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)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/5 77% The Croods: A New Age (2020) Always bright and colourful in the visual department, but often dim and drab in the story sector. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
3/5 32% Superintelligence (2019) There is both an unexpected sweetness and relaxed energy in play here that realises the movie's limited ambitions with ease. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
2.5/5 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) On and on this wonky, barely coherent tale goes, weakened further still by the wonky, barely expressive acting skills of Gadot. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
2.5/5 55% The Prom (2020) The feeling never quite goes away in this razzle-dazzle-get-out-your-jazz-hands movie that it must have been much more fun when it first seen on a Broadway stage. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2020
3/5 81% I'm Your Woman (2020) While this unorthodox movie will be an acquired taste for some, there can be no denying there is something subtly powerful at work here. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2020
3.5/5 51% The Midnight Sky (2020) A relatively quiet, thoughtful and considered work, as much a modestly clever exercise in science fiction as a stirring tribute to the survival instinct. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2020
2.5/5 50% 2nd Date Sex (2019) The many missed cues and misread intentions to follow are pleasingly handled by the two young leads, both of whom are destined for bigger things. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2020
2/5 52% Blood Work (2002) Mediocre crime pot-boiler from Clint Eastwood in actor-director mode. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2020
2/5 18% Ride Along (2014) Standard-format American cop comedy, where an intractable veteran (Ice Cube) is forced to suffer a day on the job in the company of his distractable brother-in-law-to-be (Kevin Hart). - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2020
2.5/5 69% Snakes on a Plane (2006) Good bad fun right through to the crazed final act, and Samuel L. Jackson's ridiculous performance as the FBI agent who just wants to kick some asp is guilty-pleasure gold. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2020
3.5/5 96% In the Line of Fire (1993) Aside from getting a little too nasty to guarantee audience attention during flat spots, this is a quality political thriller with a few choice personal twists. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2020
1.5/5 45% Mickey Blue Eyes (1999) There are some nice comic touches here and there, usually involving the odd Goodfellas/Godfather reference. The rest is pure ham off the bone. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2020
2.5/5 62% The Ant Bully (2006) Unspectacular, but solidly entertaining animated adventure flick. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2020
1/5 17% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) All hype and no hope. Avoid. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2020
2/5 31% Murder by Numbers (2002) Average thriller that achieves its aim of moving star Sandra Bullock a few houses away from her trademark girl-next-door persona. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2020
3/5 37% Flightplan (2005) Has there been an abduction, or is this a figment of a rattled mind? Nothing becomes clear until late in the film, by which time you should be fully gripped by this bizarre mystery. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2020
3/5 44% Planet of the Apes (2001) The movie does a great job in its spectacular staging of many pitched battles between humans and their evolutionary ancestors. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2020
3.5/5 86% In the Name of the Land (Au nom de la terre) (2019) The contrast between the sheer beauty of the land and the harsh realities of big business is very skilfully controlled by writer-director Edouard Bergeon, who obviously knows this moving and subtly provocative tale inside out. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2020
4.5/5 83% Mank (2020) In a year largely bereft of top-notch cinema, it is impossible to think of a 2020 movie featuring better directing, writing and acting than this. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2020
3/5 19% The Ex (2007) Despite the erratic editing and gaping plot holes, The Ex still gets the job done as an enjoyable throwaway comedy. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2020
4/5 67% Home Alone (1990) Expert conceptual construction from celebrated writer-director John Hughes (The Breakfast Club, Trains, Planes & Automobiles) elevates a low-flying caper comedy to great heights. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2020
1.5/5 35% The New Mutants (2020) Consistently falls short of the high standards expected from anything carrying the Marvel brand. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2020
2/5 30% The War with Grandpa (2020) There won't be much of anything amusing to be detected while this formulaic old-coot-versus-young-brat affair goes about its very average business. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2020
2.5/5 88% THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone (2020) All this really means is a stronger opening act and a less cluttered finale. Unfortunately, many of the original version's obvious flaws remain unaddressed. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2020
4/5 96% The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (2020) While the Gibbs boys' formative years as British immigrants living in Brisbane are glossed over quickly, it is only because there is so much rich and revealing ground to cover here. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2020
3.5/5 83% Let Him Go (2020) A very solid genre thriller set in the American west in the early 1960s. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2020
3/5 39% Honest Thief (2020) Punchy, crunchy, mid-strength pulp which doesn't take itself all that seriously, and is all the better for it. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2020
3/5 82% Happiest Season (2020) With the exception of one key element of its premise, you are right to assume you have seen and heard all of this before. Doesn't mean you won't respond positively to Happiest Season, however. Far from it. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2020
3.5/5 83% Freaky (2020) Newton's transformation from wallflower to psychopath is both chillingly convincing and archly amusing. Same goes for Vaughn's highly skilled work heading in the opposite direction. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2020
1.5/5 45% Fatman (2020) The movie very quickly becomes a big mistake, with no wit apparent and a repugnant ultra-violent streak that should have been tamed. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2020
2.5/5 58% All My Life (2020) While the movie is certainly nothing to write home about in terms of creative energies expended, its fundamental respect for a tragic, yet truly inspiring tale saves it from turning into manipulative mush. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2020
4.5/5 98% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Magnificent stuff. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2020
2/5 25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Whew. This is what can only be described as a hot mess. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2020
3.5/5 85% Misbehaviour (2020) Though Misbehaviour is a bit slow to warm up, its heated finale proves well worth the wait. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2020
3/5 26% Gone in 60 Seconds (Gone in Sixty Seconds) (2000) Not just pitched at the petrolheads, but also aimed at the many secret Schumachers among us who still get a buzz from busting the speed limit when no-one's looking. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2020
3/5 47% Shall We Dance (2004) A sunny, life-affirming celebration of simply hoofing it, any old how. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2020
3/5 67% Turbo (2013) This genial animated adventure is, quite simply, one very cruisy joy ride for younger viewers. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2020
3.5/5 54% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) What we have here is one of the finest performances of Denzel Washington's long and extraordinarily consistent career. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2020
3/5 48% Unhinged (2020) This trashy anxiety-fest completely delivers upon what little it promises. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
3/5 62% Radioactive (2020) Few biopics enjoy the luxury of exploring subjects who can legitimately lay claim to having changed the world. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
2/5 30% Dirt Music (2019) While not exactly a terrible film, definitely a dull film. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
2.5/5 49% The Craft: Legacy (2020) While never all that memorable, this Legacy offering never gets all that boring. Could have been much, much worse. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
3/5 50% The Comeback Trail (2020) Robert De Niro has not been this amusing in a humorous setting for many years. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
2/5 11% Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! (2020) Like the first two instalments, all you're getting here is a middling, unchallenging talking-animal pic for early primary schoolers. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
1.5/5 46% Run Fatboy Run (2007) A predictably puerile plod along a road we've all been down before. Runs out of puff well before the big race. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
4/5 94% Casino Royale (2006) You've never seen Bond like this before. Stand back, but stay watching. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
3.5/5 95% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) What Jackson's storytelling lacks in coherency - a major problem for non-Tolkienites with the first film - he makes up for with a new-found sense of urgency and a richer blend of drama, humour and human emotion. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
3/5 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) Not all of it works, but what does, works wonders. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
5/5 88% Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) Rabbit-Proof Fence subtly shifts the ongoing Stolen Generation debate to where it should have been all along : as a tragic humanitarian riddle that still eludes a fathomable answer. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
3/5 46% Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3) (2009) An engaging third instalment in the hit series of animated comedies about a group of oddball prehistoric creatures. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020