Sarah Watt

Sarah Watt
Sarah Watt's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Stuff.co.nz
Publications: Stuff.co.nz

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 69% The Seagull (2018) It is a credit to Bening that while she, too, plays the excessively vain Irina "big", her screen-time provides the best moments in an otherwise middling affair. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3/5 99% Selma (2015) There have been surprisingly few cinematic renderings of Martin Luther King Jr's legacy, but despite the lack of competition, British actor David Oyelowo's embodiment of the great man is simply superb. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
5/5 99% McQueen (2018) As incredible, luscious and painful as McQueen's legacy, this is fashion history well worth studying. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
4.5/5 No Score Yet Māui's Hook (2018) Of course, the nature of its subject matter makes Māui's Hook a double-edged sword for potential viewers: it is at once inevitably painful to acknowledge this tragedy that regularly leaves families and communities reeling, and an essential watch. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
4/5 87% Upgrade (2018) And yet, for... the very occasional clumsiness in its execution, Australian director Leigh Whannell (co-creator of the Saw franchise) has incredibly managed to fashion a heap of gruesome fun, with a script and action that feels fresh and exhilarating. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
4.5/5 85% Tully (2018) It is strikingly refreshing to see women relating to one another nicely on screen, and Marlo and Tully's burgeoning relationship and candid banter present a surprisingly empathetic and extremely well-observed discussion of life... - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
4/5 70% To the Bone (2017) The only thing more interesting than watching how someone turns into a superhero is seeing them lose that power. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
4/5 80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) ... for all its unlikely and fantastical nature, Film Stars is a lovely love story. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
4/5 81% The Party (2018) [Director Sally] Potter has hit a more crowd-friendly jackpot with The Party, not just because of her top-drawer cast, but writing witty, fast-paced dialogue to be spat out by unlikeable and yet intoxicating characters... - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
4/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) The naturalistic depiction of relationships is Gerwig's evident strength. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
4.5/5 85% Loving Vincent (2017) Loving Vincent is stunning in a whole new way, although the amount of work and length of time taken to produce it may render it a one-hit wonder. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
5/5 91% Phantom Thread (2018) You know, I don't even want to try to understand how Paul Thomas Anderson knows what to do to make exquisite films. Watching Phantom Thread, I just want to let him get on with it. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
4/5 82% Molly's Game (2018) The film makes little pretence of being high-brow or particularly cinematic in its crafting (though its editing matches the speedy dialogue), but as a pacey tell-all it's a fascinating and entertaining watch. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
3/5 49% Downsizing (2017) But the movie which starts with incredible promise and is utterly engrossing then morphs inexplicably into a completely different film halfway through. And so here we are, disappointed and bewildered, reading a three-star review. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
4.5/5 89% I, Tonya (2018) Thanks to sharp writing, the talents of Robbie and Janney, and, at heart, compassion for its subject, I, Tonya is frequently hilarious, crucially revealing and resoundingly enjoyable. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
3.5/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) ... while there are several beautiful, aquatic set-pieces, the story shuffles predictably towards its conflict and conclusion. For those who want look and feel, this may be enough. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
4/5 91% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) ... it doesn't take itself too seriously, and for the most part it's just a jolly entertaining romp of a revenge flick. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
5/5 90% Their Finest (2017) Their Finest is a prime example of the Brits doing humour as they do it best. All the actors seem to be having a whale of a time, and it's impossible not to feel the same way. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
2.5/5 31% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) Pitch Perfect 3 is not exactly the epitome of 21st century, post-Weinstein, feminist cinema. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
5/5 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) ... Call Me By Your Name can only be described as a perfect film. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
4/5 67% Breathe (2017) ... Breathe turns out to be quite charming and frequently delightful. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
5/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Thankfully The Last Jedi won't be the last Jedi movie, but it should be your next. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
4.5/5 84% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) ... a fascinating exposé of the behind-the-scenes psychology that drove these world-class players and gave them the reputations they've carried for life. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
4/5 79% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) The best of all the Christmas movies coming out on the dot of December, The Man Who Invented Christmas is the tale of Charles Dickens coming up with his classic story A Christmas Carol. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
1.5/5 20% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) ... Daddy's Home 2 is for the most part thuddingly unfunny and ultimately obnoxious. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
4.5/5 86% Human Traces (2017) This is Christchurch filmmaker Nic Gorman's feature debut as writer-director - and what intelligent writing and directing it is. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
4/5 40% Justice League (2017) ... Justice League is enjoyable, smart and interesting, with touches of humour, an almost overwhelmingly high-calibre cast, and plenty going on. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
4.5/5 80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) ... one of the most brilliantly original and exhilarating films of the year. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
3/5 58% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Murder on the Orient Express' biggest draw is probably its opportunity for wish fulfilment for anyone who's ever played those murder mystery dinner games or dreamed of living the (early 20th century) high-life on a train across Europe. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
4/5 83% Detroit (2017) Far from being the biopic of a city, Detroit is at any rate a dark chapter in its history. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
3.5/5 87% Only the Brave (2017) ... thankfully Only the Brave eschews sentiment and manipulation to deliver a well-acted, informative and ultimately heartfelt movie. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
3/5 89% Maudie (2017) It tells the poignant true story of Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis, whose famously naïve, but charming paintings garnered the humble native of Nova Scotia world-wide celebrity. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
5/5 100% Waru (2017) ... the overall impact of Waru is stunning and it is impossible not to be moved and impressed in equal measure. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
2.5/5 39% The Mountain Between Us (2017) ... even though the characters are in the most perilous of circumstances, the viewer manages not to feel a thing. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
4.5/5 91% The Changeover (2019) With top-notch sound design, music well-chosen for a teen audience and, most importantly, really sharp acting from all involved, The Changeover is a worthy addition to the cinematic YA genre which can proudly boast a local edge. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
4.5/5 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Villeneuve has taken the double-edged sword of the update and created a Blade Runner 2049 worthy of honouring its ancestor, while bringing it appropriately into the mid-21st Century. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
4.5/5 86% Mountain (2018) This documentary is simple to its core in its premise and construction, yet hugely affecting. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
4/5 53% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) It is the endearing cast of Kingsman: The Golden Circle who elevate what might otherwise be merely a three-star, mediocre, cashing-in sequel to a ludicrously popular breakout hit. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
5/5 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) Incomplete and unpublished by the time of his death eight years later, the letters have been picked up by Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck who brings Baldwin's typically insightful and beautifully articulated words to life... - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
3.5/5 60% 6 Days (2017) Yet, despite ostensibly doing everything "right", for most of its run-time the film doesn't quite manage to deliver the thrills. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
4/5 79% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) So who is Al Gore's follow-up to the Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth for? As it turns out, very compellingly: you and me. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
3.5/5 49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) If you're after light entertainment, heavy spectacle and a tinge of crazy cinematic magic, Valerian will deliver. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
5/5 100% Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D (2017) You may have seen Terminator 2 a million times, but this is one true classic that never gets old. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
2.5/5 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) Unfortunately, Atomic Blonde turns out to be nothing more than a series of sometimes visually impressive, but perpetually banal sequences in a story that lacks interest or coherence, played out by characters who have no substance. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
2.5/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Sadly, the promising start soon falls flat, and we're left with an unmemorable attempt to replace Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, both of whose tales about the boy-superhero far surpass this one. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
4/5 69% The Journey (2017) Spall and Meaney are fantastic, Spall's seemingly overblown portrayal of the blustering Bible-basher Paisley more on-point than you would care to believe, with Meaney selling McGuinness as a thoroughly nice chap. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
3.5/5 76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) Daphne du Maurier may not seem like the most relevant author to be plundering for a 21st Century film script, but this accomplished cinematic rendering proves her moody, slightly confusing, dark and desperately romantic tales still have their place. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
3.5/5 44% Rough Night (2017) A bit like The Hangover peopled by the fairer sex, Rough Night boasts five terrific performances from its leading ladies and produces a comedy of errors which delivers more laughs-out-loud than I've had in months. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
4.5/5 97% Zootopia (2016) Much of Zootopia's charm results from its wonderful animation and captivating energy, but at heart it's the witty, insightful script around deeper socio-political issues which makes it truly satisfying for any grown-up who goes to see it. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
4/5 91% La La Land (2016) Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are shaping up to be today's equivalent of Garland and Rooney, this third outing (after Crazy, Stupid, Love and Gangster Squad) demonstrating yet again their chemistry and endearing camaraderie. - Stuff.co.nz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016