Review Archive

Review: The Mandalorian is proof that Star Wars’ future is in TV

The second season of The Mandalorian is more of the same, but it’s also a signal of where the world’s biggest franchise is headed.

Match Fit shows former All Blacks overweight and struggling – just like the rest of us

In their heyday they were invulnerable, but now the likes of Piri Weepu and Eroni Clarke are all too human. That’s what makes Match Fit so compelling.

Review: The Undoing is here to fill the Big Little Lies-shaped hole in your life

The Big Little Lies showrunner and one of its stars are back with an addictive new limited series – and they've brought Hugh Grant along for the ride.

Review: the new Allbirds socks and undies

All his life, Duncan Greive has basically hated his undies and found socks annoying. And then he tried Allbirds underwear.

Review: Borat Sagdiyev is back, but is it as funny now we know the punchline?

Sacha Baron-Cohen’s most successful character returns to a pandemic-stricken middle America. The formula is the same, but its impact has radically changed.

Review: Rose Matafeo will make you laugh and make you cry in Baby Done

An awkward threesome. Too-close peeing. Indignity on a nightclub bathroom floor. A shining performance from Rose Matafeo. All of these are reasons to see Baby Done.

Taskmaster NZ proves we can do panel comedy as well as the Brits

Fans of the original: you don't need to be worried.

Review: The Vow takes a deep dive into the cesspit of the NXIVM cult

Just a few years ago, few people had heard of the self-help group/cult of personality known as NXIVM. Now the dark story has gone global, thanks to an eight-part docuseries that debuts on Neon today.

Is Renters the Cops of 2020?

Is there still a place for a show that portrays property managers as housing market heroes?

Victory Park is the book you’ll want to give to the ones you love

Victory Park is the first novel from Mākaro Press since August 2019, when they put out a little book called Auē.

Review: Educators is New Zealand’s darkest and funniest comedy

The second season of TVNZ on Demand's satire skewers New Zealand's school system, brilliantly and brutally.

The impossible kindness of Stan Walker

His gripping memoir deserves a content warning for just about every trauma you can think of.

Review: Netflix’s Emily in Paris is all glamour, no gold

Emily in Paris wants to be Sex and the City but ends up being pure merde instead.

Beyond AirPods: The best true wireless earbuds

Think a good pair of wireless earbuds means shelling out for Apple's ubiquitous white sticks? Think again.

Review: Ratched is a hateful piece of misogynist garbage

Netflix drama Ratched aims to rehabilitate the villain from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, but would do better in the electric chair.

Review: Horndog is Rose Matafeo’s hilarious call to obsessive love

Rose Matafeo's Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning show is not just a silly show about love, it's about obsessive devotion.

So much more than a home reno show: The simple joys of Grand Designs NZ

Grand Designs NZ isn't just about the buildings, it's about the people who fill them.

Review: I’m Thinking of Ending Things is Charlie Kaufman’s most brilliant – but least accessible – film yet

I’m Thinking of Ending Things is another trip into the mind of the pathetic man, but Charlie Kaufman finally finds universality in one man’s fantasy.

Review: Netflix sci-fi drama Away needs to be shot into space

Away tries to be a space drama and a family drama, but fails massively at both.

Into the wild: A review of Carl Nixon’s astonishing novel, The Tally Stick

A car goes off a cliff deep on the West Coast. Three children survive. The story of what happens next is absolutely compelling.

Patrick Gower: On Lockdown showcases the best and the worst of Paddy

The second instalment of Patrick Gower’s On… series is about the one issue that has touched all of us this year. But the documentary seems almost as fascinated by Gower himself.

Eileen Merriman’s new novel is sharp, sensual and her finest yet

Quite possibly the best NZ novel of the year, according to our books editor.