For 584 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ernest Hardy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Generation Iron
Lowest review score: 0 The Wash
Score distribution:
584 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    In a film that quickly reveals itself to be a love letter to Wu, some of the best moments have nothing to do with that legendary hip-hop collective: Sage Francis taunting the unruly, increasingly tense crowd with his cerebral, political performance-art hip-hop; Redman playfully admonishing his young son to be good and then giving the boy a kiss when the paternal command wounds.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    There’s nothing new in the movie’s sociocultural insights, especially for those of us already interested in how identity is shaped by pop culture, but the breezy tone and obvious fun being had by the cast make Finishing the Game a slight, low-key cool cinematic essay on identity politics.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    The film, executive-produced by Guillermo del Toro, hinges on a first-rate performance by Basinger, who imbues Della with a fire that makes the film's basic thesis -- both the domestic sphere and the larger world are dangerous places for women -- seem something more than boilerplate.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    Creation's power lies in its layers, in the way it makes distinctions between religion and faith, and the ways it beautifully (save for one clunky bit of overexplanation) lays out the similarities between religion and science.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    By the time Leila's brow furrows in concern for the father, the film has absolutely earned its tug at your heart.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    Characters make choices that are incredibly stupid, even wildly offensive, but also recognizably human, and as the night spirals out of control Cannon demonstrates a strong hand in controlling the mayhem. He also sets himself up as a filmmaker to watch.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    As the film works toward its negative Eden ending, having illustrated just how little a life is worth, one of its most potent points is how brutally destabilizing hope can be when despair has become the norm.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    The cast is uniformly good, but Isabelle Blais especially stands out as Natalie.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    Though the psychological layering and thematic ambition of the screenplay do not quite result in the depth intended, Hideaway's unsentimental performances will hook you.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    While the film is slight, predictable, and familiar, it's great popcorn fare.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    The film powerfully hits the note of universalism that is its goal; haven't many of us fallen for someone that we, they, and the world deem out of our league?
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    In her tale of a brusque, prickly young Dutch woman who inexplicably cuts herself off from the world, except for a heavily circumscribed relationship with a man whose isolation is less voluntary, writer-director Urszula Antoniak hits a lot of expected notes.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    Negroponte's visuals are Doc 101-he simply points and shoots. But that doesn't matter; the life stories told (particularly Dimitri's) and the experiences of coming clean sell themselves.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    The supporting cast is uniformly fine, but the film rests on the delicate shoulders of Bonnaire, who carries it with a soulful, magnetic presence.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    Shearer builds an airtight case to prove his thesis, and one of his most chilling arguments is a roll call of brave souls whose lives and careers have been systematically wrecked in pursuit of the truth.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    These subplots hint at what could have been, nudging the film toward biting rather than obvious commentary on the intersections of gender, sexuality, and creativity, and the costs of thwarting expression of any of them. But Féret barely explores this, and the film suffers for it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    Much of what's presented is familiar territory, but it's the moments that fracture prejudices and expectations that stick with you.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    A love letter to the group. Packed with fantastic performance footage, it solidly makes the case that, throughout the '80s and early '90s, Fishbone was one of rock's best live acts ever - furiously energetic, innovative, leaping multiple genres in a single song.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    Tightly directed and well acted (even though many characters are cut-outs from every war movie you've ever seen), The Front Line shoehorns little known history into a familiar format, and it works.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    What gives the film its human dimension are the conflicting memories of former residents.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    Buff gels into a surprisingly moving look at the machinations of the heart.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    The film trots out a who's who of great thinkers - Jane Goodall, Stephen Hawking, Margaret Atwood, assorted scientists and historians - who are riveting as they walk us through the question of whether we will or can survive progress. The anticapitalism prognosis is grim, and the hope offered is slim indeed.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    A deceptively simple film, gingerly peels layer after layer of sharp insights into the dynamics of familial love, using compassion and droll humor as its tools. Its strength is that it manages to tap genuine emotion without succumbing to sentimentality.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    Told in an elliptical style with a pacing and jagged rhythms that take some getting used to, the thrust and power of the film lies in its poetic imagery.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    The whole thing can be hard to follow, but the energy (and pulchritude) of the cast make it a perfectly fine bit of popcorn escapism.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    Well-acted and directed, with melancholy grooved insights that will only be news to the young and narcissistic, Together is a pleasant way to while away an afternoon and see some old pros in great form.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    Though not must-see cinema, it is entertaining and affecting.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    The appeal of Lunch might be limited to Hollywood-nostalgia buffs, but they will be enthralled not only by the stories told, but also how they're told. These guys are still some of the sharpest wits in town.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    Beautifully shot, the film is unapologetically a crowd-pleaser whose gentleness of tone flows from its subject.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    The film would have been more powerful if it also included a man or woman who wasn't lovable once you got to know him or her--maybe one of the young crack or meth addicts whose violent demeanors, as explained by an old-timer, have considerably shifted the dynamics of street life.

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