Paula Nechak

Paula Nechak

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Publications:
Film.com , Nitrate Online , RopeofSilicon , Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Total Reviews:
332

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
B- 29% New In Town (2009) " Zellweger, despite her propensity to scrunch her face, has an easy chemistry with Connick that is unthreatening and enjoyable, and she's good at the physical comedy the role requires." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jan 29, 2009
B- 45% Hotel for Dogs (2009) " In the end, the message is what prevails. The movie's political and moral points -- and theme about creating family however you can find it -- elevate it above the average kids movie." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jan 16, 2009
C 56% The Tale of Despereaux (2008) " The life has been sucked out of DiCamillo's story." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Dec 19, 2008
A- 88% I've Loved You So Long (2008) " I've Loved You So Long is a heart-rending movie that takes the audience by surprise." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Nov 6, 2008
C+ 39% Tru Loved (2008) " There isn't really much that differentiates Tru Loved from any other low-budget indie film. It isn't unique visually and a lot of the acting is what, at best, could be called amateur." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Oct 23, 2008
C+ 19% Fly Me to the Moon (2008) " Unfortunately, the flies aren't so compelling." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Oct 18, 2008
C 51% What Just Happened? (2008) " The film strains to achieve the comedic gait of Wag the Dog or the improvised, overlapping style that so defined Robert Altman's Hollywood movie, The Player." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Oct 17, 2008
B- 61% The Duchess (2008) " Provided you don't take it seriously, it makes for an addictively entertaining diversion that's as hard to stop watching as the books are to stop reading." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Sep 26, 2008
C- 45% Lakeview Terrace (2008) " It provokes just to provoke, and that's not just discomforting, it's reckless." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Sep 18, 2008
C 13% The Women (2008) " English goes more for sympathy and episodic comedy than substance. Luce wrote her play as a scathing commentary on a social milieu she hated. The Women tries to have it both ways and becomes more caricatured than dimensional." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Sep 11, 2008
C 92% Chris & Don: A Love Story (2007) " Isherwood was the far more interesting subject, but Chris & Don is all about Bachardy -- an observation that feels like opportunism more than love story." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Aug 1, 2008
B+ 94% Ne le Dis à Personne (Tell No One) (2006) " For all of its insanity of supposition, familial discord and the often-explored theme of the corrupt nature of the rich, Tell No One is something rare and original." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jul 11, 2008
B- 78% Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008) " Kit Kittredge could be primed for a series of sequels, yet as directed by Patricia Rozema, its elemental integrity seems in direct opposition to the blockbuster or sequel-mania that fuels Hollywood." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jul 2, 2008
B- 50% Then She Found Me (2007) " While Hunt's directing debut is promising, if understated, it's her performance as schoolteacher April Epner that impresses the audience." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted May 1, 2008
D 25% Sex and Death 101 (2007) " Sex and Death falls into the category of those unfortunate films in that it's a schoolboy's wet dream slathered in smug self-back patting and wish-fantasy run amok, all told with the deftness of a piano falling out of the sky and onto our heads." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Apr 11, 2008
B 68% Girls Rock! (2007) " The film is a hopeful, rollicking, rocking, humorous, heartbreaking journey." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Mar 7, 2008
B+ 89% The Savages (2007) " An acerbic, wonderfully acted comedy-drama about family ties and mortality." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Dec 26, 2007
C- 53% The Walker (2007) " A mystery that isn't mysterious, a thriller that's barely thrilling." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Dec 13, 2007
C 42% The Golden Compass (2007) " It makes us wonder what all the fuss is about." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Dec 6, 2007
B+ 52% Margot at the Wedding (2007) RopeofSilicon
Posted Nov 24, 2007
B 51% The Bubble (Ha Buah) (2007) " Engrossing." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Nov 9, 2007
B- 65% The Jane Austen Book Club (2007) " The actors are good -- especially Bello, Blunt (who makes Prudie a heartbreak of shrill, unfulfilled dreams and desires) and Dancy." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Sep 27, 2007
B- 85% 2 Days in Paris (2007) " Vanity project? Maybe. Anybody who writes, directs, edits and stars is called auteur or vain, sometimes depending upon their sex, but Julie Delpy's directorial debut, if derivative, is gutsy enough too." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Aug 23, 2007
B+ 84% Rocket Science (2007) " With the grace of a young Edward Norton, Thompson is a real find." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Aug 9, 2007
C 30% Goya's Ghosts (2007) " Instead of inflaming passion and inspiration, the film snuffs it out with the sin of being dull." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jul 19, 2007
B 86% When the Road Bends...tales of a Gypsy Caravan (2007) " The ebullient, proud and gifted musicians who embark on a six-week Gypsy Caravan tour that promotes Roma music are fascinating and as emotionally rich as they are true characters." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jul 19, 2007
C+ 90% Rescue Dawn (2007) " Well-acted but rote and strictly by the book." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jul 12, 2007
B 66% Snow Cake (2006) " Three very intelligent actors -- Rickman, Moss and Sigourney Weaver -- elevate what could have been cloying into something better than the script's idiosyncratic bent." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jul 5, 2007
A 33% Walking to Werner (2006) " It's the closest thing to a cinematic religious experience I can think of -- all combined with Phillips' terrific sense of visual style, humor and willingness to risk life for art." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jun 29, 2007
B 88% Red Road (2007) " An impressive debut that is orchestrated with a deep, underlying tension that never lets us guess what will come." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jun 21, 2007
C 50% Nancy Drew (2007) " [Director] Fleming is compelled to push for that contemporary upgrade and he fills the film with many airheaded moments that feel like outtakes from every other teen flick." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jun 14, 2007
B 65% Jindabyne (2006) " A rich, unsettling film that gives us insight into all sides and forces us to wrestle with conscience and our own brand of right and wrong. It polarizes us to make us united." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted May 18, 2007
C- 58% First Snow (2007) " Fergus builds suspense, especially in the first half of the film, but then he falls to assumptions and suppositions ..." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Apr 9, 2007
A- 86% The Namesake (2006) " Mira Nair returns to her interests in class and immigrant life in this loving adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's novel The Namesake." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Mar 15, 2007
B 89% Starter for 10 (2006) " The joy is in watching a talented cast make something crisp and fresh out of material that -- though perfectly adequate and enjoyable -- trespasses little into territory that's new or out of the traditionally plotted points of the genre." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Mar 8, 2007
B 84% Bridge to Terabithia (2007) " Visually, the Terabithian world is impressively wrought and holds some surprises. Under director Gabor Csupo, the technical side never overshadows the live action or the character-driven story." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Feb 15, 2007
A- 93% The Lives of Others (2006) RopeofSilicon
Posted Feb 10, 2007
C+ 55% Seraphim Falls (2007) RopeofSilicon
Posted Feb 3, 2007
C 66% Miss Potter (2007) RopeofSilicon
Posted Jan 6, 2007
A- 87% Notes on a Scandal (2006) " It's an actor's triumph." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jan 4, 2007
C 32% Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006) RopeofSilicon
Posted Dec 30, 2006
B 78% Charlotte's Web (2006) " The film stays mostly true to the values, tenets and lessons that White espoused and, as a period piece of a simpler time of Americana, it looks great as well." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Dec 14, 2006
B+ 92% Volver (2006) " Is there another male filmmaker who so celebrates the mystery of women as much as Pedro Almodovar? Only maverick director George Cukor similarly delighted in the intricacies and moods of the female sex." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Nov 21, 2006
C+ 76% The Prestige (2006) " If you can forgive some woeful casting and a plot that is as creakingly thin as an old staircase, you can enjoy director Christopher Nolan's The Prestige." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Oct 19, 2006
B 95% 49 Up (2006) " As always, [Apted] intercuts footage from the previous age levels and provides enough history to make each chapter a fascinating sociological examination in itself." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Oct 12, 2006
B+ 91% Little Miss Sunshine (2006) " Husband-and-wife directing team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris balance the eccentricity and darkly funny, offbeat events with some searching moments but they never linger too long in sentimental territory." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Aug 3, 2006
B 67% Police Beat (2005) " There are great flashes of Mudede's potent prose and the main character is fascinating -- a Sengalese Seattle bike cop who is going through a separation from his girlfriend while witnessing crimes and misdemeanors throughout the city." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jul 13, 2006
B 86% The Road To Guantanamo (2006) " The re-enactments by the actors are potent and the interviews with the real-life boys that punctuate the proceedings, which show their will to survive and to retain their faith and friendship, are heartbreaking to say the least." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jul 6, 2006
A- 87% The Proposition (2005) " Hillcoat has made a stunning, meditative, shockingly violent contribution to the Western genre." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jun 8, 2006
B 53% Wah-Wah (2006) " The film is so well acted -- by Byrne, who makes Harry's internalized agonies and continuously carried torch for his ex-wife touching, and by Watson and Hoult -- that its more cloying moments ... are a moot point." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jun 1, 2006
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