Kate Rodger

Kate Rodger
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Newshub (NZ)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 62% French Exit (2021) Pfeiffer fans will not be disappointed in her French Exit. She's an absolute delight offset tremendously by Lucas Hedges. A little bit weird, and a little bit wonderful. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
5/5 No Score Yet Cousins (2021) It feels to me that like films like this one really only come around once in a blue moon. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
3.5/5 88% Supernova (2021) Most certainly well worth the ticket price for these two fine actors alone. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
2/5 46% The Little Things (2021) It's been a while since I've watched a film work this hard to be so excruciatingly dull. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
4.5/5 98% Minari (2020) There is such tenderness in the telling here, helping to bolster your resilience as this story deals out some punishing emotional blows amidst the moments of pure delight delivered in the cracks and crevasses of family life. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
4/5 78% Shadow in the Cloud (2021) It's a foot-stomping, high-fiving, hard-out, and hilarious big-screen fun time best enjoyed in a cinematic mosh-pit. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
4/5 67% Penguin Bloom (2021) There is a quiet simplicity to the telling of this inspirational story which really resonated with me and Watts and House really bring home the bacon, elevating proceedings even more. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
5/5 100% Dawn Raid (2021) In the hands of long-time writer and actor and first-time feature director Oscar Kightley, it becomes a powerful, emotional and incredibly entertaining film. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
4.5/5 100% The Dry (2021) Bana back on home turf delivering another cracking turn against such an intrinsically atmospheric Australian backdrop is worth the ticket price alone. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
5/5 94% Nomadland (2021) A journey of discovery, a life lived on your own terms -- conventional or otherwise -- this story is both panoramic and intimate. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
4/5 90% Words on Bathroom Walls (2020) Freudenthal tells Adam's story with an accessible yet unflinching honesty and with Plummer gently infusing him with all the pain, the fear, the courage and the joy needed to bring him to life, we are all gifted a wonderful film to see out 2020. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
4/5 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) The big-screen action treatment does not disappoint as the mana of this modern-day blockbuster Wonder Woman once again filled me with so much joy. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
2.5/5 48% The Witches (2020) Despite the storytelling royalty, it's rather vanilla and pedestrian in the telling and doesn't rise above mostly mediocre. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
4.5/5 83% Happiest Season (2020) Genuinely laugh-out-loud and just genuinely genuine full-stop, this festive love story is exactly the kind of Christmas everyone deserves. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
3.5/5 90% Rams (2021) It's a cinematic rule of thumb that anything starring our national treasure Sam Neill is worth the ticket price and Rams is no exception. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
5/5 93% Babyteeth (2020) The flawless performances, the colour-drenched and drained polaroid aesthetic, the lightning in a bottle feel in the telling of a cinematic story. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
3.5/5 92% Baby, Done (2021) The overall trajectory of the story and the delivery of Baby, Done wasn't quite the home run I'd been hoping for, but much joy is still very easily found. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
4/5 88% Monsoon (2020) These excellent performances and the grace with which their story is shot and told makes Monsoon such a rewarding experience. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
4/5 78% Greenland (2020) We are not talking awards-worthy or life-changing, but Greenland really is a great big screen COVID distraction and I thoroughly enjoyed it. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
3.5/5 67% The Secret Garden (2020) As the rest of this well-know story unfolds on the big screen, very elegantly I might say, I found myself thoroughly immersed in this sumptuously presented Eden. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
4.5/5 91% Enola Holmes (2020) Millie Bobby Brown is so great -- balancing her conspiratorial chats to camera with her spirited on-screen antics with flamboyant flair -- I loved it all. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
4/5 87% Dead (2020) This teeny-weeny ghosts and ghouls story uses all the tricks of the filmmaker's trade to make this heart-warming and very entertaining film look and feel great. It's helped by a tight simple premise, great performances and a cracking script. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
5/5 76% Savage (2019) This is a brutal, confronting and, ultimately, very emotional watch. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
5/5 70% Tenet (2020) Don't try to keep up -- just sit back and let Tenet carry you away. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
2.5/5 71% Lowdown Dirty Criminals (2020) Lowdown Dirty Criminals has been done before, and done a lot better - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
5/5 84% Waves (2019) I will be watching the career of Kelvin Harrison jr, his performance here as Tyler is so very powerful and anchors one of the best films of the year so far. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
4.5/5 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) This Copperfield is just so much fun and has the capacity to win Dickens even more fans. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
3/5 70% The High Note (2020) If t's a mostly agreeable rom-com you're after, one underpinned by a fresh soundtrack celebrating many of the greats in American music then The High Note might just be for you. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
2/5 8% Artemis Fowl (2020) Sorry Artemis, I feel like you deserved something much better than this. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
5/5 92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) A film for the moment and one for the ages. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
4/5 92% The Vast of Night (2020) The '50s setting feels as fresh as yesterday with the breakneck pace of the narrative offset by the dreaminess of the delivery. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
4/5 100% Bait (2019) Audiences in need of an immersive storytelling experience at their local cinema this weekend will be extremely well-served by Bait. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2020
4/5 92% The Assistant (2020) Garner plays a recent college graduate working for a nameless, faceless movie mogul. The film spends just one day with her at the office, but it packs the punch of an entire lifetime. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
94% Bad Education (2019) A very worthy four-star watch. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
4.5/5 97% The Half of It (2020) As the final credits rolled I realised Ellie Chu had easily won my heart, and she could well do the same with yours. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
4.5/5 85% Just Mercy (2020) Simply told with limited theatrics and anchored by some weighty vulnerable performances, Just Mercy is an excellent watch. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
3.5/5 67% Extraction (2020) Dumb, but kinda fun, I liked Extraction far more than I should have and would have bloody loved to watch it on the big screen. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
3/5 82% The Report (2019) ...the story itself of course demands attention and for a certain cross-section of film lovers will almost certainly find an audience. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
3/5 77% Military Wives (2020) I adore Dame Kristin and while this won't go down by any means as a classic, she and her cohorts deliver some heartwarming moments of collective womanhood and the power of friendship. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
4.5/5 89% Dark Waters (2019) Patient, procedural, potent, I urge you to take the dive and swim these Dark Waters. You may feel the need for a scalding hot shower afterwards and even then you might find yourself wondering what was in the water. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
4/5 91% The Invisible Man (2020) Riffing on the invisible bad guy of films gone by, this twisting of the tale with Moss front and centre as a woman trapped in an abusive relationship is potently relevant. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
5/5 99% For Sama (2019) It's so very important that we take every opportunity we get to open the window into the world beyond our own lives to see stories like this one. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
4.5/5 68% Bombshell (2019) This true story moves along at a cracking and confronting clip, as entertaining as it is shocking. Needless to say, the Globe and Oscar-nominated performances from these fierce and talented women are reason enough to sign up. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
3.5/5 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) As an emotional experience - despite the Hanks factor - I found the notes of the narrative a tad too pedestrian. However, the kindness and the love woven into the DNA and the delivery are just what we all need to kick off a new year. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
4.5/5 89% 1917 (2020) It's hard to watch, but it feels important that we do. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
4.5/5 94% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) One of those almost tactile films where you can nearly touch and smell and feel everything on screen - the courageous intimacy feeds an understated narrative, giving room for the performances to drive home the emotion. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
5/5 95% Little Women (2019) It's no mean feat to take original source material like this, a story first published in the late 1800s, and deliver to the here and now. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
3.5/5 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Like so many, my love for this franchise will remain undiminished, even if this Skywalker finale wasn't the film I'd been looking for. - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
4/5 45% After the Wedding (2019) These two ferociously talented women are just too good to miss at any time and together they are a powerhouse. There's a lovely restraint here... - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
3.5/5 78% Frozen II (2019) This first viewing looks gorgeous and Olaf is my hero, but the story lacked the magic of its predecessor... - Newshub (NZ) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019