For 141 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 3.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ernest Hardy's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Vanishing Pearls: The Oystermen of Pointe a la Hache
Lowest review score: 0 Welcome to the Jungle
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 141
  2. Negative: 20 out of 141
141 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    What gives the film its human dimension are the conflicting memories of former residents.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    Buff gels into a surprisingly moving look at the machinations of the heart.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    The film trots out a who's who of great thinkers - Jane Goodall, Stephen Hawking, Margaret Atwood, assorted scientists and historians - who are riveting as they walk us through the question of whether we will or can survive progress. The anticapitalism prognosis is grim, and the hope offered is slim indeed.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    A deceptively simple film, gingerly peels layer after layer of sharp insights into the dynamics of familial love, using compassion and droll humor as its tools. Its strength is that it manages to tap genuine emotion without succumbing to sentimentality.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    Told in an elliptical style with a pacing and jagged rhythms that take some getting used to, the thrust and power of the film lies in its poetic imagery.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    The whole thing can be hard to follow, but the energy (and pulchritude) of the cast make it a perfectly fine bit of popcorn escapism.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    Well-acted and directed, with melancholy grooved insights that will only be news to the young and narcissistic, Together is a pleasant way to while away an afternoon and see some old pros in great form.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    Beautifully shot, the film is unapologetically a crowd-pleaser whose gentleness of tone flows from its subject.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    It’s a moving tale made more so because even after he’s “won,” Pineda maintains a clear-eyed pragmatism about what living a fairy tale costs.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    The film isn't as smart on the issue of race as it needs to be, and its feminist read of the music and scene feels forced in places, but as an entry-level conversation starter, it gets the job done.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    Drumming doesn't quite have the skills to finesse the varying tones demanded by his textured script...and he could have taken one more pass on smoothing out character arcs, which are too truncated to be believable in a few cases. Still, the ensemble cast is fantastic, and Drumming is a talent to watch.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    The cast—and Evans's deft hand with them—makes it worth checking out.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    An insightful, often funny, never glib character-driven tale about class angst, withered dreams, and the costs of adulthood.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Ernest Hardy
    When Boote gets out of the way, the film is illuminating and infuriating.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Ernest Hardy
    What's made powerfully clear is that we've reached a dire point of crisis that, while largely rooted in economics, is about so much more than dollars and cents.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Ernest Hardy
    The film's scope is staggering, including its detailed outlining of BP's origins and fingerprints across decades of unrest in Iran.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Ernest Hardy
    Although it's grotesque to see pre-teens stomping in underground warehouse-battle settings, at least Battlefield America's racial politics are interesting.
    • 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.
    • 83 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Ernest Hardy
    Shamelessly manipulative, it's a highly effective if not very good film, its success entirely due to the talents of its cast. They bring heart to a script that is unabashedly about pushing buttons.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Ernest Hardy
    A decently acted, often drolly funny, tautly directed thriller that proves to be a Russian doll of motivations, coincidences, and plot-twists; it would have been more satisfying if it weren't so unnecessarily convoluted.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Ernest Hardy
    Cudlitz gives a haunted performance as a weathered, misogynistic, homophobic, blue-collar man roiling with demons, and Griffith can break your heart as a good woman staggering under the weight of life.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Ernest Hardy
    The flaws pale against what's illustrated, which is not just how Prop. 8 passed, but the sordid, cynical workings of our political machine.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ernest Hardy
    That's why Special Treatment is so disheartening. The film, starring Huppert, quickly telegraphs that its ideas are too shallow for a talent as deep as hers.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Ernest Hardy
    The cast is engaging, and there are a few light-chuckle moments, but the script needed another rewrite, and the film itself needed to be guided by a thornier sensibility than Fuller's.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Ernest Hardy
    Tim eventually evolves out of smugness, but unfortunately, the film merely trades it for sappiness. Fischer, meanwhile, imbues Janice with a wounded soulfulness that cuts right through the clichés. The less said about a hideously wigged Topher Grace as a smarmy self-help author, the better.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Ernest Hardy
    There are so many complicated political, religious, and cultural issues swirling around Yoni's story, and Follow Me keeps them on the sidelines. It is pure hagiography.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Ernest Hardy
    Directed by Garner, Craigslist Joe is sweet, moving, and frustrating.