Kristy Puchko

Kristy Puchko
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
86% Rust Creek (2019) Rust Creek begins like a cautionary tale that might be whispered in hushed tones at the fraught end of a long girls night.‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
53% Escape Room (2019) There's one big problem here: the ending. The ending absolutely sucks.‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
92% Stan & Ollie (2018) Coogan and Reilly give their all to do right by these kings of comedy, and in doing so prove the timeless appeal of this brilliant double-act. ‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Freed from the constraints of a photo-real look, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse took the opportunity to return this genre to its comic roots, where anything was possible.‐ Riot Material
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
52% Once Upon a Deadpool (2018) Here comes Once Upon a Deadpool, a movie that's one-part TV edit, one-part DVD extra, and a whole lot of WTF.‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) So I was left to wonder what could have been if Marshall and Disney had trusted audiences to follow them on a fresh adventure, as surprising and imaginative as its heroine deserved.‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
59% Vox Lux (2018) While Brady Corbet 's sophomore effort is wildly ambitious, it's more confounding than captivating, and ultimately underwhelming.‐ Riot Material
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2018
72% Clara's Ghost (2018) Bridey Elliott has made a slippery psychological horror-comedy that begins with family and showbiz, then slides into an empathetic journey into female hysteria. ‐ Riot Material
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
26% Elliot The Littlest Reindeer (2018) This weird holiday movie is not a winner. It's middle of the pack at best. But when your craving holiday cheer and switch-your-brain-off fun, you could definitely do worse.‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Though wonky, Mary Queen of Scots awed me. ‐ Riot Material
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) It's basically Saw for kids.‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
72% The Christmas Chronicles (2018) The Christmas Chronicles is a deliciously surprising and charming adventure for the whole family. ‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Kore-eda has sculpted a breathtakingly delicate exploration of what it means to find your tribe. ‐ Riot Material
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
89% A Private War (2018) Pike creates a portrayal that is full-bodied and full-blooded. ‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Ralph Breaks the Internet offers the worst and best you could hope for in a sequel. ‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) For me, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms was a grand idea bungled in an emotionally anemic execution. ‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
98% Border (Gräns) (2018) Border is so dark, bizarre, and yet sentimental that its very existence feels like a miracle.‐ Riot Material
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
93% The Favourite (2018) The Favourite is fascinating, ferociously funny, and hands down one of the best films of the year. ‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Schnabel celebrates the art while making its maker a tragic crackpot whom we can ogle in this snooty tragedy porn, stroking our own egos for recognizing his worth.‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Can You Ever Forgive Me? captures the clumsiness of the human heart. ‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
71% Destroyer (2018) Remarkably, Kusama has crafted a compelling crime-drama that plays as a sharply comical yet scathing commentary on the glorification of rogue cop. ‐ Riot Material
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
78% Fugue (Fuga) (2018) Like The Lure, Fugue is brilliant. Smoczynska...gives us complicated female characters who smirk, fuck, and f*ck sh*t up. ‐ Riot Material
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2018
92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) While it's stuffed with charming stars, colorful characters, and tales of life in the Wild West, this cowboy collection is clunky, indulgent, and ultimately underwhelming.‐ Riot Material
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2018
74% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Ultimately, Bad Times At The El Royale is a sumptuous, sexy, squalid, and supremely suspenseful ride, full of twisted turns, gory detours, and one hell of a final destination. You won't want to miss it.‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
100% School's Out (L'heure de la sortie) (2018) Unnerving, provocative, and fiercely contemporary, School's Out is a political and existential thriller that's journey is hypnotic and perfectly terrifying.‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) It's long. Slow. And I had no patience for it.‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
94% Wildlife (2018) Wildlife is a drama alive with pain and love.‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
81% Overlord (2018) So in the end, Overlord is loud, violent, ridiculous, and deliciously fun.‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
77% Mid90s (2018) Hill's directorial debut is aggressively mediocre, especially coming in the wake the heart-wrenchingly authentic Eighth Grade and the riveting Skate Kitchen...‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
78% Apostle (2018) (Dan Stevens) true calling is clearly to be covered in viscera and forced to face off against a power-mad Michael Sheen in a grisly and gory horror-thriller.‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2018
87% Colette (2018) Westmoreland has made a beautiful film that is not only a radiant tribute to its subject, but also to his late husband.‐ Riot Material
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) It traffics equally in dread and McBride humor...it doesn't always work. But I admire its big swing of that damned knife.‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Through The Sisters Brothers, Audiard poses to his audience the question: What kind of man do you want to be? ‐ Riot Material
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
65% Lizzie (2018) Lizzie attempts a straight-faced and sinister tone that manages to be shocking only in how dull it is, even while being laced with full-frontal nudity and graphic violence.‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
60% White Boy Rick (2018) The only crime that interested me in White Boy Rick was McConaughey stealing this movie. And the filmmakers know it.‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
81% Freaks (2018) Freaks is sharp, suspenseful, and emotionally electrifying.‐ Riot Material
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
26% The Nun (2018) There's nothing in The Nun that even comes close to the masterful build of tension and terror that Wan gave us in The Conjuring's clapping sequence. ‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
64% The Little Stranger (2018) The Little Stranger is one of the best films of the year. The trouble is that it's a tricky film to sell or even discuss without spoilers. ‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
48% Destination Wedding (2018) It's deliciously entertaining.‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
23% The Happytime Murders (2018) Just how much of a puppet-Dalmation dominatrix performing BDSM, watersports, and nipple torture on a chubby, shirtless man do we really need to see?‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
94% Support the Girls (2018) Hall is this movie's center of gravity...she does a dance very familiar to working women. ‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
96% To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) All this brews to make a perfect first-boyfriend fantasy, the kind you dreamed of as a girl and the kind you may still reminisce over. This makes To All the Boys I've Loved Before a total treat and a perfect pick for a night of Netflix and Girls Night in.‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
70% Summer of '84 (2018) Clunkiness aside, Summer of 84 is a satisfyingly suspenseful adventure, with compelling characters, and a chilling murder mystery at its center.‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
86% Madeline's Madeline (2018) In her screen debut, this electrifying ingénue is radiant with passion and pain, making every frame feel almost obscenely intimate. ‐ Riot Material
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2017) Tigers Are Not Afraid feels like Pan's Labyrinth meets The Florida Project.‐ Riot Material
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
72% Christopher Robin (2018) If you're looking to Christopher Robin for an uplifting and charming romp through the Hundred Acre Wood, you will be bitterly disappointed. ‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
48% Cold Skin (2018) Cold Skin doesn't have anywhere satisfying to go or anything fresh to say.‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
93% Lifechanger (2018) Lifechanger is a lean, mean, and intense dose of shapeshifter horror with a chilling message perfectly suited to the complex conversations of the Me Too era.‐ Riot Material
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
92% Searching (2018) Imagine if Up and Unfriended had a baby. But a stupid, ugly baby starring John Cho. ‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
85% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot feels like a cross between Inglorious Basterds and Cocoon.‐ Pajiba
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018