For 90 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1 point lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Pat Padua's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Personal Shopper
Lowest review score: 25 The 9th Life of Louis Drax
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 90
  2. Negative: 9 out of 90
90 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 55 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.
    • 70 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    If its heart-pounding romance doesn’t make you cry, its sorely needed sense of optimism will surely make you smile.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    “Wild Nights” largely sidesteps the worst tropes of biographical drama, but when it falls, it falls hard.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Pat Padua
    Fortunately, the [animated] reenactments are rendered with sensitivity, respectfully capturing the wide-eyed curiosity of a young woman, and conveying her story in a way that archival footage and family photos cannot.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    Moviegoers may be happy to hum along with the jaunty soundtrack — and maybe even sympathize with the movie’s unlikely couple — but it’s unlikely to hold anyone entirely in its thrall.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Pat Padua
    Yet despite the stirring performance at its heart, the movie is ultimately too restricted by its own dramatic conventions, and it only seldom comes to life.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Pat Padua
    Shazam! operates as a thrilling fantasy and a comedy about the learning curve of growing up. It’s also a stirring tale of the heroic potential that lies inside each of us, if only we’re put to the test.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Pat Padua
    “Ash” may not hit the dizzying heights of “Sin” but, compared with “Mountain,” it’s a far more consistent and satisfying ride.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    Dragged Across Concrete may not be the kind of movie you’d expect to emerge from such inspiration, yet the impassioned energy of those composers is echoed in Zahler’s feverish yet stubbornly patient approach to storytelling.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    The trouble with the film is that this animal love story also saps some of the franchise’s main strength, which has always been the almost pet-like relationship between humans and dragons.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    Ultimately, Happy Death Day 2U doesn’t live up to its aspirations. Landon’s script may be better than his direction, but he leaves a potentially resonant subplot — one that involves existential questions — flat and lifeless, as if our most important choices were of no more consequence than a joystick maneuver.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Pat Padua
    A thoroughly engrossing take on a familiar scenario.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    Still, the movie has a kind of optimism that is reflected in the new generation of English thespians in its young cast: Imrie is the son of actress Celia Imrie, and Serkis is the son of actor and filmmaker Andy Serkis.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Pat Padua
    While the young cast does its best to sell the gleeful music, its delirious premise eventually loses steam, as do the songs, which are stronger in the first part of the film. Yet despite this doomsday setting, Anna and the Apocalypse ultimately delivers an uplifting message.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    While the movie doesn’t shy away from confronting the obstacles of foster parenthood, it never fully earns its happy ending.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Pat Padua
    With its charming character animation and inventive art direction, The Grinch is a vast improvement over Ron Howard’s live-action adaptation of the same story.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Pat Padua
    The film lacks the very imagination it touts, along with another trait that it links to exceptional athleticism. That’s obsession.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    Here, however, Atkinson may even outdo Cruise, with the comedian hurling his 63-year-old body into the service of comedy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Pat Padua
    Sometimes feels like a horror movie with a contact high.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    The movie gives some depth to its misfits, and ultimately sends the valuable message that nobody should be ashamed of who they are.

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