For 171 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 83% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 17% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Pete Hammond's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Hugo
Lowest review score: 10 Your Highness
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 171
171 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Pete Hammond
    In terms of sheer originality, ambition and achievement, Inception is the movie of the summer, the movie of the year and the movie of our dreams.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Pete Hammond
    Narrated by Pierce Brosnan, Oceans is simply amazing at times, a truly remarkable and extraordinary journey under the sea that takes us places we have never been before.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Pete Hammond
    What MORE could audiences want from a movie than this hilarious, heartwarming entertainment for all ages?
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Pete Hammond
    With a thieves den of borderline-Shakespearian characters, a wickedly literate screenplay, potent direction by David Fincher, an exceptional ensemble cast and subject matter that speaks to a generation and well beyond, The Social Network is mesmerizing.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Pete Hammond
    The King's Speech is a magnificent movie treat, one of the very best pictures of the year.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Pete Hammond
    Part II gets everything right to send off Harry on a cinematic high.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Pete Hammond
    The Descendants is that rare bird, moving, enlightening, funny and unapologetically human. It's one of the year's best pictures, one to savor and think about.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Pete Hammond
    Magical and imaginative, this eye-popping masterpiece from director Martin Scorsese will transport audiences to a place they won't believe.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Pete Hammond
    The timing is right for this remarkable and riveting family drama which puts a human face on the hot-button topic of immigration in such effective and emotional terms that you may never look at the subject in the same way again.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Pete Hammond
    The film's charm and delight of discovery, plus its sterling international performances, could make it a breakout hit in theaters.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Pete Hammond
    If there was any doubt Ben Affleck has turned into an exceptional director, his wildly entertaining, pulse-pounding thriller Argo will handily erase those thoughts.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 90 Pete Hammond
    Tim Burton, plus Alice, plus 3D equals an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind movie experience. It will clean up.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Pete Hammond
    An exciting, fun and sensationally entertaining movie for everyone.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Pete Hammond
    Hilarious and heartfelt from start to finish, this is the best Shrek of them all, and that's no fairy tale.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Pete Hammond
    Campanella has laced his story with twists and turns worthy of Hitchcock and the framing device of the novel (which forces the protagonist to sort out the whole thing through writing) is ingenious.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Pete Hammond
    A rousingly funny, heartfelt and imaginative 'toon blessed with the vocal talents of Steve Carell and loaded with whimsy and smarts.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 90 Pete Hammond
    This is a beautifully crafted and special movie to cherish, one likely to stay with you long after most of the so-called summer blockbusters have faded into memory.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Pete Hammond
    If "Heat" and "The Departed" had a baby, the result might come close to The Town, a riveting and explosive crime thriller and one of the year's best pictures.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Pete Hammond
    Smartly emphasizing Portis' quirky dialogue and dark comic tone, the Coens show the flare that made them famous.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Pete Hammond
    It's an unforgettable, moving and brilliantly acted drama that richly deserves to be seen by anyone who cherishes great filmmaking.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Pete Hammond
    Biutiful, which gets it name from a child's misspelling of the word, is in itself a beautiful, mesmerizing film and Iñárritu's masterpiece.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Pete Hammond
    A grueling, stunningly photographed story.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Pete Hammond
    Rio
    Rio is the biggest and brightest animated triumph since "Toy Story 3."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Pete Hammond
    The holiday season just got a whole lot brighter.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Pete Hammond
    With the best use of motion capture yet, Spielberg has translated the story of the youthful Tintin, his spirited pooch Snowy and the eccentric Captain Haddock into a first class action adventure that serves as the perfect cross between "Pirates of the Caribbean" and Spielberg's own "Indiana Jones" series.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Pete Hammond
    A superb ensemble cast makes the most of the comedy's numerous detours and storylines.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Pete Hammond
    The surprisingly effective Moneyball has a smart script, solid direction and great performances.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Pete Hammond
    Woody Allen's time-travelling comedy Midnight In Paris is a valentine to Paris and an absolute delight.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Pete Hammond
    Consider it a force in the Best Animated Film Oscar race.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 90 Pete Hammond
    It's an emotional powerhouse of a film, an unforgettable and rewarding motion picture experience.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Pete Hammond
    This magnificent stop-motion cartoon is alive - "it's alive! - with laughs and heart.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    In a crackerjack and very lean 100 minutes, the lithe and physically dynamic Jolie burns up the screen and shows the boys how it's done.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    The entire cast is superb. Crowe's an ideal Robin Hood-born to play the role-he's fully in command but human to the core. He owns it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    A clever movie premise based on an obscure comic book has been turned into, okay we’ll say it, a fanboy’s kick-ass wet dream of a movie that could be a surprise Spring smash.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    Really a perfect family movie.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    With the woes of Wall Street constantly in the headlines, Oliver Stone could not have picked a better time to reignite Wall Street.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    Put simply: Scott Pilgrim is a blast! The total package is a wildly comic journey into the head of a true original. If you are under 25 you will find all of it really, really funny.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    Will appeal to upscale adult audiences with its mix of gorgeous Chinese locations, splendid dance sequences and compelling personal story.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    Particularly impressive is veteran cinematographer Dean Semler's inventive cinematography that manages to put the audience right in the middle of the races like never before.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    Let Me In eclipses "Twilight" in every way, leaving you thirsty for more of this haunting, touching and unforgettable thriller.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    A stirring, unforgettable motion picture experience, a superbly acted and courageous story of one woman who made a difference.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    In a family market that's been woefully weak of late, Megamind should not only rescue Metro City but the box office, too.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    On the heels of another revelatory turn in True Grit, Bridges is sensational again, here in a groundbreaking performance.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    With a tour-de-force performance from James Franco and an imaginative shooting style that relies on two cameras and inventive angles, what could have been static and deadly dull comes blazingly to life in this powerful and compelling story of one man's will to survive.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    With first-rate performances from Sean Penn and Naomi Watts and a compelling script, this suspenseful, taut drama should keep audiences nailed to their seats.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    With Natalie Portman dominating the action and exhibiting a screen maturity not seen from her before, this all-stops-out Grand Guignol melodrama exhibits more than enough blood, sweat and tears (emphasis on the blood) to score nicely beyond the ballet crowd.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    Kids will fall in love with it as a movie treat full of heart, laughs and fantastic songs, and it could have crossover appeal as a Valentine date night treat thanks to all its pointy-hatted romance.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    A highly entertaining original movie that's funny, touching and real.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    Features some of the most exhilarating action sequences the screen has seen in years.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    Paul is a close encounter with the comic brilliance of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost that makes going to the movies fun again.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    Although Westfeldt's sharp screenplay is mostly talk, it's very good talk.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    This is the perfect summer movie and perhaps the best Pirates of them all.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    A refreshingly pure, honest and original love story, Waiting For Forever is one from the heart with superb performances from a talented cast.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    The most surprising courtroom drama since 1985's "Jagged Edge," The Lincoln Lawyer is a don't-miss cinematic page-turner with enough twists to fill five movies.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    Drive dynamically merges a terrific film noir plot with a cool retro look, evoking '60s classics like "Point Blank" and "Bullitt."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    The results are so funny and irresistible audiences are bound to be swept away into this kitty's universe.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    This is Steven Soderbergh at his best delivering a gripping, chilling and powerful movie experience that will have audiences talking (and freaking out).
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    This new round of toe-tapping musical numbers from the penguin population is shot in eye-poppingly gorgeous 3D.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    A highly entertaining and heartfelt action comedy that ought to steal more laughs than any other film this holiday season.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    With a sterling cast and an emotionally powerful performance from newcomer Liana Liberato, Trust packs a real dramatic punch.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    This is purely warm, wonderful, wise and hilarious family entertainment that is fantastic movie fun for everyone.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    Europe's Most Wanted is so full of laughs and great characters, it's easily the best in the series. Like "Toy Story 3," the Madagascar gang just gets better with time, and this new adventure is funny, exciting and heartwarming.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    The director of quirky fare with a rabid cult-like following has made a charming, magical and really funny new work about two unique young kids discovering love over one unforgettable summer, and it's the director's most accessible movie yet.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    Ted
    Movies don't get much funnier than Ted.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    Kids should especially like this magnificent and heartwarming look at the life of young Oscar.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    It's a great time at the movies and a wickedly clever cinematic treat.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    The Pirates! Band of Misfits is one of the funniest animated films in years, or to put it in terms you scallywags can understand: it's a treasure trove of laughs.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    Savages is one of Stone's best movies with a ménage et trois love story giving some human dimension to its three young leads.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    The exploitation title may not do it any favors, but this biopic based on the incredible life journey of Sam Childers is gripping, inspirational and well told.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    Uncomfortably tense but worth savoring, particularly because of Tilda Swinton's devastating lead performance.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    Deftly veering from comedy to drama, director David Frankel (who also guided Streep to one of her 17 Oscar nominations in "The Devil Wears Prada") never loses sight of the humanity and universality of the situation.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    A smart, winning and comic, if at times bittersweet, treat.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    Clint Eastwood and a superb cast hit it out of the park in Trouble With The Curve, a great entertainment filled with heart, humor, family drama and fantastic acting.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    Ultimately an inspiring, stirring and unforgettable human drama in the face of a horrifying war. It is highly recommended.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    The kids, especially Néron and Nélisse are irresistible and supporting players are well-cast. Human dramas like Monsieur Lazhar are a rare breed these days and this exceptional example is one to be cherished.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    Easily one of the year's best films and one of the best ever in the well-worn cop genre.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    This film stands out as one of the year's best.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    This smart and sophisticated romp takes surprising directions as it examines the creative process of writing, the delicate balance of relationships, and the mysteries of men and women.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is a sweet surprise, a funny, touching terrific and quite wonderful movie that gets it all right about the joys and heartbreaks of growing up circa 1991.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    This is not really a biopic of the great President as the title might indicate, but rather a fascinating, savvy look at the inner-workings of the political process and how things in the White House get - or don't get - done.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Hammond
    A "Good Evening" indeed at the movies.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Hammond
    The Book of Eli takes the violent, gritty feel of a spaghetti western, marries it with elements of "The Road," places it in the future and gives it a spiritual twist.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Hammond
    Like "The Blind Side," this is an inspiring and compelling true story. Harrison Ford is at the top of his game in this remarkable film.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Hammond
    Stylish, globe hopping, action-packed comedy that starts at full blast and never lets up.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Hammond
    This revved-up movie version offers a perfect mix of non-stop thrills and clever dialogue, mixed with an engagingly light touch. Nobody is taking anything too seriously here, and that's the fun of it.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Hammond
    Mixing old-fashioned content and state of the art effects, this Jerry Bruckheimer production trades ‘pirates' for ‘princes' to revive the swashbuckling, sword fighting spirit of the sort Douglas Fairbanks or Errol Flynn specialized.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Hammond
    Performances are generally first-rate with Hopkins exhibiting an ease and laid-back approach that serves Adam perfectly.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Hammond
    Fans of the first will not be bored. This Iron Man may not be the Godfather II of comic book movie sequels critics hope for but it is a complete blast anyway.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Hammond
    A fascinating, strangely funny and remarkable film about events so incredible you'll likely have a hard time believing what you see onscreen.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Hammond
    It's funny, clever, touching and real.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Hammond
    Bottom line: It's a good one, fresh, funny and vintage Woody.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Hammond
    The script, from first time screenwriters Ian Deitchman and Kristin Rusk Robinson, takes a predictable premise and gives it surprising depth.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Hammond
    Unbeatable entertainment if you want to climb on board for the ride.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Hammond
    A Hitchcockian thriller with a bit of "Unstoppable" and a little "Unknown," Source Code is a pulse-pounding flick.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Hammond
    Hop
    Fun for every member of the family, despite marketing that suggests it may be intended for only the youngest of the bunch.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Hammond
    Directors Keith Scholey (who also wrote the narration) and Alastair Fothergill spent nearly three years capturing this remarkable footage, and have edited it judiciously with an eye to entertainment.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Hammond
    The film is terrific: smart, sexy and funny.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Hammond
    The perfect family film in every way, moms, dads, kids and even those Martians are gonna love this funny, warm and wonderful tale.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Hammond
    This handsome period piece should develop a strong afterlife on DVD and in schools.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Hammond
    A refreshing, hilarious and heartwarming movie for everyone.