For 408 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Hartlaub's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 The Other Dream Team
Lowest review score: 0 Silent Hill
Score distribution:
408 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    A relatively harmless movie that becomes killing-a-mockingbird sinful for what it does to its leads.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Hackl weaves scenes from the previous films into this one in clever ways, without adding to the confusion. The director also does a good job of maintaining the dark tone, which includes FBI offices that look as if they're being illuminated by night-lights, and dungeons that look as if you'd catch a venereal disease or two just by touching the door handles.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Isn't a terrible addition to the teen coming-of-age party movie catalog. It just feels dated.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Better than a lot of teen comedies.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Most audience members will probably want more.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The Providence Effect" is flawed, but it's still a moving film.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Naysayers have been claiming for years that the "Moneyball" book wouldn't work as a movie. But ultimately, it's the cinematic touches that keep this film version from becoming something exceptional.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's an imperfect facsimile, guilty of borrowing too many ideas from the earlier film, and then executing them with differing results.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The songs and a couple of strong performances are only good enough to make the film watchable, not exceptional.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Innocence and joy are threatened by the Boogeyman, and from there the plot comes pretty close to mirroring this summer's "The Avengers" movie. Mostly in a good way.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Watching this movie is like eating a hot fudge sundae and lasagna in alternating bites.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    By the time the sex actually starts, any sense of tension or anticipation is gone. It's the rare orgy that feels like an anticlimax.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's Valentine's Day! Unrealistic romantic expectations are in the air! And Safe Haven does the unrealistic romance thing pretty well.
    • 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?
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    You might need the assistance of a time machine to find a child who is clamoring for a Mr. Peabody & Sherman feature film remake.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Well-polished and well-intentioned, this human-among-the-fairies adventure is filled with plenty of rousing action for short attention spans. But the beautiful visuals are paired with a mediocre script. The pacing is off and scenes become repetitive. While Epic has broad appeal, it's hard to imagine this will be anyone's favorite movie in 5 or 10 or 20 years.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Perhaps anticipating an older audience, most of the lessons are one-sided, with the old-timers seemingly harming the children while actually saving them.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    There are plenty of bad films to get riled up about in the summer. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters isn't one of them. This is harmless tween-centric fun.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Trouble With the Curve has a problem tipping its pitches.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The high school comedy/drama morphs into a slasher movie, then morphs into a time-traveling/body-switching/world's-about-to-end science fiction story. Everyone on the set must have been chugging Mountain Dew between takes. I suspect that the editor was hooked up to an IV of the beverage.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Well written but weakly executed, it's hard to imagine anyone is going to cherish the film, if they even remember it in three months' time.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    A humorous yet unfocused romp, so unwilling to settle on a single theme that hyperactivity medication should be handed out with the 3-D glasses.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    An enjoyable movie not because of any special gifts by the filmmakers or emotional resonance in the script. It was more like destiny. Once someone jotted down the concept on a cocktail napkin and hired B-Boys who could actually dance, the movie pretty much had to turn out OK.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Pretty much everything shot by Shepard and co-director David Palmer looks as if it was done in one take. Hit & Run is closest in tone to the Tarantino-penned "True Romance," but it lacks that movie's menace.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    LUV
    The strength is in the performances and visual detail. The flaws are mostly in the script, which asks the youngest cast member to pull off a near-impossible transformation.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a bright and fun movie, but also repetitive and overloaded with plot. A nice enough diversion, but not a necessary one.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a homemade protein-and-steroids smoothie of a plot, combining elements of gore, self-parody, 1990s nostalgia overload and an attempt to say something -- while actually saying absolutely nothing -- about the American dream.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The new Disneynature film lacks the fortuitous plot turns found in previous Disney documentaries, resulting in some awkward (and possibly deceptive) editing. But the movie has a strong protagonist and impressive footage, and the educational core is unsullied.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    As much as Machete Kills is a reunion and continued revival, it also represents a sort of gentrification of the exploitation genre. It's probably time to move on and let a new generation of kids take a crack at making bad films.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Grudge Match at its core is an affront to the cinema gods, an attempt to capitalize off two iconic films for a few cheap laughs.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a stoner movie all the way, with much deep thought but little active conflict.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The film often stumbles in translation, trying to define too many characters in too little time.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Airplane buffs are going to have a particularly good time; each of the planes seems to have an obscure real-life counterpart. And pop-culture junkies will appreciate a few sly nods as well.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Transcendence looks and sounds like a Christopher Nolan film that got attacked by malware.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    If Insidious 2 exists solely because Insidious 1 made a ton of money, then at least credit Wan for making quality control a priority.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The result isn't a great film, but it's true to the original brutal vision.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Forgettably mediocre, but it's not atrocious.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Leong is a San Francisco native, and the documentary has a strong local feel. Lin's high school basketball coach Peter Diepenbrock and his shooting coach Doc Scheppler are interviewed extensively, as are both parents and Lin's brothers.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The uneven result is definitely not for prudish moviegoers, definitely funny for everyone else, and even approaches poignancy in one or two scenes.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The film does thoroughly succeed in one important regard: offering a coherent, viewer-friendly account of the life of Jesus Christ.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Although most of the actors beyond Bell aren't big film stars, Jamie Lee Curtis gets a few minutes of screen time, and James Franco makes a spectacularly self-deprecating cameo. Whatever they contributed to the Kickstarter campaign, it was worth every cent.