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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
3.5/5 38% Gringo (2018) This is only his second feature (Nash Edgerton's debut, 2008's The Square, is one of the great underrated Australian films of the modern era) and here's hoping there are many more to come.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
3.5/5 76% Stardust (2007) This lively fantasy-comedy (from the same creative team that went on to give us the Kick-Ass and Kingsman movies!) gets better as it goes along, calling on a dryness of wit and slyness of spirit that brings to mind... The Princess Bride.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
4.5/5 97% The Princess Bride (1987) One of the all-time great fantasy movies, channelling both a rollicking spirit of adventure and genuinely uplifting humour all ages can appreciate.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
4/5 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) The story is wonderful, as is the casting of a dynamically on-point Emily Blunt in the title role made famous by Julie Andrews.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
3.5/5 87% Colette (2018) Much of the credit goes to a dominant display by Keira Knightley, effortlessly dipping into the rich reserves of angst, desire and defiance she seems to save exclusively for vintage fare like this.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
2.5/5 64% Vice (2018) The satirically-minded folks that brought you The Big Short take the same irreverent tack here, with mixed results.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
4/5 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) The follow-up matches the same high standards, not just in terms of brilliant animation and fresh ideas, but also by retaining the heart and wit of the original.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
2.5/5 64% Aquaman (2018) The special-effects (especially in the all-important underwater environment) never quite pack the wow-factor expected from a massive $225 million production.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
5/5 95% Springsteen on Broadway (2018) However, it is Springsteen the raconteur - in a more rueful and reflective mode than his usual brand of stage banter - that is the principal focus of the Tony Award-winning show.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
4.5/5 93% The Favourite (2018) The highly combustive feminine firepower consistently ignited by the three leads here is a wonder to behold, as is the withering wit of the screenplay, and the mesmerising direction of in-form filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3.5/5 92% Bumblebee (2018) It has taken the franchise more than a decade to get its act together, but finally we get to experience what a Transformers movie should have been all along.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
3/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) If those efforts do pay off, it is largely because the large creative team that worked on the movie wisely never stray too far from the key Spidey maxim "with great power comes great responsibility."‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
3.5/5 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Redford modestly, yet effortlessly has us fall for his character, a loveable rogue whose heart has stayed in the right place in spite of a lifetime running on the wrong side of the law.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
2/5 52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) Sure it looks good, but it feels off its game most of the time.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
3.5/5 52% The Family Stone (2005) Remarkably for a Hollywood movie, this very entertaining comedy proves that the outward good cheer and inward bad vibes of the Christmas season can not only coexist, but amusingly feed upon each other.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
3/5 84% Dumplin' (2018) As a feel-good comedy-drama, its heart is always in the right place.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
1/5 7% Slender Man (2018) This exponentially dull (and weirdly self-contradictory) movie cherry-picks the blandest bits of the Slender Man bio, downgrading him from his hard-earned gig as king of all 21st century nightmares into an all-purpose, old-fashioned bogeyman.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3.5/5 52% Once Upon a Deadpool (2018) Well, Once Upon a Deadpool does indeed work, despite having its star conspicuously clean up his act.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
4/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Under the consummate direction of Marielle Heller... Can You Ever Forgive Me? is funny, poignant, insightful and surprisingly endearing. Especially considering the bleak places it must visit along the way.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3.5/5 63% Love Actually (2003) Does get very, very mushy at times, but the overall excellence of a stellar ensemble (Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson and Laura Linney) more than compensates.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
4/5 92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) So the good news here is that The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is chock-full of cunning cowpokes, ornery outlaws and frontier freaks doing their thing in the wild, wild west of yesteryear.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
2.5/5 26% Mortal Engines (2018) However, Jackson and his regular collaborators from his famous Tolkien movies can't quite keep Mortal Engines revving with excitement or wonder once the bland basics of its tale are bedded down.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3.5/5 65% The Polka King (2017) Jack Black excels in this completely bonkers true story of Jan Lewan, an American polka music legend.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
4/5 88% Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) A superb, majestically morose crime thriller.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3/5 56% Focus (2015) Robbie walks away with scene after scene in the movie, simply by being alive in the moment and alert to all possibilities.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
2/5 40% Second Act (2018) While a motivated Lopez does not let herself or her loyal fanbase down in Second Act, the movie itself is guilty as charged on both fronts.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3.5/5 47% Beautiful Creatures (2013) What does matter is that Beautiful Creatures bristles with a catchy combo of wit, warmth and unworldly urgency that was never to be found in the Twilight movies.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
3.5/5 63% Outlaw King (2018) While there are problems with pacing here, the authenticity of the battle scenes and a highly credible performance from the curiously cast Pine delivers when it counts.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
3.5/5 72% Big Eyes (2014) The bizarre dysfunction afoot in the Keanes' marriage brings the best out of Burton as a filmmaker, who knows he is working with sensational material here.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
3/5 83% Silence (2017) A long-term passion project for Scorsese that you really must be in the mood for (this ain't no Wolf of Wall Street, that's for sure!).‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
4/5 82% Ocean's Eleven (2001) As tight and bright a jolt of jumped-up joshing-around as you'll ever encounter.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
5/5 91% The Departed (2006) Very violent, but very, very good.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
5/5 94% Pulp Fiction (1994) Much imitated and never surpassed, Quentin Tarantino's sprawling, galling crime compendium remains a pinnacle of pop-culture perfection.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
3.5/5 83% Creed II (2018) While Creed II isn't quite as fresh or fleet of foot as its predecessor, it still lands telling blows in all the right places, and ends with its arms held aloft in triumph.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
3/5 58% The Grinch (2018) For viewers of a reduced age, The Grinch will soon be all the rage. For those known to be somewhat older, the reception will be slightly colder.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
4.5/5 91% Widows (2018) Should you make the mistake of missing Widows, and you will be depriving yourself if one of the most memorable films of this year.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
2.5/5 16% Robin Hood (2018) What emerges is one never-ending mood swing of a movie, excitingly overblown one minute, and erratically underdone the next.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
1/5 20% Fred Claus (2007) Despite a great ensemble cast (which includes Paul Giamatti, Kevin Spacey and Rachel Weisz), this is one gift best left unwrapped.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4.5/5 56% The Polar Express (2004) There is something indescribably unworldly about this picture, and not just because of the pioneering use of motion-capture technology.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2.5/5 80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) Thankfully, Bening and Bell seem to know more about their respective characters (and their unusual supportive bond) than those at the creative controls of this middling movie.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/5 33% The Whole Truth (2016) In this current post-John Wick phase of his career, Keanu is giving off a little gravitas (and the odd sly aside at his own expense) that was never evident before.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/5 67% The Railway Man (2014) Eric Lomax chronicled his remarkable personal odyssey in a moving and confronting memoir, and this gripping film adaptation does not hold back on detailing the horrifying ordeal he endured.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
5/5 93% 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Director Stanley Kubrick's amazing marriage of music and images - seen at its absolute best in the space ballet of the capsule docking to the strains of Strauss' Blue Danube waltz - points to what we can achieve as a species when we put our minds to it.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/5 83% Side Effects (2013) A tense tall story with so many short, sharp thrills.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
4/5 83% The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) A fascinating (and often baffling) thriller about assumed identity and naked greed, based on the classic book by Patricia Highsmith.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
3.5/5 70% Sherlock Holmes (2009) A bravely bonkers action thriller with a crazed comic edge from director Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels).‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
3.5/5 71% Cold Mountain (2003) Benefits greatly from the presence of Renee Zellweger as a feisty frontierswoman.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
3/5 80% Black Sea (2015) Set any thriller inside a submarine, and it isn't long before the claustrophobia comes flooding in.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
1/5 64% Suspiria (2018) A deliriously pretentious and utterly dreadful movie, Suspiria amounts to an unnecessary reworking of the cult 1977 Italian horror freak-out of the same name.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
2.5/5 38% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The garbled story doesn't flow in any particular direction. At best, it slowly oozes towards an ickily inconclusive finale.‐ Herald Sun (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018