For 291 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Paula Nechak's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Endurance
Lowest review score: 0 Held Up
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 19 out of 291
291 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Paula Nechak
    Even knowing the happy outcome, Butler masterfully keeps us on the edge of our seats, and communicates the full horror and seeming hopelessness of the crew's situation every step of the way.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Paula Nechak
    Daring, gorgeous.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Paula Nechak
    A radically disturbing and memorable movie whose images don't easily fade or diminish in power.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 91 Paula Nechak
    Gorgeous in its gore and, for all its destruction, despair and death, concludes on an optimistic and vibrantly alive note.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Paula Nechak
    John Cameron Mitchell credits Plato as the inspiration for his rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Now Mitchell has turned his play into a raucous, touching celebration of a film.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Paula Nechak
    Fascinating, visually gorgeous cinematic study that will frustrate some viewers by its ambiguity.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Paula Nechak
    It assaults us with violence, brutality, sexual confusion and anarchy and has enough bruising, punishing humor to keep us laughing with relief.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Paula Nechak
    Terrifically fun entertainment; wonderfully shot and acted, instilled with spirit and life and able to woo us with its exhuberant freshness.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 91 Paula Nechak
    Istanbul-born director Ferzan Ozpetek has outdone himself with this wise and ruminative mystery about memory, unfulfillment and yearning.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Paula Nechak
    Pawlikowski has made a gorgeously ambiguous film -- based upon a novel by Helen Cross -- that is blessedly hard to tag; in fact, it's a compilation of genres and moods -- comedy, romance and diabolical thriller -- and that is its core strength and freshness.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 91 Paula Nechak
    A film that takes you by surprise, refusing to relinquish its grim, fascinating hold. Better yet, it has crept up on us without much advance promotional fanfare. The less known about its twists, the better.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Paula Nechak
    In the end, this is a film about retribution and justice within unjust circumstances. Each character has a personal code of honor -- Arthur, Charlie and Capt. Stanley are all given their dignity -- and it's that code that sets the film apart.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Paula Nechak
    The two women -- as well as the always marvelous Bill Nighy as Blanchett's "older" husband -- run roughshod over its third act flaws and, with their exquisitely detailed performances, make it better than it is. It's an actor's triumph.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Paula Nechak
    The actors are all well-cast, thoughtful and sometimes funny. Tabu was apparently not Nair's first choice, but after watching her in the role it's hard to imagine anyone else -- she's heartbreakingly good.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Paula Nechak
    For all its moodiness, despair and disconnect, I've Loved You So Long is all about acknowledging human error and embracing ties -- to family and life -- that can't be undone.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    The film is so crisply acted and smartly drawn that you barely notice the cracks in the veneer.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    It's LaPaglia's finest, deepest role and he's matched by Armstrong, who makes Sonja's undaunting optimism palpable within a trying marriage that's gulping for breath.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    This devastating film is buoyed by Dequenne's bravura willingness to go all out; she's a baby-faced kid when the camera focuses full on and an exceptionally beautiful young woman in profile.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    Ullmann has honed a too-long and sometimes relentless film that delves into the selfishness of passion but also captures the elusiveness and unpredictability of love.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    It's compelling, poetic, rebellious, funny and one of the few movies that feels like it's been culled from another time and place yet broodingly bends modern societal taboos.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    If you can forgive some plot artifice and gloss, there's a seductively intuitive and resonant theme resting at the core of Jeremy Podeswa's haunting new film.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    A terrific movie about middle-age malaise and a comedy of unusual wit and drollness.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    It works because it never tries to be more than the very personal memory piece it is.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    It's a funny, insightful film whose feminist undertones don't overwhelm the story and characters.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    As entertaining as it is a viable, political message destined to make viewers rethink their stance on war.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    There are two reasons Ramsay succeeds with a story that might at best be called morbid: She visually transforms the dreary expanse of dead-end distaste the characters inhabit into a poem of art, music and metaphor -- and she has the perfect actress to embody Morvern.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    A hard film to shake and makes us think and think again.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    Not only feels real, but it avoids preciousness and cute eccentricity and, in its lean, almost grave, cut-and-dried delivery makes more of an emotional impact because we're able to imprint our own memories of adolescence upon it.
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    As dark as a Greek tragedy yet it has a vibrance and joie de vivre that can't be contained by grief.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    Nettelbeck has created a movie recipe that ladles great dollops of dessertlike joy and equally dark tragedy around her strong-willed heroine. It wouldn't work without actors capable of finding vulnerability, humanity and kindness in sometimes inaccessible characters.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    It demands people pay attention and look inward to find the private compass that will navigate us through murky sensibilities that are as capable of seducing us as they are Tom Ripley.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    Darkly funny.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    Noyce's movie is a testament to endurance -- the camera caresses the landscape -- instilling us with a respect and reverence for it, its harsh ways and the attachment to it that Australia's indigenous people hold.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    First-time feature film director Max Farberbock has given a terrific visual style, resonance, sense of hope and power to the material.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    Occasionally falters in its symbolism and storytelling, but still unnerves because we're never quite sure of our bearings, or whose "reality" we're watching.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    The film manages to make the ordinary extraordinary. It takes visual risks, tells its story subjectively through images and moves confidently to a stunning, imaginative climax.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    The real find in this lovely family film is Castle-Hughes, who makes Pai's confusion, emotional fragility and devotion palpable.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    It's more strangely and elementally touching than its predecessors.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    It's the chemistry between Vardalos and Collette that gives the film its magical dazzle. Despite Vardalos' ingratiating, big and breathy presence, Collette, as the pulse and conscience of these two dreamers, very nearly steals the film.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    Captures the lovely, heart-and-eye-opening ode to youthful possibility with affection and compassion.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    Compassionate, potent documentary.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    The film is thriller, comedy and rite-of-passage story, but Boyle never loses sight of what's at its core.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    It's a quiet anti-war film full of lovely, heartbreakingly assured performances and real situations and responses.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    The performances by Davidtz, Weston, Wilson and especially Adams stand out as Morrison paints his character study with raw, true bits continually tested by the absurdities of pain life dishes up.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    Daniels gives a career-best performance.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    In remarkably compact and quietly concise vignettes, we're introduced to each member, and immediately understand what they're all about.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    Cruz is tough and sexy as the no-nonsense Raimunda and she's being deservedly talked up for an Oscar nomination in a tight best actress year.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    An odd charmer with a whisper of autobiography (Blitz makes his film's protagonist a stutterer, just as the director was in school) and it's made even better by young lead actor Reece Thompson.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    A darkly funny journey about life ticking by and the change to make wrongs right.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    It's a solid study in paranoia and gamesmanship.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Gorgeously evocative visually.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Sometimes so intimate it's embarrassing, and the messiness at falling in love at any age is disquieting.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Dizdar humorously compares and contrasts extremes in economics and lifestyles and looks at the west through the eyes of an outsider.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    A genre-twisting surprise.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Works well as a metaphor for a more innocent time.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Beautifully acted and conceived -- even if the final vision is not always totally satisfying.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Brokedown Palace does have some plot implausibilities but Kaplan, manages to turn some hashed story lines into something substantial and emotionally affecting.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Lacks the cohesive flow of "Fantasia" and suffers from an attention deficit that seems to mark and flaw our current fast-paced technological era.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Has difficulty reaching a resolution. In the final half-hour, the film becomes almost hysterically out of sync with its prior quiet reserve.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    An indie film that was lavishly praised and won the Filmmakers Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, rolls along in the well-rutted, dusty tire tracks of other mother-and-daughter road trip
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Sticks in the mind and simply won't go away.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    (Fiennes's) Onegin is clueless to anything other than the sensual world, and is finally more repellent than sympathetic.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Both sophisticated and elemental enough for all ages to grasp the message.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    There is a ton of psychology and inference in this intriguing first feature by French director Anne-Sophie Birot.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Isn't so emotionally powerful as the Oscar-winning "When We Were Kings" but which -- in its more intimate way -- still packs a punch.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Funny, eccentric and touchingly just, combining a unique interpretation of the time with an offbeat sense of humor.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Exquisite and fragile in visuals and tone, yet has some difficulty with a choppy narrative.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    A fresh, well-written comedy that doesn't lag, casts its actors against type and has a real love for its characters.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    In its austere visual understatement rests a ton of emotional power.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Though Signs & Wonders loses its bubbles and runs flat in its anticlimactic final moments, it's far more inventive and demanding than any movie of recent memory.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Has enough simmering beneath its sweaty, grimy and disconsolate surface to be more than just another rite-of-passage missive set in the '70s.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Gorgeous re-creation of another time.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    An empowering film for children, showing them at their most capable, working through problems and finding innovative solutions to overcome what seems like an insurmountable obstacle.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    An edgy comedy with heart.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Breathtaking visual accomplishment.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    The Cockettes is a fascinating poke into the soul of the '60s and it moves past a simple chronology of a counterculture phenomenon to examine how this predecessor to glitter rock and camp movies, such as "The Rocky Horror Show," could ever have ascended to such heights.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Truly raunchy but it's more sweetly stupid and silly than anything.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Difficult to weigh and rate precisely because it deals with real life and real people.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    What emerges is a funny and sometimes aching movie that treads familiar dysfunctional family turf but still manages to eke out an emotionally toned balance.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    The music is truly the thing in Songcatcher and it's awesome, haunting stuff.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Scores high on nastiness, but it has as many surprisingly funny moments as offensive ones.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    More intelligent and thought-provoking than the usual dumb and dull-witted fare for children.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    The film is not without its flaws, but it sports a terrific production design that integrates magically into the story -- as well as another top-notch performance by Anthony LaPaglia.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    If ever a film seemed poised to take over the spot occupied by the surprise indie hit, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," it's Real Women Have Curves.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Allen has avoided his usual stable of jokes and one-liners, and the result is a film that feels and looks fresh from the maestro of urban angst.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    A frothy and deliriously enjoyable souffle.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    The film is so full of ideas and so dense that its narrative splinters, moving tangentially, and ultimately is weighed down by its rant and rhetoric.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Love. Lust. Recrimination. Jealousy. Resolution. This British female friendship melodrama has them all.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    The film is many things: dark fable, gritty thriller, satirical social commentary, horror film and a love story that's blessed with a marvelous, near slapstick physicality.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    An original, well-crafted plea that uses restraint instead of titillation to make a cautionary tale that aches with pathos and power.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    While Shrek may trek into that dark territory and has some questionable values simmering beneath the surface, its characters are delightful enough and the film is just sweet-natured and visually sophiscated enough to avoid sinking into the swamp.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Although the start of the movie is a little fragmented, and the last quarter turns predictably rote, the middle is heartfelt, wonderfully diverse and empowering.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    airily works not only because of Witherspoon and a game supporting cast...but because, with its bark-and-bite agenda wrapped in a blanket of laughs, has the sense to remember that, first and foremost, it's entertainment.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Brooks has made a movie that is about separation from convenience and having to deal one-on-one with a stranger in a strange land. The result is a profound and moving movie.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Cast and crew have a blast making a family movie that spoofs its James Bond-like premise, is jam-packed with action, sweaty-palm suspense and adventurous, high-tech fun effects, and yet never loses its at-the-core heart and sympathies.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    The real humor comes, once again from Murphy, whose Donkey is so genuinely funny and clever that he very nearly steals the film. Except that it's stolen by Banderas as a rogue Puss In Boots.
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Zeffirelli creates a lovely, perfectly composed and lyrical look at life under Mussolini's black-shirted fascist regime. But despite danger on every corner in Italy, there is a tinge of rose-colored sentiment that blurs the events yet lends to the making of an affecting dramatic period piece.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    The film's only misstep is its again-used theme (especially when it comes to a woman's rite of passage) of exacting some punishing loss when our heroine pushes to transcend her limitations by seeking a better life.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    There's something essential and emotional missing in this character-driven piece. It's more an admirably performed and observed study -- of a time, place and three very different people -- than it is the heartbreaking and engrossing story it could have been.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Witherspoon is terrific.

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