The Piano (1993)
Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill.
"...And the performance by Paquin, as the daughter, is one of the most
extraordinary examples of a child's acting in movie history. She probably
has more lines than anyone else in the film, and is as complex, too - able
to invent lies without stopping for a breath, and filled with enough anger
of her own that she tattles just to see what will happen." (Roger Ebert)
Jane Eyre (1996)
Young Jane Eyre
"...Paquin is like a burst of light, with her alert eyes and lively,
emotional face. In order to accept that Paquin could turn into the
sullen Gainsbourg, you have to think: That must have been a really
bad school. " (Mick LaSalle)
Fly Away Home (1996)
"...Anna Paquin lives up to her Piano promise and gives an
excellent, spirited performance." (Davis Parkinson)
The Member of the Wedding (1997) (TV)
Queen Isabella II
"...Anna Paquin is a piquant addition as the teenage couch potato who
nonchalantly turns tricks." (Tom Meek)
She's All That
Rachael Leigh Cook,
Freddie Prinze, Jr.,
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe.
"...New Zealand's Anna Paquin, with relatively little to do is excellent." (Paul Fischer)
A Walk on the Moon
"...There's not a great deal amiss with the acting, especially
from the excellent Paquin, who fully delivers on the promise of
The Piano and Fly Away Home by bringing sensitivity to the role
of the politically aware, hormonally active teenager -albeit
without ever coming close to eclipsing Christina Ricci's
similar turn in The Ice Storm." (Trevor Lewis)
"...Paquin is especially affecting." (Bob Graham)
All the Rage (a.k.a. It's the Rage)
James D. Stern
"...Paquin makes Annabel an irresistible weirdo." (Shirley Sealy)
Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Gus Van Sant
F. Murray Abraham,
Zane R. Copeland Jr.,
Fly Williams III,
James T. Williams,
"Anna Paquin is wonderful, although underused,
as Claire, who becomes a possible love interest
for Jamal. Given the character's potential and the
degree to which Paquin grasps her psyche (watch her
body language and look for the minute changes in
facial expression), it's a shame that Claire wasn't
given the opportunity for greater development."
Joaquin Phoenix, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris.
"The film is filled with spot-on performances, by Harris, Glenn, Phoenix, and by Paquin, who has grown up after her debut in "The Piano" to become one of the most gifted actresses of her generation--particularly in tricky, emotion-straddling roles like this one." (Roger Ebert)
Lena Olin, Iain Glen, Giancarlo Giannini.
"The kids are stronger, particularly Paquin, whose freshness as Regina combines well with her fortitude as she takes over her mother's role and tries to save her folks." (Jonathan Holland)
The 25th hour
Ed Norton, Barry Pepper, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rosario Dawson, Brian Cox.
"Every actor in a significant role is superb... and Paquin makes us wish she would accept more acting jobs." (James Berardinelli)
Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Brian Cox, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Alan Cumming, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen.