For 557 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 1.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ernest Hardy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Behind the Sun
Lowest review score: 0 Welcome to the Jungle
Score distribution:
557 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    The great power of the film lies in its simplicity, in the slow-building tension and psychological melt-downs that are the result of stark, bare-bones film-making.
    • Film.com
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    While the acting is top-notch, the real star of the film is the script.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Writer-director Niki Caro, who adapted the screenplay from the novel, has crafted a script replete with both crowd-pleasing touches and subtle but powerful insights into all the characters.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    In this truly retro horror flick, the heroes and heroines don't just quip over the action (though they do get off some funny lines); they're knee-deep in it, and scared sh------.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Parker and Stone have created a movie that will doubtlessly infuriate and offend -- and amuse to no end.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Hotel Rwanda, based on real lives and events, aims unequivocally to break your heart.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Although character arcs are a little too abruptly truncated as the story moves, Natali never fumbles the big picture.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    But if you go in knowing this, the payoff is considerable - the film delivers on its feel-good promise.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    An intellectually steelier case against Bush, his cabalistic administration and the Iraq war than Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, Hijacking is even more chilling because it eschews the heartstring symphony conducted (albeit very effectively) by Moore and sticks to irrefutable facts and no-bullshit analysis.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    A smart, quietly moving film.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    King Leopold's Ghost is an often infuriating (and excruciating) film to watch, but one that gets to the root of the despair that now plagues so much of the African continent.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Though the film, based on Dallaire's memoir, can veer toward deification of the general, it's hugely effective.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Undertow, is sublime. Set in a small, picturesque Peruvian fishing village, it's less a coming-out tale than a magic realism–infused coming-of-consciousness love story.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Circo is filled with beautiful images and haunting moments, especially in the third act, when the family unravels as the film culminates in a final triumphant, haunting image.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    The entire cast is in fine form (Omari Hardwick, as Maye's maybe-suitor, pushes the sexual heat through the roof), but White's blistering performance sears the screen.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Lean, fast-moving, and filled with game-changing fight sequences that have a brutally beautiful (or beautifully brutal) quality, Gareth Evans's Indonesian martial-arts film The Raid: Redemption lives up to its viral hype.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Fascinating and often devastating.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    The film's emotional and psychological textures suffer for those losses, but Family is still riveting viewing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    From its low-key, guitar-based score by composer Chris Bacon to the filmmaker's refusal to sugar-coat the tough times some of the soldiers faced after completing the climb, High Ground takes its cues from the worldview of its subjects.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Karpovsky is unsettlingly good as Paul, and Newman's Danielle is sexy and layered.