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
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Paula Nechak
    A radically disturbing and memorable movie whose images don't easily fade or diminish in power.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Paula Nechak
    Fascinating, visually gorgeous cinematic study that will frustrate some viewers by its ambiguity.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    A hard film to shake and makes us think and think again.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    A darkly funny journey about life ticking by and the change to make wrongs right.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Paula Nechak
    Even knowing the happy outcome, Butler masterfully keeps us on the edge of our seats, and communicates the full horror and seeming hopelessness of the crew's situation every step of the way.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Paula Nechak
    John Cameron Mitchell credits Plato as the inspiration for his rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Now Mitchell has turned his play into a raucous, touching celebration of a film.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    Cruz is tough and sexy as the no-nonsense Raimunda and she's being deservedly talked up for an Oscar nomination in a tight best actress year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    It's a solid study in paranoia and gamesmanship.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    Daniels gives a career-best performance.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Paula Nechak
    The actors are all well-cast, thoughtful and sometimes funny. Tabu was apparently not Nair's first choice, but after watching her in the role it's hard to imagine anyone else -- she's heartbreakingly good.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    As entertaining as it is a viable, political message destined to make viewers rethink their stance on war.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Paula Nechak
    Pawlikowski has made a gorgeously ambiguous film -- based upon a novel by Helen Cross -- that is blessedly hard to tag; in fact, it's a compilation of genres and moods -- comedy, romance and diabolical thriller -- and that is its core strength and freshness.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    It's more strangely and elementally touching than its predecessors.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    The performances by Davidtz, Weston, Wilson and especially Adams stand out as Morrison paints his character study with raw, true bits continually tested by the absurdities of pain life dishes up.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    In remarkably compact and quietly concise vignettes, we're introduced to each member, and immediately understand what they're all about.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Paula Nechak
    For all its moodiness, despair and disconnect, I've Loved You So Long is all about acknowledging human error and embracing ties -- to family and life -- that can't be undone.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    Ullmann has honed a too-long and sometimes relentless film that delves into the selfishness of passion but also captures the elusiveness and unpredictability of love.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    This devastating film is buoyed by Dequenne's bravura willingness to go all out; she's a baby-faced kid when the camera focuses full on and an exceptionally beautiful young woman in profile.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    It's a quiet anti-war film full of lovely, heartbreakingly assured performances and real situations and responses.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    The film is so crisply acted and smartly drawn that you barely notice the cracks in the veneer.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    The film is thriller, comedy and rite-of-passage story, but Boyle never loses sight of what's at its core.
    • 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

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