Ronnie Scheib

Ronnie Scheib

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Biography:
Variety film critic.
Publications:
Chicago Reader , Variety
Total Reviews:
837

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 837
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
—— 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
—— 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
—— 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
80% 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
83% Vampira And Me (2013) " R.H. Greene's docu succeeds admirably thanks to the charismatic oncamera presence of a 74-year-old Nurmi in an extended 1997 interview." — Variety
Posted Nov 19, 2012
9% Festival of Lights (2012) " Somewhere in her switch from documaking to fiction filmmaking, Shundell Prasad seems to have lost touch with clarity." — Variety
Posted Nov 8, 2012
84% The Flat (2012) " This fascinating docu should easily attract crossover auds, and merits arthouse exposure." — Variety
Posted Nov 1, 2012
100% The Rolling Stones: Charlie Is My Darling - Ireland 1965 (2012) " The kinetically shot concert footage captures the volatile dynamic between performers and audience, as Mick Jagger's provocative posturing is followed by fans storming the stage." — Variety
Posted Oct 24, 2012
70% Sexy Baby (2012) " Unevenly structured, the segments differ greatly in length and relevance." — Variety
Posted Oct 22, 2012
36% Yogawoman (2012) " One could, however, wish that this endless encomium played less like a PowerPoint sales pitch, illustrated with clip-art imagery, scored with generic music and narrated in mellifluous tones by Annette Bening." — Variety
Posted Oct 19, 2012
—— Unmasked Judeophobia (2012) " Whatever clarity can be gained by the film's analysis of endemic Islamic hatred of Jews is fatally compromised by equally irrational, overreaching claims." — Variety
Posted Oct 19, 2012
100% Question One (2012) " Nowadays, when the very notion of impartiality seems quixotic at best, few issue-driven docus even pay lip service to the other side. Fox and Nubile's observational fly-on-the-wall approach proves relatively objective." — Variety
Posted Oct 19, 2012
53% Simon and the Oaks (2012) " Though it retains the narrative complexity of the Swedish bestseller on which it's based, WWII saga Simon and the Oaks never creates an emotional or intellectual throughline of its own." — Variety
Posted Oct 11, 2012
54% Bel Borba Aqui (2012) " The docu ties itself too tightly to its subject, mimicking forms and rhythms it never fully makes its own." — Variety
Posted Oct 3, 2012
83% Barfi! (2012) " Hopping nimbly among three distinct timeframes, helmer Basu deconstructs the film's sentimental thrust to stress his hero's in-the-moment ingenuity." — Variety
Posted Sep 27, 2012
22% Three Stars (2012) " Hachmeister jumps from chef to chef, country to country, sampling little soundbites or chronicling the meticulous building of a blini on an asparagus stalk, with no clear structure to give the docu momentum." — Variety
Posted Sep 24, 2012
60% Electoral Dysfunction (2012) " Mo Rocca's faux-disingenuous tone and nonstop jocularity dominate the docu to quickly grating effect." — Variety
Posted Sep 20, 2012
60% Ek Tha Tiger (2012) " Result boasts some excellent action sequences, most performed by megastar Salman Khan, and indeed is generally more effective in fight scenes than in hearts-and-flowers mode." — Variety
Posted Aug 20, 2012
33% Death by China (2012) " One need not fully subscribe to Peter Navarro's demonization to appreciate his lucid wake-up call to the imminent dangers of the huge U.S.-China trade imbalance and its disastrous impact on the American economy." — Variety
Posted Aug 17, 2012
94% Meet the Fokkens (2012) " A racy, thoroughly enjoyable docu about a pair of 69-year-old identical-twin hookers in Amsterdam, Meet the Fokkens bounces along with defiant joie de vivre." — Variety
Posted Aug 8, 2012
5% 30 Beats (2012) " The jazz-scored pic relies heavily on quirkiness to round out shaky characterizations and inject interest into otherwise forgettable pairings." — Variety
Posted Jul 19, 2012
88% Ballplayer: Pelotero (2012) " What gives Pelotero its edge is a nexus of corruption, exploitation and betrayal that transforms this well-shot, cannily edited item into an engrossing expose." — Variety
Posted Jul 13, 2012
—— Bol Bachchan (2012) " Bol Bachchan carries off its rapidly thinning, virtually villain-free plot thanks to its fast-paced presentation of a storyline that hinges on a succession of double identities and escalating fabrications." — Variety
Posted Jul 11, 2012
4% A Little Bit Of Heaven (2012) Variety
Posted Jun 26, 2012
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