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Pat Padua

Pat Padua
Pat Padua's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Washington Post

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 18% Show Dogs (2018) Grown-ups might not roll over for "Show Dogs," but children almost surely will.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
1.5/4 32% Super Troopers 2 (2018) It could almost be considered a subversive indictment of law enforcement, not to mention lowbrow humor. Almost, that is, if it were remotely funny.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
2.5/4 81% Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (2018) This tale of canine courage is just appealing enough that many civilians with a soft spot for a stray will not hesitate to enlist.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3/4 91% Itzhak (2018) Director Alison Chernick profiles the violin virtuoso, through his performance, of course, but she also reveals a personality as expressive as his musicianship.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2018
2.5/4 71% Back to Burgundy (Ce qui nous lie) (2018) For most of the movie, Klapisch deftly choreographs the human drama.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
2.5/4 98% In Between (2018) Although "In Between" depicts a nation in crisis, it's a crisis that's viewed through the intimate lens of family dinners, where generations struggle over conflicting values.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
3/4 86% Thoroughbreds (2018) A vicious satire of the upper class and its discontents, "Thoroughbreds" paints a dark picture of a generation that, because it has been denied nothing, has come to value nothing.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
2/4 93% Becks (2018) Hall and Suvari have a palpable chemistry, both musically and in their relationship. But despite effective moments, "Becks," like its central character, never finds its footing.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
2/4 73% Mom and Dad (2018) Cage delivers one of his most vibrant performances in years. But it's in the service of poorly choreographed action scenes and a script in which the Ryans' midlife crisis is set up by an awkward flashback.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
2.5/4 84% My Friend Dahmer (2017) Meyers makes "My Friend Dahmer" a convincing high school drama, but his portrait of the serial killer as a young man telegraphs Dahmer's future all too clearly.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3/4 80% Tragedy Girls (2017) For the most part ... the movie cranks visceral, caffeinated thrills out of its teenage-meat grinder.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
2.5/4 98% Jane (2017) For all the advancements that Goodall brought to our understanding of chimpanzees, the real lesson of "Jane" may be that it is connection - whether among humans or chimpanzees - that is the true measure of a species.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
2/4 71% Happy Death Day (2017) This is one movie that no one needs to relive.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
1.5/4 63% Te Ata (2017) Simultaneously earnest yet maudlin, "Te Ata" lacks the one thing its subject is said to have possessed: a gift for storytelling.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
3/4 98% Trophy (2017) To its credit, "Trophy" neither shames its subjects nor offers an easy solution.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
2.5/4 76% The Tiger Hunter (2017) An encouraging look at the American Dream, at a time when it too often seems like a nightmare.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
1.5/4 14% Friend Request (2017) Despite a few well-timed jump scares, "Friend Request" never really builds much tension.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
1.5/4 28% Rebel in the Rye (2017) It's hard to imagine a film more inaptly named. As a movie, this "Rebel" is, as it turns out, terribly by the book.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
2.5/4 100% California Typewriter (2017) Although the film would benefit from a more reined-in focus, "California Typewriter" is a love letter to an antiquated device - one that retains its charm and utility even in the digital age.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
2.5/4 37% Kidnap (2017) At a fleet and efficient 81 minutes - several minutes shorter than its original running time - "Kidnap" is an action movie with barely a wasted frame.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3/4 92% Endless Poetry (Poesía Sin Fin) (2017) Tinged with madness and heartbreak, "Endless Poetry" is the unmistakable byproduct of, as the character of Alejandro puts it, "a heart capable of loving the entire world."‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
2.5/4 84% Lost in Paris (Paris pieds nus) (2017) If you can forget logic ... and just go along for the ride, its absurdity can be endearing.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
3/4 93% Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017) Using drawings and courtroom testimony, James creates a tense courtroom drama out of seemingly dry material.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
2.5/4 96% The Women's Balcony (Ismach Hatani) (2017) In the end, the solution offered by "The Women's Balcony" to end the rancor feels unearned.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3.5/4 76% Manifesto (2017) "Manifesto" isn't for everybody. But even if you're unfamiliar with Dada and couldn't care less about Fluxus, it's a treat to watch an actress at the top of her game ...‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
2/4 92% Tomorrow (Demain) (2017) In the end, "Tomorrow" is less a movie than a long public service announcement.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
3/4 71% The Commune (Kollektivet) (2017) Dyrholm ... movingly captures the struggles of a middle-aged career woman who revels in the new freedoms of the 1970s, while ultimately falling victim to them.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
2.5/4 80% Chuck (2017) Arguably, the story of a habitual loser should resonate as much as - if not more than - that of a winner. But the film keeps us at arm's length emotionally, filtering its antihero's troubles through a layer of 1970s nostalgia.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
1/4 45% The Dinner (2017) This "Dinner" is spoiled before the appetizer even arrives.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
3/4 74% Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (2017) In the end, it's the music, and not the testimonials, that makes the movie.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
2/4 25% Unforgettable (2017) This forgettable thriller will simply make you remember other, better films.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
1.5/4 38% Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) Most people would be better off sticking with "Teletubbies."‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2.5/4 96% I Called Him Morgan (2017) Collin ... hasn't quite found the sweet spot here between true crime and musical biography, but the story that plays out in "Morgan" is still an intriguing one.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
3/4 52% The Boss Baby (2017) Inventive and heartwarming, "The Boss Baby" is a lot more grown up than it looks.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
4/4 80% Personal Shopper (2017) It works in two realms: as an engrossing ghost story and a drama that addresses profound matters of life and death.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
2/4 64% I Am Michael (2017) An intermittently affecting - but not entirely convincing - conversion story.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
3/4 76% Miss Sloane (2016) With the help of deft editing and a sometimes frantic electronic score, director John Madden ("Shakespeare in Love") turns this story of backroom machinations into a moderately entertaining thriller.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/4 84% Harry Benson: Shoot First (2016) Overall, "Shoot First" is a breezy look at a professional whose work remains endearing, despite some highfalutin claims.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/4 95% The Love Witch (2016) As with giallo, "The Love Witch" features deliberately wooden acting, and can be a little boring at times. But it's a stunningly photographed, fascinating reinterpretation of classic melodrama.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
2.5/4 78% Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016) Even if his jokes don't all land, his train of thought is all you need for an entertaining performance that is funny, angry and sometimes just weird.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
3/4 77% The Lovers And The Despot (2016) "Lovers" suggests that any film - even this one - can have the manipulative power of propaganda.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
2.5/4 37% Max Rose (2016) The movie gains resonance from its look at what may be the final years of a movie legend.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
2/4 76% London Road (2016) "London Road" comes across as no more than tabloid karaoke.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
3/4 71% White Girl (2016) "White Girl" vividly charts what is at times a violent culture clash. But it is the young lovers' desperate attempt to bridge the gap between their worlds that makes the film so deeply moving.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
1/4 39% The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016) This film's dark premise is drowned in whimsy and a forced childlike wonder.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
2.5/4 88% Don't Breathe (2016) Alvarez, who directed the 2010 remake of Sam Raimi's "The Evil Dead," effectively sets up a brutal cat-and-mouse game; the problem is that sometimes you don't know who to root for.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
2.5/4 11% Ghost Team (2016) "Ghost Team" is little more than a feature-length "Scooby-Doo" episode.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/4 96% Gleason (2016) "Gleason" portrays great strength and great suffering in equal measure, lending vivid credence to tired platitudes about what it means to live life to the fullest.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
2.5/4 78% The Kind Words (2016) The film ... doesn't always come together.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/4 94% The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016) Through the example of friendship and cooperation, "The Innocents" shines a glimmer of hope on a period of great doubt.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016