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

Ernest Hardy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Best Kept Secret
Lowest review score: 0 Runaway Bride
Score distribution:
599 movie reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Ernest Hardy
    For anyone who wants to see wildly inventive, peerless filmmaking that's oblivious to market-place formulas, Beau Travail is an absolute must-see.
    • Film.com
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Ernest Hardy
    This Ain't California is a masterful lie that illuminates a little-known reality.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Ernest Hardy
    But for all its bleakness, Nightmare is a film that demands to be seen. In unflinching terms, it captures the hellish existence endured by the many so that the few may wallow in privilege.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Ernest Hardy
    A crash course in history, politics, and social science, Valentino's Ghost is both sobering and illuminating, and its execution is thrilling.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Ernest Hardy
    Yudin pulls lovely philosophical grace notes from his subjects as they illuminate some universal truths from their very specific world.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Ernest Hardy
    Thanks to Lynch's expert pacing and modulation of narrative tension, even viewers who already know the outcome of the film's central incident will likely be pulled to the edges of their seats.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Ernest Hardy
    If Secret can leave the viewer despairing, it's also hugely inspiring, thanks to Mino. She's one of the cinematic heroines of the year.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Ernest Hardy
    Writer/director David Mamet, who's built a career in both theater and film by being a hyper-manly sort of writer, has crafted a film that is laugh out loud funny and dinner-conversation smart.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Ernest Hardy
    One of the best films of the year. Queer in every sense of the word, it's poignant, laugh-out-loud funny and thoroughly provocative.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Ernest Hardy
    One of the funniest, shrewdest, smartest movies in recent memory.
    • Film.com
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Ernest Hardy
    It's charming, gently humorous, and beautifully attuned to the interior lives of children.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Ernest Hardy
    That tragedy looms heavily in Behind the Sun only makes its life-affirming moments -- resonate more deeply and powerfully in a film that is one of the year's best.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Ernest Hardy
    Tragic, funny and deadpan dark, it's easily one of the best films of the year...It's the brutally unsentimental, intelligent, unflinching heart at the film's core that makes it a marvel.
    • Film.com
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Ernest Hardy
    Mitchell retools his play magnificently, opening it up into a vibrant cinematic work.
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    • 100 Ernest Hardy
    A must-see documentary.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Honeydripper is classic Sayles cinema: an insightful sketch of assorted common folk whose criss-crossing dreams and agendas unfold against larger, more powerful (and sometimes crushing) sociopolitical and cultural forces.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    What leaves you breathless, though, is the knockout acting by the cast.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    One of the best films of this year...unlike anything you've seen on the big screen.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Laced with brilliantly knotted ideas on race, masculinity and cults of violence.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    One of the things that makes Traffic so very good is the wry humor that's laced throughout the film. It's a funny movie.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Lilya is the more genuinely unsettling film because Moodysson seems to actually know something of what it is to take and stumble beneath a crushing blow. You feel that here. And you feel it for days after.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    In watching Soul, it helps to be a Spandau fan, of course, but the smart, layered contextualizing and historicizing of the group within the film makes it a gift for any pop-culture aficionado.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Black's cool-headed but blistering indictment of globalization and the racist international economic policies that have shoved that country into crushing poverty.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    This is a real-life horror story, raw and galling — but not surprising. The fact that viewers, like the Fergusons, can muster only bittersweet relief at Ryan's release from prison is the film's whole point: The legal system itself is so damningly captured.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    While Hall and Shepard nail their parts, Don Johnson, still magnetic after all these years, steals the film as a sardonic private eye with a vintage cherry-red convertible.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    It's an admittedly hagiographic film, an unabashed celebration of the man and his work and worldview. The few mild naysayers are largely set up to be knocked down, but as such the film is invigorating.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Show Me Love has the pulse of teen life down-pat, shaming its many sleek and glossy American counterparts at every turn.
    • Film.com
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    The film ends on up notes, but its strength is that it's not really a feel-good movie, instead shining a light on both how far we have come in terms of race in America and how very far we still have to go.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    There's a shrewd satiric method to LaBute's madness, and a payoff in comedic gold.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Old Dog has the look and feel of a documentary, which adds senses of urgency and immediacy to a tale that moves at a languid, but never boring, pace.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    An especially compassionate look at human frailty that also never loses sight of the inherent ridiculousness of "the human condition." Jesus' Son is one of this summer's best movies.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    What saves the film—and grandly—is Nance’s wildly ambitious visual imagination. Teetering somewhere between film school precocity and impressively assured audaciousness...It’s almost hypnotic in its style and genre promiscuity.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Schwarz's juxtaposition of the human cost of the drug war alongside the glamorization of its henchmen and their brutality is sobering, even depressing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    What makes High Art remarkable is Cholodenko's refusal to put her characters or story through a filter, her unblinking willingness to dive right in.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    An unassuming little film that packs a huge emotional and artistic punch.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Informant is riveting as it slowly assembles a damning profile of its subject. It's also timely.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    What could have been an impossibly bleak viewing is actually made more unnerving through DeFriest's droll humor and acceptance of his fate — rather than being Zen-like, he's prickly and dark, with such dazzlingly high native intelligence that you mourn for potential needlessly wasted.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Victor Vargas has the look and feel of a neo-realist masterpiece, yet captures New York with a burnished authenticity not seen since the glory days of ’70s American cinema.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    MTV, comic books and gangster flicks are all in Lola's cinematic family tree; it's a heady, breathless ride.
    • Film.com
    • 52 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Poignant, funny, and proof of Basquiat's magic.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    A gorgeous dreamscape of a movie...one of the most exhilarating experiences of pure cinema that will be offered this year.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Leigh and his solid cast make sure that inside jokes translate to a broad audience, and that their rendering of the back-stage drama is smart, engrossing and often very funny.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    A dark, biting comedy-- funny, smart and full of unpredictable twist and turns.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    A smart, seamless commentary on race, class and the expectations (or lack of) that are often attached to them. Kennedy is helped greatly by deep currents of heart and humor that pull you into the unfolding tale, and to the edge of your seat as the countdown to opening night begins.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    What makes Kuchu work as taut agitprop, and ultimately to devastating emotional effect, is that Wright and Zouhali-Worrall allow the enormity of the film's political concerns to be telegraphed through the stories, experiences, and astute analysis of ordinary queer folk and their hetero allies.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    At the film's center is Emily Watson's pitch-perfect performance as Margaret Humphreys, the real-life social worker who in 1986 stumbled over the hidden practice.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Cast with both professional and novice actors (which results in uneven performances), the beautifully shot film is filled with exquisite moments.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Simultaneously hilarious and deeply informative thanks to the vibrant personalities at its center.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Informative, revelatory, and full of astonishing photography, Frame by Frame is about embedded journalists (the photographers) fighting the power, not kowtowing to it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    In remaking the 1966 South Korean film "Full Autumn" and setting it in America, writer-director Kim Tae-Yong uses the melancholic, gray backdrop of Seattle as both character and metaphor, crafting a film that's visually beautiful and incredibly moving.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Tough and relentless, dazzlingly researched and crafted. At its core is compassion for those who are angry, violent and uneducated.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Though a little long, the film takes us right inside both the creative impulse and the margins of American life. Its triumph is to show those two things as being deeply, wonderfully connected.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Where "American Beauty" was smug and obvious in its dissection of suburban life, Judy Berlin is hilarious, heartbreaking and -- in its graciousness -- unlike any American film we've seen in a long time.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    It's a must-see for anyone interested in art.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    The roles of affect and artifice in mediating the realities of racism, homophobia, and poverty are perhaps the true subjects of Shirley Clarke's landmark doc.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    It's utterly rousing watching the women master their instruments and then push past the birth pains of their new business enterprise, and it's completely wrenching as their individual backstories unfold.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Without forcing the material into facile uplift, Bloodworth-Thomason still edges it into the realm of inspirational, never overplaying the anguish or soft-pedaling the bigotry at the heart of the story.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    A dark film that raises more questions than it answers -- and it's meant to.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Entertaining as it often is, Outside Providence feels as if it were a collection of installments from an unusually raunchy television series.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    But real-life hard-knock plot twists, as well as some tweaking of form (there's no narrator or voiceover of any kind; the film's subjects outline their grim realities largely through their rhythmically upbeat songs) make the film absolutely riveting, as does the fiercely rousing music.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Belongs to the small rank of hip-hop films that actually have something to say -- and that say it with both style and intellectual bite.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    One marvel of the film is how it conveys so much information so quickly, and with such accessibility.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    It's all about having your intelligence -- emotional, spiritual, cerebral -- respected. Garcia does that; Place Vendôme does that.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    A scathing, darkly funny political essay wrapped inside a tragic love story (or vice versa).
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    It's a smart, funny, tough-minded film crammed with data and personal anecdotes, each illuminating the other, each sketching in the staggering costs—and not just financial—of the ways authorities in this country have shaped the drug issue. It's far from glib.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Sure to become a classic; it taps into the fury of being a drone with a deeply knowing precision.
    • Film.com
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    While all the pieces don't quite add up in the end, as memory, fantasy and delusion collide, the film succeeds again and again at pulling you to the edge of your seat and keeping you there.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Stars the cult celebrity Om Puri, widely considered by cinephiles to be one of the best actors in the world.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    The film is riveting from the start, with its ragtag multiculti heroines and heroes meshing multiple identity markers (activist, academic, refurbished hippie), often within individual selves.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    It's an often gut-wrenching viewing experience in which the triumphs of the hero are hard won.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Cloudy is smart, insightful on a host of relationship dynamics, and filled with fast-paced action.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    The images of the style as it evolves, and especially those that fill the last 15 minutes of "Tattoo", are so beautiful and often majestic that they overshadow the film's small shortcomings.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    So gently told, so deceptively simple a story, that its considerable emotional power sneaks up on you.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    A smart, quietly moving film.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Through masterful editing, nimble music selection and smart use of documentary materials, the filmmakers shake the dust off cultural clichés to provide a provocative survey of the past. It’s a subversively sleek enterprise.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Nathan Lopez, armed with a diva's slinky cat walk and determination, is absolutely fantastic as Maximo.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    A fascinating, richly detailed documentary about the legendary queer collective based in San Francisco in the late '60s and early '70s.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Although the writing and the directing are smart and purposeful, the movie takes flight on the strength of its performances.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    Xiaoshuai isn't really interested in glamorizing or even exploring the gangster lifestyle; nor is he interested in conventional dramatic arcs.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Hotel Rwanda, based on real lives and events, aims unequivocally to break your heart.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Has moments that are haunting, and it stays with you long after the lights have come back up.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Even those who closely follow African (or global) politics will likely be bowled over by the real-life plot twists unfolding before Merz's camera. What makes the film especially resonate now is the frustration with the status quo that is consistently voiced by the people on the street.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Filmed over a period of six weeks and supplemented with animated music sequences and chilling news footage of the terrifying deluge, Pray is both an elegy and a love letter.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Saturated with deep, rich color and low-key visual wit, and graced with sympathetic performances.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    It's both surreal -- and wholly accessible.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    But what you ultimately take from the film is the awareness that this smart, self-aware, uncensored kid has been playing to a camera in his own head since well before Venditti came along.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Sampled old newsreel and security-camera footage flesh out the narrative, and the film's visually arresting, but it's the performances that hold it all together.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Leaves you reeling from the force of the humanity it captures and -- in its own gut-wrenching way -- honors.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    A surprisingly thoughtful, well-researched attempt to give both sides of the argument respect while illuminating the long history of tensions surrounding gun ownership in America.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    The film's emotional and psychological textures suffer for those losses, but Family is still riveting viewing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    A heartfelt documentary.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    A sleeper that's well worth hunting down. Its rewards sneak up on you, but then linger long afterwards.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Karpovsky is unsettlingly good as Paul, and Newman's Danielle is sexy and layered.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Neshat employs dialogue that is often didactic, but that weakness is forgiven in the face of stellar acting from the ensemble and gorgeously composed and shot images.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    The story of what happens when everything dies but love. It's a simple story, artfully told.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    The film is something of a paradox, simultaneously passionate and dispassionate, its ending tethered to both bruised triumph and a sense of things falling apart.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    The movie floats to another realm entirely when the cameras go into the home of Nova Venerable, a smart, eloquent, gorgeous girl whose love for her special-needs younger brother and their hardworking single mom is expressed in terms that sidestep the formulaic verbal and physical bombast of so many of her peers.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Held together by strong writing, insightful direction, and a stunning turn by newcomer Rodriguez, who is not only a gorgeous young woman but a fiercely charismatic screen presence.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Stays with you, though, not because of its political content, but because of the unexpected emotional punch that's thrown near the end.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    McTeer's performance -- one of the best you'll see this year -- makes you realize anew how rare it is to see a female character this complex in American film.

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