For 564 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 1.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ernest Hardy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Darwin's Nightmare
Lowest review score: 0 Strippers
Score distribution:
564 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Ernest Hardy
    Mitchell retools his play magnificently, opening it up into a vibrant cinematic work.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Ernest Hardy
    One of the funniest, shrewdest, smartest movies in recent memory.
    • Film.com
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    An unassuming little film that packs a huge emotional and artistic punch.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    What leaves you breathless, though, is the knockout acting by the cast.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Simultaneously hilarious and deeply informative thanks to the vibrant personalities at its center.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Ernest Hardy
    This Ain't California is a masterful lie that illuminates a little-known reality.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    A dark film that raises more questions than it answers -- and it's meant to.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    It's a must-see for anyone interested in art.
    • 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.

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