For 155 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 36% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 59% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John Hartl's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Brazil
Lowest review score: 10 Hollow Man
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 155
  2. Negative: 24 out of 155
155 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 John Hartl
    A giddy delight, with Michael Douglas delivering what may be the most relaxed and inventive performance of his career, and Tobey Maguire and Robert Downey Jr. trailing not far behind.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 John Hartl
    Raucously entertaining.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 John Hartl
    For me, the experience was much like seeing Mike Nichols' "The Graduate" and George Lucas' "American Graffiti" before the hype machines kicked in.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 John Hartl
    The other key part is Schindler's Jewish accountant, played with self-effacing brilliance by Ben Kingsley, who gives the movie just the touch of warmth and sanity it needs.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 John Hartl
    Breathlessly imaginative.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 John Hartl
    For all its occasional long-windedness and visual dazzle, Brazil may be the "Strangelove" of the 1980s.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 John Hartl
    Scathingly hilarious...To Die For could be the "Dr. Strangelove" of its genre, a movie that puts even John Waters' somewhat similar "Serial Mom" in the shade.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 John Hartl
    Practically perfect in its unpretentious way, MGM's Get Shorty is the kind of smart, witty, polished entertainment that restores one's faith in the studio system.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 John Hartl
    The film has smarts, but what really makes it fascinating is its huge heart...and the film soars because of that.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 John Hartl
    L.A. Confidential is at the same time his (Hanson) most personal movie and Hollywood filmmaking at its best.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 John Hartl
    Everything clicks here.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 John Hartl
    It's as wise and funny and revealing as anything ever created by Mike Nichols and Elaine May.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 John Hartl
    Affliction could be their (Nolte, Coburn) finest couple of hours on film; they do seem to be father and son, rather than actors playing these roles.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 John Hartl
    In his finest, funniest, most poignant film to date, Tim Burton plays cinematic alchemist, turning drive-in schlock into movie gold.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 John Hartl
    Wickedly funny, scathingly original new comedy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 John Hartl
    The best thing about the new Exorcist is the spiffed-up soundtrack.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 John Hartl
    All but guarantees that you'll want to see Chicken Run more than once.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 John Hartl
    Could be called the "Red Badge of Courage" of World War II movies.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 John Hartl
    He (Anderson) simply doesn't allow for dull moments, and his gifts for irony and showmanship are clearly appreciated by a collection of actors who have rarely been better.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 John Hartl
    Sean Penn gives the most riveting, selfless performance of his career.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 John Hartl
    Perhaps the primary reason A Room With a View is so involving is that Ivory has cast the film perfectly, and given each of the actors ample room to breathe. Even the characters you're not supposed to like are allowed their moments of vulnerable humanity.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 John Hartl
    Hilarious and high-spirited.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 John Hartl
    An appalling masterpiece.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 John Hartl
    There's a sense of ease and contentment to it that has never been so prominent in Allen's work before.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 John Hartl
    In the hands of Minghella and his star, Matt Damon, Ripley has become a more complex character, in some ways more understandable and approachable, in other ways as enigmatic as ever.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 John Hartl
    Quentin Tarantino's latest movie puts an epic spin on a favorite genre, taking it to time-tripping levels rarely tested by its forerunners.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 John Hartl
    Feels like the first truly honest attempt to deal with the horrors of combat - and the terrible responsibility shared by all survivors.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 John Hartl
    This is an ambitious movie that attempts too much rather than too little.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 John Hartl
    All of it is vital and involving, and some of it is hilarious...I've rarely seen a group of people in a darkened theater react as viscerally as they do to Reservoir Dogs.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 John Hartl
    A wry, rambling, smart comedy.