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
1/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) What is dumped on screen is one big pile of filler, dispersed with grim professionalism by actors with contracts to complete, cheques to cash and consciences to repair. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
2/5 52% Tolkien (2019) The imagination of Tolkien the man is a commodity that Tolkien the movie can rarely lay a finger on. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
3.5/5 89% Wild Rose (2019) A solid, no-frills effort on all fronts - don't be afraid to come at Wild Rose as a companion piece of sorts to A Star is Born, if that works for you - with Buckley's immense array of talents there for all to see. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/5 57% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) This second one has a few fresher stories to tell this time around, and the end result is slightly higher than the pass mark achieved by its predecessor. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
4/5 85% End of Watch (2012) A superior police drama rains down a hail of blows upon the viewer. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/5 91% Always Be My Maybe (2019) A solid, engaging and casually heartfelt affair with two well-matched leads and a surprise casting coup that pays off handsomely. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
1.5/5 57% Brightburn (2019) Very interesting idea. Very uninteresting results. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
2.5/5 40% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) There is nothing cheap and plenty nasty about how much we get to see of this badass bunch in planet-shaking attack mode. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
2/5 89% Rocketman (2019) The story told between the tunes in Rocketman never achieves takeoff. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3/5 100% 2040 (2019) Gameau's modest, yet refreshingly upbeat game plan for his self-designed fact-finding mission is all about looking for solutions, rather than anguishing over problems. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3.5/5 97% The Heiresses (Las Herederas) (2019) The results achieved here are all the more remarkable when you learn it is the work of a first-time filmmaker, coaching actors who have spent most of their careers in live theatre. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 74% The Perfection (2019) Though definitely a psychological thriller front-loaded with obvious flaws, The Perfection backs itself to get the job done. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 57% Aladdin (2019) Your wish for a respectful and enjoyable new Aladdin has been granted. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
3/5 100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) A naturally beautiful and uninhibited work, more a filmed photo album of precious memories than a story with a beginning, middle or end. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 82% Voyeur (2017) An on-the-spot chronicle of a journalistic scandal... - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 66% Wine Country (2019) While it is a pleasant enough affair as a mainstream comedy - and the cast is front-loaded with many of Poehler's best buddies from her time on the influential Saturday Night Live - the vibe is more laid-back and loose than laugh-out-loud funny. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Against all odds, the John Wick franchise will never be down for the count as long as it keeps upping the ante. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Overall vibe remains much more enjoyable than it has any real right to be. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2/5 64% Peterloo (2019) This 153-minute forensic re-examination of a forgotten page in Britain's history books will put you out like a light in no time. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3.5/5 55% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Efron excels beyond all expectations as Bundy... - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2/5 15% The Hustle (2019) The laughter-to-lameness ratio at work in The Hustle runs at about 40:60, with Wilson scoring most of the points on offer through sheer, self-humiliating repetition. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
1/5 34% Poms (2019) The filmmakers behind Poms simply seem to think that if they keep filling the screen with grinning and gyrating grannies, the rest will look after itself. It is an approach that, ironically, gets old far too quickly. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
3/5 81% Long Shot (2019) Long Shot snatches real and lasting laughs from the jaws of improbability on a consistent basis. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
1.5/5 85% Top End Wedding (2019) A great final destination cannot erase the memory of a grating trip en route. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3.5/5 92% Gloria Bell (2019) A quiet, unhurried and gently inquisitive drama, Gloria Bell would almost fade away before your very eyes, was it not for yet another intensely vivid performance from the great Julianne Moore. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 44% The Chaperone (2019) While The Chaperone is still eminently watchable, the slender, selective view we get of the endlessly intriguing Brooks will slightly annoy those familiar with her enduring legend. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
4.5/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) For a movie with a daunting three-hour running time, Endgame impresses with how it continually maintains a breathtaking storytelling pace that guarantees boredom is never an option. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
1.5/5 38% Breaking Habits (2019) There are gaps in this yarn wide enough to sail a cruise liner through. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3.5/5 97% Thunder Road (2018) When this deceptively insightful character study is on target, you won't miss the point at all. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3.5/5 94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) The flight path taken by this ingeniously involving psychological drama from South Korea glides to such dizzying altitudes across its (very lengthy) running time that it almost does not matter when it runs out of narrative runway upon landing. Almost. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
1/5 17% Hellboy (2019) What we have here is a two-bit, one-note, zero-idea reboot of the Hellboy franchise. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/5 90% Gerald's Game (2017) Gugino's performance is strong and varied enough to keep viewers riveted during a confronting personal ordeal ahead. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
3.5/5 79% 1408 (2007) A nifty, shifty and refreshingly gore-free horror film... - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
3.5/5 50% Carrie (2013) While this quality remake will never be regarded in the same way, it achieves all the right shocks in a majorly unsettling way. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
5/5 87% The Shining (1980) A work of maximum-impact minimalism based on a slender, yet searing story by King. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet Curse of the Weeping Woman: J-ok'el - La Llorona (2008) A mid-strength horror movie where the filler outranks the killer throughout... - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
1.5/5 No Score Yet Back of the Net (2019) An unrelentingly dull and joyless movie, Back of the Net blends trace elements of athleticism, academia and adolescent romance into a confection so thin and flavour-free, it dissolves immediately on impact. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/5 89% Missing Link (2019) An emphatic yes for this one across all ages, particularly primary schoolers and toddlers. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
2/5 46% Little (2019) Once you move away from celebrating the consummate craft of Little's unknown leading lady, the context in which it appears quickly becomes vexing. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
4/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) A three-way collision between the whoa!, the wow! and the WTF?, Pet Sematary effortlessly induces fear, pokes fun and scars the memory. You dig? - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3.5/5 90% Shazam! (2019) Put simply, Shazam! is nothing more than non-stop fun, which at its best both sends up and stares down every stale and stodgy superhero flick you've ever had to sit through. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3.5/5 47% Dumbo (2019) The superb direction of Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland) and the acting of a well-cast ensemble both fit the bill perfectly. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
2.5/5 54% Five Feet Apart (2019) When push comes to shove, Five Feet Apart wants its audience weeping ASAP, and will stop at nothing to get eyeballs leaking. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
1/5 39% The Dirt (2019) Lowering every expectation possible will not prepare you for the subterranean depths to which this hapless history of Motley Crue can sink. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/5 94% Us (2019) A movie that plays a winning mind game, even if you're never quite sure of the rules. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3.5/5 72% Triple Frontier (2019) Though Triple Frontier takes a while to reach the right heightened levels of tension, confusion and aggression promised by Santiago's semi-suicide mission, it does indeed get there in the end. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The Lego Movie 2 rarely finds a way to break free of the series' now-entrenched formula. It is definitely fun, but just as definitely less memorable than that first unforgettable installment. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
2.5/5 73% Destroyer (2018) The whole experience is one slo-mo slap to your face, while Kidman maintains the most cadaverous countenance ever seen in a movie without zombies or vampires. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/5 93% Fighting with My Family (2019) A cheeky, scrappy-go-lucky affair, Fighting With My Family should do for pro wrestling what School of Rock did for fist-pumping heavy metal anthems. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 86% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2018) This quiet, yet eloquent affair trades in contrasting lines of whimsy and sorrow that could have some viewers losing their way. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019