Pat Padua

Pat Padua
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/4 93% The Year of the Everlasting Storm (2021) A sobering look at where we've been the past year and a half - and where we might eventually land. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2021
3/4 86% Who You Think I Am (Celle que vous croyez) (2021) This provocative and sexy tale of Internet identity is thoroughly entertaining. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2021
2/4 37% Reminiscence (2021) For every scene that works - and there are plenty - there's one that goes off the rails. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2021
2.5/4 91% The Suicide Squad (2021) "The Suicide Squad," however pessimistic, scratches a thrilling midnight movie itch. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2021
No Score Yet Heidi 4 Paws (2008) If you can forgive the unconvincing computer-generated sets and the recurring appearance of a crying Pomeranian-in-goats-clothing, it's a hoot, or is that a woof? - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
82/100 93% Mandibles (Mandibules) (2020) By the end of director Quentin Dupieux's dryly hilarious buddy movie, you will believe in strange magic, or at least that you can build a solid and even sweet movie around such a ridiculous premise. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
60/100 83% We Intend to Cause Havoc (2019) It would be so much better without the directorial intrusions. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
80/100 90% Hanagatami (2017) Although his subject is youth, these are autumnal works, a spirited eye tempered with the wisdom of a long life. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
80/100 No Score Yet Casting Blossoms to the Sky (2012) Conveys volumes of information in a short time, ranging from the personal to the national, and at the same time navigating a complicated dynamic among the fictional characters. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
78/100 86% Kenny Scharf: When Worlds Collide (2021) This colorful documentary portrait of an artist is ultimately a touching portrait of a father - and a story of growing up. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
60/100 95% The Sparks Brothers (2021) Die-hard fans who've stuck with the Mael brothers through every incarnation and subsequent commercial failure will eat this all up, but less dedicated fans may find their interest waning. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
80/100 93% All Light, Everywhere (2021) To really live up to its title, the film needed everybody's perspective, and the director admits he failed on some level. But it's a brilliant failure. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
60/100 80% Shepherd: The Story of a Jewish Dog (2021) Roth navigates this emotional (and inevitably literal) minefield with blunt skill. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
80/100 100% Los Hermanos/The Brothers (2021) A tense undercurrent runs through the 84-minute feature. That conflict, and the subtlety with which it's rendered, makes the film stand out in a world full of good music documentaries. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
40/100 77% Enfant Terrible (2021) This lurid biopic of iconoclastic director Rainer Werner Fassbinder too often feels like an R-rated "SNL" skit. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
67% Take Out Girl (2019) Take Out Girl is sometimes too raw and the acting is inconsistent from scene to scene; but Wong is a formidable presence, Yee a steady elder, and Carr a vivid gold-toothed villain. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2021
No Score Yet Americanish (2021) ...the cast is likable enough to make it all work. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2021
97% The Lost Leonardo (2021) If you thought a Leonardo masterpiece lived a stately life in elegant marble rooms with hardly a care, you've got another thing coming... - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2021
99% Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) It's hard to resist this musical narrative, which ends on a perfect note with Sly Stone's band of Black and White men and women playing "Higher"... - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2021
2.5/4 66% Wrath of Man (2021) "Wrath of Man" matches its star's physical efficiency with a visual clarity. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
50/100 85% Tiny Tim: King for a Day (2021) Sometimes the director clearly treats Tiny Tim like a Times Square freak, and that lack of respect is anathema to a documentary. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
79/100 100% Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts (2021) A terrific introduction to a remarkable artist and a thought-provoking look at race in the art world. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
71% Getting Gertie's Garter (1945) A grand masquerade headed by a man who was there at the beginning of the movies and always knew how to leave 'em wanting more. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
60/100 No Score Yet Space Dogs: Tropical Adventure (2021) When one character exclaims, "Nothing is like it's supposed to be on Earth - everything is upside down," it's a fair assessment of where the typical viewer may land with this strange piece of Russian propaganda. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
6/10 96% Stray (2021) Other recent dog-centric films benefit from better focus...fortunately, no animals come to harm during Stray, which can't be said for the other films mentioned... - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
68/100 37% The Marksman (2021) The sight of Liam Neeson eating Pop-Tarts under a bridge seems like a particularly 2021 mood. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2021
No Score Yet Two of Us (2000) Have you ever tried to do a Paul McCartney impersonation? It's probably better than the feature-length attempt in this embarrassing fan fiction. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2021
36/100 80% Koko-di Koko-da (2020) A frequently tedious, frustrating brew. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2020
55/100 97% Billie (2020) Doesn't quite do justice to either of [its] fascinating subjects. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2020
97% Yi Yi (2000) For three hours, the film observes its sprawling family with a quiet tenderness. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
80/100 45% Fatman (2020) It may not be the holiday movie we need. But it's the holiday movie we deserve. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
31/100 No Score Yet Sasquatch Among Wildmen (2020) The dry, poorly-paced presentation won't make any new believers. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
50/100 98% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) An arty, self-conscious oldies show that preaches to the choir and doesn't nearly reach its creators' previous heights. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
63% Popeye (1980) Without the frenetic wordplay that made him a breakout star, [Robin Williams] revealed an even deeper talent: he convincingly portrayed a tragic figure searching for his pappy. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
84/100 100% Pariah Dog (2019) The cinematic craft behind its tales of man's best friends-and the humans who care for them - raises this well above the level of your typical Animal Planet crowd-pleaser. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
60/100 54% Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020) Doesn't transcend the subgenre like the 2016 film, but it's still a solid B. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
75/100 77% Psychomagic, a Healing Art (Psychomagie, un art pour guérir) (2019) It's uncomfortable, and sometimes appalling, but to the artist, it's all part of existence, impurity an inescapable element of life and truth. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
57/100 88% Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind (2020) It won't send casual listeners searching for those deep cuts. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
85/100 93% Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) The perfect distillation of bar life. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
20% Clambake (1967) The magic comes through, intermittently emerging from the shadows of failure. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
3.5/5 100% Other Music (2020) A must-see for anybody who visited that beloved storefront or ordered online or read its widely disseminated email newsletters. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
4/4 83% The Whistlers (2020) "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. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
No Score Yet Desrances (2019) Plot contrivances aside, though, this is a riveting story of a conflict that tore apart a nation. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2020
96% First Cow (2020) An origin story of American gumption, crime - and cupcakes. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
2.5/4 66% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) Makes for a mostly smart and sexy crime drama, even if it loses steam by the time the ridiculous ending rolls around. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
No Score Yet Gold Coast Lounge (2020) Gold Coast Lounge uses gangster movie tropes to address the nation's history of civil war. And if the infighting doesn't stop, Aka warns, outsiders just might take over. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
87% You Will Die at Twenty (2021) You Will Die at Twenty isn't a story about being afraid to die, it's a story about being afraid to live. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
100% Talking About Trees (2019) Talking About Trees, as it follows its subjects opening up boxes of dusty VHS tapes, is a cautionary tale: In order to preserve cinema for future generations, care must be taken to safeguard these cultural landmarks or they'll disappear. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
No Score Yet Caméra d'Afrique (Twenty Years of African Cinema) (2013) A survey of films that are often hard to see outside of the festival circuit, Camera d'Afrique puts the struggles of today's African filmmakers into a fascinating historical perspective - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
94% Faith Based (2020) While Faith Based does poke fun at religious films, it comes from a place of affection. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020