Review Archive

The ghost of love will have her way: a poet responds to Auē

A review of Becky Manawatu's acclaimed debut novel.

Review: Netflix’s The Half of It queers a tired, age-old love story

A queer retelling of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, Netflix’s The Half of It highlights the messy reality of love at a time when we might need it most. 

David Hill reviews Ian Wedde’s new novel, The Reed Warbler

An independent, sensuous life unfolds in hundreds of brightly-lit scenes.

Review: The iPhone SE is the best deal in tech right now

Apple’s newest phone is a great value lockdown tech upgrade.

Review: Sally Rooney’s Normal People makes for thirsty telly

Sam Brooks reviews the BBC and Hulu adaptation of the Sally Rooney book club staple.

Review: New Zealand murder mystery One Lane Bridge is beautiful but blank

The writing of this new TVNZ series struggles to live up to the drama of its breathtaking location.

Ordinary isolation in Dunedin: A review of What Sort of Man

In this collection, Breton Dukes' characters are driven by primal compulsions like sex, power, pride – or the urgent need to defecate.

Review: Cate Blanchett is a sweet-talking anti-feminist nightmare in Mrs. America

The new series about the fight to have gender equality enshrined in the US Constitution is a fun 70s romp with a bitter twist.

Fever dream: Pip Adam on Bae Suah and the art of translation

Pip Adam approaches a new translator with a profound unease.

Review: A slow and strange start for Rebuilding Paradise with Paul Henry

Rebuilding Paradise with Paul Henry marks the controversial presenter’s return to primetime to talk about New Zealand after Covid-19.

Are you ready for radical change? Really?

Capital and Ideology is a challenge – a call for radical change – from one of the world's foremost economists.

The Tiger King after-show reveals the scuzzy underbelly of the Netflix hit

Sam Brooks reviews The Tiger King and I, which does little to rectify the damage and distortion done by the monster Netflix hit.

Review: Phoebe Waller-Bridge returns with Run, an outstanding rom-com thriller

A rom-com thriller? Produced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge? Sign us up. Sam Brooks reviews Run, which arrives on Neon tonight.

Review: The Beths, live (streamed)

The Beths hosted a very personal, very cool live streamed concert. Here's some more artists who are doing the same.

A review of The Overstory, a knockout novel that speaks for the trees

How should we live – and find hope – in the Anthropocene?

Review: The Final Fantasy VII Remake is the definitive version of Final Fantasy VII

Sam Brooks reviews the most anticipated game of the year: the Final Fantasy VII Remake.

Emily Writes: Netflix’s Unorthodox is the uplifting television we need right now

Emily Writes looks at the lessons we can all learn from Netflix's new miniseries about a woman escaping a Hasidic Jewish community.

Why I love: Metrolanes, the best (bowling alley) bar in Auckland

It's got one of the best happy hour wine deals in the city, and that's just the start.

Review: Netflix’s addictive Tiger King will leave you feeling grubby for watching

The new true crime documentary sensation shares many of the flaws of its own subject.

Classics 101: a complete novice reviews Kafka, Orwell, Homer et al

At 16, apropos of nothing, Elizabeth Engledow set herself a Herculean task: read all the classics. Six years in she wondered, would we like to publish a few reviews?

Ori and the art of the Metroidvania

Lee Henaghan previews Ori and the Will of The Wisps, the latest game to dismantle 'are video games art?' question.

Review: a day at DramFest, Christchurch’s utterly perfect whisky festival

More than 70 stands giving away more than 350 whiskies sounds like a recipe for chaos. Instead, it’s a near-perfect day out. 

Book review: A gentle scalding of surprise hit Before the Coffee Gets Cold

Sam Brooks reviews Japanese novel Before the Coffee Gets Cold – which Aucklanders, inexplicably, will not stop buying.

My God, It’s Full of Stars! Two Auckland art shows on bodies colliding with space

Visiting the Audio Foundation and the Michael Lett Gallery, both just off Auckland’s K' Road, Tulia Thompson finds herself considering the galaxy and what it means to be human.