Peter Hartlaub

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For 488 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Hartlaub's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story
Lowest review score: 0 Redline
Score distribution:
488 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    One of Miyazaki's most kid-accessible movies, but still an unnerving film.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    Anvil lives somewhere in that thoroughly entertaining gray area between self-parody and the triumph of human spirit.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    The movie is laugh-until-your-stomach-hurts hilarious.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    I'd be shocked if we see a better horror film in 2013.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    A great piece of filmmaking and a legitimate science-fiction/horror classic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    The studio made a great film.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    Moviegoers will love or hate Oliver Stone and his politics until the end of time. With well-made movies such as Snowden, though, his skill as a filmmaker becomes much harder for the detractors to debate.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    Arrival works as mainstream entertainment, but includes hallmarks of the “2001: A Space Odyssey”/“Silent Running” era of artist-driven science fiction. It has Hollywood stars, but makes great effort to strip them of any false glamour. The film is tightly calibrated, but leaves things open to interpretation, for discussion on the ride home and beyond.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a hilarious comedy made even more successful because so much of the satire seems fresh.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    This may be Favreau’s best achievement — taking a beloved film guided by Walt Disney himself and crafting something distinct and memorable.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    Bursts with action, ideas and interesting characters.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    The movie is a wonderful surprise, cleverly written and executed brick by brick with a visual panache.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    The sequel is filled with crowd-pleasing action, adventure and characters — sometimes too many characters. But it rises above its crowded narrative with an intense emotional core, taking a protagonist whose affliction had been played mostly for comedy, and exploring the emptiness and loneliness of her plight.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    Logan takes its indestructible metal claws to comic book movie norms and destroys them, and it’s a wonderful thing.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    Ratatouille is a classic.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The self-consciousness that made the director's "Love Actually" a love-it-or-hate-it film is dialed way down. About Time is more of a love-it-or-like-it proposition.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It's all very melodramatic, but the Jouberts accompany this story with incredible visuals, with an exceptional level of access. Considering how close they get to the animals, it's a wonder none of the filmmakers got mauled.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    More in the tone of the big screen "Friday Night Lights" than "Rudy" or "The Blind Side," it succeeds as mainstream entertainment without relying on a conventional storybook framework.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It’s a solid first step into the magical world of the familiar. Escapist entertainment for crowds that prefer to know their destination in advance.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    There’s still plenty of laughs left over for the audience, and the aggressive randomness of the script fuels some genuinely inventive comic moments. Although the writers of this R-rated cinematic binge frequently lose their focus, they never lose their sense of humor.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    A charming and thoughtful movie, about people making a charming and thoughtful movie.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It gives fans what they want, while also working most of the time as pulse-pounding escapism. Even though he has almost nothing to do with the actual movie, the spirit of a “Speed”-era Keanu Reeves is present throughout.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Laughs are laughs, whether you know some of the punch lines ahead of time or not. And The Secret Life of Pets has plenty of laughs.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    While the documentary isn't as compelling as its source material, Abbas tells an interesting story about his incarceration.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Compelling and frequently entertaining.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    What Sweetgrass lacks in context it makes up for in voyeuristic camera work that reveals a gritty beauty in the landscape, along with the human and livestock characters.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Just funny enough.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    This isn't just a good throwback satanic thriller - it looks as if it was made during the era of satanist paranoia.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Plays like two films in one, and succeeds on both levels.
    • 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
    Enemy is what might happen if someone let Terrence Malick make a "Twilight Zone" episode, with a quick rewrite by David Cronenberg.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Ernest & Celestine builds a delicate and charming animated world, but you wouldn't want to live there.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Most of the time, the movie is appropriately gritty and plenty engaging.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    A slow start keeps Moana from reaching “Frozen” or “Beauty and the Beast” levels of excellence. But the comic self-awareness, engaging songs and a fulfilling finish are enough to merit a strong recommendation.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    While the sequel to "Night Watch" is an imperfect film, it's always interesting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The filmmakers investigate, but can't answer every tough question. There are so many people who could be potentially taking advantage of these players, it's hard to sort out the wrongdoers.
    • 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
    Timberlake is the secret weapon, making the crankiest troll also the most appealing.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Rough around the edges, but once you get used to the laconic pace, the plot grooves along nicely.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    This film is even better if you come in with no spoilers and low expectations.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a funny, mostly harmless and entertaining film with a bad case of dry mouth.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    If you can lighten up for an hour and a half, the film delivers one good laugh after another.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It wonderfully explains elements of life with autism, offering a primer for the uninitiated, while profiling a family that was rewarded for its willingness to approach an obstacle with patience and love.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    If you can get past the ridiculousness of the setup - easy to do, because the posters make it clear this isn't a Woody Allen movie - it's pretty much impossible not to have fun.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Kill List has a slow build, but don't be lulled into complacency. This is one of the most violent and disturbing films you'll see in an art house.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It’s not a sin to tell a one-sided story, Hoover seems to be arguing, when there is no other side.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    A thoroughly enjoyable three-or four-gimmick comedy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Even with its thrifty set pieces and smaller ambitions, this attempt to reboot the series based on Tom Clancy characters does the most important thing right: It almost always feels like a Jack Ryan movie.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The remake of The Last House on the Left breaks the template, taking the 1972 original into an interesting new direction, with bold camera angles, good actors and a script that heaps on just as much character development as carnage.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    What Dunham lacks in polish, she makes up for in her ability to observe her generation, with the hardest truths coming at her own expense.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Never very frightening, but it's clever and fun, with a memorable amount of humor and gore.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The visuals are excellent, featuring a refreshingly small dose of forced cuteness, and plenty of the animals' natural movements.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The scope of the film can be frustratingly narrow. But even this limited view into the events of the Maywand District murders is gripping cinema.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    A funny and twisted movie from beginning to end, closing with an emotional payoff.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It's that constant weirdness, coupled with Nicolas Cage's best performance in pretty much forever, that makes this depraved, sexually charged, over-the-top drama so much fun to watch.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The soul of the film is the relationship between mountain-obsessed Mallory and his wife, Ruth, who corresponded in beautifully written letters brought to life by Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    André Øvredal's dry horror-comedy Trollhunter is successful on multiple levels, with a brisk pace, excellent location work and a strong lead performance by Norwegian comedian Otto Jespersen.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It's difficult to remember a recent movie that soared so high, before plummeting with a series of bad story choices. But the end result is still a strong piece of cinema, a failure only if you dwell on what might have been.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The film has a little too much of the "new adventures" feel, but it's still fun.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    In a genre where too many films are all brawn and no brain, Fighting is a contender.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    A well-paced and entertaining horror debut.
    • 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.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Assuming you can appreciate the high level of gore and assorted sadistic weirdness, the action is satisfying.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    A welcome throwback to family-friendly PG moviemaking.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Half of one song is performed with a speck of saliva on the camera. More casual fans will twist in their chairs uncomfortably, wishing that a roadie would walk up and wipe it off. Neil Young die-hards will cherish the spittle.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Armstrong acted like a demon, but it becomes clear there were very, very few angels associated with the sport in the 1990s and early 2000s.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    There are several excellent performances, including Wayne Hapi as Potini’s hardened brother. But Curtis is the most memorable part of The Dark Horse.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    A meditative state of a movie. While shorter-attention-spanned moviegoers should stick to "The Fighter," this is an interesting and enjoyable entry on the opposite side of the genre.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
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    Taking your very small child to this movie is only a slightly better idea than a trip to "The Final Destination." With that warning out of the way, this action adventure is a big treat for more mature animation and science-fiction fans and a triumph for the young director.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The best part about the movie is the way it shifts focus, starting as an observation of the animal and then subtly morphing to the point of view of Nénette, who passively experiences a jumble of voices that start to run together.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The result is a warm and extremely thoughtful journey, with a deliberately bare-bones narrative.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Like Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s stellar “The Lego Movie,” the filmmakers work with the confidence that if a joke fails, the one that follows a few seconds later will redeem the scene.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    This is the "Godfather II" of tasteless prank films.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Hannibal Rising isn't a classic, but it's entertaining and a surprisingly fitting addition to the franchise.

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