For 58 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Pat Padua's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Personal Shopper
Lowest review score: 25 The 9th Life of Louis Drax
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 58
  2. Negative: 8 out of 58
58 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Pat Padua
    Its NBA all-star cast — well hidden under layers of makeup — has a winning chemistry making them easy to root for.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    Grown-ups might not roll over for Show Dogs, but children almost surely will. With its fart jokes and smart-alecky canines, this talking-animal comedy is aimed at a young audience anyway. For dog-loving adults, well, it’s just engaging enough to make them prick up their ears.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 37 Pat Padua
    A lowbrow comedy so irreverent it could almost be considered a subversive indictment of law enforcement, not to mention lowbrow humor. Almost, that is, if it were remotely funny.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    Given its pedigree, Sgt. Stubby takes fewer liberties than some fact-based war movies. Bolstered by an irresistible protagonist, the tear-jerking script by Lanni and Mike Stokey makes up for shortcomings in animation.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Pat Padua
    Director Alison Chernick profiles the violin virtuoso, through his performance, of course, but she also reveals a personality as expressive as his musicianship.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    The film’s central metaphor — life is like wine — is an overripe one.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    As Nur, Kanboura delivers a performance that is the most varied and effective of the movie’s three stars, growing from the shy newcomer to become the story’s moral center and heart.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Pat Padua
    Yelchin’s performance — grizzled, neurotic — is sadly on-the-nose, making us feel as if we’re watching the last act of a troubled young man.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Pat Padua
    Like its protagonist’s fleeting relationships, the film never completely connects.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Pat Padua
    Despite a glorious performance by Nicolas Cage as a vicious father, this vivid satire of a world turned upside down is marred by writer-director Brian Taylor’s sloppy filmmaking.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    In some ways, My Friend Dahmer is a typical coming-of-age movie about an awkward teen. What distinguishes this particular case of adolescent angst is that it’s the true story of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Pat Padua
    The film’s young slashers are irredeemably smug and obnoxious, and their bloodthirsty craving for social media likes, represented by heart icons that float out of their cellphones after each murder that they document — without implicating themselves — fuels a vicious satire.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    An intermittently effective biography, marred by a frequently intrusive score.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Pat Padua
    This is one movie that no one needs to relive.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 37 Pat Padua
    Simultaneously earnest yet maudlin, Te Ata lacks the one thing its subject is said to have possessed: a gift for storytelling.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Pat Padua
    To its credit, Trophy neither shames its subjects nor offers an easy solution. Rather, it takes a reasoned and thought-provoking view — from many angles — of a problem for which there is, as Trophy argues, no quick or simple fix.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    Thanks to the director Khan — who co-wrote the script and has an obvious fondness for her characters — The Tiger Hunter transcends comic stereotypes. But its predictable success-story arc isn’t entirely convincing.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 37 Pat Padua
    Despite a few well-timed jump scares, Friend Request never really builds much tension.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 37 Pat Padua
    Writer-director Danny Strong’s feature debut embodies the very phoniness that the author — and his signature character, Holden Caulfield — railed against.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    Although many of its subjects are endearing characters, the film’s scattered approach undermines its point about the simple endurance of an artifact.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    Kidnap is a solid and economical piece of filmmaking. It just goes to show: A big budget isn’t necessary to make a big impression.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Pat Padua
    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.”
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    Quirky to a fault, the film’s most absurd moments are nevertheless grounded by the human need for connection.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Pat Padua
    Much of the film’s appeal is from the quiet determination of the patriarch Sung, unflappable under the stress, and the family and community who rally around him.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    Although the film ultimately strikes a celebratory tone, the stark divisions it reveals offer an unsettling look at the state of public discourse.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Pat Padua
    It’s a treat to watch an actress at the top of her game, flexing her interpretive muscles in a showcase that is inventive and thought-provoking.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Pat Padua
    There are some inspiring people in the film, and one wishes it had been edited to focus more on their stories. In the end, Tomorrow is less a movie than a long public service announcement.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Pat Padua
    Dyrholm, who deservedly took the prize for best actress at last year’s Berlinale for her sensitive performance as Anna, 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Pat Padua
    Although the central match in Chuck is effective, and hits all the right beats, unlike the best of the “Rocky” movies, the drama outside the ring is less potent than drama inside. This, despite strong performances by Schreiber and — especially — Moss, a grounding presence who summons a toughness not usually seen in her work.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Pat Padua
    In Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary, documentarian John Scheinfeld shows that the music of one of jazz’s most experimental saxophone players still speaks to audiences today.

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