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
3.5/5 77% Seabiscuit (2003) A high-quality telling of the inspirational true story behind America's own Phar Lap, an equine powerhouse that became a hero of the Depression era. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 72% The King (2019) The film is more sturdy than sensational, perhaps concentrating too hard on not losing its footing along the risky route taken through the story. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
3.5/5 90% Women He's Undressed (2016) From the outset of this fascinating documentary, decorated Australian filmmaker Gillian Armstrong is a woman on a mission. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 86% Bugsy Malone (1976) Worth seeing purely for the sequence where the pre-teen Mafioso open their violin cases and pull out machine guns that fire nothing but cream pies. A true original from 1976. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 90% Love & Mercy (2015) While this feature-film biopic brings higher aspirations to the table, it doesn't always rise to the occasion demanded by its fascinating subject. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 82% Instant Family (2018) First impressions here point to an amiable, if ineffectual middle-of-the-road comedy. Nothing wrong with that. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/5 88% Hustlers (2019) While the movie starts out very fleshy and very flashy, it soon settles into a grittier groove that helps us understand what pushed these women to take such drastic (and dangerous) measures to get ahead. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
1.5/5 25% Gemini Man (2019) It is all so deathly dull, and to be frank, it did not have to be. Not with a star of Smith's proven charm (bizarrely never called on here) or a director like Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) involved. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) When push comes to shove, this remarkable production never loses your full attention nor fascination or worry. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3/5 56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) The dry delivery of such gags and the stoner-ish overall vibe of The Dead Don't Die will prove to be an acquired taste for many (hardcore zombie fans included). However, that quality cast list keeps the whole thing on the right side of average. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
5/5 68% Joker (2019) In what should come to stand as the finest performance of 2019 - Oscars, here he comes! - Phoenix isolates a void in The Joker between the breaking of the man and the making of a menace to society. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3.5/5 63% Blood Diamond (2006) The movie sometimes revels too much in the chaos and carnage of its setting, but superior writing and acting pricks the conscience exactly when needed. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
1.5/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) The narrative flow of The Goldfinch is oddly disjointed, as if it has been inelegantly hacked down from a longer version. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
3/5 79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Being a del Toro production, the grisly effects and monster designs are well above average, and provoke a lasting chill at odds with the lightweight tone of the picture. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
1.5/5 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Stallone moves like a stretch Hummer attempting a U-turn in a suburban driveway, emotes like an Easter Island statue, and speaks in a voice so impossibly deep and consistently incoherent. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
4/5 100% Rams (2018) Rams' subtle blend of bleak comedy and human drama is far more appealing than it first looks. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/5 57% Paper Towns (2015) An endearingly modest and quietly affecting adaptation of an early novel by wildly popular young-adult author John Green (The Fault in our Stars). - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
79% Good Boys (2019) The calculated combo of raunchy high-jinks and sweet-natured cluelessness that defines Good Boys runs in an appealing parallel to obvious inspirations such as Superbad and the recent Booksmart. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
4/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) This unique movie is, by turns, a cerebral and compelling experience. Don't go thinking you'll be getting anything like Matt Damon's The Martian. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3.5/5 85% Downton Abbey (2019) Superbly filmed, shrewdly written and simply beautiful to look at, this welcome return to Downtown Abbey is as good a work of light entertainment as will be released this year. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
3/5 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) A fast pace, friendly vibe and a willingness to send itself up are all big pluses for this crowd-pleasing affair. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
2.5/5 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Visually, the movie backs off on the garish colours and frenetic scene changes that made the original Angry Birds such an eyesore, and this not-so-needy vibe also later works in favour of a slightly stirring finale. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
2/5 59% Ride Like a Girl (2019) As for Ride Like a Girl's all-important racetrack sequences, they are passable enough, but not quite as exhilarating as first-time director Rachel Griffiths and her team have been making out while promoting the movie. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/5 51% Contraband (2012) Hang tight, action fans. Because once that assignment begins, so does a quite enjoyable mash-up of Tower Heist, Ocean's Eleven and The Italian Job. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3/5 83% My Week with Marilyn (2011) It is with great imagination that Williams reveals the rest of what Marilyn Monroe was really all about. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
4/5 92% Deliverance (1972) This gripping drama was a controversial release back in the early 70s, and its distressing intensity hasn't really diminished in the decades since.Just remember, once you go with its powerful flow, there ain't no turnin' back. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3.5/5 66% World War Z (2013) It will stress you out. It will mess you up. But you're still going to love living through every last dismembered bit of World War Z. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
4.5/5 99% The Farewell (2019) This exquisite experience is not depressing in the slightest. Conversely, you will leave in a state of hope and happiness most movies could never hope to inspire. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
3/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) However, all is forgiven once It Chapter Two tightens the screws in its final act and the Losers close in an overconfident (and, by this point, way oversized) Pennywise. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
2.5/5 68% Angel of Mine (2019) Though she clearly struggles at times, Rapace's scenes opposite co-star Yvonne Strahovski (as the mother of Lizzie's obsession) are both compassionate and compelling enough to keep an audience invested and unsettled. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
1/5 11% Holmes and Watson (2018) A very flat, lethargic and largely laughter-free spoof, in which Will Ferrell plays the legendary literary detective Sherlock Holmes is simply incapable of getting any jokey party started. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 92% Frances Ha (2013) This delightful indie comedy proves whoever said life's what you make it has got it all wrong. Life's what makes you. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
4.5/5 94% The Station Agent (2003) In a rare case of cinematic synchronicity, we get to know them at exactly the same speed as they get to know each other. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
5/5 99% Amazing Grace (2019) This is history being made. This is music at its most powerful and totally embracing: awash with all the joy, sorrow and wonder of life itself. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
2.5/5 22% The Kitchen (2019) While the three leads are impressive enough, the screenplay (based on an obscure comic book series) is too sketchy and what should have been a fiery finale fails to combust. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/5 64% We Bought a Zoo (2011) What you see in the title is all you will get from this soft-hearted, yet level-headed family movie. And that's exactly all the target audience needs from such middle-of-the-road fare. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
2.5/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Just like 2013's Olympus Has Fallen and 2016's London Has Fallen, Butler's new movie is as dumb as a pile of bricks, but still stacks up on pure adrenaline-extraction grounds. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
4/5 97% American Factory (2019) The big twist to the premise of this very well-made and researched documentary is that it is the United States of America that is increasingly supplying the underpaid jobs and overfriendly incentives, while it is China reaping the dividends. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/5 52% Jersey Boys (2014) This well-crafted screen adaptation is not about to let the hits (Sherry, Oh What a Night, Big Girls Don't Cry etc.) do all the heavy lifting, allowing the storytelling to get off lightly. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) The same winning blend of endearment and excitement is once again to the fore in this quality third installment in the animated series based on the books by Cressida Cowell. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
4/5 83% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) Those with a refined palate for challenging, intelligent and charismatic storytelling should unashamedly gorge themselves on the feast presented here. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2.5/5 26% Otherhood (2019) What saves the movie from totally going off the rails is the grounded vibes given off by its three leading women. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2/5 50% A Dog's Journey (2019) It's all sweet, silly and kind of spooky as it was the first time around. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2.5/5 65% Danger Close (2019) Once you factor-in cardboard-thin characters, clichéd dialogue, and a distinct lack of context about how Australia found itself in Vietnam in the first place, Danger Close's stature soon shrinks markedly. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
4.5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino's utterly unique combination of macro-bravado and micromanagement is the key that unlocks all of the greatness within Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
4.5/5 83% Midsommar (2019) A mind-wringing, sense-zinging threat to the psyche, Midsommar marks just the second work of filmmaking prodigy Ari Aster. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
1.5/5 50% Palm Beach (2019) This beautifully filmed and sumptuously catered cavalcade of comfortable discomfort would be just about bearable if the acting, writing or direction could rustle anything relatable from the glam gathering. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/5 79% Late Night (2019) Aside from a brilliant Thompson, what keeps this engaging (though not always engaged) affair in an audience's good graces is its lively scriptwriting. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
5/5 100% The Australian Dream (2019) Unlike the recent TV doco The Final Quarter, Goodes himself is an active presence in The Australian Dream, giving a clear, strident and soulful voice to what he and others have gone through as indigenous Australians. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
4/5 80% Magic Mike (2012) If you go a little deeper, the movie engages and fascinates beyond a strictly physical reaction. - Herald Sun (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019