Peter Hartlaub
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For 418 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Hartlaub's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Ratatouille
Lowest review score: 0 Venom
Score distribution:
418 movie reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    If you're the type who doesn't go to art-house films , Murderball should be your exception. It's hard to imagine anyone could walk away from this movie disappointed.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    As challenging as it must have been to pilot Joss Whedon's space opera from the TV junk pile to the big screen, the finished product is a triumph.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    Children of Men is Cuarón's run for freedom, with a riveting story, fantastic action scenes and acting so universally solid that even the dogs perform masterfully under his direction.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    A great piece of filmmaking and a legitimate science-fiction/horror classic.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    Ratatouille is a classic.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    The result is a comedy that's low budget in all the right ways - so hilarious, testosterone-charged and yet cringe-inducing to watch that the result is almost exhausting.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    The movie is laugh-until-your-stomach-hurts hilarious.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a hilarious comedy made even more successful because so much of the satire seems fresh.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    Anvil lives somewhere in that thoroughly entertaining gray area between self-parody and the triumph of human spirit.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    The result is an excellent film - entertaining and informative and sometimes stunning in its display of the personal demons shared by these two geniuses.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    One of Miyazaki's most kid-accessible movies, but still an unnerving film.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    It stands out as one of the best films of the genre, on the strength of the storytelling and wonderful performances.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    Bursts with action, ideas and interesting characters.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    By the time the ride is over, director Drew Goddard and co-writers Goddard and Joss Whedon will change course three or four times, nodding and winking but never losing momentum.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    "Searching" has emotional valleys and zeniths, and gasp-inducing turns, as old friends, fans and Rodriguez's grown daughters are interviewed.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    It would have been enough for The Other Dream Team to simply pay tribute to the tie-dyed underdogs, but the filmmakers strived for more. Adding detailed historical context, the quirky feel-good story becomes a tragedy and a lesson. And that makes the victories resonate even more.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    I'd be shocked if we see a better horror film in 2013.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    The studio made a great film.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    The movie is a wonderful surprise, cleverly written and executed brick by brick with a visual panache.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    Evans pays careful attention to atmosphere, while giving wide berth to cinematographers Dimas Imam Subhono and Matt Flannery, who find beauty among the mayhem. Everything on screen is crystal clear and vibrant, like a city street right after the rain.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Very entertaining.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Robots never stays in the same gear for long, and the abrupt shifts in tone kill the movie's chances of becoming a classic.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    There are more over-the-top moments, but they never last long. And after every groan-inducing piece of footage, a spectacular near-crash or daring motorcycle chase comes along to leave the movie's shortcomings in a cloud of dust.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    At times hilarious and occasionally very sad, it's a cautionary tale about the lure of instant fame.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    When Danny takes off his collar for the last time, Besson's plan becomes clear: You may have paid for an hour and a half of escapist entertainment, but he just provided something much better.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Peralta uses the creative liberties of fiction to focus on the one thing he couldn't convey in his historical record -- the sense of tribalism among skateboarders, who live by a code that most law-abiding citizens misunderstand for hooliganism.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Occasionally thoughtful and very entertaining.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The master is back, and there's no shortage of exploding brain matter -- or fun -- to be had in the theaters this weekend.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    A tough internal struggle must take place before one can come forward and admit enjoying The Devil's Rejects, a movie so fundamentally horrible that even its creator has to admit he's basically made a 101-minute snuff film.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    A love story that gets the single male culture down so honestly and unapologetically that it can't help but push the boundaries of political correctness.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Favoring precision filmmaking over cheap thrills, with a vibe more Alfred Hitchcock than Freddy Krueger, Red Eye establishes two intelligent characters and lets audiences sit back and enjoy an entertaining battle of brains and wills.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Funny and honest.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Very imaginative and can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Lots of people will leave screenings of this movie in disgust -- and laughter is the last thing they will hear on the way out.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    As cluttered as the movie gets before the ending, it's funny throughout, with some 1970s and '80s music thrown in to keep adults happy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Compelling and frequently entertaining.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    A thoroughly enjoyable three-or four-gimmick comedy.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Succeeds as both education and amusement.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Marshall takes a modest budget and a concept that isn't all that original and produces a frightening, intelligent and sexy thriller.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The movie's shockingly tasteless setup is also its secret weapon. Despite many scenes in The Ringer that could individually be viewed as politically incorrect, audiences will be laughing with the athletes most of the time.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Berlin is still a subject very much worth exploring on film, and his observations as an aged man are even more fascinating than the statements he made as an artist in his prime.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The film has a little too much of the "new adventures" feel, but it's still fun.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Entertaining and compelling.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    A return to rowdy form for Chappelle.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    If studios insist on remaking classic horror films, this is definitely the way to do it.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Clumsily directed yet entertainingly written by Oakland native Nnegest Likké, Phat Girlz is like "Rocky" with cellulite. Or maybe "Pretty Woman" without all the bony butts. It has a lot of heart and soul, but it's almost never mean-spirited.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    About five times as funny as "Scary Movie 3."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Much of the honest dialogue has the same feel as John Hughes' and Cameron Crowe's movies during their best years, while there's a half-serious hipness that recalls the first eight episodes of "The O.C."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    This has to be the first children's film to weave a Grand Theft Auto joke into the script -- and like most things in the movie, it's pretty amusing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The end result is an interesting documentary that is as unpolished and gutsy as the championship-caliber high school hoop stars at the other end of his camera.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The visual style and lethargic pace can be frustrating -- at least if you're sober -- but the animated tragedy is still a success.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Dawson turns out to be a necessary ingredient, propelling the emotional core of the film forward, while somehow convincing the audience that a smart, attractive woman could find a schlub like Dante desirable.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    If you can lighten up for an hour and a half, the film delivers one good laugh after another.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Gridiron Gang gives you a lot more to think about during the ride home.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    This is the "Godfather II" of tasteless prank films.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    A throwback to all those guilty pleasure action movies.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    For a movie that takes place mostly in the bowels of a sewer, Flushed Away has some surprisingly charming moments.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Comic gold for anyone who is currently stoned, has been stoned in the past or spends a lot of time around stoned people.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    There's nothing too small about Nolte's performance. He's the perfect companion for a rookie feature film director looking to make a good first impression.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Eragon may not be a big Oscar contender, but in a movie season filled with blood diamonds, fascist soldiers and Idi Amin, it provides a much-needed afternoon of PG-rated family-friendly adventure.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Rough around the edges, but once you get used to the laconic pace, the plot grooves along nicely.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Hannibal Rising isn't a classic, but it's entertaining and a surprisingly fitting addition to the franchise.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Bridge to Terabithia is a good movie, but it could become truly great with a director's cut that leaves the fantastic elements a little more vague.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    While the documentary isn't as compelling as its source material, Abbas tells an interesting story about his incarceration.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Plays like two films in one, and succeeds on both levels.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    This is an extremely violent movie, with one long gory scene that's particularly hard to stomach. The great majority of Triad Election is about political maneuvering, but when the conversations end, the blood flows mightily.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The biggest sin of 28 Weeks Later is that it's not in the same league as the near-perfect movie that came before it.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    While the sequel to "Night Watch" is an imperfect film, it's always interesting.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The entertaining new film from Sony Pictures Animation is a nice surprise, and the rare mainstream American kid film.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Never very frightening, but it's clever and fun, with a memorable amount of humor and gore.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Even more ridiculous than it sounds.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Just funny enough.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Rocket Science has the makings of either a tragedy or a crowd-pleasing underdog story, but writer-director Jeffrey Blitz instead takes the movie on a different, and ultimately more rewarding, direction.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    As impressive as it is geeky. Most of the principal characters look like they haven't seen daylight since "Pac-Man Fever" was on the charts.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    While the songs are recycled, Across the Universe stands out just by existing.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The multiple-story-line family drama is too cliche-ridden to be considered a great movie. But it's still a very good one, filled with excellent performances, entertaining writing and a final few scenes that are quite moving - even if you can see most of them coming at the end of the first act.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    A well-paced and entertaining horror debut.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Instructive as a portrait of activism.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    While it's riveting throughout, The Mist is a bit bloated.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Funny, very clever and still packs some cover-your-face bloody thrills that top any "Saw" or "Hostel" movie.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Helm gets huge bonus points for noticing everything that's annoying about modern children's films and including none of those things in his movie.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    A welcome throwback to family-friendly PG moviemaking.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Produced by "Lost" and "Alias" mastermind J.J. Abrams, Cloverfield has been one of the more interesting experiments in large-scale guerrilla filmmaking.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    A funny comedy, and sometimes an even better drama.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It's one of the least scary films that he's made - but still entertaining, and very, very gory.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Has a solid story, which keeps things interesting during the quiet moments when nobody is getting kicked in the head.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It's an achingly beautiful movie and a triumph of location scouting, with more cosmopolitan spectacle than the past three Indiana Jones and James Bond movies combined.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Presents an almost fawning portrait of the doctor-turned-surfer.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The talented fantasy filmmaker and heir to the "Lord of the Rings" throne gets the tone right throughout Hellboy 2, and the hip retro charm alone is enough to merit recommendation.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a funny, mostly harmless and entertaining film with a bad case of dry mouth.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Deserves plenty of credit for exploring racial issues story in more realistic terms.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Most of the time, the movie is appropriately gritty and plenty engaging.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Twilight has a few gory plot turns - mostly offscreen - and one near-sex scene that may offend a few Amish people, but the rest is maybe 33 percent less wholesome than "High School Musical." It's almost certainly less risque than what you were watching when you were 14. (Cue the soundtrack to "Risky Business.")
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    A funny and twisted movie from beginning to end, closing with an emotional payoff.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    An enjoyable way to start the Oscar season.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Along with the awkward romantic exchanges that always seem to find their way into Smith's movies, there's also a sweetness that you don't often see in films that average multiple f-words per minute.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    A nice surprise, surpassing the quality of the first film.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Assuming you can appreciate the high level of gore and assorted sadistic weirdness, the action is satisfying.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    May not be a classic, but it still has a lot of class.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The result is a warm and extremely thoughtful journey, with a deliberately bare-bones narrative.