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 3.5 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
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    It's a methodical, friendly fairy tale in which everyone is good and the outcome is a given.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    Maybury's attempt at a more mainstream movie is really just a simple love story cloaked in a lot of metaphysical mumbo-jumbo.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    Craig's got the stuff but the ending of this cake is soggy for its protagonist and audience.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    What remains is a sumptuous-looking film that sniffs at but ignores deeper Freudian implications.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    Takes itself awfully seriously. It feels a bit like a grudge piece, laboring to grasp at large themes, but it is as trivialized as the capricious world it explores.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    If you can forgive some woeful casting and a plot that is as creakingly thin as an old staircase, you can enjoy director Christopher Nolan's The Prestige.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    It's a well-acted but rote and strictly by the book "war movie."
    • 36 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    Would be totally unexceptional if not for its visual telling of the Apollo 11 flight and the fact that the movie is impressively shot - the first animated feature film in 3-D.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    Predictable and surprisingly confusing in its ultimate message.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    I scratched my head in wonder as to why this pair of one-dimensional characters couldn't find happiness in such a shallow story.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    An innocuous, hit-and-miss affair.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    Flies coach instead of first class, despite a charismatic cast.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    The restless, selfish, unfriendly people created by Lachow as protagonists only make the movie hard to warm up to. It's more akin to fingernails scraping a blackboard than an updated morality play.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    Never offers much enlightenment through its message.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    A pedestrian movie with a predictable romance at its heart.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    A mess of incohesiveness and fragmented storytelling.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    We leave hungry for more of the film's substantial, if less physically perfect, subjects.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    A low-maintenance crowd-pleaser, but we've seen the entire film, in thematic snippets, before.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    While the film is technically polished and visually breathtaking, it lacks depth and becomes little more than a lawless fairy tale packed with pretty people.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    The film leaves an acrid taste with the viewer who sits through its long and winding tale of tortured courtship.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    There's not an original idea rattling around in the empty-headed but gorgeous-to-behold period film.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    Amy
    In the end, it trivializes the psychological complexity of the girl's post-traumatic stress and betrays a game group of actors who struggle to find balance between the alternately dark drama and the silly, over-the-top melodrama.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    While the film shuns the glamour or glitz that an American movie might demand, Scherfig tosses us a romantic scenario that is just as simplistic as a Hollywood production.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    It lacks, despite the remarkable techno effects by wizard Stan Winston, originality and charisma.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    Much ado about very little because it takes no stand and gives little insight into the Chopper's psyche.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    You walk away wishing they had more than this scant and often shoddy material with which to enjoy their rollicking and racy good time.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    Shakespeare's comical, all-too-human tale of lust, foreplay and wordplay is buried beneath bad taste.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    "Shrek" had some refreshing, genre-twisting innovation but Cats & Dogs plays it safe and nice instead and, by not taking risks, doesn't quite make it out of the doghouse.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    A decidedly mixed bag.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    Despite his harrowing real-life experiences, Downey, good as he is, is simply too young for the part. This callow telling begs for a more mature approach.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    What it lacks is the wit or even the cynicism to lighten the emotional load.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    Can't find its rhythm and stride. It plays it far too safe and slick.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    The film, despite the occasional gross-out joke, can't disguise the fact that it's a sweet old sappy -- even dated -- love story. Only Molly Ringwald is missing.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    The teen parties and sidekick silliness are time filler, and not very good filler either -- why even Bruce Willis shows up in a scene that has nothing to do with the story.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    The biggest tragedy about Milos Forman's foray into the life and times of Spanish artist Francisco De Goya is the waste of so much great raw material.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    The film is dominated by computer-generated effects and they're most of its problem -- they don't give us anything to emotionally attach to or invest in.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    Feels the scratches of too much time and tinkling and is as disjointed as a dislocated shoulder.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    Unfortunately, the life has been sucked out of DiCamillo's story about a brave, unusual little mouse.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 42 Paula Nechak
    The vapid plot line follows the same narrative arc as "Tootsie" but hasn't the heart or purpose of that film.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 42 Paula Nechak
    Tainted by cliches, painful improbability and murky points.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 42 Paula Nechak
    A sloppily scripted film that contains a silly and superfluous subplot about a crooked cop.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 42 Paula Nechak
    A bafflingly unfunny comedy.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 42 Paula Nechak
    As has been the case with most of Shepard's plays, transfer to the movies spells doom.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 42 Paula Nechak
    Though the cast is talented, the script is a mess. It's essentially a collision of missed opportunities.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 42 Paula Nechak
    This collision of popular Emmy-winning TV shows is strangely uninspired and, well, a bit dull.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 42 Paula Nechak
    Unremarkable sequel to the 1967 hit.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 42 Paula Nechak
    Is Queen of the Damned worthy of its hype or should it have a stake driven through its dark heart? The answer lies somewhere in between.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 42 Paula Nechak
    Pretty silly stuff, designed to appeal more to older kids and adults than the toddler brigade.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 42 Paula Nechak
    Kilner and crew cough up a mish-mash of contrasting tones and tempos and wind up a rather odd, misshapen curiosity that wavers into too many styles to avoid a slow death by overkill.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 42 Paula Nechak
    It has a frenetic, unsettled edginess that chafes against its serene, woodsy, upscale private school setting.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 42 Paula Nechak
    Starts slowly, takes a turn for the better for a couple of reels and then, not having much to say or anywhere to go, flatlines into something akin to "American Idol."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 42 Paula Nechak
    This sci-fi film noir craves a passionate center, an intoxicating core or some pulse that makes us want to keep taking that first step into dark waters, but it leaves us drowning in its quiet tedium instead.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 42 Paula Nechak
    Not only did it not engage the adults, its lackluster story line didn't spread much illusion or magic over the kids in the audience either.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 42 Paula Nechak
    Though it does present the facts of Susann's life, it skims them so quickly and with such glorious glee that we never get a sense of who this woman really was.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 42 Paula Nechak
    After its midway mark, just lumbers until it fizzles out.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 42 Paula Nechak
    Racing Stripes is oddly torn in tone: is it an old-fashioned family drama, a coming-of-age story or a crass comedy? Live action or animation? Unlike "Babe," it fails to integrate its conflicting personalities.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 42 Paula Nechak
    The jokes run dry, the situation is redundant, the cast becomes tiresome and the running time is interminable.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 42 Paula Nechak
    This is simply another in a long line of utterly unnecessary remakes that, having nothing new to say, clutch at crassness and dumbness.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 42 Paula Nechak
    Hunt and Johansson, two usually good actresses, are vapidly awful, teetering out of their elements in this shakily drawn period piece.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 42 Paula Nechak
    It's the script -- by director Mark Fergus (who also wrote the adapted script for "Children of Men") and Hawk Ostby -- that lets everyone down.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 42 Paula Nechak
    A mystery that isn't mysterious, a thriller that's barely thrilling.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 42 Paula Nechak
    When a film has to blare its racially and incendiary stance as obviously as Lakeview Terrace, you know it's trying too hard.

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