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Leigh Paatsch

Leigh Paatsch
Leigh Paatsch's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New York Post, Daily Telegraph (UK), Herald Sun (Australia), Courier Mail (Australia), Daily Telegraph (Australia)

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 46% Trespass Against Us (2017) First-time director Adam Smith struggles to execute some crucial changes in tone, which often means sudden shifts from menacing dramatic developments to oddball moments of random comic relief can leave viewers floundering.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
2.5/5 35% The Great Wall (2017) Cracks inevitably appear in the entertainment prospects of The Great Wall due to its obligation to tell its story in two languages at the same time.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
2.5/5 76% A Street Cat Named Bob (2016) This is one of those unfailingly nice, middle-of-the-road movies that always has its heart in the right place, even if its head is sometimes elsewhere.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
4/5 93% Toni Erdmann (2016) Wonderfully unconventional, yet highly enjoyable.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
3/5 93% Fences (2016) There is no doubting the power and the fury charging through the work of Washington -- who also directs here -- and a few of his most compelling speeches rank as true master classes in wielding the spoken word as a weapon.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
2/5 9% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) Only Donald Trump is more shameless when it comes to the 24/7 flaunting of great wealth and poor taste.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
3.5/5 92% Hidden Figures (2017) The sheer energy of the cast of Hidden Figures and the pure curiosity provoked by its subject are simply too warm and inviting to resist.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
2.5/5 33% Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) This latest offering of offings is a slight improvement over some feeble recent work.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
3.5/5 80% Patriots Day (2017) Indicative of how Patriots Day keeps getting the basics right is also evident in how it approaches the dicey issue of depicting the bombers themselves.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
5/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) This superbly written and acted American drama extracts so many perfect moments from one man's imperfect mourning process that it simply must be hailed as one of the best films you will see in 2017.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
2.5/5 No Score Yet Le Ride (2016) There is no real point to be proven by the exercise -- and the history angle is often underplayed -- so you'd better like lots of spinning wheels, gritted teeth and pretty French countryside.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
2.5/5 35% Live By Night (2017) It comes as both a genuine surprise and disappointment to report that Live by Night marks Affleck's first real stumble behind the camera.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
4.5/5 98% Moonlight (2016) So much is left unsaid in Moonlight. But nothing is left unfelt.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
2.5/5 43% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) It's all blam-blam-blam, biff-bang-pow and blah-blah-blah, with Diesel always physically dismantling or mentally undressing anyone not in his gang.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
4/5 86% Lion (2016) If the second section of Lion is no match for the first, none of its obvious flaws (most notably, disjointed scripting and more than a few plot holes) detract from the intense emotional connection forged with the viewer throughout.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
2/5 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) [A] needlessly odd, unfashionably sentimental drama.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
4/5 89% Jackie (2016) By the end of the film, Portman has drained the iconic Jacqueline Kennedy of every last drop of her famously fluid grace and poise, and we have watched it harden into resilience and defiance.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
1.5/5 33% Monster Trucks (2017) All Monster Trucks is really good for is as an arresting audition tape to get Creech cast in the next Fast & Furious sequel.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
4/5 96% Paterson (2016) [Jarmusch's] minimalist style has kept evolving over the years, and on the evidence seen (and felt here), he is nearing a new career peak that few of his peers will ever reach.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2017
4/5 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) While The Edge Of Seventeen does deliver as a fresh, sharp and very funny comedy, there is also a serious side to its storytelling that gives the film a weight and a wisdom that so many entries in the genre never achieve.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2017
3/5 31% Passengers (2016) There are benefits to be reaped if you can find a way to forgive Passengers its obvious flaws.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
1.5/5 18% Assassin's Creed (2016) It's a cut above the recent Warcraft debacle, but barely fit to shine the sandals of Prince of Persia: Sands Of Time.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
3/5 100% Red Dog: True Blue (2016) Though True Blue comes up slightly short in every department when compared to its irresistible predecessor, there is no real shame in that.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
3.5/5 61% Allied (2016) As effective as it is old-fashioned, the riveting romantic thriller Allied starts out strongly reminiscent of the classic Casablanca, before veering confidently into territory that once belonged to the likes of Hitchcock.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
1.5/5 39% Why Him? (2016) Feel-good Christmas comedies don't come quite so feel-nauseous as this.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
3/5 73% Sing (2016) Joining the superb La La Land and the consistently strong Moana as yet another movie musical offering for the holidays is this lightweight, yet lively animated diversion.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
3/5 84% A United Kingdom (2017) While it is doubtful A United Kingdom will end up making the Academy Awards cut in any of the categories it clearly aspires to, it handles the balance between actual events and elevated emotions quite nicely indeed.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
3.5/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Above all else, it is on a technical level that Rogue One truly excels, allowing Edwards to conjure a sizeable number of intergalactic spectacles that are as stirring as they are stylish.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
2/5 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) Office Christmas Party somehow manages to misplace what should have been a plentiful supply of jolly jabs at every company Christmas do's expense.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
3.5/5 95% Moana (2016) Though not without a few flat spots, this intelligently scripted and accessible fare is blessed with spellbinding marine visuals and esoteric earworms aplenty from composer-of-the-moment Lin-Manuel Miranda.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
5/5 93% La La Land (2016) This unabashed mash note to the mind-melting majesty of the best movie musicals of yesteryear -- particular those from MGM's golden run in the 1950s -- is nothing less than the best movie of this year.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
4.5/5 93% Queen of Katwe (2016) It is hard to think of a film in 2016 that has not been better cast from the first lead actors right down to the last extras.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
2.5/5 17% Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) As for the plot this time around, it's mainly over-explanatory filler to put some space between one gizzard-ripping fight scene and the next.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
2.5/5 74% Trolls (2016) This inoffensive, highly formulaic affair differs only from other average 'toons in that it merrily pours on the audiovisual sugar to overload proportions.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
3/5 82% The Founder (2017) Keaton's work is a everything a great performance should be. The way in which he slowly, but surely reveals the abiding genius and greed of Ray Kroc is masterful acting.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
2/5 45% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) A rare, but pronounced disappointment from director Ang Lee.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
4/5 97% Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2016) Do not miss it if you hold any affection for high-quality, lasting-impact Japanese animation.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
1/5 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) No one saw a Bad Santa sequel coming. And no one will be coming to see Bad Santa 2, once they get a whiff of the pungent stench of stale jokes and grim misanthropy wafting off this ugly, uninspired comedy.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
3.5/5 96% The Fencer (Miekkailija) (2015) The alluring looks of The Fencer can be deceiving, as the groundwork for an ominous and intensely riveting final act is laid out.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
4/5 83% Oasis: Supersonic (2016) Deliriously enjoyable.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
2.5/5 57% War on Everyone (2017) Polarising by default, and pretty sussed about how to get a rise out of the most jaded viewers, this two-bit Tarantino knock-off is not without its guilty-pleasure merits if you're in the right mood.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
4.5/5 93% I, Daniel Blake (2016) As he has always done, Loach simply sticks to carving off a slice of life as authentically as he possibly can, and then lets the remarkably realistic results speak for themselves.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
3/5 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) While it does pass muster well enough in terms of establishing a fresh franchise to carry the prestige Rowling brand, none of her fans in their heart of hearts will rank Fantastic Beasts over any past Potter production.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
4/5 94% Arrival (2016) This rather wonderful science-fiction drama is very much a next-century companion piece to Steven Spielberg's 1977 classic Close Encounters Of the Third Kind.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
4/5 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Performances across the board are completely attuned to the unusual structure of the screenplay, and convey both a despair and hope that only intensifies as the ending comes into view.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
51% The Accountant (2016) The Accountant is one of those rare, guilty-pleasure exercises in empty escapism that effortlessly gets on your good side and remains there.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
4/5 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Garfield anchors proceedings with unshowy, yet unfailingly admirable aplomb. The supporting ranks are equally strong, with Australian actors Luke Bracey, Hugo Weaving and Sam Worthington just three of the many standouts.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
2.5/5 79% American Honey (2016) There is a whole lotta movie in American Honey. But not a movie as a whole.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
3.5/5 59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) The implications of the choice eventually made -- and the slow and steady unravelling of all lives involved -- are tough to process, but touchingly, truly portrayed here.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
4/5 90% Doctor Strange (2016) It is not often creative ambition and actual execution rise together to such atmospheric heights.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2016