Graeme Tuckett

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

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 80% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) Just when you think you've seen all the Scottish zombie high-school musical comedies you'll ever need to...‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
5/5 97% Roma (2018) The term "masterpiece" gets chucked around far too loosely, and I mostly try to avoid it. But once in a lucky blue moon, there really are no other words to do a film justice.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet In Zone (2018) If, like me, you believe that access to a great education system truly is the magic-bullet for almost all of society's ills, then you will love this.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
4/5 30% Mortal Engines (2018) Mortal Engines hits the screen running and never really lets up the pace.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3.5/5 81% Ghost Stories (2018) It delivers its share of shivers and jumps with a restrained inventiveness I truly appreciated.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
3.5/5 83% Creed II (2018) New director Steven Caple Jr (Emmett Till) keeps the film at a simmer in between the bouts and his cast are uniformly terrific. ‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
3.5/5 16% Robin Hood (2018) Expecting not much, I walked home happy enough.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
4.5/5 91% Widows (2018) Widows is the marriage of Flynn's instinct for the twist and the strong female lead, with McQueen's flair for the frame and visual metaphor. It has produced one of the strongest films of 2018.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
5/5 92% Sorry to Bother You (2018) One-part dystopian satire, one-part Faustian-morality tale, but mostly a hard-edged comedy/horror set in a world so absurd, it might just be the truth. Hugely recommended.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
2.5/5 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) Beautiful Boy is an attractive and always-watchable film. But considering the ugliness of its subject matter, I'm not sure that's a recommendation.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
3.5/5 38% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) If you're a true fan, these are the moments you live for. For the rest of us, maybe getting there a bit quicker and with a few less diversions, would have been appreciated.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
2.5/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) This is the sort of film in which people run into a burnt-out building and then immediately find exactly the charred-but-legible news clipping they needed to move on to the next plot point.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3.5/5 63% Suspiria (2018) This Suspiria is more of an homage and a companion piece to the original.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3.5/5 82% Overlord (2018) It never quite reaches Re-Animator levels of greatness... But I laughed and hooted along with the rest of the crowd for pretty much the entire last hour. You probably will too.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
4/5 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) But, the film works. And I reckon that's down - mostly - to the absolutely astonishing performance by Rami Malek as Mercury.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3.5/5 75% Yellow is Forbidden (2018) Dress after dress of ludicrous artifice, but spectacular beauty. Finally, I felt like I got the point.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
5/5 90% Brimstone & Glory (2017) This is a dizzying, beautiful, awe-inspiring and deeply wonderful film.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
2/5 37% Hunter Killer (2018) Listen, no one is going to walk into Hunter Killer expecting Tarkovsky.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
4.5/5 92% Mandy (2018) We are invested in this place and these people, and though the film might reach levels of cinematic dementedness we haven't seen in a decade, it never descends into farce or cheap laughs.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
2.5/5 29% King of Thieves (2019) King of Thieves has a passable crack at being a watchable and entertaining film, but is also ultimately let down by some pedestrian pacing and being far too in love with the one idea it has: That old blokes working as villains is inherently hilarious.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
2.5/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) But are we still supposed to celebrate a film that posits the male ego as too fragile to accept a woman who equals or surpasses him? Or that a woman's "authenticity" will only truly flower in response to a man's sacrifice?‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3.5/5 74% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Bad Times at the El Royale walks a very fine line between being derivative of and paying homage to several films I hold very dear.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2.5/5 47% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) It just doesn't make for a particularly engrossing 90 minutes for any grown ups who are dragged along to share the fun.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
5/5 88% First Man (2018) First Man is the opposite of triumphalist, but an absolute triumph from beginning to end.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2/5 29% Night School (2018) But if you've seen the trailer, you have already heard the only funny lines in the entire film. If you want to pay money to watch the interminable minutes between them, then knock yourself out.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
4.5/5 94% RBG (2018) RBG is a deft, entertaining and expertly put-together documentary. Like its subject, it is funny, endearing and truly likeable, with a spine of pure steel.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
2.5/5 34% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) The pace is brisk, the jokes make up for in quantity what they lack in quality and the film never resorts to sleaze or meanness to earn its laughs. Knock yourself out.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
4.5/5 83% Ladies in Black (2018) This is a deftly assembled and rigorously paced showcase for some truly excellent comic writing and performances.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
2.5/5 71% Christopher Robin (2018) It might well get under the skin of a few Mums and - especially - Dads. But the nippers sitting next to them are more likely to be crying with boredom than ennui.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
4/5 85% A Simple Favor (2018) I don't know what tone Darcey Bell's source novel strikes, but Jessica Sharzer's adaptation plays like a meta parody and perfect send up of Gone Girl, Girl on the Train and all their imitators.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
4/5 92% Searching (2018) Searching, beneath the conceit of the staging, is a nicely assembled and very acceptably twisty mystery yarn.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2/5 33% The Predator (2018) The Predator is a lesson in exactly how to trash the memory of a risible, but loveable original.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2.5/5 26% The Nun (2018) The Nun, like most of its predecessors is an efficient, unambitious and crowd-pleasing movie.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
4.5/5 100% McKellen: Playing the Part (2017) McKellen: Playing the Part is a celebration of a life particularly well-lived. McKellen emerges as a clear-eyed, impish, utterly professional and pragmatic optimist.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
1/5 No Score Yet The Flip Side (2018) This procession of sub-soap opera plotting would be tedious, even if it were competently written and directed. Which it truly isn't.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3.5/5 23% Mile 22 (2018) Mile 22 is an over-stated and predictable film. But as a showcase for some serviceable camerawork, bravura editing and occasionally brilliantly inventive fight choreography, it ticks the boxes.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2.5/5 92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) At one juncture, someone actually intones "this is like The Bachelor: Singapore", which struck me as a telling moment of self-awareness in a film that far too often relies on empty spectacle and cliché for effect.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
4/5 68% On Chesil Beach (2018) In the leads, Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle are pretty much perfect, getting through McEwan's savagely petty dialogue, while communicating more with stance and gesture than was ever on the page.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
1/5 7% Slender Man (2018) One day in an office somewhere near Hollywood: "Hey, I've got an idea, let's rip off the plot of The Ring, but with a scary dude in a forest instead of that kid in the well!"‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3.5/5 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) On a Friday night, after a few jars with a like-minded crowd it might just be terrific.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
4.5/5 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Leave No Trace is an absolute gem.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
5/5 96% Zama (2018) ama is a unique, mischievous and gorgeously clever piece of work, almost worth the nine-year wait between director Lucrecia Martel's last film - The Headless Woman - and this.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
2/5 46% The Meg (2018) The Meg nearly gets there. But it's too slow, too talkative and far too seemingly concerned with being a "good" film, when it should have been embracing all the glorious possibilities of being a great bad one.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
0/5 53% Book Club (2018) But once in a while I think it's only proper to admit defeat. And this time I know I'm beaten. If you want to see Book Club then fair play to you. Apparently you may well enjoy it. I truly have no idea why.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
4.5/5 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Lee has the nerve and the knowledge to bring laughter to this thorny and often revolting true story. And he proves from the opening moments that he still knows how to make our laughter curl up and die in our throats.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Celia (2018) [Director Amanda] Millar's film is timely, clear-eyed and necessary.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
3.5/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) There's not many films I see in a year that wouldn't be improved with McKinnon in them.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
4.5/5 No Score Yet Stray (2018) Stray is a quiet and internalised film that will demand your attention and compassion to really appreciate. A resolution - of sorts - when it arrives, is conveyed in a single, wordless shot.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen (2018) [Director Merata Mita ] deserves more than most to have her story and her work remembered, re-evaluated and celebrated. Her own son has achieved all that.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
4.5/5 84% The Wife (2018) I don't think I've relished a portrait of a marriage in delayed implosion quite so much since Andrew Haigh's 45 Years. Bravo.‐ Stuff.co.nz
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018