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 The People vs. Larry Flynt
Lowest review score: 10 Drop Dead Gorgeous
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 155
  2. Negative: 24 out of 155
155 movie reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 John Hartl
    The most popular entry in last year's Seattle International Film Festival family series.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 John Hartl
    Charming and imaginative.
    • Film.com
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 John Hartl
    There are some cheap shots, and there's an argument to be made about whether the film is sending up stereotypes or simply perpetuating them. But for every dubious moment, there are plenty that connect.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 John Hartl
    Quite a spicy brew.
    • Film.com
    • 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
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 John Hartl
    The engine that drives Jerry Maguire is Cruise, giving the kind of performance that all but deconstructs his recent series of glib leading-man roles.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 John Hartl
    Rowdy, funny, surprisingly sweet.
    • Film.com
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 John Hartl
    Ewan McGregor in a raw, funny, star-making performance.
    • 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
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 John Hartl
    Grass is often closer to the sobering tone of the PBS show than it is to the silly "Weed," with its stoned, barely literate potheads discussing the quality of their dope.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 John Hartl
    So meticulously acted that you feel you're reading the characters' minds.
    • Film.com
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 John Hartl
    A terrific feature-length cartoon.
    • 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
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 John Hartl
    Runs on wit and creativity.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 John Hartl
    The boy (Osment) has an uncanny ability to suggest Cole's secretive, haunted soul, and he seems to have inspired Willis to give perhaps his most self-effacing performance.
    • Film.com
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 John Hartl
    The script also happens to be quite literate and laceratingly funny, and Damon -- no big surprise here -- turns out to be the perfect actor to deliver Will's zingers.
    • Film.com
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 John Hartl
    All of it is vital and involving, and some of it is hilarious...I've rarely seen a group of people in a darkened theater react as viscerally as they do to Reservoir Dogs.
    • Film.com
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 John Hartl
    This long, sometimes hard-to-watch movie is a challenge, but it has authority and raw power.
    • Film.com
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 John Hartl
    An exhilarating piece of popular entertainment.
    • 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
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 John Hartl
    Altman lucked out when he cast a singer, Ronee Blakley, in a major role in "Nashville," but he has not been as fortunate here with Annie Ross and Lyle Lovett, who lack Blakley's soulful dramatic presence.
    • Film.com
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 John Hartl
    The story moves beyond the limitations of its setting, transforming itself into an affecting parable about the lengths to which parents will go to protect their children from trauma, cruelty and knowledge of evil.
    • Film.com
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 John Hartl
    A sweet, funny exercise in nostalgia, though it's also self-congratulatory and awfully calculating.
    • Film.com
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 John Hartl
    A tasty/tacky treat.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 John Hartl
    There's an almost natty precision about this picture that's so rare these days in American movies that it provides satisfaction in itself.
    • 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
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 John Hartl
    Gorgeous and troubling.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 John Hartl
    A very romantic picture.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 John Hartl
    Warm and fuzzy and amusing enough to be slightly more than an innocuous baby-sitter for the kids.