Daniel Rutledge

Daniel Rutledge
Daniel Rutledge's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Flicks.co.nz
Publications: Flicks.co.nz, Newshub (NZ)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet SIX60: Till the Lights Go Out (2020) The grassroots, DIY way they found success, even the very fact that they're still considered uncool by many, it all adds up to a mostly convincing underdog story about some everyman Kiwi musos who have done astonishingly well. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
4/5 71% Savage (2019) A moving period drama about one man's journey through the early days of gangs in New Zealand, this is a dark, compelling, and strangely beautiful film. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
3/5 80% The Old Guard (2020) The Old Guard might have been a lot better if it let itself have a bit more fun. It's served with too much angst, melancholy, and self-seriousness for how silly it all actually is. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2020
4/5 67% Extraction (2020) Director Sam Hargrave is obviously an admirer of contemporary genre titans Chad Stahelski and Gareth Evans, but with his feature debut he proves he's not just a fan but a similarly skilled peer. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
3/5 52% Guns Akimbo (2020) Has this juvenile, punk rock vibe that mostly works really well-even if it is weirdly juxtaposed with some unnecessary serious comments about how violence actually is "in real life". - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2020
5/5 99% For Sama (2019) Absolutely essential viewing and a testament to the power of film. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
4/5 89% 1917 (2020) Technically, it's absolutely extraordinary, but it says very little about the war itself, or war in general, or much at all, which is a missed opportunity. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
2/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Everyone's trying their best, but the over-the-top cheesiness and painful predictability almost ruin the whole thing. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
3/5 100% The Forest of Love (2019) "Has the weird, punk kind of energy many of [Sion Sono's] movies have. But this is a fairly grueling watch that may be too nasty and too long for its own good." - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
4/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) It's a particularly pleasurable groove that for some fans will make for Tarantino's most beloved work to date. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
2/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) There was magic in this franchise for a while, but its gas tank of goodwill is slowly being drained and Hobbs & Shaw pushes it dangerously close to empty. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/5 41% Stuber (2019) The best thing about Stuber is the two leads, Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
4/5 89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) While there may be less headshots in this third outing, the inventiveness has been notched up and it's a bloody good time. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
2/5 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) This does what it says on the tin and does it bloody well. It's just a shame that to appreciate the solid filmmaking you have to leave your ethics at the door. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
3/5 71% Triple Frontier (2019) Triple Frontier says some things about society not valuing veterans enough, about contemporary masculinity and the code of the warrior. While that may not sound very original, it's done in an original way... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
2/5 19% Polar (2019) Polar is an ultraviolent action flick with graphic torture, plenty of nudity and even a fair amount of hard drug use thrown in for good measure. But it's not nearly as fun as all that sounds. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2/5 77% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) The whole movie would be a hell of a lot more enjoyable if more of the gags landed. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
5/5 97% Free Solo (2018) This is a documentary blessed with a giddy combination of nigh perfect elements. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
3/5 82% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) This is not the definitive account of the Trump era some may have hoped for, but it's nonetheless a powerful and moving film I recommend, despite its problems. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
4/5 89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) There's so much going for this film, it has such extraordinary craft on display. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
4/5 81% Overlord (2018) Overlord looks like it should be a derivative, direct-to-DVD stinker, but it pleasantly over-delivers as a charming B-grade triumph. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/5 61% Outlaw King (2018) It's pretty sweet for popcorn fodder. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 91% The Night Comes For Us (2018) An insane splatter action movie that's so over-the-top, it makes 2008's ultraviolent Rambo seem restrained. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
4/5 78% Apostle (2018) Evans avoids jump-scares in favour of sequences that are pure, full-bore dread, peppered throughout an increasingly unsettling slow-burn. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
2/5 30% Venom (2018) It only succeeds in being a supremely average film that mostly frustrates and baffles rather than thrills. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
2/5 24% The Happytime Murders (2018) You should definitely seek out Meet the Feebles or Team America: World Police instead. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
3/5 48% Skyscraper (2018) It's watered down in that way most modern blockbusters are, but it's still crazy enough to be nicely entertaining. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
4/5 88% Upgrade (2018) Delivers a hell of a lot of thrills as an R-rated romp that's refreshingly standalone, not trying to set up any sequels. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
1/5 27% The Week Of (2018) It's mostly just mind-numbingly dull, with the annoyingly unfunny comedy bits at least breaking the monotony. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2018
3/5 51% Rampage (2018) Rampage is just fine. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3/5 84% Blockers (2018) For all Blockers gets wrong, it gets quite a lot right, too. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
2/5 17% The Outsider (2018) It's something we've seen done better, countless times before. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
4/5 18% Death Wish (2018) Morally indefensible, yet I can't deny how much I enjoyed it - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
3/5 89% Better Watch Out (2017) This is an appropriately mean-spirited, reasonably original, horror movie that's lacking one major thing: gore. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
5/5 82% Detroit (2017) If you want to have a nice time out at the movies, this is not a good idea; but if you believe in the adage that not knowing about history's mistakes dooms us to repeating them, this is an absolute must-see. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
2/5 32% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) Despite what the trailers and marketing suggest, there's very little boozing, dirty dancing or men stripping in this movie. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
4/5 93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) This movie is just so much fun, it's a hilarious superhero romp and nigh impossible to watch without a grin on your face. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
4/5 68% mother! (2017) The sort of wildly original beast I wish we had in cinemas more often. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
3/5 43% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Nobody is going to see a movie like this for an original plot and, to be honest, I wish there was more of this sort of thing being made. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
5/5 100% Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D (2017) Rest assured, this is nothing like George Lucas digitally vomiting over his original trilogy; the changes are all excellent. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
1/5 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) This is not the worst Transformers film. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2017
2/5 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Occasionally mildly entertaining, but mostly a dreary chore. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
4/5 73% Headshot (2017) When Headshot is at its best, they couple stunning choreography and special effects with some highly impressive camerawork to brilliant effect... - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
3/5 35% The Great Wall (2017) Visually, this fantasy film is both gorgeous and ugly. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
3/5 84% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) It ends up with a fairly confused message something like... pacifism is awesome, but violence is also awesome, but God is the most awesome. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
3/5 61% War Dogs (2016) Frustratingly teases a greatness it never quite achieves. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
1/5 37% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) There's two types of humour; scripted scene-long set-ups, and the cast's adlib lines. Both suck with a truly punishing consistency. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016
3/5 71% Central Intelligence (2016) The best thing about Central Intelligence is definitely the chemistry of its two leads. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
5/5 94% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) A moving and achingly beautiful feast for the soul. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
4/5 85% Sweet Bean (An) (2016) Kawase employs a highly elegant style that is somehow both very documentary-like and very poetic. - Flicks.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016