's riveting documentary chronicles the escalating confrontations between the Philadelphia police and the radical group Move." — Variety
Posted Oct 2, 2013
100% Best Kept Secret (2013) " Unlike the majority of autism docus about white, middle-class children, Samantha Buck's film examines the poverty of options available to working-class black and Latino young adults once they leave the safe confines of the classroom." — Variety
Posted Sep 9, 2013
63% My Father and the Man in Black (2013) " Partly transcends its inherent self-indulgence." — Variety
Posted Sep 3, 2013
100% Tokyo Waka: A City Poem (2013) " This lyrical meditation on crows in the Japanese capital offers a rewarding wide for viewers who can go with the flow." — Variety
Posted Aug 29, 2013
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