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Leigh Paatsch

Leigh Paatsch
Leigh Paatsch's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New York Post, Daily Telegraph (UK), Herald Sun (Australia), Courier Mail (Australia), Daily Telegraph (Australia)

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/5 43% The Addams Family (2019) Now the mirthfully macabre clan known as the Addams Family - an iconic creation of legendary New Yorker cartoonist Charles Addams - have been fed into Hollywood's cartoon woodchipper.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
4/5 89% The Two Popes (2019) This is all due to the expert casting of Hopkins and Pryce, each of whom address their roles with both a precision and fluidity that is only the province of elite actors such as themselves.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
2.5/5 65% The Good Liar (2019) Not terrible, but not good enough to drop everything immediately for a look-see.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
3/5 100% Suzi Q (2019) Though the filmmakers are guilty of overstating their subject's importance and influence in popular music history, there is still a remarkable person to be captured and conveyed to viewers, and this the doco does very well indeed.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3.5/5 96% Knives Out (2019) On the performance front, the Knives Out show is comprehensively stolen - and never once returned - by a wired, inspired and kookily amusing Daniel Craig.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3/5 78% Frozen II (2019) The plotting of Frozen 2 is arguably too busy (and a mite too dark) for its own good, with a lot of chatter about death, mortality, tribal prejudices, and even alternate dimensions piled on for no discernible, franchise-expanding reason.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3/5 50% 21 Bridges (2019) A solid pulp crime thriller.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
3.5/5 83% Official Secrets (2019) British filmmakers traditionally execute this fare better than most, and so it proves yet again with Official Secrets, an admirably conscientious take on the true story of Katherine Gun (Keira Knightley). ‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
3.5/5 91% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Though the film marking her return has its slight flaws, Gyllenhaal's mesmerising performance has none whatsoever.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
4.5/5 96% Marriage Story (2019) Boosted by some of the year's best writing, the extraordinary Marriage Story will merrily break your heart, then solemnly repair it, over and over again.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
2.5/5 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) All three leads run hot and cold throughout, but so too does the movie, which never quite nails the right tone of flippant humour needed to keep an audience on-side.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
4/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) If there is one character that propels Ford V Ferrari towards a winning outcome it is Miles, who draws from Bale his most endearing and warm performance to date.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
2/5 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) When paying homage to (or just as often, blatantly copying from) The Shining, Doctor Sleep does cast a faintly affecting spell. The rest, however, emits a faintly worrying smell.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3/5 47% Last Christmas (2019) Very, very strong. Almost overpoweringly so. The November arrival of Last Christmas is great news for anyone who wished there were more happy-sad British rom-coms about lovelorn Londoners riding emotional rollercoasters all the way through December.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
1/5 14% Arctic Dogs (2019) Admirable sentiments? Yes. When heard from a voice cast who could not be less invested in what they are saying? Not so admirable.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
5/5 96% The Irishman (2019) Stand by for the very final, utterly unforgettable shot of The Irishman for lasting proof of an established cinematic master still looking to prove something more.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
4/5 77% Flight (2012) Some might say Flight peaks very early. Those folks would be absolutely right. But what a peak it is. Whatever you do, do not show up late. The opening half-hour is truly stunning.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
3.5/5 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Rev-9 is easily the most sophisticated, sinister and pimped-out piece of murder-tech to ever appear in a Terminator movie. ‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3.5/5 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) A joy to watch from start to finish, further boosted by a ripping support cast led by Wesley Snipes, Chris Rock and Snoop Dogg. ‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
2.5/5 80% Little Monsters (2019) Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave) is clearly the best thing about Little Monsters.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
70% The Mule (2018) Not unwatchable by any stretch, but could have been so much better in the hands of another filmmaker.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
3.5/5 45% Deep Impact (1998) The final 30 minutes - where all of mankind starts looking for anywhere to duck and cover - is great disaster movie stuff.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/5 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) While not exactly a musical, it is the music of legendary American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen that fuels the engine of this endearing British movie.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/5 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Though a slight notch down from its predecessor, Double Tap goes about its undead and up-to-something business the right way from go to whoa.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/5 89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) A perfectly pleasant, if a touch innocuous, rejigging of the Arthurian legend for a modern audience. ‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Billy Connolly - The Sex Life of Bandages (2019) Feeding off the energy in the room, the comedian isn't afraid to improvise some new gags, even this late in his career, and the tangents upon which his routine goes "off-road" are a distinct highlight of the show.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
3/5 55% Strange But True (2019) A solid cast does well in often trying circumstances here, thickening up some watery plotting as required. ‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
3.5/5 86% Pavarotti (2019) The doco is at its very best when it gets to show us plenty of Pavarotti in his showstopping, heart-starting prime, peaking with his work with the incomparable Joan Sutherland and (most famously of all) as part of The Three Tenors. ‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
1.5/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) All storytelling roads lead to an incomprehensible Game of Thrones-lite battle in the final act that is either very poorly staged, or terribly edited. It is impossible to tell. ‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
3/5 83% Judy (2019) It must be said that as a whole movie, Judy only works in parts. The tone can get a bit tacky and the structure too flash-backy to truly impress for too long. Nevertheless, Zellweger's immaculate work saves the day repeatedly.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
3.5/5 78% Seabiscuit (2003) A high-quality telling of the inspirational true story behind America's own Phar Lap, an equine powerhouse that became a hero of the Depression era. ‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 70% The King (2019) The film is more sturdy than sensational, perhaps concentrating too hard on not losing its footing along the risky route taken through the story. ‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
3.5/5 90% Women He's Undressed (2016) From the outset of this fascinating documentary, decorated Australian filmmaker Gillian Armstrong is a woman on a mission. ‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 83% Bugsy Malone (1976) Worth seeing purely for the sequence where the pre-teen Mafioso open their violin cases and pull out machine guns that fire nothing but cream pies. A true original from 1976.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 90% Love & Mercy (2015) While this feature-film biopic brings higher aspirations to the table, it doesn't always rise to the occasion demanded by its fascinating subject. ‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 82% Instant Family (2018) First impressions here point to an amiable, if ineffectual middle-of-the-road comedy. Nothing wrong with that.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/5 88% Hustlers (2019) While the movie starts out very fleshy and very flashy, it soon settles into a grittier groove that helps us understand what pushed these women to take such drastic (and dangerous) measures to get ahead. ‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
1.5/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) It is all so deathly dull, and to be frank, it did not have to be. Not with a star of Smith's proven charm (bizarrely never called on here) or a director like Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) involved.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) When push comes to shove, this remarkable production never loses your full attention nor fascination or worry.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3/5 56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) The dry delivery of such gags and the stoner-ish overall vibe of The Dead Don't Die will prove to be an acquired taste for many (hardcore zombie fans included). However, that quality cast list keeps the whole thing on the right side of average.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
5/5 69% Joker (2019) In what should come to stand as the finest performance of 2019 - Oscars, here he comes! - Phoenix isolates a void in The Joker between the breaking of the man and the making of a menace to society.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3.5/5 63% Blood Diamond (2006) The movie sometimes revels too much in the chaos and carnage of its setting, but superior writing and acting pricks the conscience exactly when needed.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
1.5/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) The narrative flow of The Goldfinch is oddly disjointed, as if it has been inelegantly hacked down from a longer version.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
3/5 78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Being a del Toro production, the grisly effects and monster designs are well above average, and provoke a lasting chill at odds with the lightweight tone of the picture.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
1.5/5 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Stallone moves like a stretch Hummer attempting a U-turn in a suburban driveway, emotes like an Easter Island statue, and speaks in a voice so impossibly deep and consistently incoherent.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
4/5 100% Rams (2018) Rams' subtle blend of bleak comedy and human drama is far more appealing than it first looks.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/5 57% Paper Towns (2015) An endearingly modest and quietly affecting adaptation of an early novel by wildly popular young-adult author John Green (The Fault in our Stars).‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
80% Good Boys (2019) The calculated combo of raunchy high-jinks and sweet-natured cluelessness that defines Good Boys runs in an appealing parallel to obvious inspirations such as Superbad and the recent Booksmart.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
4/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) This unique movie is, by turns, a cerebral and compelling experience. Don't go thinking you'll be getting anything like Matt Damon's The Martian.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3.5/5 84% Downton Abbey (2019) Superbly filmed, shrewdly written and simply beautiful to look at, this welcome return to Downtown Abbey is as good a work of light entertainment as will be released this year.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019