For 149 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ernest Hardy's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Generation Iron
Lowest review score: 0 Welcome to the Jungle
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 89 out of 149
  2. Negative: 22 out of 149
149 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    The film's emotional and psychological textures suffer for those losses, but Family is still riveting viewing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Marston nails the claustrophobia of small-town life and the turbulent emotionalism of teenagers, but what pushes the film toward sublimity is the way he delicately captures all of the characters' inner lives as their world slowly crumbles.
    • 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.
    • 73 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Though Neshoba is standard-issue in terms of craftsmanship, the tools used to tell the tale (newsreels, family photos, crime scene and autopsy photos) are masterfully employed.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    What gives the film its human dimension are the conflicting memories of former residents.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Informant is riveting as it slowly assembles a damning profile of its subject. It's also timely.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    A loving, exhaustive, warts-and-all look at the man who spent years battling his own alcoholism before a spiritual experience in the hospital set him on the course to help others.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    Beautifully shot, the film is unapologetically a crowd-pleaser whose gentleness of tone flows from its subject.
    • 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
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    What emerges is an illuminating look at the ways race, specifically blackness, has been cynically portrayed by the mainstream media, rightwing politicians and religious leaders, and even some white queer activists.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    One marvel of the film is how it conveys so much information so quickly, and with such accessibility.
    • 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
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    What distinguishes this doc from much of the tedious critical prose Romero has inspired is the fan-boy and fan-girl ardor that fuels its smarts--both behind and in front of the camera.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    It's the mind-blowing performance footage (and there's lots of it) that makes this a must-see film.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    Buff gels into a surprisingly moving look at the machinations of the heart.
    • 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
    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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    A small gem of a film, Breakfast is a lovely tapestry of subtlety, full of sly, smart humor and unforced insights into human nature.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    It takes a minute for the film to move beyond a kind of gilded stasis, but once it does, it - and Plummer - are riveting.
    • 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.