For 200 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John Hartl's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Rushmore
Lowest review score: 10 Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 200
200 movie reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 John Hartl
    Achingly sad and dismayingly familiar.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 John Hartl
    Ingeniously using his low budget to address his ambitions, Johnson has directed, co-written (and starred in) a unique science-fiction film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 John Hartl
    If The Eagle Huntress sounds familiar, that’s because the outline of a modern feminist epic is always there in the background. What’s surprising is how fresh and charming the movie manages to be.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 John Hartl
    The full title, Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, is pure, over-the-top Herzog: simultaneously an embrace of fresh internet technology and an attempt to suggest a mythical dimension.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 John Hartl
    A powerful new documentary.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 John Hartl
    Some scenes hold up better than others, and there’s always a question about the film’s intentions: Is this voyeurism or is it satire taking off on the Playboy era? Condemned by the Catholic Legion of Decency in 1960, Private Property is less dated than you might think.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 John Hartl
    Swedish director Roar Uthaug (“Cold Prey“) depends on well-crafted suspense, spot-on casting and ingenious special effects to tell the story of a dedicated geologist (Kristoffer Joner) who prophesies watery disaster in touristy Norway.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 John Hartl
    The whole may be less than its parts, but the parts are pretty impressive.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 John Hartl
    The ingenious cinematographer, Bobby Shore, uses the Newfoundland locations to achieve some of his most striking effects. The result is sort of a horror film, but not really. It’s too funny to be categorized that way.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 John Hartl
    The first-time director, Cesar Augusto Acevida, composes his frames carefully, using closing doorways to suggest alienation, as John Ford did in “The Searchers.” The harvesting and crop fire scenes recall Terrence Malick’s “Days of Heaven.”
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 John Hartl
    Eisenstein in Guanajuato is an outrageous comic-erotic extravaganza that has more of a narrative arc than most Greenaway movies.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 John Hartl
    For all its rough edges and gruesome touches, Patriots Day is a heartfelt and ambitious attempt to turn mayhem into something that’s emotionally valid.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 John Hartl
    A unique and satisfying new documentary.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 John Hartl
    The laughs are sometimes bigger than expected, and so are the emotions stirred by the bittersweet finale.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 John Hartl
    The pace is swift, archival clips are well-chosen and conspiracy theories pile up in a way that seems intentionally funny.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 John Hartl
    Slick and raunchy when it might have been grindingly realistic, Viva is finally all heart.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 John Hartl
    I.F. Stone, an underground journalist who died in1989, left a rich legacy that is celebrated in a timely new documentary, All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception and the Spirit of I.F. Stone.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 John Hartl
    Engaging and constantly surprising.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 John Hartl
    The darkly comic tone is often just right, and the casting occasionally pays off.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 John Hartl
    Best of all is a Halloween party where the Falls are complimented on their "costume," then outed.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 John Hartl
    Technically, Titanic is a marvel.
    • Film.com
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 John Hartl
    This might have been a very good movie if it had lost about one of its three hours.
    • Film.com
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 John Hartl
    It's not a profound film, but it is heartfelt, and Burns has done his best to keep it clear and emotionally direct.
    • Film.com
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 John Hartl
    One
    A movie that keeps you wondering about its characters' true feelings and motives long after you've left the theater.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 John Hartl
    A sweet, funny exercise in nostalgia, though it's also self-congratulatory and awfully calculating.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 John Hartl
    Before it finally twists itself into a pretzel in the third act, this paranoid thriller creates a scary mood and allows its leading actors to go all the way with it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 John Hartl
    Its honesty and insights are refreshing.
    • Film.com
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 John Hartl
    Gorgeous and troubling.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 John Hartl
    For all the cynicism on the soundtrack and the occasional lapses in tone, this is a remarkably generous comedy.
    • Film.com

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