For 599 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ernest Hardy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Behind the Sun
Lowest review score: 0 Runaway Bride
Score distribution:
599 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Ernest Hardy
    Too self-consciously dark, too aware of its long, murky, art-designed descent into the underbelly of America's addictive personality.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Ernest Hardy
    That crack in Vitale's storytelling foundation would be forgivable if the writing, acting and character epiphanies . . . well, existed. As it is, not even Scotti's formidable lips can blow life into this stillborn flick.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Ernest Hardy
    David John Swajeski, who directed, produced, and edited this documentary on the fledgling fashionista, snags his film on clichés, poor pacing, and an unwillingness or inability to push his subject beyond talk-show pop-psych babble when the topic is interior life and wounds.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Ernest Hardy
    Working from a preachy, clumsy script that's full of gaping holes in logic, plot and character development, director Zak Tucker is also handicapped by a cast filled with actors who seem to be in their first year of acting school.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Ernest Hardy
    What really makes the film fall dead (although the preview audience I saw it with howled from beginning to end) are the actors and the way the characters have been scripted.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 30 Ernest Hardy
    The film, directed by Jesse Baget, aims to be a satiric look at racism but at every turn flaunts the laws of logic and believability.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Ernest Hardy
    Crushingly airless film -- Food chokes on its own depiction of upper-crust decorum.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Ernest Hardy
    Sitcom humor substitutes for wit, and tedious angst supplies the drama.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Ernest Hardy
    What follows is one set piece after another in which the women make fools of themselves as the script herds them toward a happy ending of hugs and tears.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Ernest Hardy
    It all collapses under an atrocious performance by Pacino, whose laughably bad accent and scene-chewing delivery serve up thick slabs of that rarest of delicacies: Jewish ham. There may be grounds here for a class-action lawsuit.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Ernest Hardy
    Afailed attempt at a hipster screwball comedy. Very failed.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Ernest Hardy
    In the end, Some Fish Can Fly doesn't.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Ernest Hardy
    The film is ultimately more labored than inspired. A cameo by James Brown is amusing, but it can't keep The Tuxedo from earning the distinction of being Chan's worst Hollywood film to date.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Ernest Hardy
    The film ultimately plays less as female empowerment than it does a narrative in which the comeuppance doled out is likely to be received as a digestif for those in the audience who got off on the gendered violence in the first place.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Ernest Hardy
    Too bad that Josh's story, ostensibly the core of the film, is overshadowed by Calloused Hands' retro racial views.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Ernest Hardy
    The biggest problem is that the character of Sabine is such a lame male fantasy of the enigmatic woman-child.
    • 6 Metascore
    • 30 Ernest Hardy
    The script is often ludicrous (gratuitous digs at feminism; muddled commentary on war and the military), the sets look like sets, and the acting-aside from Helsham and Plunkett-doesn't even rise to the level of student films.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Ernest Hardy
    Renton's competing tones and intentions result in a film at odds with itself and its lead performance.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Ernest Hardy
    The film isn't very good. The Million Dollar Hotel is an uneasy melding of Hollywood shtick and art-house sensibilities.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Ernest Hardy
    Patterson seems more concerned with getting the surfaces right (costume design, production design) than tapping any of the adrenaline that should be pumping through bank robberies, love scenes, and confrontations with barking loan sharks — adrenaline we should feel even if the protagonist is meant to be cucumber-cool.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Ernest Hardy
    Manipulative, feel-good drivel wrapped around a cloying performance by Kevin Spacey.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Ernest Hardy
    Its soap-opera plot is old hat, and the largely amateurish acting of the ensemble makes it hard to connect with many of the characters.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Ernest Hardy
    Hopefully, the next time around, Chadha's imagination will be in the service of not just excellent casting and directing, but a script to match those other cinematic components.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Ernest Hardy
    Lazily directed by Charles Stone III (the man behind Budweiser's "Whassup?!" campaign) from a leaden script by Matthew Cirulnick and novelist Thulani Davis.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Ernest Hardy
    There's a lot of potential in the idea of exploring asexuality in the modern world, but The Olivia Experiment loses it in a sea of clichéd characters.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Ernest Hardy
    Derivative, cliché-ridden and old hat.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Ernest Hardy
    The humor is, at best, thudding. At its worst, it's breathtakingly stupid and offensive.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Ernest Hardy
    Ross's on-the-nose script offers little subtext or nuance, and the film—for all the inherent drama of the situation—has very little real-life grit.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Ernest Hardy
    It's a dud. To be fair, the source material (to which the film is unfortunately faithful) is itself a wan assemblage of creaky one-liners, overly familiar gay ghetto types and sitcom-inspired shenanigans.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Ernest Hardy
    An often gorgeous, dizzying assault of ideas and visual flourishes...it's just not very good.

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