Kristy Puchko

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For 61 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kristy Puchko's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 One Night in Miami
Lowest review score: 20 Dashcam
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 61
  2. Negative: 4 out of 61
61 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Kristy Puchko
    Hook's Dante Basco and his brothers deliver an outrageous comedy about love & family in The Fabulous Filipino Brothers.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Kristy Puchko
    I’m Your Man promises Dan Stevens as a rom-com dreamboat, but what it delivers is far more intriguing and rewarding.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Kristy Puchko
    Though Chbosky’s staging is uninspired, the songs — both old and new — are nonetheless powerful, which might be enough of a lure for fans of the show or musicals in general. Sadly, Platt’s calamitous casting dooms this adaptation to cringe-worthy awkwardness.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 Kristy Puchko
    Even if you loved Host, skip Dashcam, Rob Savage’s provocative but woefully shallow, ugly, and cruel follow-up.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kristy Puchko
    Though Jessica Chastain delivers a heartfelt performance as Tammy Faye, her faith in the filmmakers can’t save this drama from falling flat.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Kristy Puchko
    Ultimately, this storied provocateur deals out shocking imagery and disturbing scenes, but he refuses to lay down a thrilling climax much less anything satisfyingly entertaining.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Kristy Puchko
    Co-writer/director Julia Ducournau delivers a superb sophomore effort, which surpasses her cannibal horror-comedy Raw in provocative content and twisted laughs. Newcomer Agathe Rousselle is an extraordinary find, hurling herself face-first into grisly violence, lusty dances, and nerve-rattling emotional terrain.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 32 Kristy Puchko
    It’s frankly galling that a princess movie is this utterly lacking in grandeur. All Cannon has delivered is a cringe-worthy eyesore that’s deadly dull and intellectually shallow.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Kristy Puchko
    The cast is wasted in such lame roles, and the horror story’s uncertain tone falls far short of intriguing. So, despite one supremely frightening moment, this movie is not scary. It just stinks.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Kristy Puchko
    Director Lee Haven Jones elevates this ripe premise with a masterful use of color and a garnish of gore. This makes for a feast of the eyes, bursting with visuals gorgeous and gruesome. Tied together with a surreal tone and topped off with a generous sprinkling of carnage, The Feast serves up a heady and haunting experience that sticks to your ribs and rattles your nerves.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Kristy Puchko
    Phil Tippett’s Mad God unleashes decades of pent-up creative darkness into a trippy and troubling ride with astonishing craftsmanship, but little substance.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Kristy Puchko
    Hellbender, a coming-of-age movie from a family that’s built their own indie horror house, is a captivating, smart, and delightfully witchy tale.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Kristy Puchko
    The Last Thing Mary Saw is an intriguing and atmospheric but uneven horror offering, with a disappointingly lackluster romance at its center.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 42 Kristy Puchko
    Ultimately, Materna feels like a hodgepodge of half-finished drafts from one-act plays, pompous short films, and dusty first screenplays.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Kristy Puchko
    Whatever its intentions, Annette is remarkable. It’s an exhilarating collision of cinema, live concerts, stage shows, and celebrity culture, shaken up and let loose with abandon. Its message might be lost, but the emotions still hit hard, particularly in a finale that strips away the flash and artifice to concentrate on something pure, painful, and unforgettable.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Kristy Puchko
    Free Guy delivers a first hour that is outrageously entertaining, stuffed with gonzo action, goofy gags, star power, big ideas, and plenty of Easter Eggs for lovers of movies and video games. However, in its second half, the joyful journey is derailed by a slog of a side quest, falling short of the potential set-up.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Kristy Puchko
    The Green Knight is truly astounding.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Kristy Puchko
    Fear Street Part 3: 1666 becomes that final puzzle piece that clicks into place, making the big picture clear. On its own, it's spooky fun, reveling in shadows, suspicion, and twisted reveals. In the broader context, it’s a climax that’s sensationally bold, thrilling, and joltingly entertaining… and perhaps not just an end, but also a new beginning.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Kristy Puchko
    Escape Room: Tournament of Champions twists the puzzle premise of its hit predecessor into an unsolvable slog.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Kristy Puchko
    While Fear Street Part 2: 1978 still offers some thrills, it's not a cut above its predecessor.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Kristy Puchko
    It’s astonishing that the helmer of The LEGO Batman Movie followed that vibrant, funny, and wildly entertaining offering with an action movie that is such an inane eyesore. And yet that turn still makes more sense than the plot of The Tomorrow War.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Kristy Puchko
    Fear Street Part 1: 1994 is a film rich with character, world-building, Easter eggs, and scares. Horror fans will be grinning over a visual allusion, then be pulled to the edge of their seat by this slaughter-packed adventure, then catch themselves screaming at a harrowingly portrayed murder.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 Kristy Puchko
    Though entertaining, the funky flourishes offered in plotting, visuals, and voiceover ultimately become a superficial rebellion, draped over a disappointingly stale form. Basically, it’s like sticking safety pins on a t-shirt pre-torn at The Gap.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Kristy Puchko
    Justin Lin knows exactly what makes a great Fast & Furious movie. He’s directed several. For the latest, he re-teamed with cast and crew to allow this fantastic film series do what it does best. He delivers bold plot twists, grit-teethed gravitas, and out-of-this-world action to create the kind of cinematic spectacle that demands to be seen on the biggest screen with the loudest sound system possible.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 60 Kristy Puchko
    Infinite is a chaotic film. Plucking from well-worn cliches, it’s familiar enough to scratch the itch of action entertainment. Yet its world-building is so wonky you might do better to switch off your brain and let the flashy stunts wash over you.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Kristy Puchko
    Cruella's gonzo fashion, complicated characters, and truly bonkers backstory are compromised by obligations to be kid-friendly and its time-consuming need to over-explain everything it does.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Kristy Puchko
    Hayes and Papadimitropoulos' script is meticulous in its capturing of the internal contradictions that make up real people. Stan and Gough fearlessly embrace it all. Together, they give us such an honest and intimate exploration of an adult relationship that Monday feels almost like prying. Yet the most fascinating element of this rich drama is that there is no determination of judgment. No easy blame may be laid.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Kristy Puchko
    Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer have sparkling screen presence, but can’t thrive under Ben Falcone’s utter lack of vision. Thunder Force doesn’t work as a superhero movie or a buddy comedy, as it refuses to revel in the big moments of either.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Kristy Puchko
    There are moments in The Unholy that strive for shocking, even sacrilegious. But Spiliotopoulos lacks either the imagination or the guts to create something truly soul-rattling.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Kristy Puchko
    André and company give a familiar premise fresh verve with an onslaught of outrageous pranks that would do Jackass proud. André and Howrey share crackling chemistry that weaves together the friendship at the film’s core, while heralded scene-stealer Haddish embodies a badass who can make us cackle. Remarkably, the unwitting witnesses to their mayhem are not regarded just as marks, but as co-stars, who pop with one-liners, memorable reactions, and shining humanity.

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