Kristy Puchko

Kristy Puchko
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
19% Dolittle (2020) Dolittle is structured like it was written by a room full of monkeys lazily banging on typewriters between s***-slinging, then cut together by a blind man with broken fingers. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
96% I Lost My Body (2019) That's a premise both ghastly and romantic. Yet, it's one we've seen again and again-though often with a lovable dog or a clever cat instead of a severed body part. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2020
17% The Grudge (2020) his Grudge is a trudge through muck, meandering plot, half-baked performances, and tired tropes that should've been retired by the end of the 2000s. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
20% Cats (2019) Hooper's utterly bonkers choices make Cats feel like a movie-not from another nation-but from another planet. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
40% Black Christmas (2019) Blended brilliantly, this remake of Black Christmas makes for holiday horror that's a tantalizing and terrifying treat. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
68% Bombshell (2019) "Roach and Randolph made this film to preach to a choir that already have their minds made up." - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
92% Fyre (2019) At moments, its conspiratorial vibe feels like a friend sharing juicy gossip. But [Chris] Smith digs deeper to show the damage wrought by Fyre fest, and by [Billy] McFarland. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
71% The Aeronauts (2019) While the action sequences are engaging, little else in this bumbling historical fiction is. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
90% Dark Waters (2019) As a means of delivering information, Dark Waters is extraordinary and righteously infuriating. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
7.8/10 51% 21 Bridges (2019) While the destination is too easy to determine, this ride-along is solidly thrilling. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
51% Earthquake Bird (2019) When Keough is not onscreen, the film turns from pulse-racing to deadly dull. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
93% Klaus (2019) Sure to become a holiday favorite in many homes, it's warm, sweet, and fantastically funny. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
77% Frozen II (2019) It's a bit of a mess, but also a ton of fun. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
46% Last Christmas (2019) Last Christmas is a festive mess of ideas, earnestness, and goofy gags. It's equal parts confounding and fun. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
65% Lady and the Tramp (2019) Lady in the Tramp is an absolutely charming romp, alive with whimsical performances, studded with nostalgia, and fueled by a love story that's as enchanting as ever. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
6.5/10 43% Midway (2019) Still, with all its gaps and flaws, Midway is a serviceable ode to servicemen this Veteran's Day weekend. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
100% Jenny Slate: Stage Fright (2019) Jenny Slate: Stage Fright is funny, fearless, and phenomenal. It's a must-see that may make you feel seen. And if not, may still make you cackle like its charismatic comedian. Don't miss it. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
52% Wounds (2019) The actual scares and suspense within this horror-thriller are far from frightening. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019
48% Eli (2019) A promising premise sets a solid stage for terror. - IGN Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
91% The Lighthouse (2019) As striking as the performances within The Lighthouse are, Egger's technique is even more astounding as he musters an atmosphere that sucks audiences into the muck and madness of his movie. - Riot Material EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Zombieland: Double Tap, a sequel that suggests it's better to let sleeper hits lie. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
81% Greener Grass (2019) Greener Grass is a lavishly bizarre comedy that dives deep into the surreal and uncomfortable to satirize the suburban ideal of house, husband, family, stuff. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) It would take him two decades to get back to Motherless Brooklyn, which might explain why the film reeks of desperation in its indulgences. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
87% The Vast of Night (2019) The Vast of Night is an ode to The Twilight Zone series that is fittingly riveting, exhilaratingly daring, and a whiz-bang technical marvel. - Riot Material EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
95% Marriage Story (2019) This is a love story, and it is absolutely extraordinary. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
88% Swallow (2020) Swallow feels like a sister film to two of my personal favorites, David Wnendt's sickening coming-of-age comedy Wetlands and Agnieszka Smoczynska's psychological satire Fugue. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
88% The True Adventures of Wolfboy (2019) A fairytale set amidst a grimy backdrop of burlesque clubs, carnival freak shows, and abandoned lighthouses, The True Adventures of Wolfboy is a dark yet darling gem. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
100% The Pool (2019) The Pool is an undeniably wild ride full of gnarly ingenuity, jolting thrills, and intense sentimentality. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
81% The Platform (El Hoyo) (2019) The Platform will chew you up and spit you out, yet leave you hungry for more. - Riot Material EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
79% VHYes (2020) VHYEs is a strange yet sweet film that is one-part coming-of-age dramedy, one-part found-footage comedy, and one part channel surfing. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
69% Joker (2019) In a sick way, all this controversy might be a boon for Joker, because the movie itself is painfully mediocre and politically dunderheaded. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
80% The Lodge (2020) The Lodge isn't as shocking, scary, or satisfying as Goodnight Mommy, yet it is a solid sister film. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
96% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) First Love is a celebration of the purity of romance set in a deeply unpure world. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
74% The Death of Dick Long (2019) The Death of Dick Long is a solidly fun and fascinating film. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
59% In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) The bones of "In The Shadow of The Moon" are terrific. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
100% Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street (2019) There's a radiant humanity to this horror-doc that takes it from fascinating fun to truly stupendous. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
69% Wrinkles the Clown (2019) [Director Michael Beach] Nichols and Wrinkles The Clown make sure the joke is on us, their audience. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
64% Guns Akimbo (2020) The best bits of Guns Akimbo are when Howden leans away from the well-trod video game tropes and fanboy fantasies... - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
37% In the Tall Grass (2019) In The Tall Grass proves a solidly spooky film, seeded with some tantalizing moments of terror. But it never grows to outright terrifying. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Bong Joon-ho's pitch-black comedy Parasite might his masterpiece. - Riot Material EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
81% Abominable (2019) Written and directed by Jill Culton, this is a dedicatedly cute movie with uplifting themes of female empowerment, community, and compassion. But it's not much beyond that. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Waititi maintains his signature sweetness and zany brand of humor, making punch lines of Nazis and an unlikely hero of another "bad egg." - Riot Material EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
86% Color Out of Space (2020) Color of Space is a positively insane film - Riot Material EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
87% Hustlers (2019) Don't miss Hustlers. It's not only a dazzling crowd-pleaser but also one of the best films of the year hands-down. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
81% Sea Fever (2019) The richest tension in Sea Fever comes not from its monster but from those driven wild by it. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2019) It's a savagely sharp comedy that uses the gleeful gore of zombie horror to accentuate the absurdity of filmmaking... - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
83% How to Build a Girl (2019) While there's plenty that charms in this quirky misadventure, it's ultimately-and shockingly-a frustrating misfire. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Bring your tissues and your daddy issues, because Mr. Rogers is coming to heal you in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
97% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) This absolute marvel of a movie is not to be missed. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
76% True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) MacKay lacks the electrifying menace or combustible bravado of his costars...so this story of an outlaw that outraged and inspired never really comes alive. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019