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Ronnie Scheib

Ronnie Scheib
Ronnie Scheib's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Reader, Variety

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Abandoned (2001) Yet for all its dreary trappings, Abandoned possesses a remarkable distance and clarity that are promises in themselves.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
100% Virunga (2014) With enough action, pathos, suspense, venal villains, stalwart heroes and endangered gorillas for a dozen fiction films, von Einsiedel's extraordinary documentary Virunga lays out the complex of deadly forces threatening the titular national park...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
No Score Yet The Road to Fame (2013) Throughout, Hao's focus on individual students struggling to secure key roles in the production invites viewer identification.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
100% Grand comme le Baobab (Tall as the Baobab Tree) (2013) Chris Collins' serene lensing highlights the family's closeness and its connection to the environment, while Jay Wadley's African harp score adds to the pic's authenticity.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
84% Violet (2017) Intensely stylized, highly original and utterly mesmerizing.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
95% Among the Believers (2016) The filmmakers skillfully orchestrate the various levels of their exploration, from the intimate details of Talha and Zarina's lives to the workings of the big national picture.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
91% Virgin Mountain (Fúsi) (2015) Working in small, skillfully nuanced, always surprising increments, Kari, enabled by Gunnar Jonsson's extraordinary performance, charts a moving, totally believable flowering of untapped potential as Fusi falls in love.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2016
63% Applesauce (2015) Applesauce, Onur Tukel's latest and most accomplished microbudget exercise in cynical absurdism, throws dismembered body parts into a couple of amicable marriages and charts the resultant explosions as paranoia runs rampant.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2015
67% Le Beau Monde (2014) A triumph of minor-key storytelling.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2015
100% Song Of Lahore (2015) A fascinating study in cross-cultural pollination, Song positively sings.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2015
94% Mala Mala (2015) Beginning as a colorful documentary about the Puerto Rican transgender community... Mala Mala slowly morphs into a celebration of solidarity and collective activism without ever losing sight of its likable protagonists.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2015
84% Gabriel (2015) Gabriel's dilemma, though suitably heartbreaking, and goosed along by Patrick Higgins' tension-stringed score, ultimately becomes as wearisome to viewers as it is to his exhausted clan.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2015
75% Rubble Kings (2015) Cramming a lot of anecdotes, urban lore and frenzied movement into a mere 71 minutes, Nicholson's docu imperceptibly builds to an unexpected, revelatory climax.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2015
100% Age of Panic (La Bataille de Solférino) (2013) Triet brilliantly orchestrates the intersection of documentary and fiction.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2015
83% Tonnerre (2014) A career-stalled rock musician, leaving Paris for his small hometown of Tonnerre, falls in love and falls apart in Guillaume Brac's engrossingly nuanced character study.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2015
76% Kai Po Che! (2013) [The acting] is technically accomplished, but never quite transcends their scripted traits, rendering the film's tonal shifts more matter of fact than emotionally wrenching.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 17, 2015
100% One Cut, One Life (2015) As exasperating as it is weirdly compelling.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 17, 2015
83% I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2015) Schmaltz continually threatens to overcome genius in this super-sentimental account of gifted puppeteer Caroll Spinney.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 11, 2015
100% In Transit (2015) Sampling snippets and snatches of lives and conversations, Maysles and his fellow filmmakers undertake a folk odyssey through northern landscapes that proves a fitting farewell to an American ethnographer.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 6, 2015
80% Talaash (2012) This thoroughly engrossing, highly anticipated pic boasts assured direction by sophomore helmer Reema Kagti, a well-constructed script by Kagti and... Zoya Akhtar, and strong thesping by familiar Bollywood luminaries.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 5, 2015
No Score Yet A Wonderful Cloud (2015) Filmmaker Eugene Kotlyareno and his real-life ex Kate Lyn Sheil play out a dysfunctional L.A. reunion in this raucous, freewheeling comedy.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2015
100% La creazione di significato (The Creation of Meaning) (2015) Throughout the film, the beauty of the landscapes and the totally natural insertion of human, animal and insect movement within the frame lend "The Creation of Meaning" a particular grace.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2015
52% Live From New York! (2015) An amorphous, superficial but sporadically very funny recap of 40 years of 'SNL' and American history in a surprisingly conventional form.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2015
74% Alex of Venice (2015) The pleasures of well-observed characters and small epiphanies are undeniable, and Alex of Venice, actor Chris Messina's directing debut, is amply supplied with both, thanks to Mary Elizabeth Winstead's extraordinary performance.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2015
57% Living in the Age of Airplanes (2015) This giant-screen rhapsody on the power of airplanes to revolutionize the world winds up offering little more than an endorsement of the tourism and shopping industries.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2015
No Score Yet Around The World In 50 Concerts (2015) A magnificent tapestry of sounds and images, this documentary interweaves multiple leitmotifs that flow through the film like familiar old friends, surging to the forefront only to be reabsorbed and casually encountered farther on.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2015
69% She's Lost Control (2015) Ronah's loss of control brings neither catharsis nor liberation, either to the character or to the film.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2015
87% Ballet 422 (2015) Jody Lee Lipes' delightful ballet documentary delves into the intricacies of the creative process.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2015
85% Above and Beyond (2015) The film veers toward oversimplified selectivity, too intent on its feel-good, back-patting agenda.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2015
97% 1971 (2015) The film offers surprisingly cogent, lived-in evocations of a period too often glossed over in impersonal, by-the-book montages.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2015
74% Take Me To The River (2016) Superlatively acted culture-clash indie chillingly evokes primal dread and sexual transgression as a gay Californian teen meets his Nebraskan farm relatives.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2015
56% I (2015) Vikram delivers a knockout three-pronged performance, but this cinematic bravura is offset by underdeveloped scripting, flatly one-dimensional villains and overdone lone-hero-vs.-swarms-of-murderous-attackers setpieces.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2015
82% Joy of Man's Desiring (2015) Definitely not for the narrative-minded, "Joy of Man's Desiring" will please if not swell the ranks of Cote admirers.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2015
100% Every Last Child (2015) An affecting look at those battling the Taliban's murderous anti-vaccination campaign in Pakistan.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2015
No Score Yet Still Dreaming (2014) All this uncertainty and the constant casting changes gift the production with an antic spontaneity and madcap giddiness that belie the age of the performers and intensify the atmosphere of the play.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2015
83% The Seven Five (2015) Perhaps the most amazing aspect of Dowd's confession -- and Russell's documentary -- is the total ease with which Dowd reconciles his twin careers as all-out gangster and dedicated cop.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2015
27% Annie (2014) While there are several possible good reasons to remake the Depression-set musical "Annie" in 2014, none of them seem to have informed Will Gluck's overblown yet undernourished treatment.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2014
88% An Open Secret (2015) The most shocking aspect of Berg's documentary is what it presents as the abusers' utter lack of accountability.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2014
No Score Yet Iris (2014) A joyous celebration of creativity and razor-sharp wit sustained into old age, as evinced by outspoken nonagenarian fashion icon Iris Apfel, "Iris"also offers proof of Albert Maysles' continued vitality as a documentarian.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2014
No Score Yet Au fil d'Ariane (Ariane's Thread) (2014) The helmer's fans will not be disappointed.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2014
71% 1,000 Times Good Night (2014) Deftly sidestepping both melodrama and family-values messaging, Poppe imbues the film with enormous emotional resonance, brilliantly grounded by his leading lady.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2014
96% Citizenfour (2014) Adapting the cold language of data encryption to recount a dramatic saga of abuse of power and justified paranoia, Poitras brilliantly demonstrates that information is a weapon that cuts both ways.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2014
67% Life Partners (2014) A well-scripted, intriguingly-acted effort to mine the theme of prolonged adolescent best-buddyism through two women.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2014
86% Altina (2014) This curiously intimate documentary about artist Altina Schinasi, as told through her myriad marriages, engrosses in its own fittingly slapdash way.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2014
90% A Fuller Life (2014) A loving tribute for those well versed in the Fuller canon, the doc may prove less revelatory than entertaining for neophytes.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2014
25% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2014
90% The Kill Team (2014) This chilling war-is-hell expose [is] must-see viewing. ‐ Variety
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2014
55% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2014