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

John Hartl's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 To Die For
Lowest review score: 10 Digimon: Digital Monsters
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 155
  2. Negative: 24 out of 155
155 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    It's a very movie-conscious movie, and that aspect of it palls.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    Like "American Beauty" without the fangs - or the magic.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    Crass and depressing drama.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    Too long, too predictable.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    You might not want to pay top dollar for The Skulls, but at the right price, it delivers.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    What rescues the movie, time and again, is the strength of Jones' and Jackson's performances.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    Fails to single out one plot thread and make a claim to it.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    Not a conventional love story, and perhaps it's not a love story at all. After more than two hours, you're left wondering what it is.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    It's a painful sit from beginning to end.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    (Herron) just doesn't make the case that this book was worth filming.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    While writer-director Frank Darabont often fails to make King's story plausible, that's no fault of the actors. The performances are the movie's strong suit.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    It can be treacly -- but in a crude way, it makes its point.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    Simply can't sustain interest for much of its final hour.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    A dumbed-down remake.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    (Ash and Russell) generate just enough tension to keep the audience interested.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    Big effects; threadbare story.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    Carrey's performance, and Forman's lively attempts to ask serious questions about the nature of comedy, keep it interesting. Certainly it's never dull.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    Doesn't seem to have anything to say.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 John Hartl
    A few startling touches.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 John Hartl
    Curiously bland and flavorless.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 John Hartl
    Cobbled together from so many sources that it never develops a narrative drive of its own.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 John Hartl
    The script is a minefield of ideas that need more work.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 John Hartl
    While Bounce may mark a sophomore slump for Roos, it's hardly the worst date movie out there.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 John Hartl
    Neeson might as well have phoned this one in.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 John Hartl
    Simplistic on one level, indecipherable on another, it's a most peculiar muddle.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 John Hartl
    A sophomore writing-directing effort from former film critic Rod Lurie.