For 561 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:
561 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
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    To watch Sevigny's Lana slowly thaw to Brandon is to see the transformative, heartbreaking power of romance in a way that Hollywood is rarely able to capture anymore.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    It's both surreal -- and wholly accessible.
    • 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
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    It does what the most powerful films and music have always done, which is to spark contemplation of our own lives and choices, and our place in the world, while also stoking compassion and empathy for lives far removed from our own.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Ernest Hardy
    Remind(s) us of the power of good old-fashioned character-driven movies.
    • 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
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    It’s the captured conversations about everyday lives and struggles that pin you to your seat.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Ernest Hardy
    A provocative, timely script full of gasp-inducing lines and scenes.
    • 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
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Ernest Hardy
    All these years later, the film is far more infuriating than it is exciting.
    • 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.