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
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    Swicord has enough savvy to conjure up a terrific cast that compensates for her rote direction.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    While Hunt's directing debut is promising, if understated, it's her performance as schoolteacher April Epner that impresses the audience.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    It's an unashamedly old-fashioned and richly visualized evocation of a time when values were key, trust in your neighbor complete, and a way of life that should be simple is made unfathomably complex because of economic hardship.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    Provided you don't take it seriously, it makes for an addictively entertaining diversion that's as hard to stop watching as the books are to stop reading.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    The movie's political and moral points -- and theme about creating family however you can find it -- elevate it above the average kids movie.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    It resorts to a story line so predictable that its willingness to go so earnestly into unoriginal territory is doubly disappointing since its first half had so much more going for it.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    Lawrence uses the stand-up forum less as a weapon to blast us with his incisive, razor sharp insights into life, sex and ethnicity than as a pulpit or confessional to chronicle his rehabilitation and reformation.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    The film ultimately has no contrast and we can't figure out whom to like or dislike.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    It's not the direction that feels flaccid in this film. Surprisingly, it's the stories themselves, which provide a bit of a giggle but little else.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    A heady, impressionistic mixture of biography, fantasy and social history in which it isn't always clear which is which.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    Meanders as aimlessly as its drugged-out characters.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    Attempts to do for "The Big Sleep"-type detective movie and film-noir genre what "Blair Witch" did for horror films.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    This journey is clunkily rendered, clouded by an avalanche of murky symbolism.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    Outside of a smart performance by Shawn Hatosy as Tim Dunphy, there just isn't much that's enlightening or new in this intimate recollection.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    Disney seems intent upon overdosing audiences with the little guy proving himself against a seemingly superior force.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    Often unsettlingly funny, though it ultimately recedes into a dark womb of despair.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    There are some nice ideas floating around this ambitious film, as well as attempts to say them in a unique way.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    Outside of its star power, it reeks of indie film and doesn't hold much mainstream steam.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    Strikes a universal chord, no matter what rung of the popularity ladder we were on in high school.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    This bloodless, nuanced little thriller carries small weight save for Huppert's enigmatic, thrifty performance.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    While young Coppola is a pro with her camera, she'd be wise to brush up on her storytelling skills.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    Wenham and Porter make the film better than it should be.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    Certainly kept the toddlers (including mine) at an advance screening engrossed, but for parents and reviewers, it was more of a struggle.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    The actors navigate tough characters through emotional mayhem with such intense determination it's a shame they're undercut by the intrusive voice-over.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    Director Martha Coolidge attempts to keep the film grounded in reality, but the movie flutters away from her control.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    The Village goes up in smoke (and mirrors). It wants to find a profoundness that hints at something deep and dimensional, but it hasn't the courage of conviction to stay on course as an unabashed ode to innocence.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    The film is inherently calculated and cold, so smugly satisfied with itself and its surprise final trick that it seems to be running its own con to convince us the script's house of cards is actually substantial, original and slick.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    There's something flat and obscure about this well-acted stalker movie.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    Works best when it devotes itself to the small group of main characters featured on the show.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    (Arteta's) yanked an eerily accomplished performance out of his lead actor.

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