For 109 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Pat Padua's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Whistlers
Lowest review score: 25 The 9th Life of Louis Drax
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 82 out of 109
  2. Negative: 9 out of 109
109 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    Although the pacing of the film — written and directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel (“What Maisie Knew”), from a story co-written with David Spreter — can be as slow as the clouds over Big Sky Country, the flawed young characters grow on you, their troubles gradually becoming as mythic as the landscape that surrounds them.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    It’s all entertaining enough, in a shaggy way. But if the director can’t stay focused on his own subject, how are we expected to do so?
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Pat Padua
    Dual takes awhile to get into gear, ending on an unresolved note. But it’s a funny and provocative struggle over the meaning of life.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Pat Padua
    So much of Ambulance works like a charm, but acting-wise, it could use a deeper bench.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Pat Padua
    The filmmakers make just as much magic on the ground as some do in space.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Pat Padua
    It’s a fantastic idea, but the execution is inconsistent. Alice, the movie, dares to go through the looking glass, but it doesn’t entirely know what to do once it gets there.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    Ultimately, it is, like its conflicted hero, sweet and likable, and you wish it well.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Pat Padua
    The movie sounds — and looks — tasty enough, but this “Strawberry Mansion” just doesn’t bear much fruit.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    Despite its poignant subject matter, much of the film feels like a pastiche of political thriller, romantic drama and tortured-genius cliches.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    Despite a story line that covers such fraught historical events as 9/11 and the Iraq War, the movie is too tidy to ever really feel like a living, breathing thing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Pat Padua
    Writer-director Radu Jude’s fascinating, cynical dramedy “Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn” careens between lowbrow humor and highbrow philosophy, resulting in a film that is as frustrating as life itself; it’s a perfect mirror of our times.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Pat Padua
    This is a story about people first, but also about the way we see. And the visual hodgepodge of JR’s images reveals very different perspectives that affect the way we treat each other.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Pat Padua
    The debut feature from British studio Locksmith Animation, Ron’s Gone Wrong has plenty of slapstick and potty humor for kids. But adults will also be intrigued by its frequently scathing (albeit somewhat conflicted) critique of consumerism.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Pat Padua
    Bergman Island is a compelling, enchanting film that works both as a relationship drama and as a conversation between one generation of directors and another. It’s almost as though Mia Hansen-Love were teaching Ingmar Bergman how to get down.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Pat Padua
    With a tone that shifts as much as a profile picture, Who You Think I Am is a nail-biting ride through social media anxiety.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    The Year of the Everlasting Storm doesn’t end with catharsis, but even insects may have something to teach humanity: to endure the best way we can, however minuscule we may feel in the face of an incomprehensible world.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Pat Padua
    “Reminiscence” has all the ingredients for electrifying summer entertainment. But despite its considerable star power and impressive set pieces, the sprawling meditation on memory is simply an attractive mess.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    What drags this “Squad” down to the dreary level of Ayer’s vision is the tone of Gunn’s film, which is more violent and less lighthearted than his “Guardians” movies.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    But this is Statham’s show, and his stoic brutality makes this a captivating slow burn.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Pat Padua
    Fans of the director may be a little mystified by what at first seems like something of a commercial sellout, by a director known for more challenging material. And indeed, The Whistlers has more than enough sex and violence to satisfy the average action movie fan. But dig a bit deeper, and you’ll find a mother lode of meaning just below the surface.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    A mostly smart and sexy crime drama, even if it loses steam by the time the ridiculous ending rolls around.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Pat Padua
    If The Traitor proves anything, it’s that an 80-year-old filmmaker can still pounce.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    Even if you’re not familiar with the source material, this Chinese production provides plenty of supernatural thrills for the modern young adult.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Pat Padua
    At once charming and bittersweet. But the film loses focus a little as it heaps accolades on the late actor.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    The Angry Birds Movie 2 is not great cinema. But the animated sequel — inspired by the popular Angry Birds games, available on mobile devices and other platforms — goes above and beyond what is to be expected from such things.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Pat Padua
    The movie has its flaws. Still, for anyone with a soft spot for the mute gaze of man’s best friend, it’s hard not to shed a tear — or two — during The Art of Racing in the Rain.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Pat Padua
    Unfortunately, in the filmmaker’s narrative-feature debut, she takes the theme of betrayal and turns it into fodder for a sitcom, and not a particularly funny one at that.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    5B
    5B is ultimately about survival, and the struggle at its center is undeniably a heartbreaking one. Too often, however, the filmmakers get in the way of their own story.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    “Echo” recalls a fertile era in the history of American pop music. But all too often, it wanders out of the very canyon that defines it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    The film has more than enough true material to fuel an effective thriller, but director Aviva Kempner doesn’t quite manage to bring this fascinating figure to life.

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