Peter Hartlaub

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For 435 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 6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Hartlaub's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Frozen
Lowest review score: 0 Silent Hill
Score distribution:
435 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    At its best, the movie is a collection of entertaining memories from a group of gutsy women.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Disappointingly mediocre.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The documentary isn't particularly thrilling, or even very informative, but it's almost certain to lower your blood pressure for 83 minutes.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a kids' movie from a better time, with a few small concessions to modern audiences.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Unfortunately, the inspired concept is coupled with weak screenwriting, and the movie turns out to be much more fun to think about than it is to watch.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The film is so harmless, and the young actors try so hard, that it's difficult not to have some fun.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    More action directors should include scenes such as the Mercers' extended Thanksgiving dinner, which fleshes out the bond between the brothers without using too many words.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Despite a decent cast of mostly British voice actors and better-than-average computer animation, the movie seems rushed at 76 minutes and is only marginally funny.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    If you can get past the impossibilities it is a fun time at the movies.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    G
    Unpolished but entertaining.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The makers of Into the Blue know what the audience wants. And they deliver a little bit more.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Basically, this is a really good movie until the last part, where director and co-writer Darren Lynn Bousman ruins so much so fast that you'll wonder if his actions are deliberate -- or if the studio interfered.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    If you can get past a few swear words, the film's simplicity makes Glory Road a good starting point to get young kids to talk about racism.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    A workmanlike effort -- a precision piece of filmmaking that provides education for children and a refresher course that adults can benefit from as well.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    A ridiculous teen horror movie that piles on more than enough dry humor and freshly moistened gore to satisfy its lowbrow audience.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a weighty and visually interesting movie that unfortunately doesn't have a strong message beyond its overwhelming bleakness.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Less a story than a series of complicated slapstick bits.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    A decent-looking and harmless computer animated film that is notable mostly because it doesn't appear to contain a single original idea.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    If you like gore, this is the movie for you.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The remake is a solidly crafted movie with a lot of good scares, but it also raises the question: Why even bother with an update?
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    An often amusing but also an aimless and forgettable animated comedy that is noteworthy mostly for its random musical numbers and surprising amounts of violence.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    To enjoy it you almost have to be stoned on marijuana.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a pleasant and well-intentioned end of summer diversion that doesn't possess the imagination-stoking qualities of a premier children's movie.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The makers of Man Push Cart seem so dedicated to making a film that defies Hollywood conventions that the finished product lacks enough entertainment value to justify price of admission.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    A strange film, because it seems designed specifically for extremely old moviegoers to see with their great-great-grandchildren.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The movie is an enjoyable but flawed attempt at an epic story, with too much of the best action concentrated in the beginning.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Although intriguing to look at, Renaissance -- the latest animated film geared to adult audiences -- is undone by a plot that is ridiculously hard to follow and hackneyed.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    A lot more enjoyable if you can leave your cognitive skills at the door.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    There are fun distractions, but it's easy to focus on the flaws.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    There are some nice moments and beautiful scenery, but the film is often slow and the dialogue is overwrought.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's difficult to ignore the fact that they've created a romantic comedy that has almost no romance and even less comedy.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Although the finished product isn't great, it's more akin to a bad Steve Martin movie from the 1980s than bad Pauly Shore from the 1990s. We mean that as a compliment (sort of).
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The filmmaking is unremarkable, but the obsessiveness of the lead character is infectious enough to make this drama passable entertainment.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The humor is lowbrow, but the screenwriters and performers have a sense of pride that makes them strive for stupid jokes that haven't been done before.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Better than a lot of teen comedies.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Starts out OK, but then almost seems to be intentionally going for humor.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's not fun to watch.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Frenetically paced but mostly pointless computer-animated film that will satisfy children but may give parents a headache.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Obvious, but at least it's clean.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Difficult to recommend, without first knowing the sobriety of the viewer.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Definitely worth your time, if not your $9.50. In other words, wait a few months and definitely check it out as a rental.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The Invisible is, at its core, a character study, albeit one with a Patrick Swayze-in-"Ghost" paranormal edge. But it's definitely not mindless trash. If anything, the movie is too introspective, to the point that it doesn't build enough conflict or tension.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Basically torture porn.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Despite the fact that the movie covers some new cinematic territory, much of the humor feels recycled, mostly from the "Seinfeld" episodes "The Boyfriend" (the one where Jerry has a man crush on Keith Hernandez) and "The Outing."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The picture eventually collapses under the weight of its own gimmickry, but it's still an entertaining distraction for cerebral horror fans who want an appetizer before the B-horror feast that is "Diary of the Dead."
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Filmgoers looking for copious amounts of mindless violence won't be disappointed.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Difficult to watch, and the film is sabotaged by an impossibly naive lead character and the repetitive auditions that become gratuitously depressing.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Ponderous, repetitive and lacking a single rousing action sequence.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    There's little illumination.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Despite some solid acting, the film is lacking in surprises. For all the suffering that these characters endure, there's very little payoff.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Has a few charming moments and a scene or two with legitimate hilarity, but mostly it's just mediocre.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Not a spectacular movie, but the action scenes are well shot, there's no shortage of R-rated gore and the plot moves along quickly enough to mask the fact that the whole endeavor is completely ridiculous.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The second half of the film is much funnier and warmer than the first, but the movie is still difficult to recommend.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The performances are the best part of this uneven film.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    As the camera follows four campers in a Portland, Ore., rock school for girls, the result is less a journey than a collage of random thoughts, circumstances and events. There's plenty of telling, but not enough showing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Feels a bit too much like six hours of movie packed into 113 minutes - imagine if New Line had made Peter Jackson cram the entirety of "Lord of the Rings" into one film.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The movie is too lethargic for its own good, and many of the events and minor characters don't quite ring true.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Not only less than horrible, but actually occasionally enjoyable.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Isn't quite as boring as it sounds, thanks to writer/director Steve Conrad's strong script and decent performances by John C. Reilly and Seann William Scott.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Has beautiful scenery and some enjoyable moments but leaves the viewer feeling the need to find the book to get the rest of the story.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Most audience members will probably want more.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Looks fantastic, but the film suffers from the TV-to-feature transition.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Screenwriters Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith may not have any original ideas, but they write some good lines and have a great actress to deliver them.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    In style and tone, Igor seems more like a short from the adult-oriented "Spike & Mike's Festival of Animation."
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    A relatively harmless movie that becomes killing-a-mockingbird sinful for what it does to its leads.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Unfortunately, the writing has become so bad that it becomes impossible to keep your head in the game - even as your toes continue to tap to the beat.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    As the film meanders, the powerful moments barely outnumber the ridiculous. And another excellent performance from McAdams isn't quite good enough to mask the distractions.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Has a made-for-television style.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    If Stanley Kubrick filmed an orgy like the one in this film, "Eyes Wide Shut" might have been halfway tolerable.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Zellweger takes an otherwise passable mainstream comedy and all but ruins it with her lack of effort.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The predictable script feels as if it were filmed right off the cocktail napkin it was jotted on, but at least the movie has an "Ocean's 11" sequel's worth of good actors, including Alfred Molina, Jeremy Irons and Jean Reno.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's hard to deny that the first two-thirds of G.I. Joe is an enjoyable film, especially when graded on the curve of lowered expectations. Compared to other big-budget movies out this summer, it's pretty mediocre.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    A movie that doesn't quite have enough romance, thriller or revenge-fantasy elements to qualify for any of those genres. More than anything, it's a celebration of uncomfortable silences. The awkward moments in this movie far outweigh the joyful or tragic ones.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Isn't a terrible addition to the teen coming-of-age party movie catalog. It just feels dated.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Will satisfy its young fan base and is bound to make a ton of money. At this point, though, the series is no longer an artistic pursuit; it's a business deal.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Hawke is half-assed throughout, showing passion only when he's screaming like a little girl when something scary happens. The visuals have a dingy, unfocused quality, especially in the muddy visual-effects-enhanced backdrops. And some of the plot turns are awful. The vampire "cure" is so stupid, you'll want to walk out of the theater, even if you normally like this kind of movie.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Delivers all the pain, melodrama and redemption that fans of the genre demand.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Poorly written, contains too much hero worship and profiles too many events - including one that combines the high jump with motorcycles. But the documentary generates a remarkable amount of goodwill with its stunning visuals, which look breathtaking in 3-D.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Enjoy the film for its witty dialogue and fun performances, but know that there isn't a single good scare. An episode of "Murder, She Wrote" has more thrills.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The final message is a strong one: Even when the starting forward is one of the best high school players ever, basketball is still a team sport.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The Providence Effect" is flawed, but it's still a moving film.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The writing is funny during individual moments, but the cumulative result is a bit depressing, with a surprising amount of negativity.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    A movie for people who value heart and earnestness over technical filmmaking skill, and consider unpredictable plot turns a betrayal.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    To cover the Abramoff scandal is to follow tangent after tangent, until it seems as if prison was in the lobbyist's plans from the beginning.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The movie is not as good as his recent low-budget effort, "Diary of the Dead," but there are enough moments of satire and coolness - two Romero hallmarks - to merit recommendation.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The result is an interesting but often frustrating effort by the director of "The Sea Inside," who proves that ambition and talent aren't enough to ensure a compelling drama.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    This film is too scary for very young children, while older fans are likely to focus on the film not faring well in comparison to the elder Miyazaki's recent work.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Lottery Ticket is likable, and that goes a long way.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Ultimately, that's all Highwater offers - barely explored concepts and short profiles.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The sexual tension is thick between the woodland creatures in Alpha and Omega, an animated children's film with a plot that has more in common with "The Blue Lagoon" than "Bambi."
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The Romantics can be charming, and Holmes tackles her meatiest role since the superb "Pieces of April." But the script fails to establish the likability of any of the main characters, which dulls the sense of urgency during the dramatic moments.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Legend of the Guardians sounds as if it were scripted by a team of 11-year-old boys, with too much plot for its 91-minute running time, a script that steals liberally from "Star Wars" and some occasionally eye-roll-worthy weirdness.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Jackass 3D has its moments, but it lacks the ingenuity and hilarity of the previous films - no doubt in large part because of the aging process.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a disappointment to see the teen pop star hop in a tour bus. This is a boy who should be traveling across rainbows on the back of a unicorn.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The songs and a couple of strong performances are only good enough to make the film watchable, not exceptional.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The script is weak, but everyone on the technical side of "Soul Surfer" is a pro. The scenes in the water flow together nicely, and the action is always coherent. Robb's scenes without an arm look seamless throughout the movie.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The story is painfully simplistic, and it becomes quickly apparent that the narrative is a crude cement to hold together the carnage.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The core fan base of this English sword battle drama will pay for the boundary-pushing blood and gore. Why bore them with things like plot and context and production values?
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Once you're done trying to conjugate the smurfs, there's a better movie than anyone could have possibly expected, thanks in large part to an honest effort by Harris in a thankless role.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Even if it means blowing more than half the budget on animal wranglers, any movie that profiles Saddam Hussein's eldest son and Iraqi psychopath Uday Hussein is incomplete without the presence of his personal zoo. It's like filming a Michael Jackson biopic and leaving out the chimp, Ferris wheel and kid who played "Webster."

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