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 3.3 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
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Sticks in the mind and simply won't go away.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    While most movies would sink under the weight of such eccentricity, pretentiousness and earnestness, Garden State is so full of wit and the genuine heart of characters that you can't help but care about what happens to them.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    Here's yet another take on "Pride and Prejudice,"...but all spiced up as colorfully as a dish of curry.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    While there is a faithful following of kids, it just never seems as exciting or sad or emotional -- or as ablaze with personalities -- as what has gone before.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    Writer and first-time director Thomas Bezucha certainly knows how to create warmth, ambience and situation.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    What Jeffs -- and Paltrow -- do capture is the shroud of tragedy that hovered over Plath.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    A foreign film feel despite its strong American cast.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    Who was Bettie Page? You won't find out in Mary Harron's chirpily cheery chronicle.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    (Jarmusch) seems...to introduce gratuitous bloodshed that is out of sync with the engaging, offbeat tempo and dark, comedic moral fable that has come before.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    Like a family visit during the holidays. Tensions run high, not everyone is likable but being there's an uneasy comfort because everything is so familiar.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    A comic, loving, affectionate glimpse of the '80s, its music and fashions, and most of all at that hard-to-find thing called true friendship.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    Unfortunately can't transcend its theatrical roots and the actors, good as they are, seem like they're grandstanding.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    Lurches toward an offbeat honesty but it also very nearly crashes in its quirkiness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    There is a certain poignancy to a film that metaphorically examines the stages of a woman's life through each character.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    In the end, dark comedy drives the film, but it's overwhelmed by a desire to be liked, really liked.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    Quite long and violent enough to have made several critics squirm in their seats during a recent press screening.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    Swicord has enough savvy to conjure up a terrific cast that compensates for her rote direction.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    A shapeless comedy that is enjoyable to watch and often clever with its barbs -- and doesn't have very much to say.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    Often as stillborn in pace as it is conceptually compelling.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    For all its somber heaviness and reverential gravity, it never quite pulls all the elements and themes together.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    The result is a movie that washes down without much thinking or introspection, provides some laughs and a tear or two, and dishes up a little something to mull over with its messages about friendship and loyalty in the face of naked ambition.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    Although budding star Mendes and Washington sparked in "Training Day," there's less chemistry between them this time as she glowers and frets in her role as a big-city cop.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    It may not exactly be a traditional love letter to his wife but actor-turned-executive producer William H. Macy has given her a plum part as Bree in screenwriter-director Duncan Tucker's offbeat road movie.

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