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 0.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John Hartl's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Wonder Boys
Lowest review score: 10 Urban Legends: Final Cut
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 155
  2. Negative: 24 out of 155
155 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 John Hartl
    Perhaps you have to have lived through the 1960s to relate.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 John Hartl
    An OK debut effort, but like so many "Pulp Fiction" wannabes, it lacks freshness and energy.
    • Film.com
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 John Hartl
    Somewhere around the beginning of Hour Two, the narrative loses momentum, and Pino Donaggio's molasses-thick score begins to drag everything down with it. The ending also lacks the surprise twist that seems to be promised .
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 John Hartl
    Unfailingly energetic, 10 Things is like a puppy that can't stop wagging its tail, begging for attention...Even more than "Cruel Intentions," this movie plays like an awkward high-school production of a classic.
    • Film.com
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 John Hartl
    It's a terrific showcase for Richard Gere, Shelley Long, Farrah Fawcett and a number of other actors who almost seemed to have been written off.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 John Hartl
    All the ingredients are here for both a smashing courtroom drama and a legitimate tearjerker, but the film ultimately doesn't have the technique or the heart to deliver either.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 John Hartl
    Goes out of its way to suppress most natural dramatic conflict, so it's left to the actors to carry the day.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 John Hartl
    For all its flaws, Fantasia 2000 is certainly something to see.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 John Hartl
    Has its clunky and wince-worthy moments, it does explore some new territory, and there are moments when it's quite fresh and moving.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 John Hartl
    Soderbergh demands a lot from his star here, and she delivers.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 John Hartl
    Gitai, a veteran documentary director, refuses to find an easy resolution to the story, and that will frustrate as many people as it pleases.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 John Hartl
    The evidence Herzog serves up is impossible to dismiss.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 John Hartl
    Entertaining as it often is, Outside Providence feels as if it were a collection of installments from an unusually raunchy television series.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 John Hartl
    Livingston is especially good at capturing Peter's passive rebelliousness, which suggests the suddenly uncooperative worker who defies employer logic in Herman Melville's "Bartleby."
    • Film.com
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    Fails to single out one plot thread and make a claim to it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    Doesn't know when to stop with the jokes about other horror movies and settle down to tell a coherent story.
    • Film.com
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    Doesn't seem to have anything to say.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    It can be treacly -- but in a crude way, it makes its point.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    The ride in this road movie isn't always as smooth as it could be, but even the bumps have some charm.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    It's a painful sit from beginning to end.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    It's a very movie-conscious movie, and that aspect of it palls.
    • Film.com
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    (Ash and Russell) generate just enough tension to keep the audience interested.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    An Almodovar-like blend of laughs, drama and uplift, filled with the kinds of pop-art colors and pop-out performances that Almodovar loves.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    You might not want to pay top dollar for The Skulls, but at the right price, it delivers.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    Too long, too predictable.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    A dumbed-down remake.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    Crass and depressing drama.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    What rescues the movie, time and again, is the strength of Jones' and Jackson's performances.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    Compared to such current television shows as ''Sex and the City" and ''Action," this menage-a-trois tale seems downright tame.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    Crowe gives the kind of thoughtful performance that suggests what Mystery, Alaska could have been if it had stayed in focus.

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