Karl Puschmann

Karl Puschmann
Karl Puschmann's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New Zealand Herald
Publications: New Zealand Herald

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
63% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Sadly, it hits a bit of a bum note. Rather than going all in on the comedy Ferrell, who co-wrote the movie, has attempted a cross-over, mixing in earnest rom-com tropes with his usual buffoon-out-of-water comedy and occasional blurts of surrealism. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
74% Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) [Zach Galifianakis] made a handful of new episodes and tied them together with a lazy clichéd story that offers neither big laughs nor any ambition and I can't decide which is worse. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
89% Rory Scovel Tries Stand-up For The First Time (2017) The brute repetition, unyielding in its awkwardness, delighting in the uncomfortable pauses before starting right back up again, hits Andy Kaufman levels of anti-humour. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3.5/5 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Pokémon Detective Pikachu is accessible and entertaining and delivers a solid, well-executed, family friendly adventure that honors its decades of beloved lore without being beholden to it. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2/5 38% Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho (2019) Ken Jeong doesn't really seize the opportunity to deliver an excruciatingly funny set or to push stand-up into bold new places here. Instead, he leans into the lazy "star recounts becoming a star" format... - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
30% Venom (2018) Truly, a film this gloriously bad deserves to be seen on the big screen. If you want to see something good, see something else. If you want to see something fun... well, this is it. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3/5 75% Smallfoot (2018) Despite feeling pretty inconsequential throughout much of its running time, Smallfoot's hopeful finale is unexpectedly uplifting. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3.5/5 78% Mega Time Squad (2019) The script is foul-mouthed and very funny, revelling in its distinctly Kiwi rhythm and dialogue. There's a dry wit to the gags, frequently bordering on absurdism. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
2/5 50% Occupation (2018) Clearly hoping to capture an old-school feel, the movie is just too long and too cliched, bordering on ridiculous towards its end. Even the soundtrack, which swells to epic heights as often as possible, feels cheesy rather than stirring. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
3/5 67% Ideal Home (2018) Ideal Home offers a twist on the traditional family dramedy that leans slightly more towards the comedy side of things. It's ideal viewing if you're after a breezy, entertaining watch. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
4/5 62% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) A hugely enjoyable, superbly acted, mostly realistic, incredibly tense action-thriller. And that's from someone who disliked the first one. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
3.5/5 56% Tag (2018) It's strangely pleasing to see so much spectacle and stunt work attached to something as stupid as a game of tiggy. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
69% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) It's all good. And that's its problem. This was the film for Star Wars to go completely rogue. It didn't. Yes, it might have been bad. But at least it wouldn't have been so boringly, satisfyingly good. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
84% Deadpool 2 (2018) Deadpool 2 is awesome and you should go to see it. Especially if, like me, you're suffering from a bad case of superhero fatigue. It could be good for what ails ya. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Art should be about breaking down barriers, not putting up walls. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
93% Dunkirk (2017) At home Dunkirk will not be a good movie. Right now, however, it's unmissable. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
5/5 90% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) The Last Jedi has been favourably compared to The Empire Strikes Back and while there's some truth to that, they're very different films. Yes, it's dark but it's the moments of light that you'll remember. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
4/5 91% David Lynch: The Art Life (2017) This unfussy documentary, narrated by Lynch himself, goes a long way to explaining the circumstances and forces that wired his brain the way it is. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
5/5 81% T2 Trainspotting (2017) T2: Trainspotting entertains and thrills. But most of all it makes you take a good hard look at yourself. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017