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 4.3 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    The two young actors -- Hutcherson and Robb -- are terrific and unpretentious.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    The joy is in watching a talented cast make something crisp and fresh out of material that -- though perfectly adequate and enjoyable -- trespasses little into territory that's new or out of the traditionally plotted points of the genre.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    In its austere visual understatement rests a ton of emotional power.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Scores high on nastiness, but it has as many surprisingly funny moments as offensive ones.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Gorgeously evocative visually.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    What results is, for a film purporting to reflect the nobility of a beloved book, the propensity to slip occasionally into the fart and belch slapstick that passes for humor in just about every present-day animated movie. It's a misstep that pulls us out of our awe for the carefully studied world the filmmakers have lovingly labored to create.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Isn't very pretty despite its extraordinary look. In fact, the film is downright queasy and unsettling.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Jindabyne is uniquely Australian, dealing with Australian issues, and it boasts a wickedly wry conclusion that -- for everything that has come before -- is karmically just.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    This nifty little addition to the Winnie the Pooh franchise boasts some nice touches.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    More intelligent and thought-provoking than the usual dumb and dull-witted fare for children.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Funny, eccentric and touchingly just, combining a unique interpretation of the time with an offbeat sense of humor.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Beautifully acted and conceived -- even if the final vision is not always totally satisfying.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    The music is truly the thing in Songcatcher and it's awesome, haunting stuff.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Both sophisticated and elemental enough for all ages to grasp the message.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Original, imaginative and stylish.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Love. Lust. Recrimination. Jealousy. Resolution. This British female friendship melodrama has them all.
    • 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
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    A genre-twisting surprise.

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