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 5.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Hartlaub's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story
Lowest review score: 0 The Spirit
Score distribution:
418 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    9
    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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    A documentary that is often told in adages, riddles and poetry.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Entertaining and compelling.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Presents an almost fawning portrait of the doctor-turned-surfer.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Gridiron Gang gives you a lot more to think about during the ride home.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    A return to rowdy form for Chappelle.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Even more ridiculous than it sounds.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Deserves plenty of credit for exploring racial issues story in more realistic terms.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Succeeds as both education and amusement.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    There's no greater meaning to any of this, and the slapstick turns won't seem particularly ambitious to anyone who grew up on Bugs Bunny cartoons.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Very imaginative and can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    There are flaws, but also some fun surprises. Much closer to Hitchcock than "Hostel," this is what can happen when a pile of trash falls into the hands of a talented and resourceful director (James DeMonaco).
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    A throwback to all those guilty pleasure action movies.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    At times hilarious and occasionally very sad, it's a cautionary tale about the lure of instant fame.

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