Graeme Tuckett

Graeme Tuckett
Graeme Tuckett's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Stuff.co.nz
Publications: Stuff.co.nz

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 94% Litigante (2019) A wonderfully well-assembled, performed and written piece of work. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
3.5/5 63% Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) The entire enterprise gets across the screen like it has somewhere to be and knows how to get there. On a cold winters' night, surely that'll more than do. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
4.5/5 No Score Yet James & Isey (2021) It's a rare film that can be this free of sentiment and saccharine while still positively rolling in romanticism, nostalgia and pure, honestly given aroha. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2021
3.5/5 No Score Yet June Again (2021) June Again finds a hellishly fine line between the comedic and romanticised - and a sporadically quite bruising exploration of what dementia can wreak on an individual, and then on the people who love them. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
4/5 96% First Cow (2020) However you choose to read it, have no doubt this is a lyrical, beautifully performed and gently engrossing ballad of a film. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
2/5 68% Wrath of Man (2021) Wrath of Man is a film that tries way too hard to "mean something", when it had the potential to be a perfectly enjoyable load of violent nonsense. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
3.5/5 90% I Blame Society (2020) The more vested you are in who gets to make movies and how they get them made, the more you will enjoy [Gillian] Horvat's ride and the jokes she piles into every scene. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
4/5 70% Land (2021) Land is a slight and quietly beautiful film. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
81% Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story (2020) Happy Happy Joy Joy is exactly the film this troubling, polarising show deserved. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2021
3.5/5 55% Mortal Kombat (2021) Mortal Kombat arrives with an R16 sticker firmly attached to the poster and just about enough good ideas to lift it somewhere near the top rung of video game movies. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
100% Coded Bias (2020) This is "Who Watches the Watchmen?" as it is unfolding in real life. Very recommended. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
70% Why Did You Kill Me? (2021) What unfolds is sporadically fascinating, but also achingly sad and angering, that the families of murder victims should have to fund and manage their own investigations. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
2.5/5 55% The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) Daniels' film is an uneven, unsatisfying and poorly assembled lump of a thing. And yet, some of its constituent parts are breathtakingly good. As Holiday, singer Andra Day is surely my personal pick to take home that Academy Award next week. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2021
5/5 97% Gunda (2020) Simply the most astonishing, moving, engrossing and beautiful film I've seen in months. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
2/5 26% Voyagers (2021) It settles instead for looking and sounding like every young-adult sci-fi of the last decade or more, with interchangeable characters spitting low-level banalities at each other within the exact same sterile white walls of every movie spaceship ever. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
4/5 100% Girls Can't Surf (2020) Girls Can't Surf is a spectacular, angering, engrossing and inspiring yarn, well-assembled and packed with indelible personalities. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
No Score Yet Kaikohe Demolition (2004) Kaikohe Demolition is one of the most enjoyable and memorable portraits of a community I've ever seen. Just watch it. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2021
85% Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets (2014) It's one of the better concert movies you'll ever see, but also much more than that, as Habicht paints a picture of a city and its inhabitants, not all of whom care about the band at all. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2021
86% Spookers (2017) [Florian] Habicht's disarming interview technique and genuine love for what the workers at the theme park are achieving lifts this into a happily surreal and very personal realm. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2021
2.5/5 82% Nobody (2021) Nobody peaked at around the 30-minute mark, and everything that came after was disappointingly daft, lazily implausible and tiresomely derivative. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
93% Last Breath (2018) If you like your stories all wrapped up in a single session, Last Breath is a great wee find. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
75% Seaspiracy (2021) Seaspiracy makes a pretty good case, that unless we change our behaviour soon, the entire fishing industry will have collapsed by 2050. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
91% Women He's Undressed (2016) A raucous, affectionate, hilarious, gossipy and engrossing portrait of the most famous Australian you've never heard of. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
92% Tabloid (2011) Lays out one of the most bizarre, compelling and jaw-dropping true crime stories you will ever run into. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
3.5/5 94% The Delivered (Fanny Lye Deliver'd) (2019) In the undisputed lead, Maxine Peake (Peterloo) hands in a performance that defines and gives purpose to the entire enterprise. Fanny Lye is her story - and Peake delivers. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
4/5 96% Zappa (2020) Mostly, Zappa is a terrific couple of hours, well-spent. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
4/5 96% Gaza (2019) I've never seen a film that so accurately and often captures that exact moment in a child's life when the laughter and smiles suddenly wither and harden into an adult's anger and fear. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
4.5/5 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) As a study in courage brought down by cowardice, and the long aftermath that tragedy always brings, Judas and The Black Messiah is a hell of a story, very well told. Go see it. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
4.5/5 98% The Dissident (2020) The Dissident is a dispiriting and infuriating film to watch. And yet, it is also a compelling, engrossing and important document that simply needs to be seen. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2021
3.5/5 77% Food Club (2020) The magnificently monikered director Barbara Topsoe-Rothenborg, manages to transcend the worst of the Eat Pray Love-Marigold Hotel-Mamma Mia cliches, even while her film is sticking to the expected beats of the narrative. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
3.5/5 73% Boss Level (2021) proving there is no idea so good it can't be improved by adding more explosions and car chases - is Boss Level. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
3.5/5 55% Never Too Late (2020) The support cast all do what they are paid for, and mostly pretty well. But Cromwell and Weaver together drag Never Too Late over the finish line by the scruff of its neck. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
2/5 45% The Little Things (2021) The Little Things wears its influences too blatantly, gives up its mysteries too easily and then resolves its one final dilemma - what's haunting Deacon exactly? - with an unsatisfying, unconvincing afterthought. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
2.5/5 80% Synchronic (2020) Mackie and Dornan are both fine, though the script gives them nothing much to do except banter and argue. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
1/5 4% Love, Weddings & Other Disasters (2020) Love Actually is at least skilfully assembled and written, and performed by a cast who bring charisma and commitment to the party. But Love, Weddings and Other Disasters is just an exhausting mess. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
4/5 88% High Ground (2021) High Ground pretty much succeeds at every level it pitches itself at. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
4.5/5 89% The Nest (2020) There are enough layers and ideas here to spark any number of discussions on the way home. And probably enough to make a second viewing worthwhile. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
4/5 100% Rurangi (2020) A film to celebrate and enjoy. It is also - and I've never written this in a review before - a film that will quite probably save a few lives. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
2.5/5 76% Pixie (2021) A lazy and shamelessly unoriginal entry in a tradition that includes such gems as The Guard, Breakfast on Pluto, I Went Down, In Bruges and a dozen or more other, often terrific films. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
2/5 36% The Marksman (2021) The Marksman isn't exactly a bad film. If it was, I might have enjoyed it a lot more. It is merely a tired, under-inflated, woefully cliched and unadventurous one. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
4/5 100% Dawn Raid (2021) Dawn Raid is a concise, engrossing, enthralling and often extraordinarily funny trip through the broad strokes of the story. The music is terrific, the characters are genuine and unrepeatable and the story is unforgettable. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
3.5/5 26% Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) This is a film that only falters when it tries to be taken seriously. Left to its own daft devices, Wild Mountain Thyme is a wobbly, unexpected triumph of charm over credibility. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2021
4/5 100% The People Upstairs (2020) For the most part, this is simply a smart, genuinely funny and tightly written comedy of - very bad - manners. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
1/5 17% Buddy Games (2019) [I] watched Buddy Games with an open mind. Which was a wasted effort. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2021
No Score Yet Sweet River (2021) A pretty good psychological horror from our friends in the West Island. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2021
1.5/5 70% Dragon Rider (2019) Ironically, if the makers hadn't worked so hard to bring How to Train Your Dragon to mind, maybe we wouldn't have quite noticed how stone-cold tedious, derivative and lacking in energy, wit and fun Dragon Rider can be. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2021
4/5 46% Monster Hunter (2020) Entertaining, likeable and committed to its own daft internal logic... More please. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2021
3.5/5 82% From the Vine (2020) From the Vine is a less-infuriating-than-usual stab at a storyline that usually just reeks of entitlement and narcissism. Writing today, at the end of an appalling year, let's call that a win. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2021
3.5/5 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) That Wonder Woman 1984 mostly succeeds... is a stunning achievement. But it comes at the expense of a two-and-a-half-hour running time, featuring many scenes of dialogue, exposition and explanation that bog the story down far too often. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
89% The Great Hip Hop Hoax (2013) A story so good, it can only be true. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020