Paula Nechak

Paula Nechak

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

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

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 332
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
B- 56% The Notorious Bettie Page (2006) " A prettily posed but shallow photo shoot within a photo shoot of a stone skimming over her life." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Apr 20, 2006
B 67% On a Clear Day (2006) " It's the rare exploration of a misunderstood love between a father and son who, by not knowing how to live with each other, find they must live apart if they can't escape the past." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Apr 13, 2006
B 72% Friends With Money (2006) " A representational slice of life of upscale Los Angeles, complete with its class, race and professional bias, and Holofcener works beautifully to establish a sense of discontent within privilege." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Apr 13, 2006
C- 37% A Good Woman (2006) " Hunt and Johansson, two usually good actresses, are vapidly awful, teetering out of their elements in this shakily drawn period piece." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Feb 2, 2006
B- 76% Transamerica (2006) " The Emmy-winning Desperate Housewives actress is sympathetic and quietly believable as a pre-op transsexual." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jan 19, 2006
B 57% Breakfast on Pluto (2005) " [A] playful, meandering, dreamily comic and yearning story about Irish transvestite Patrick 'Kitten' Braden." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Dec 22, 2005
C 51% The Producers (2005) " The Producers can't find its rhythm and stride." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Dec 22, 2005
B+ 93% The Squid and the Whale (2005) " It's been a while since a movie emitted such conflicted emotions, but that's exactly how it is watching Noah Baumbach's revelatory The Squid and the Whale." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Dec 6, 2005
C+ 49% The Dying Gaul (2005) " The film lacks bite, power and clarity." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Nov 10, 2005
B 72% Separate Lies (2005) " This is a look at the choices we make, the resulting mistakes and complicity, selfish acts that may be selfless, transgressions and forgiveness that can bind people together as much as separate them." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Oct 13, 2005
C+ 54% MirrorMask (2005) " A muddled and maudlin mystery tale that has little emotional impact and can't deliver on its potential." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Oct 6, 2005
B- 66% Everything is Illuminated (2005) " A surreal comedy that turns into a touching road movie." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Sep 22, 2005
A- 36% Asylum (2005) " Richardson, who also executive produced, is a heartbreaking, strong Stella, failed by being born in the wrong era -- and by the wrong men." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Aug 18, 2005
B+ 86% Junebug (2005) " Composed of small moments that, in their questioning, touch on something illuminating about the human heart and its mysterious adaptability." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Aug 11, 2005
C- 46% Bad News Bears (2005) " Simply another in a long line of utterly unnecessary remakes that, having nothing new to say, clutch at crassness and dumbness." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jul 22, 2005
C- 57% Après vous (After You) (2003) " The jokes run dry, the situation is redundant, the cast becomes tiresome and the running time is interminable." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jul 7, 2005
B 94% March of the Penguins (2005) " Jacquet's visionary insight, aided by funding from National Geographic Feature Films, is beautiful and sensual in its compassionate handling of the penguins' plight as well as in portraying the conditions in which the birds must eke out an existence." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jun 30, 2005
B+ 89% Brothers (Brødre) (2004) " The film melts into a duel of despair, rivalry and reconciliation that is as pure as it is painful." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jun 23, 2005
B 63% Lipstick & Dynamite - The First Ladies of Wrestling (2004) " The film dwells more upon the sensational aspects than the sport itself but it's impossible to deny the sheer tawdry entertainment value in this compelling film tabloid." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jun 17, 2005
90% My Summer of Love (2004) " Pawlikowski has made a gorgeously ambiguous film." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jun 16, 2005
C+ 81% Layer Cake (2005) " The first half of the film is slow and sloppy and it really only gathers dramatic tension in the last hour." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted May 26, 2005
87% 3-Iron (2004) " An original and stylish film that is nothing if not in a class of its own -- call it a Zen thriller." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted May 26, 2005
B 47% The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005) " Miller's films take us into moments of lives that we feel we should not be watching; their intimacies are as skinless and raw as their rite-of-passage situations." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Mar 31, 2005
B- 53% Melinda and Melinda (2005) " It's Mitchell's movie all the way and the young actress makes the most of her opportunity." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Mar 24, 2005
B+ 87% Millions (2005) " A lovely and personal 'small' movie that is perfect fare for the entire family." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Mar 18, 2005
B 64% Robots (2005) " The script from Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, which provides enough sophistication, wit and, yes, a token flush of bathroom humor, to appeal to all age ranges." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Mar 11, 2005
B 81% Dear Frankie (2005) " Director Shona Auerbach never lets things get out of hand and keeps the action contained and intimate. As a result, the film tugs at us." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Mar 10, 2005
C+ 44% The Jacket (2005) " Maybury's attempt at a more mainstream movie is really just a simple love story cloaked in a lot of metaphysical mumbo-jumbo." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Mar 4, 2005
C+ 54% Because of Winn-Dixie (2005) " A simple, slow-moving, shaggy-dog story that has enough charm to keep us involved but not enough dramatic tension to rise above the ordinary." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Feb 17, 2005
B 79% Pooh's Heffalump Movie (2005) " This nifty little addition to the Winnie the Pooh franchise boasts some nice touches." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Feb 10, 2005
B- 80% Beautiful Boxer (2005) " Rich with insight and cinematic style and beauty, the film tells a uniquely moving and inspiring story." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Feb 10, 2005
B- 64% Bride and Prejudice (2005) " Chadha infuses the story with energy and her film bumps along as noisily as a plane on a rutted runway." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Feb 10, 2005
B- 95% Cowards Bend the Knee (2004) " If you're a fan of Maddin's expressionist style, you'll find the humor within. Everyone else will be scratching their heads, despite Maddin's extraordinary visual imagination." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jan 27, 2005
C- 35% Racing Stripes (2005) " 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." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jan 13, 2005
C+ 68% The Spongebob Squarepants Movie (2004) " The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie is affable and laughable enough when it focuses on its 'stars' but has been elongated and padded to the point of becoming boring." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Nov 18, 2004
B- 55% P.S. (2004) " p.s. wanders off on story tangents that can't be called anything other than bizarre, but nevertheless oddly engages." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Nov 11, 2004
C+ 59% Enduring Love (2004) " There's something flat and obscure about this well-acted stalker movie/" — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Nov 11, 2004
B+ 84% The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios de Motocicleta) (2004) " Salles presents the evolutionary course of a young man who coincidentally became the dorm-room poster boy for an idealistic generation, and captures the lovely, heart-and-eye-opening ode to youthful possibility with affection and compassion." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Sep 30, 2004
C+ 69% Criminal (2004) " Inherently calculated and cold, so smugly satisfied with itself and its surprise final trick that it seems to be running its own con to convince us the script's house of cards is actually substantial, original and slick." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Sep 9, 2004
B 51% Vanity Fair (2004) " This Becky is a bawdier, lustier woman who, by giving us a character who aspires to be that which she already is by nature, peppers this humorously raw telling with a weightier conflict, conscience and irony." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Sep 1, 2004
C 65% We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004) " These are people whose disappointments and emotional struggle have produced a world of resentment and dishonesty that's unpleasant to visit. There's nothing to make us want to stay there and witness the hurts produced by excruciatingly selfish acts." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Aug 19, 2004
C- 51% Code 46 (2004) " This sci-fi film noir craves a passionate center, an intoxicating core or some pulse that makes us want to keep taking that first step into dark waters, but it leaves us drowning in its quiet tedium instead." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Aug 12, 2004
B- 86% Garden State (2004) " 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." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Aug 12, 2004
C+ 43% The Village (2004) " What seemed so interesting and unconventional about the plot grasps for an ending, spinning the film in a direction that is forced, rushed and incongruous with all that preceded it." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jul 30, 2004
B 97% Maria Full of Grace (2004) " The 23-year-old actress Catalina Sandino Moreno is a revelation as 17-year-old Maria in this Sundance and Berlin Film Festival prize-winner." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jul 29, 2004
B 49% A Home at the End of the World (2004) " It's more an admirably performed and observed study -- of a time, place and three very different people -- than it is the heartbreaking and engrossing story it could have been." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jul 29, 2004
A- 64% Facing Windows (2004) " Ozpetek has outdone himself with this wise and ruminative mystery about memory, unfulfillment and yearning." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Jun 24, 2004
B 89% Shrek 2 (2004) " 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 outlaw hired by the King to do in Shrek." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted May 19, 2004
B+ 44% Connie And Carla (2004) " Delightfully refreshing and funny film." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Apr 15, 2004
C+ 28% The Prince and Me (2004) " The first half, focusing on Paige's more sensible world, works better than the second, which, despite its precision and attention to etiquette and royal detail, feels heavy and false." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Posted Apr 1, 2004
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