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
    • 50 John Hartl
    Utterly lacks the spark that makes caper movies fun.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    Simply can't sustain interest for much of its final hour.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    The casting was spot-on in “Dollhouse”; here it seems haphazard.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    Franco makes the most of his showy scenes, and Garrett Clayton (known for “Teen Beach Movie” and other shows from the Disney Channel) is a convincing hunk. But only Christian Slater’s lonely voyeur suggests what “King Cobra” might have been.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 John Hartl
    Cobbled together from so many sources that it never develops a narrative drive of its own.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 John Hartl
    Simplistic on one level, indecipherable on another, it's a most peculiar muddle.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 John Hartl
    The script is a minefield of ideas that need more work.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 John Hartl
    A few startling touches.
    • 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."
    • 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
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 John Hartl
    Its pretensions eventually undo it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 John Hartl
    This could be the year's most pretentious Hollywood film.
    • Film.com
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 John Hartl
    Story. Character. They used to mean something to George Lucas.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 John Hartl
    Instantly disposable ...Gooding appears tobe losing the momentum of his Jerry Maguire Oscar win two years ago.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 John Hartl
    The movie is such a mess that it seems to have been assembled from pieces randomly picked from the cutting-room floor.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 John Hartl
    (Smith) seems out of his depth in this talky, rambling religious satire.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 John Hartl
    Just because you can make a movie in a day doesn't necessarily mean moviegoers should take an hour and a half to watch it.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 John Hartl
    Curiously bland and flavorless.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 John Hartl
    A sophomore writing-directing effort from former film critic Rod Lurie.
    • 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
    • 22 Metascore
    • 38 John Hartl
    Cute and daffy enough to make your molars ache, Bakery in Brooklyn is the kind of romantic comedy that lacks all conviction.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 38 John Hartl
    Stuffed with touristy images but not enough dramatic substance to make any of them count.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 38 John Hartl
    The sparring couple at its center are played by Naomi Watts, a fearless actress who seems game for anything, and Matthew McConaughey, who just seems off his game here.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 John Hartl
    Stardom just doesn't have enough anger or conviction to carry it to a satisfying finish.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 John Hartl
    Loses touch with its characters.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 John Hartl
    Has a cute idea. Which it promptly runs into the ground.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 John Hartl
    Mangold ultimately can't displace memories of "An Angel at My Table," "Lilith," "The Snake Pit," "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden" and other, stronger accounts of young women placed in mental institutions.

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