Paul Attanasio

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For 113 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 30% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 70% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 14.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Paul Attanasio's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 50
Highest review score: 100 Peggy Sue Got Married
Lowest review score: 0 Silver Bullet
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 113
  2. Negative: 32 out of 113
113 movie reviews
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Paul Attanasio
    Invasion USA might actually be fun in a campy way if it weren't so dourly exploitative.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Paul Attanasio
    The screenplay, by Dan O'Bannon and Don Jakoby, is just one long passage of exposition: someone blows up or dries up or whatever, you wonder why that's happening, and then someone explains it. This they call suspense. [25 June 1985, p.C8]
    • Washington Post
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Paul Attanasio
    Runaway Train isn't just bad -- it's bodaciously bad, grotesquely overblown, lurid in its emotion, big ideas on its brain. And anyone with a taste for camp will have a glorious good time. [20 Jan 1986, p.C4]
    • Washington Post
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Paul Attanasio
    Reinhold has a face that is halfway between leading-man handsome and Donald Duck, and a relaxed, drawling confidence with a line -- he seems to float not above the action but on it, like oil on water. And he seems to survive Head Office, a comedy so confused and cowardly it makes television look daring. [4 Jan 1986, p.D4]
    • Washington Post
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Paul Attanasio
    Director Michael Apted (Coal Miner's Daughter) settles for a movie of pat moralism, a pamphleteer's parable of how drugs destroy families.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Paul Attanasio
    The Mission is everything a movie should be -- magnificently produced, epic in scope, serious in theme -- everything, that is, but good. Hamstrung by an unworkable script, the disastrous casting of Robert De Niro and, presumably, the strain of shooting in the Colombian jungle, director Roland Joffe' has come up with an indigestible lump of sanctimony that rarely goes beyond its good intentions.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Paul Attanasio
    Re-Animator is splatter heaven. Based on the sci-fi novel by H.P. Lovecraft, Re-Animator's gore is exceeded only by its wit. Not since the heyday of Roger Corman, perhaps, have filmmakers had so much fun with an exploitation movie.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Paul Attanasio
    Krush Groove is a kind of "Purple Drizzle," partly because of the story, which is scattershot; mostly because of the music, which isn't music at all, but rap, that tired fad of worn-out rock critics. [1 Nov 1985, p.B4]
    • Washington Post
    • 23 Metascore
    • 20 Paul Attanasio
    Toward the beginning of Turk 182!, Terry the fireman (Robert Urich) brays, "Gimme annudda beeah, Hoolie." Audiences should understand that this is their cue to leave the theater. In the movie's condescending populism, The People are enshrined, The System is scorned. And The People say: phooey. [16 Feb 1985, p.C6]
    • Washington Post
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Paul Attanasio
    Easily the worst of the four movies drawn from S.E. Hinton novels to date, and that's saying a lot. [9 Nov 1985, p.G14]
    • Washington Post
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Paul Attanasio
    A kind of landmark of exquisite bad timing. And that's the most intriguing thing about it. [6 June 1986, p.D3]
    • Washington Post
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Paul Attanasio
    Everything about The Heavenly Kid is ripped off, from a sprig of music that apes the Beverly Hills Cop theme to Gedrick, who was obviously cast because he looks like Tom Cruise, but cheaper. [26 July 1985, p.D2]
    • Washington Post
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Paul Attanasio
    To appreciate Children of a Lesser God, you only have to imagine how it could have patronized the deaf by celebrating their pluck, or become a heartwarming tale of little people who solve their big problems. That's exactly what it isn't, and that's quite an achievement.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Paul Attanasio
    So when the movie turns out drab and predictable, it's depressing -- you think Hill has become a stranger to his own sensibility. [24 March 1986, p.C3]
    • Washington Post
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Paul Attanasio
    According to the press kit, "Producer Daniel Melnick's personal stamp on films has always been to avoid the obvious, the cliche'." Uh, Dan . . . you lost your stamp.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Paul Attanasio
    Tuff Turf is a youthsploitation movie that has fun with its formula, and for that, two cheers. But director Fritz Kiersch's twists promise more than they deliver -- it's just more grist for the run-of-the-mill.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Paul Attanasio
    So the laughs don't build -- you watch Club Paradise moment by moment, and it's only as good as its dialogue. [11 July 1986, p.D1]
    • Washington Post
    • 60 Metascore
    • 20 Paul Attanasio
    What's left here is not so much a movie as an assault so unpleasant, it leaves you wondering what you could have done to deserve it. [27 May 1986, p.B3]
    • Washington Post
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Paul Attanasio
    There is plenty of dumb stuff in Wise Guys, a rambunctious comedy about two screwballs on the loose, probably more than anyone should stand for. But the doughty will stick around for its small pleasures, most of which spring from the lens of Brian De Palma. [10 May 1986, p.C4]
    • Washington Post
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Paul Attanasio
    Yet another tiresome pastiche of old Hitchcock films, particularly "Rear Window" and "The Man Who Knew Too Much." We've seen it before, done (needless to say) better. The craftsmanship of the film aspires to the second rate. And it's a little wiggy to try to create a silky kind of glamorous intrigue in Baltimore.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Paul Attanasio
    Donner never quite gets the tone right, and the pace is positively stuporous. The horses gallop, but the film barely canters. [15 Apr 1985, p.B2]
    • Washington Post
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Paul Attanasio
    Secret Admirer is a cut above the usual teen sex comedy, which is sort of like Caspar Weinberger saying, "Six hundred bucks, sure, but it was a heckuva ashtray."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Paul Attanasio
    The Killing Fields is the best movie about journalism since "All the President's Men," re-creating with an understated ease the atmosphere of the poolside bonhomie of the correspondents, the mechanics of getting and filing a story, and the moral quandaries of a reporter's professional detachment.

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