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 Beau Travail
Lowest review score: 0 3000 Miles to Graceland
Score distribution:
557 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Ernest Hardy
    One of the funniest, shrewdest, smartest movies in recent memory.
    • Film.com
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Ernest Hardy
    That tragedy looms heavily in Behind the Sun only makes its life-affirming moments -- resonate more deeply and powerfully in a film that is one of the year's best.
    • 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
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Ernest Hardy
    Mitchell retools his play magnificently, opening it up into a vibrant cinematic work.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Ernest Hardy
    Thanks to Lynch's expert pacing and modulation of narrative tension, even viewers who already know the outcome of the film's central incident will likely be pulled to the edges of their seats.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Ernest Hardy
    This Ain't California is a masterful lie that illuminates a little-known reality.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Ernest Hardy
    It's charming, gently humorous, and beautifully attuned to the interior lives of children.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Honeydripper is classic Sayles cinema: an insightful sketch of assorted common folk whose criss-crossing dreams and agendas unfold against larger, more powerful (and sometimes crushing) sociopolitical and cultural forces.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    A gorgeous dreamscape of a movie...one of the most exhilarating experiences of pure cinema that will be offered this year.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Black's cool-headed but blistering indictment of globalization and the racist international economic policies that have shoved that country into crushing poverty.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Poignant, funny, and proof of Basquiat's magic.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Simultaneously hilarious and deeply informative thanks to the vibrant personalities at its center.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    It's all about having your intelligence -- emotional, spiritual, cerebral -- respected. Garcia does that; Place Vendôme does that.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Entertaining as it often is, Outside Providence feels as if it were a collection of installments from an unusually raunchy television series.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    An unassuming little film that packs a huge emotional and artistic punch.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    There's a shrewd satiric method to LaBute's madness, and a payoff in comedic gold.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    A dark, biting comedy-- funny, smart and full of unpredictable twist and turns.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    A scathing, darkly funny political essay wrapped inside a tragic love story (or vice versa).
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Sure to become a classic; it taps into the fury of being a drone with a deeply knowing precision.
    • Film.com
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Laced with brilliantly knotted ideas on race, masculinity and cults of violence.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    What makes High Art remarkable is Cholodenko's refusal to put her characters or story through a filter, her unblinking willingness to dive right in.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    One of the best films of this year...unlike anything you've seen on the big screen.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    What leaves you breathless, though, is the knockout acting by the cast.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Show Me Love has the pulse of teen life down-pat, shaming its many sleek and glossy American counterparts at every turn.
    • Film.com
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    A dark film that raises more questions than it answers -- and it's meant to.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Belongs to the small rank of hip-hop films that actually have something to say -- and that say it with both style and intellectual bite.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    It's a must-see for anyone interested in art.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    At the film's center is Emily Watson's pitch-perfect performance as Margaret Humphreys, the real-life social worker who in 1986 stumbled over the hidden practice.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    One marvel of the film is how it conveys so much information so quickly, and with such accessibility.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Old Dog has the look and feel of a documentary, which adds senses of urgency and immediacy to a tale that moves at a languid, but never boring, pace.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Informant is riveting as it slowly assembles a damning profile of its subject. It's also timely.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Ernest Hardy
    Schwarz's juxtaposition of the human cost of the drug war alongside the glamorization of its henchmen and their brutality is sobering, even depressing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Cloudy is smart, insightful on a host of relationship dynamics, and filled with fast-paced action.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Animation fans, no matter their stylistic preference (computer-generated, claymation, old-school hand-drawn), will find much to sate their appetites in this collection of award-winning and critically acclaimed work. There’s not a dud in the bunch.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    The film soars when the camera is trained on its young subjects in action.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Composed of artfully used split-screen, lots of hand-held camera, and expertly honed dialogue, the film floats on currents of sadness and understated humor. It also makes Loic's existential ache almost palpable.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    For all its shock-driven, laugh-out-loud moments, what makes Jesus so entertaining is that it puts you in the presence of a dementedly sharp mind -- one that understands that leftist subversion doesn't have to coddle or breast-feed the choir.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Results in moments of real beauty that make you grateful Chappelle chose an aesthete for directing chores. And yet, in terms of content, the film doesn't quite reach the bar set by its historic predecessor (Wattstax).
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Utterly captivating.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Nathan Lopez, armed with a diva's slinky cat walk and determination, is absolutely fantastic as Maximo.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    But what you ultimately take from the film is the awareness that this smart, self-aware, uncensored kid has been playing to a camera in his own head since well before Venditti came along.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Leaves you reeling from the force of the humanity it captures and -- in its own gut-wrenching way -- honors.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Exchanges overheard in bars, crisp dialogue between characters and a wistful tone underscore both modern isolation and the age-old need for connection.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    One of the most haunting, viciously honest coming-of-age films in recent memory.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    It's a testimony to Tammy Faye's own integrity and enormous charisma that the film holds our attention as tightly as it does, and doesn't become an insufferable exercise in weak filmmaking.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Saturated with deep, rich color and low-key visual wit, and graced with sympathetic performances.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    Xiaoshuai isn't really interested in glamorizing or even exploring the gangster lifestyle; nor is he interested in conventional dramatic arcs.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    A heartfelt documentary.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Reyes' fast-paced tale soars on the pedigree of its cast, all of whom are clearly having a ball -- Both poignant and wickedly amusing, Empire sets high standards for a subgenre that's rarely had any.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    A fascinating, richly detailed documentary about the legendary queer collective based in San Francisco in the late '60s and early '70s.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    It's Walken who's most impressive.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    By turns amusing, touching and horrifying, A Room For Romeo Brass is a film that defies expectation at every turn.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    What director Aviva Kempner has done is shine a light into the past and recover a classic American hero, one with all the integrity, decency and largeness of spirit that we have been taught makes up the American character.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Stars the cult celebrity Om Puri, widely considered by cinephiles to be one of the best actors in the world.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    When she unabashedly puts herself in the same category as Richard Pryor (the master of identity politics and cultural reportage), it's not just presumptuous posturing on her part. She's earned her place there.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    The film's energy is primarily due to the rich storytelling skills of the musicians, who trot out anecdotes and memories filled with humor and wry philosophizing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    The film is very theatrical and admittedly "staged," but always purposefully.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    It's a sweet and wise film - neither groundbreaking nor revolutionary save for the fact that it places narrative and character arc at the center of its concerns.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    So gently told, so deceptively simple a story, that its considerable emotional power sneaks up on you.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Dark, wickedly funny tale.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    It's both surreal -- and wholly accessible.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Morris seduces us into stepping into Leuchter's world of delusion and ego.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Nunez is a master at rendering emotionally complex, ordinary folk into the kind of unassuming heroes that don't much appear in American films anymore.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    At the center of the film is one of the year's best performances -- that of British actress Janet McTeer .
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    The film's almost unbearable portrait of sadness and grief transcends its specific story to speak to the ways in which need, history and presumption tangle, and sometimes destroy, blood ties.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Moodysson's movie, one part mash note and three parts scathing piss-taker, is hugely compassionate toward the well-meaning fools in his tale, but he doesn't suffer their nonsense gladly; his film is, in large part, about grown-ups needing to grow up.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    A provocative, timely script full of gasp-inducing lines and scenes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Through masterful editing, nimble music selection and smart use of documentary materials, the filmmakers shake the dust off cultural clichés to provide a provocative survey of the past. It’s a subversively sleek enterprise.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    A highly recommended treat.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    Stays with you, though, not because of its political content, but because of the unexpected emotional punch that's thrown near the end.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    The story of what happens when everything dies but love. It's a simple story, artfully told.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    What makes this straightforward film so incredibly moving is that it keeps its scathing political commentary firmly rooted in everyday struggle.