Frank Scheck

Frank Scheck

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Frank Scheck's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Hollywood Reporter

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Annapolis (2006)

"Although crudely effective in a strictly formulaic way, the film manages to strike nary an unfamiliar note." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 26, 2006

Underworld: Evolution (2006)

"... there's little wit or genuine suspense to elevate the proceedings above the level of a cheesy comic book." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 20, 2006

Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2006)

"A reasonably amusing effort that manages to poke fun at Brooks' neuroses and governmental blundering with equal skill." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 19, 2006

I'm Taraneh, 15 (2002)

"A strong entry in the recent plethora of Iranian neo-realist films." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 11, 2006

Fateless (2006)

"A distinguished addition to the canon of Holocaust-themed cinema, Lajos Koltai's Fateless is both haunting and poetic." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 9, 2006

BloodRayne (2006)

"Most of the budget seems to have been spent on the cast, with apparently little left over for sets or costumes." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 9, 2006

Grandma's Boy (2006)

"The veteran actresses who co-star in this stoner comedy have an Oscar and multiple Emmys and Tonys among them, but it's unlikely they'll have to clear any more space on their mantels for Grandma's Boy." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 6, 2006

The Grace Lee Project (2005)

"Although the filmmaker provides some welcome humor in her often self-deprecating narration, she also displays a self-indulgence that gives her effort the distinct air of a vanity project." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 5, 2006

My Name Was Sabina Spielrein (2002)

"A fascinating historical tale is rendered with less than compelling results in this pseudo-documentary." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 5, 2006

My Big Fat Independent Movie (2005)

"This low-budget effort lacks the wit necessary to sustain its brief 80-minute running time." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 28, 2005

Cape of Good Hope (2005)

"The film's strengths are offset by flaws including an excessiveness cutesiness (there are far too many shots of adorable puppies), a tendency toward sentimental cliches and too many jarring shifts in tone." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 13, 2005
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Incautos (Swindled) (2004)

"Much like a con man who makes the classic mistake of getting too greedy, this Spanish thriller from director Miguel Bardem squanders an auspicious first part before becoming hopelessly convoluted and over-the-top in the second." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 12, 2005

Gilles' Wife (La Femme de Gilles) (2005)

"Fonteyne invests the material with a minimalist but powerful tension, and cinematographer Virginie Saint-Martin provides one beautifully composed visual after another." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 12, 2005
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End Game (2006)

"An uncommonly good cast and some thrillingly staged action sequences distinguish this thriller, which otherwise has all the stamps of a direct-to-video item." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 6, 2005

Aristide and the Endless Revolution (2005)

"Although the film presents the complicated story in sometimes confusing fashion, it ultimately provides a highly informational account of the events leading up to the separate coups." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 6, 2005

Private (2005)

"While the film is ultimately too limited in its scope to have much lingering impact, it does make for a thoughtful addition to the growing list of films dealing with the Israeli/Palestinian conflict." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 2, 2005

The Syrian Bride (2005)

"The Syrian Bride manages the rare feat of blending the personal and the political in pitch-perfect fashion." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 2, 2005

Emmanuel's Gift (2005)

"While Emmanuel's Gift has a moving story to tell, it does so in a less than compelling manner." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 29, 2005

In the Mix (2005)

"Played mostly as a drama but utterly devoid of tension, the film mainly comes across as recycled." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 29, 2005

Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (2005)

"Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price lacks the cinematic panache to elevate it above the level of agitprop. But its all too relevant dissection of its subject is well worth paying attention to." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 16, 2005

The White Countess (2005)

"Notable as the final collaboration between director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant, The White Countess is a typically classy period piece that fits in well with the pair's considerable oeuvre." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 14, 2005

Three of Hearts: A Postmodern Family (2005)

"The admirably tasteful result is a social study far more suited for the likes of Oprah Winfrey than Jerry Springer." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 3, 2005

Brooklyn Lobster (2005)

"Ultimately has the air of a home movie project blown up to feature-length proportions." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 3, 2005

Novo (2005)

"While its provocative theme clearly has dramatic and comedic possibilities, the film mostly fails to realize them, content to provide a series of erotic encounters with plenty of opportunities for its lead performers to undress." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 27, 2005

Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinematheque (2004)

"An inspirational film for cinephiles everywhere." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 27, 2005

Never Been Thawed (2005)

"Never Been Thawed displays moments of cleverness but not enough to sustain its feature-length running time." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 27, 2005

Dorian Blues (2005)

"While Bardwell's screenplay wobbles somewhat in tone, it displays enough wit and charm to compensate for its lack of polish." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 27, 2005

Finding Eléazar: Portrait of a Tenor and a Role (2005)

"A promotional video masquerading as a documentary." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 27, 2005

The Dark Hours (2005)

"Proves as cliche-ridden as its title." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 25, 2005

Saw II (2005)

"If the machinations don't quite make the startling impact of those in the original, they also far outshine the pedestrian mayhem on display in the current horror glut." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 21, 2005

The Fog (2005)

"Add one more to the list of unnecessary horror remakes." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 17, 2005

The President's Last Bang (2005)

"The filmmaker's irreverent take on the story is certainly arresting, and somehow feels more true to life than if he had taken a conventional approach." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 11, 2005

Human Error (2005)

"All too accurately lives up to its title." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 11, 2005

Dyskoloi apohairetismoi: O babas mou (Hard Goodbyes: My Father) (2003)

"A tender and moving drama that deserves wider exposure." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 10, 2005

Wall (Mur) (2004)

"While all this might have made for a potent short subject, the abstract visual monotony begins to wear thin shortly into the 98-minute running time." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 5, 2005

Chain (2005)

"What might have been highly effective as a nonfiction short is extended way beyond its dramatic possibilities, and the narrative structure Cohen has devised adds little to the overall effect." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 4, 2005

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005)

"While the film never really achieves the emotional resonance to which it clearly aspires, its sheer inventiveness and bravura visual style deliver plenty of entertaining moments along the way." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 4, 2005

Music From the Inside Out (2005)

"Provides no real answers but plenty of thoughtful ideas and enriching music along the way." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 28, 2005

Cote d'Azur (2005)

"There's no denying the appeal of well-toned half-naked bodies, a sun soaked Mediterranean beach, and -- musical numbers extolling the aphrodisiac qualities of shellfish?" ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 28, 2005
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Answering the Call: Ground Zero's Volunteers (2005)

"At a time when the country has been beset by another disaster that has resulted in heroic efforts by countless individuals, the film is a valuable reminder of the goodness that can result even from tragedy." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 28, 2005

Walking on the Sky (2005)

"Walking on the Sky would barely pass muster as an Off-Off-Broadway offering." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 28, 2005

Piggie (2003)

"Crudely shot and edited, the film is most notable for the strong performances by its two leads." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 27, 2005

Edge Codes: The Art of Motion Picture Editing (2005)

"Informative but not overly academic, analytic but not overly pedantic and entertaining but not overly trivial." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 22, 2005

William Eggleston in the Real World (2005)

"The result isn't particularly mesmerizing, but it does offer a well-rounded portrait that will be of particular interest to photography lovers." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 21, 2005

Cry Wolf (2005)

"The film seems less interested in suspense than in providing a primer for parents as to what devices their teens are fiddling around with all day." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 19, 2005

Venom (2005)

"Even by the standards of the current Miramax fire sale, this misbegotten horror film deserved to go direct to video. Or cable. Or oblivion." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 18, 2005

Games of Love and Chance (L'Esquive) (2005)

"It is a provocative and potentially rich premise, to be sure, but the execution here is somewhat lacking." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 15, 2005

Now & Forever (2001)

"This unrated film is best suited for television exposure to young teenage girls, who might actually fall under the spell of its particular brand of hokum." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 2, 2005

King of the Corner (2005)

"Although Riegert, who has here assembled a first-rate cast, clearly has a good touch with actors, his handling of the awkward material reveals his directorial inexperience." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 31, 2005

Transporter 2 (2005)

"While we wait for a new Bond, Jason Statham's taciturn Frank Martin is filling in nicely." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 31, 2005