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

Ernest Hardy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Vanishing Pearls: The Oystermen of Pointe a la Hache
Lowest review score: 0 3000 Miles to Graceland
Score distribution:
584 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Ernest Hardy
    This is powerful reportage, beautifully shot and gracefully laid out; too bad that Kendall ties it all up with more deep thoughts from the bus itself, thoughts that sound like outtakes from a TED Talk on the interconnectedness of all living things.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Ernest Hardy
    Remind(s) us of the power of good old-fashioned character-driven movies.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Ernest Hardy
    Sofia Coppola, who's directed the film from her own screenplay, narrowly misses making the story work on the screen.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Ernest Hardy
    A gorgeously burnished vintage post card come to life, Motorcycle Diaries has about as much depth and emotional currency as the cardboard that post card would be stamped on.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Ernest Hardy
    Striking the right balance between interior and exterior can mean the difference between compelling drama and accidental melodrama. Writer-director Ron Morales just misses equilibrium in the visually arresting Filipino thriller Graceland.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Ernest Hardy
    Drags on far too long.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Ernest Hardy
    What's fresh for these people is, frankly, old news for anyone who has seen even one or two documentaries on similar subject matter.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Ernest Hardy
    For those seeking even a little adventurousness in their filmgoing experiences, the movie will wear thin very quickly.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Ernest Hardy
    Unfortunately, given both its content and the media's collective failure to fully report the (ongoing) story, the film only intermittently has a pulse.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Ernest Hardy
    Ustaoglu has made Mehmet unbelievably naive -- and the hardships piled upon him unintentionally evoke "The Perils of Pauline." That dilutes what should be a powerful protest film, and robs it of the emotional impact it aims for.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Ernest Hardy
    There are undoubtedly several moving moments in the film, and the kids are gorgeous and heartbreaking, but none of that is strong enough to balance Braat's galling and enabled narcissism, which pervades the film.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Ernest Hardy
    If only this movie were rich enough, strong enough to be worthy of this (Dafoe's) performance.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Ernest Hardy
    Writer-director Kirk Jones has the movie roll over, fetch and chase its own tail in order to make you love it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Ernest Hardy
    The kids absolutely win your heart, but there's something off-putting in the film's lazy juxtaposition of unexamined Negro dysfunction tropes (absent fathers, violent streets) against an idyllic Africa tended by white benevolence.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Ernest Hardy
    Hamlet, like its title character, is a mopey, dopey thing that you just want to scream at: Do something!
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Ernest Hardy
    Too slow-moving and too understated in much of its humor.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Ernest Hardy
    We don't really care about this everyman's moral dilemna and spiritual crisis because -- for all the poetic insights he offers in his philosophical voice-over -- he never transcends the details to become an engrossing character.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Ernest Hardy
    More than once, while watching the film, I thought: The camera should really just turn away from those grating teen brats and follow the mom (Holly Hunter).
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Ernest Hardy
    The film won't likely change any minds, but there's a taut political essay beneath the blatant campaigning.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Ernest Hardy
    Wrought with pretension -- and a blind eye to its own exploitation.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Ernest Hardy
    A good, though unremarkable, film.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Ernest Hardy
    Disappointingly dumb.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Ernest Hardy
    You root for the kids, who are utterly captivating, but Green is another story. His shtick -- a combo of insufferable stage-parent and unbearable rock geek -- is exhausting.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Ernest Hardy
    Well-meaning but mediocre.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Ernest Hardy
    Corsini's insight into the psyche of this contemporary woman doesn't have much of a point because it tells us nothing new.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Ernest Hardy
    It has to be noted that the use of music in this film is the worse in recent memory: maudlin, syrupy, and overwrought.
    • Film.com
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Ernest Hardy
    Fly Away could have been stronger if its antiseptic visual style, which anchors it in old-fashioned TV movie mode, had been more adventurous in shouldering some of the weight of depicting the emotional and psychic anguish of the story.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Ernest Hardy
    This time around, writer-director Robert Rodriguez has stumbled badly, creating a clunky, gadget-happy film full of characters -- even returning ones -- about whom it is hard to care.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Ernest Hardy
    Volumes are said about class, assimilation, and the ways the assimilated sometimes shame and scar those who haven't shorn themselves of ethnic or racial signifiers. There is pungency in this shorthand, in these sketches that are richly evocative without saying too much or giving too little. You can't help but wish the movie had more of it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Ernest Hardy
    Despite its weighty material and some moving scenes (much of the Sudanese cast are survivors of the war), this aggressive crowd-pleaser is slighter than its subject matter deserves.

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