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 4.6 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
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    It's a funny, insightful film whose feminist undertones don't overwhelm the story and characters.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    A terrific movie about middle-age malaise and a comedy of unusual wit and drollness.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    It's more strangely and elementally touching than its predecessors.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    It works because it never tries to be more than the very personal memory piece it is.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    The film is so crisply acted and smartly drawn that you barely notice the cracks in the veneer.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    Darkly funny.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    As entertaining as it is a viable, political message destined to make viewers rethink their stance on war.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    A hard film to shake and makes us think and think again.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    Captures the lovely, heart-and-eye-opening ode to youthful possibility with affection and compassion.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    This nifty little addition to the Winnie the Pooh franchise boasts some nice touches.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    The film tugs at us. And we forgive it its faults because it never loses sight of what it's supposed to be even though the story has a manipulative edge and maneuvers our feelings.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    There are a lot of terrific creative energies at play in Robots and they overcome an overreliance on amusement park sensibilities in the animated adventure.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    A difficult movie. Its obvious, heavy symbolism, glaring soundtrack and top-heavy themes threaten to make it implode, but it's saved by its performances.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    The film dwells more on the sensationalistic aspects than the sport itself but it's impossible to deny the tawdry entertainment value in this compelling film tabloid.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Original, imaginative and stylish.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    The most fascinating aspect of the film is how the point of view shifts -- each character, as seen through another's eyes, is something else entirely.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Jordan unites his favorite actors -- Liam Neeson, Stephen Rea, Ian Hart and Brendan Gleeson -- with the swoony presence of the talented 29-year-old Cillian Murphy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    While most of the film is well-written and acted, there are some difficulties. Aniston's Olivia is hard to figure.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Mullan is a great choice as Frank, playing the silent guy with all kinds of baggage perfectly.