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

John Hartl's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Brazil
Lowest review score: 10 Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 155
  2. Negative: 24 out of 155
155 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • Film.com
    • 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.
    • Film.com
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 John Hartl
    So meticulously acted that you feel you're reading the characters' minds.
    • Film.com
    • 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.
    • Film.com
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 John Hartl
    L.A. Confidential is at the same time his (Hanson) most personal movie and Hollywood filmmaking at its best.
    • Film.com
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 John Hartl
    It's the survivors of this tragedy that must make peace with their fate, and the film finally rests with them.
    • Film.com
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 John Hartl
    Breathlessly imaginative.
    • 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.
    • Film.com
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 John Hartl
    An appalling masterpiece.
    • Film.com
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 John Hartl
    For all its occasional long-windedness and visual dazzle, Brazil may be the "Strangelove" of the 1980s.
    • Film.com
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 John Hartl
    All but guarantees that you'll want to see Chicken Run more than once.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 John Hartl
    Runs on wit and creativity.
    • 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.
    • Film.com
    • 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.
    • Film.com
    • 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.
    • Film.com
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 John Hartl
    A terrific feature-length cartoon.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 John Hartl
    Quite a spicy brew.
    • Film.com
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 John Hartl
    (Thornton) does a remarkable job in all three categories, but what you're likely to remember most clearly is his performance.
    • Film.com
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 John Hartl
    A chronicle of the exasperating circumstances that yield cinema gold -- or lead. It almost doesn't matter which; it's the process that counts here.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 John Hartl
    Ewan McGregor in a raw, funny, star-making performance.
    • Film.com
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 John Hartl
    Wickedly funny, scathingly original new comedy.
    • Film.com
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 John Hartl
    If Unforgiven occasionally overstates its case, this is the best work Eastwood has done as a director since The Outlaw Josey Wales 16 years ago.
    • Film.com
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 John Hartl
    The best thing about the new Exorcist is the spiffed-up soundtrack.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 John Hartl
    This is an ambitious movie that attempts too much rather than too little.
    • Film.com
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 John Hartl
    Closer to "M*A*S*H" than "Dr. Strangelove," which in itself wouldn't be a bad thing. But for all its engaging qualities, Three Kings doesn't seem to know what kind of beast it is.
    • 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.
    • Film.com
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 John Hartl
    Typically low-key and lovely.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 John Hartl
    As a writer, LaBute is capable of creating long dialogue scenes that never seem stagey or artificial. As a director, he has the confidence to stay with those words.
    • Film.com
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 John Hartl
    Everything clicks here.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 John Hartl
    Sean Penn gives the most riveting, selfless performance of his career.

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