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
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    Too long, too predictable.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    Big effects; threadbare story.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    Simply can't sustain interest for much of its final hour.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    What rescues the movie, time and again, is the strength of Jones' and Jackson's performances.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    Doesn't seem to have anything to say.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    It's a very movie-conscious movie, and that aspect of it palls.
    • Film.com
    • 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.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    You might not want to pay top dollar for The Skulls, but at the right price, it delivers.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    (Herron) just doesn't make the case that this book was worth filming.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    Fails to single out one plot thread and make a claim to it.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    (Ash and Russell) generate just enough tension to keep the audience interested.
    • 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
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    Like "American Beauty" without the fangs - or the magic.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    Utterly lacks the spark that makes caper movies fun.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    Crass and depressing drama.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 John Hartl
    It's "The Hustler with poker and without soul...For all its flash and occasional sizzle, "Rounders" is a disappointment.
    • Film.com
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 John Hartl
    It doesn't generate enough laughs to make up for the fact that you never figure out what he (a misogynistic USA Today columnist played by Richard Gere) sees in her (a dizzy small-town hairdresser played by Roberts). Or, for that matter, what she could ever see in him.
    • Film.com
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 John Hartl
    The final scenes, which suggest an earnest science lesson presented by a weepy extraterrestrial in an alien planetarium, play like the work of an amateur filmmaker.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 John Hartl
    Neeson might as well have phoned this one in.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 John Hartl
    (Smith) seems out of his depth in this talky, rambling religious satire.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 John Hartl
    While Bounce may mark a sophomore slump for Roos, it's hardly the worst date movie out there.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 John Hartl
    Cobbled together from so many sources that it never develops a narrative drive of its own.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 John Hartl
    The script seems flimsy and disposable when compared with such similar takes on the subject as "Analyze This,""The Sopranos" and the upcoming "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai."

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