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 point 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
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    Outside of its star power, it reeks of indie film and doesn't hold much mainstream steam.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Sometimes so intimate it's embarrassing, and the messiness at falling in love at any age is disquieting.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    It's an unashamedly old-fashioned and richly visualized evocation of a time when values were key, trust in your neighbor complete, and a way of life that should be simple is made unfathomably complex because of economic hardship.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 42 Paula Nechak
    This collision of popular Emmy-winning TV shows is strangely uninspired and, well, a bit dull.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    While there is a faithful following of kids, it just never seems as exciting or sad or emotional -- or as ablaze with personalities -- as what has gone before.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 33 Paula Nechak
    It's an unenlightening film that proves youthful anarchy is just as dull as a midlife crisis, and sadly, as predictable, too.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Paula Nechak
    What remains is a sumptuous-looking film that sniffs at but ignores deeper Freudian implications.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    Writer and first-time director Thomas Bezucha certainly knows how to create warmth, ambience and situation.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Paula Nechak
    Daring, gorgeous.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    The film is a hopeful, rollicking, rocking, humorous, heartbreaking journey.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Truly raunchy but it's more sweetly stupid and silly than anything.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Call it "E.T." for a new generation.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 42 Paula Nechak
    Racing Stripes is oddly torn in tone: is it an old-fashioned family drama, a coming-of-age story or a crass comedy? Live action or animation? Unlike "Babe," it fails to integrate its conflicting personalities.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    What Jeffs -- and Paltrow -- do capture is the shroud of tragedy that hovered over Plath.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    There are a lot of terrific creative energies at play in Robots and they overcome an overreliance on amusement park sensibilities in the animated adventure.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 42 Paula Nechak
    Hunt and Johansson, two usually good actresses, are vapidly awful, teetering out of their elements in this shakily drawn period piece.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    The film leaves an acrid taste with the viewer who sits through its long and winding tale of tortured courtship.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    The restless, selfish, unfriendly people created by Lachow as protagonists only make the movie hard to warm up to. It's more akin to fingernails scraping a blackboard than an updated morality play.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Paula Nechak
    It's compelling, poetic, rebellious, funny and one of the few movies that feels like it's been culled from another time and place yet broodingly bends modern societal taboos.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Paula Nechak
    The film is dominated by computer-generated effects and they're most of its problem -- they don't give us anything to emotionally attach to or invest in.
    • 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
    • 51 Metascore
    • 91 Paula Nechak
    A film that takes you by surprise, refusing to relinquish its grim, fascinating hold. Better yet, it has crept up on us without much advance promotional fanfare. The less known about its twists, the better.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 16 Paula Nechak
    Though the pop idol recently said that movies are his ultimate goal, the best thing about On the Line is its music.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Paula Nechak
    So poorly constructed and so elementally banal that it's a shock the script was written by the same guy (Nicholas Kazan) who wrote such taut thrillers as "At Close Range" and "Reversal of Fortune."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Paula Nechak
    Breathtaking visual accomplishment.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    A foreign film feel despite its strong American cast.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Paula Nechak
    Who was Bettie Page? You won't find out in Mary Harron's chirpily cheery chronicle.

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