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 1.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Paula Nechak's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Endurance
Lowest review score: 0 Held Up
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 19 out of 291
291 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    Dedicates itself to the beauty and thrill of bodies and motion and in doing so upstages Altman's cinematic conduit. The medium ultimately surpasses its messenger.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    More like the kid shows that populate Nickelodeon.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    There are too few surprises and even less subtlety in the telling. We can only sit and wait for the next bomb to drop on this poor exploited girl.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    Belongs to its trio of "bovine" voice talent -- Roseanne Barr, Dame Judi Dench and Jennifer Tilly -- who play with such tongue-in-cheek delight upon their public personas that it's hard to separate cow character from the celebrities.
    • 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
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    It's the chemistry between Vardalos and Collette that gives the film its magical dazzle. Despite Vardalos' ingratiating, big and breathy presence, Collette, as the pulse and conscience of these two dreamers, very nearly steals the film.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    The real humor comes, once again from Murphy, whose Donkey is so genuinely funny and clever that he very nearly steals the film. Except that it's stolen by Banderas as a rogue Puss In Boots.
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    There's something essential and emotional missing in this character-driven piece. It's more an admirably performed and observed study -- of a time, place and three very different people -- than it is the heartbreaking and engrossing story it could have been.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 91 Paula Nechak
    Istanbul-born director Ferzan Ozpetek has outdone himself with this wise and ruminative mystery about memory, unfulfillment and yearning.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    If you're a fan of Maddin's expressionist style, you'll find the humor within. Everyone else will be scratching their heads, despite Maddin's extraordinary visual imagination.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    What it lacks is the wit or even the cynicism to lighten the emotional load.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Witherspoon is terrific.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    Captures the lovely, heart-and-eye-opening ode to youthful possibility with affection and compassion.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    Wanders off on story tangents that can't be called anything other than bizarre, but nevertheless oddly engages.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Isn't very pretty despite its extraordinary look. In fact, the film is downright queasy and unsettling.

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