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 4.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ernest Hardy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 This Ain't California
Lowest review score: 0 Welcome to the Jungle
Score distribution:
599 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    What Venus and Serena does extraordinarily well is capture the work ethic and undersung smarts of the sisters while taking viewers deep into their enviably close relationship.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    The jokes fly so furiously that it'd be impossible for a single weak performance (Graham) to unravel this very funny film.
    • Film.com
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    It’s a moving tale made more so because even after he’s “won,” Pineda maintains a clear-eyed pragmatism about what living a fairy tale costs.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    Like "Run Lola Run," Drift circles back on itself to present a trio of possible outcomes, but it's R.T. Lee's sterling performance that rivets.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    Famed animator Bill Plympton's legendarily skewed aesthetic and worldview are in top form here, bringing life to a script that plays like "Carrie" on a wicked acid trip.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    Blanchett projects a wounded dignity that anchors her character even when the film slips into silly hokum; she's never less than fantastic, and as such manages to keep the film on course.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    The film itself is solidly and conventionally crafted. Newsreels and stock footage alternate with fresh interviews with friends and scholars, steadfast supporters and unabashed detractors. The political life it maps out fascinates.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    Buff gels into a surprisingly moving look at the machinations of the heart.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    In many respects a stock item, filled with talking heads, archival film and photographs and vintage concert footage, but what gives the film newfound ache is the copious amount of time it spends on the streets with ordinary citizens (including fledgling young musicians) and the incidentals it captures.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    Has its own sense of logic and integrity that demand a kind of begrudged respect.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    Too long by about 20 minutes, the film drags a bit, but the acting--fine throughout--carries the whole thing.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    While the film is slight, predictable, and familiar, it's great popcorn fare.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    What gives the film its human dimension are the conflicting memories of former residents.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    Slow and depressing, but ultimately haunting film.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    The lack of a critical framework means that some of the most intriguing notions the interviewees put forth are never explored.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    A diabolically enjoyable documentary on unearned self-esteem.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    The emotional and narrative core of the story is how much tragedy swirls through Petrov's personal life — from his parents pushing him into the military at the age of seventeen to his marriage to the unraveling of his circumstances after his heroic decision. It is heart-wrenching stuff that you might wish the filmmakers had trusted more.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    Filled with great archival footage from throughout Hancock's five-decade career, and with elder-statesman words of wisdom from the man himself, Possibilities celebrates an impulse that's too rare in modern music: the love behind the labor of creation.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    Writer-director Luiz Bolognesi's film doesn't push the envelope in terms of technique or style, but its fast-moving story roils with a righteous anger that is mesmerizing as Bolognesi whips up a Zelig-like overview of Brazil's tortured history.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    As Future untangles the many ways in which our food supply has been co-opted and tainted in pursuit of a booming bottom line, you realize that beneath its tasteful façade, Garcia's documentary is actually nothing short of a pure horror film.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    In showing how some men derive primal, perverse senses of pleasure and power from their brutality, how small men make themselves feel large and invincible, the film distills the roots of terror (political, cultural, religious) to truths that are tragically evergreen.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    A well-chewed gumbo of every lawyer flick you’ve ever seen.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    The Cave of the Yellow Dog has an abundance of gentle humor, much of it provided by an adorably scruffy toddler, but there's also impressive strength and wisdom in the family's uncomplaining, shoulder-to-the-wheel approach to the world.

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