Ronnie Scheib

Ronnie Scheib

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Biography:
Variety film critic.
Publications:
Chicago Reader , Variety
Total Reviews:
857

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 857
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
48% 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
91% Sparrows Dance (2013) " Sparks' oddball, self-deprecatory charm and Ireland's uncertainties play off each other nicely as their eclectic tastes mesh; both characters are thrilled at finding someone who accepts and even welcomes the other's peculiarities. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 22, 2013
71% The United States Of Autism (2013) " The documentary clarifies the breadth of the autism spectrum, from those who lack basic language and/or motor skills to those at the high-functioning end who do not seek a "cure" but rather social acceptance in the name of neurological diversity. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 16, 2013
57% Chennai Express (2013) " Shetty's need to maintain his characters' romantic heroism constantly grates against his depictions of their ridiculousness. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 12, 2013
52% When Comedy Went to School (2013) " Ron Frank and Melvut Akkaya's documentary suffers from an approach by turns scattershot and schmaltzy. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 1, 2013
50% The Battle of Pussy Willow Creek (2013) " Satisfyingly sends up pious History Channel-style treatments of the conflict, gathering steam and inspiration as it progresses. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 25, 2013
No Score Yet Fukrey (2013) " Nothing really coheres in this unimaginative mishmash. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 18, 2013
8% The Stroller Strategy (2013) " Cute to the point of blandness, tyro French helmer Clement Michel's vaguely amiable laffer scrupulously avoids all ambiguity, innovation or flashes of wit. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 18, 2013
67% One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das (2013) " Jeremy Frindel's workmanlike docu proceeds in a matter-of-fact manner that neither ignores nor belabors the inspirational aspect of its story. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 15, 2013
60% Released (2013) " This change-affirming docu's minimalist lack of polish or stylistic affect almost becomes a plus, its stark, bare-bones presentation somehow befitting the tales of abuse and incarceration so baldly proclaimed within. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 15, 2013
81% Becoming Traviata (2013) " A treat for fans of opera, the performing arts and documentaries about process. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 15, 2013
49% Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's (2013) " Jumps skittishly from subject to subject, disjointed and repetitive for all but dyed-in-the-wool fashionistas. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 6, 2013
No Score Yet 111 Girls Variety
Posted May 2, 2013
60% War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State (2013) " Robert Greenwald's docu paints a sobering picture of a national security state. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 18, 2013
90% Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2013) " Well structured and dynamically edited, Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay relies on the famed magician himself to wax autobiographical with his usual charm, humor and panache. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 17, 2013
60% American Meat (2013) " A low-key, fairly evenhanded look at industrial vs. organic methods of raising livestock. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 12, 2013
50% Bert Stern: Original Madman (2013) " While Bert Stern: Original Madman mines its subject's work for a steady stream of striking visuals, his self-narration proves to be of little interest, offering little variation on a single theme: his love/lust for women. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 5, 2013
78% AndrĂ© Gregory: Before and After Dinner (2013) " Cindy Kleine pays tribute to her famed theater-director hubby in Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner, with thoroughly delightful results. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 2, 2013
30% Gut Renovation (2013) " Rather than invoking sympathy or shared outrage, the filmmaker creates a kind of complicity with her audience, particularly as she explores the depressingly similar, sterile apartments of the high-rises steadily surrounding her. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 14, 2013
40% The Other Side of the Ice (2013) " The dramatic goings-on... lack dynamism. The seascapes, however, continually astound. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 14, 2013
69% Greedy Lying Bastards (2013) " The film's effectiveness largely stems from the flat-out lameness of the opposition arguments, the lack of scientific credentials of those making them, and the self-interest of their corporate bosses. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 8, 2013
60% Rubberneck (2013) " Karpovsky's pic seldom surprises, its strengths lying in a leisurely journey toward a clearly predestined denouement. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 25, 2013
50% Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary (2013) " Vittoria avoids discussing the crime for which Abu-Jamal spent 29 years in solitary confinement on death row, instead tracing the path of a brilliant journalist whose message cannot be silenced. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 1, 2013
No Score Yet Life? or Theatre? " Frans Weisz's fascinating docu juxtaposes wildly disparate texts and textures, including Salomon's haunting artwork and excerpts from Weisz's own 1980 biopic, "Charlotte." " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 1, 2013
No Score Yet ReVision (2012) " With dispassionate precision, Scheffner's quietly shocking docu, evoking German ghosts of Gypsy genocide, confronts global questions of illegal immigration. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 1, 2013
100% A.K.A. Doc Pomus (2013) " Thrusts a forgotten pioneer back into the limelight while illuminating a part of rock history. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 1, 2013
91% The Aggressives (2004) Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2013
88% Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing (2006) Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2013
100% Nancy, Please (2013) " Overly one-note in its singular p.o.v., the pic nevertheless offers a welcome variation on the conquering frat boy or Ferris Bueller-type adolescent. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2013
18% $upercapitalist (2012) Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2013
52% Grassroots (2012) Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2013
No Score Yet My Life As Abraham Lincoln (2012) Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2013
100% Birders: The Central Park Effect (2013) " Birders vividly captures the distinctive colors and markings of a vast number of bird species and the equally individualized personalities of those watching them within the confines of Central Park. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 16, 2013
83% Uprising (2013) " The docu's relatively uninflected tone rarely participates in either the excitement or irony it chronicles. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 9, 2013
63% High Tech, Low Life (2013) " High Tech, Low Life ostensibly examines censorship of the Internet and news media in China. But the pic is driven less by its subject matter than by its two very different and utterly fascinating bloggers. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 9, 2013
98% 56 Up (2013) " [The film will be] of interest to faithful followers and easily accessible to newcomers. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 2, 2013
100% My Brooklyn (2013) " Striking a fine balance between personal journal and political expose, Kelly Anderson's docu examines the unnatural causes of changes wrought in Brooklyn neighborhoods due to gentrification. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 2, 2013
70% Not Fade Away (2012) " Not Fade Away injects the past with the nervous energy and exciting uncertainty of the present, devoid of nostalgia or biopic baggage, and infused with all the wicked wit that characterized Chase's The Sopranos. " ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 17, 2012
33% American Empire (2012) " Clear and concise, with insightful, impassioned interviewees and well-chosen epithets from statesmen past and present, it cogently analyzes looming catastrophes, with wistful stabs at possible solutions. " ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 12, 2012
42% Let Fury Have The Hour (2012) " A curiously warm-and-fuzzy hindsight interpretation of artistic aggression, delivered by the artists themselves. " ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 12, 2012
79% Wagner & Me (2012) " Even those impervious to Wagner's music will find it difficult to resist Fry's charm. " ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 6, 2012
50% What A Man (2012) " A by-the-numbers romantic comedy. " ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 3, 2012
33% Certainty (2012) " A couple attends a Pre-Cana retreat to test the Certainty of their commitment in Peter Askin's none-too-subtle Catholic cautionary tale. " ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 30, 2012
29% Ex-Girlfriends (2012) " Connolly and Carpenter both strongly impress in their complementary roles, all the more believable for being seen largely through Graham's eyes. " ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 29, 2012
67% Parked (2012) " This engaging character study functions best as a two-hander: The male leads build a wholly believable, offbeat co-dependency, while their interactions with others tend toward the more generic. " ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 28, 2012
100% Ningen Johatsu (A Man Vanishes) (1967) " The explosively provocative film progressively and aggressively blurs distinctions between documentary and fiction. " ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 19, 2012
86% Who Bombed Judi Bari? (2012) " The film, produced by Cherney, makes a clear and cogent case (later upheld by a court verdict) that police and FBI falsified evidence in order to discredit Bari's cause. " ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 19, 2012
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