Toby Woollaston

Toby Woollaston
Toby Woollaston's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New Zealand Herald
Publications: New Zealand Herald

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 62% It Chapter Two (2019) [It Chapter Two's] entertaining and proper creepy throughout, but it would've been nice if it had taken time to slow down here and there. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/5 43% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2019) [W]hile none of it is original movie-making, the sum of its parts is a bruising assault on the nerves. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
5/5 99% Amazing Grace (2019) Raw and shambolic in appearance, the film's imperfections only serve to enrich and highlight Franklin's jaw-dropping vocals. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
5/5 99% Apollo 11 (2019) It's a mind-blowing experience that makes you sit back and simply gape in awe. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
4/5 88% Blinded by the Light (2019) It's life-affirming, heartfelt and a lot of fun. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
2/5 66% The Public (2019) It's clear [Emilio] Estevez is well-meaning but ultimately, The Public is a movie that lacks any genuine depth. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
4/5 97% Booksmart (2019) [A] hilarious teen comedy that's infectiously charming. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
2.5/5 73% Rory's Way (The Etruscan Smile) (2019) Suffice to say that Rory's Way doesn't break much fresh ground and appears to be content with running a by-the-numbers routine that snuggles up to a very risk-free screenplay and a comfy score drumming to the bland beat of "mediocre". - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Camino Skies (2019) I found this stripped-back production to be a work of compassion and maturity from a couple of young film-makers. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
4.5/5 84% Girl (2019) In his first feature, Belgian writer/director Lukas Dhont has tightly packed a cinematic masterpiece into a topical powder keg. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
3/5 87% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2019) Sometimes Always Never is a quintessentially British film; a damp slice of seaside village life, often ponderous and offbeat (perhaps to a fault, depending on your tolerance) but curiously endearing. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 78% Never Look Away (2019) If you check your cynicism at the door and stick with it, you will be rewarded by a film that is ultimately a sublime experience. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
2.5/5 62% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) Quixote's grand visual style is undoubtedly mesmerising, but unfortunately the writing bloats a production already struggling to support the weight of its troubled past, unduly hampering it with swathes of incoherence too bothersome to wade through. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 34% Poms (2019) On the whole, one can't deny Poms has a life-affirming quality and an emotionally charged finish that'll have you leaving the theatre on a high. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2.5/5 59% The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir (2019) Dhanush adds a sense of restorative sincerity to a production that often feels too overstuffed for its own good... A movie that does eventually deliver its parcel by the final act -- even if it is tenuously wrapped. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2/5 41% Where Hands Touch (2018) Patchy acting, questionable accents and a clunky screenplay that tamely wends its way down a lazy river of fawning predictability, further hamper a film that screams for the authenticity and inventiveness of Asante's previous directorial outings. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/5 91% Shazam! (2019) Again, not the most original idea, but here it is presented with the unbridled joy of two teens who have just found the keys to their parent's liquor cabinet. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/5 47% Dumbo (2019) Burton effortlessly ushers us across the digital divide and turns a synthetic soul into something real, thanks in part to an effects team who have done a stunning job at creating Dumbo's complex array of expressions. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) Fighting with My Family is simply an entertaining, lightweight affair of humorously choreographed muscle. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 74% Destroyer (2018) Although Kidman may not be the first name you'd think of to play a vengeful hard-ass, her immense scope has repaid Kusama's gamble, delivering the film its driving force. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 79% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) Everybody Knows is a slow burn that some might find frustrating, but I found the impeccable pace of this intriguing mystery immensely satisfying. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
2/5 50% Escape Room (2019) There are some solid flashpoints of tension early on, but as the ever-dwindling team shift from room to room it all becomes rather episodic and dull. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
3/5 74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Felicity Jones walks a fine line between an authentic portrayal of the real Ginsburg and breathing new life into her persona for the purposes of engaging cinema. Thankfully, she finds common ground. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
5/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) An unconventional, vibrantly fresh and laugh-a-minute loving ode to the comics. It's really something special. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
4/5 93% The Favourite (2018) It's a delightfully venomous pair of performances from Weisz and Stone who serve and volley salvos of shrewd deceitfulness at each other. But Colman's portrayal of Queen Anne steals the show with a pained but often hilarious performance. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
4/5 88% You Were Never Really Here (2018) It's a rich blend of brutal beauty cut to a hypnotizing electronic score, all wonderfully balanced by Joaquin's physical performance -- it's spellbinding stuff and Ramsay's sensual style of story-telling is undeniably compelling. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
2.5/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Gone is the lucid paranoia or the slow-burning mystery. Here we have a middling spy-thriller that only loosely acknowledges its roots; I'm sure Larsson will be turning in his grave. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Yes, it's entertaining, even euphoric in parts but as a deep dive into the rock icon's life this biopic is disappointingly safe. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
91% Brimstone & Glory (2017) The heady mix of beauty and lunacy will have you giggling in amazement. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
3.5/5 87% Ladies in Black (2018) While the film feels slightly avoidant of the deeper issues at stake, what remains is a delightfully warm-hearted film that turns a topical minefield into an inviting meadow you'll want to roll around in. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
5/5 99% McQueen (2018) A glorious symphony for the senses that runs the gamut of emotions; occasionally amusing, often macabre... but always fascinating. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3.5/5 94% Spitfire (2018) It's the kind of documentary that doesn't require an interest in the subject to make it worth your while. Certainly, the intoxicating imagery is both sad and thrilling, but it's the fascinating personal accounts that resonate most. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2/5 54% Book Club (2018) It does settle down and delivers a couple of mildly amusing gags, but for the most part Book Club makes it almost impossible to suppress your cynicism. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
4/5 85% The Wife (2018) Beneath its amiable (and at times quite hilarious) surface is a film that packs the pin-sharp discomfort of feminine rage. It's the kind of movie that operates as a parable of our times. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3.5/5 77% Funny Cow (2017) If you can get through the depressing aspect, it does deliver a powerfully told tale of domestic survival that tugs on the heart-strings. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
3.5/5 70% Adrift (2018) Dare I say it, the story might ha've benefited from indulging in some cinematic embellishments... Missed opportunities aside, it remains an engaging and haunting tale. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
2.5/5 37% The Leisure Seeker (2018) Thankfully Sutherland and Mirren prop up the film despite its tonal disparity... But the couple's spirited performance can't rise above a film that covers some fairly depressing material. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Swagger of Thieves (2017) It's ironic that such an agile and articulate documentary can be born from the burnt-out husk of a drug-addled rock band. But that's exactly what first-time documentarian Julian Boshier has produced. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
No Score Yet The Stolen (2017) Ultimately you'll leave the theatre feeling that plenty more should have been made of its promising set-up. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
4/5 96% Menashe (2017) Menashe credits its audience with enough tenacity and intelligence to dig beneath its gentle nature and ascribe meaning to the film's subtle gestures. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
3.5/5 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) The Disaster Artist might just usher in the golden era of Tommy Wiseau. Naaht a bad film at all. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
4/5 86% Human Traces (2017) Despite it missing opportunities at times to explore this subtext with more vigour, Human Traces remains a surprisingly strong contender for Kiwi film of the year. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
4/5 60% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Ultimately, Branagh delivers a thrilling ride through the mountainous snowscapes, making this first-class ticket as opulent as it is chilling. And despite a few missteps, this train is still worth jumping aboard. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
3.5/5 84% Detroit (2017) Detroit remains an unnerving illustration of a dark period in American history that deserves to be seen. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
3.5/5 87% Wind River (2017) In his directorial debut Taylor Sheridan (screenwriter of Hell or High Water and Sicario), keeps the plot humming and offers some genuinely thrilling moments; even occasionally offering poignant insights on grief and loss. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
4/5 97% God's Own Country (2017) Although it doesn't tread far from a typical romantic narrative arc, it remains a touching and poetic depiction of what it means to be a gay man in an isolated community. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
3/5 91% Logan Lucky (2017) There is no doubting that Logan Lucky has a big heart and tries its hardest to be endearing, but it falls a couple of rednecks short of a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
4/5 94% A Date for Mad Mary (2016) Although A Date for Mad Mary doesn't break any new ground, it exhibits a confidently assured (if slightly thorny) approach to its subject matter and despite hitting many familiar beats, its rhythm is impeccably in-time. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Beyond the Known World (2017) With a rich combination of New Zealand and Indian talent, Beyond the Known World is a strong piece of cinema that stubbornly remains in your mind like a limpet. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
2/5 46% The Dinner (2017) Despite the top-shelf cast, The Dinner fails to deliver, getting bogged down in moral ambiguities rather than the dark satire and cynical focus that the book intended. - New Zealand Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017