Peter Hartlaub
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For 410 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 5.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Hartlaub's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 The Foot Fist Way
Lowest review score: 0 Redline
Score distribution:
410 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Many of the individual scenes are compelling, with a gritty tension that recalls "The Wire" and other good television. But too many of the attempts at "The Sopranos"-style comic drama fail.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Writer-director Michael Tully simultaneously pays tribute to his own 1980s childhood and the cliched movies he grew up watching, and the result is one of the most honestly dishonest movies you'll ever watch.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    An occasionally rousing but mostly just adequate sequel to last year's "Planes."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The mockumentary-style delivery of a serious subject proves to be an unworkable mash-up.
    • 11 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Piles cliched character upon cliched character, and then doesn't give any of them very much to do.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Devoid of thrills, and with nothing even vaguely frightening to distract moviegoers, it becomes clear that the story wasn't worth telling in the first place.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    At best a little boring and at worst stomach-churningly offensive.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    A well-intentioned horror film that is weighted down by stellar cast members who for the most part act as if they don't want to be there.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    At times, "European Gigolo" feels more like an international incident than a movie.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The Cave is National Geographic mixed with Roger Corman, and by the end you'll probably be wishing you saw "Red Eye" instead.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The movie plays more like a WB network teen drama than something audiences should be expected to pay to see.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Less an original product than a shoddy tribute to other mediocre cop movies.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    It isn't smart or even very scary.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Like most movies based on games, this film appears to have been quite literally doomed from the start.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    May be a good tactical move for the artist's career, but it's a bad movie.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    A few amusing moments mixed in with the painful ones.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Humorless, confusing and not very fun to watch.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The result is an incredibly disorganized movie with a few funny scenes -- most of which are revealed in the commercials.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Even the element of surprise isn't enough to save this film, which has too many slow parts and features an ending that's extremely tepid by 21st century horror movie standards.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The movie is overly long and much too intense for small children, yet it's filled with dialogue and plot turns that are too juvenile to thrill adult audiences.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a movie that scrounges so desperately for laughs, it features both a flatulent moose and a flatulent train.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    A film to be enjoyed only by science-fiction movie completists and middle school boys with extreme cases of attention deficit disorder.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a well-meaning but ultimately feeble and misguided attempt to say something profound about the aftereffects of the 2001 attacks on New York.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Although the movie doesn't turn the Zodiac saga into a slasher film, it has the look of a straight-to-video movie, or at best a Project Greenlight production.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a movie packed with so many idiot characters that Rob Schneider is cast as the cool guy -- and sort of pulls it off.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The result is a well-intentioned mess -- a dishonest fantasy that begins with promise and gets more frustrating with every scene.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    This is the type of movie that you should be getting for free on television.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Children will enjoy the physical humor, but discerning adults are advised to pawn their sons and daughters off on some other unsuspecting chaperone -- preferably one who doesn't read movie reviews.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    A bunch of gags, most of which you've seen in the trailer, strung together by any means necessary.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Has maybe a half-dozen moderately frightening scenes.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Zoom is a C-list production in every possible way, from the actors and the special effects to the music and the script. Even the product placement is completely third rate.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Crossover has one redeeming quality: a heart that's in the right place. It's a bad movie with a good message -- but does anyone really want to pay $10 for an ABC After School Special version of "He Got Game"?
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Doesn't accomplish its objective.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Kind of a bore.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    This is the animated children's film equivalent of "Another 48 Hours."
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    While it's filled with quality actors, this James Bond tale for tweens feels like something you should be getting for free on television.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    While "Saw" and "Saw II" were pretty good splatter films hampered by spectacularly unbelievable endings, Saw III is annoying for almost the duration of the movie.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The movie appears to be a contrived, poorly produced attempt to sell more of the author's books.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Plodding and unfunny.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    At the heart of The Return is a murder that even the most bumbling homicide investigator could have solved in about 12 seconds.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    While Kal Penn manages a decent lead performance as Taj, the writing is terrible.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    May not be a very enjoyable movie, but at least the badness is in good taste.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Props to the Weinstein Brothers for having the guts to release a slasher film on Christmas Day. Too bad this one is the cinematic equivalent of tryptophan.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Besson is a pro when it comes to action movies, but this part live, part animation effort is a mess, highlighted by creepy animation, derivative plot points and a child star who speaks way too fast.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Any good will built up during the decent first half hour is quickly vaporized.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Not since "An American Werewolf in London" in 1981 reset the standard for man-to-wolf transformations has anyone tried to get away with special effects as pitiful as the ones in this movie.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Extremely boring.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Ghost Rider has everything you don't want from your superhero movie, including lack of logic, boring action scenes, bad acting in the supporting performances, a brutally slow 114-minute running time and cringe-worthy dialogue.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    There's no attempt at humor in Dead Silence, but the biggest sin in the film is the lack of scares.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    An acquired taste.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Perhaps worst of all, the movie is painfully long.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    A very stupid movie, with many more failed jokes than successful ones. Worse yet, much of the comedy is kind of mean.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    A mindless comedy where the blatant racial stereotypes are outnumbered only by the flatulence jokes. The best thing that can be said about this movie is it falls just short of being an international incident.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Sporadic on-field violence is only a tiny reason that Gracie disappoints, but it's indicative of the film's greater problem. Producers Elisabeth and Andrew Shue seem so intent on creating a hero out of the main character and villains out of almost everyone else, that they've completely distorted reality.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    War
    If you want to see Li and Statham in an underwhelming martial arts film, rent "The One" instead. Li talks considerably more in that movie, but at least he punches a lot of people out.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Had a lot of promise, but ultimately isn't very funny.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    That closing-credits sequence is by far the funniest thing in the disappointing movie,
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    One more small thing: Every other scene in Saw IV starts and ends with a potential victim pressing "play" on a tape recorder, to the point where it's almost funny.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    A movie that features a cartoon rodent eating his brother's feces, and do you really need to know more about this update of Ross Bagdasarian's iconic musical creation?
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The movie's onslaught of psychobabble is the annoyance most likely to ruin your evening. Imagine getting stuck on a ski lift with Dr. Phil for nearly two hours.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Seriously lacks both romance and comedy.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Completely ridiculous, but fun to look at.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    There are a few laughs and some touching moments, but nothing you couldn't get by watching episodes of "Good Times" and "Little House on the Prairie" back to back.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    A film so self-centered that even the director's most dedicated stalkers might find it a bit too narcissistic.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Who wants to spend a minute on the Strip with the chance that there might be people as annoying as the characters played by Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher walking around?
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    An ill-advised and severely wussified remake.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The fight scenes are lackluster and the plot is needlessly complicated. If you're making an action film that centers on fast cars and fast women, it's usually best to keep the rest of the story simple.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    How can this movie not be fun?
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The action sequences are just as ridiculous as the romance parts, but at least James seems comfortable with the pratfalls and gross-out scenarios.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The reboot of the "Friday the 13th" series is a pretty big mess - not particularly scary or interesting or even gory by 21st century movie standards.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    It's surprising how dated some of the humor is.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    If you see only one bad movie this year, definitely make it Knowing. The first major disappointment from director Alex Proyas is a disaster movie, a horror picture, a "Da Vinci Code"-style thriller and an end-of-days religious film all at once.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Contains so many insults to the audience's intelligence.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    If you're no longer old enough to carry a Hannah Montana lunch box, this movie will feel like punishment.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    This movie could really use an Avon Barksdale, but even actor Wood Harris, who played drug kingpin Barksdale in "The Wire," seems a bit lost.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    If only the projectionist could be persuaded to play the first 10 minutes over and over for two hours, this might be a satisfying movie. Unfortunately, the middle and the end feature a weak lead character, choppy fight choreography, humorless dialogue and computer-generated effects that look as if they came from the "Ghostbusters II" era.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Nowhere near as bad as "Coneheads," but still isn't worth your time.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The movie is occasionally clever, but still inferior to last year's "Twilight" film, mostly because the story is so muddled.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Has all kinds of good intentions, but the comedy is too broad and the pacing is clumsy. And then there's the Andy Griffith sex scene.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Much of the action onscreen doesn't ring true. Seasoned independent film director Henry Jaglom doesn't just explore the subject - he smothers the audience with it.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    First, and perhaps most important, it should be disclosed that my 4-year-old laughed pretty much nonstop throughout Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. This was his "Citizen Kane."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    When You're Strange is a remedial Doors class, taught by a professor who sounds as if he's doing voiceovers for car commercials.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    That Vampires Suck is a step above god-awful is something of a miracle.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    If there was ever a human being who needed a visit from the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, this is the guy.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The Nutcracker in 3D will be barely recognizable to fans of the beloved holiday classic. Imagine watching Tchaikovsky's ballet after taking a handful of peyote - on a day when all of the dancers call in sick and the orchestra decides to play a different set of the composer's works.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The need for a sequel was zero - proved by the fact that the characters end the movie pretty much exactly where they started it.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Dragons may have seemed less out of place three decades ago, but it would have been a bad movie then as well. It's filled with clumsy transitions and erratic performances, and tied together by an awkward framing device.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Don't invest too much in the word "Golf" at the beginning of the title. Golf in the Kingdom is arguably less of a sports movie than the first "Harry Potter." (At least someone won that game of quidditch ...)
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    It's an uninspired and instantly forgettable film. But it completely succeeds by its own standards: an 87-minute rainy-day distraction that will probably make a zillion dollars.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Way too serious for its own good. The best vampire movies are some combination of sexy, scary or campy. This one is 100 percent earnest, and the hazy mysteries taken from Rachel Klein's book aren't strong enough to keep the audience engaged.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Bornedal invests so much time in the characters - Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick play the split parents of the girls - that there are times you will forget this is a horror movie. It's Kramer vs. Kramer vs. Lucifer.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The film Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away highlights both the strains of the franchise and the willingness to promote the brand at any cost - including a coherent narrative. It's a big promo reel, and not a carefully disguised one.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    By the end, I was adding my own internal "Deadwood"-style profanities to McShane's clean dialogue. "For the sake of the (God-@#$%) kingdom, cut it (the @#$%) down!" Movies about mile-high beanstalks shouldn't require additional audience imagination.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Every moviegoer will have his own breaking point, when The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones surpasses the mundane and enters the ridiculous.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    You've probably seen this movie before, watching a child play with his toy Hot Wheels cars after eating multiple bowls of sugary breakfast cereal.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The 3-D 1D movie is aimless, seemingly deceptive and spreads a poor message: that it's OK to act extremely immature, as long as you have millions of blind followers who think it's cute.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    In execution, the film is all sidekicks and sight gags, with little story cohesion or purpose.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Nowhere near the worst film of 2013, but it is definitely the most exhausting.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The update is a different kind of failure, too much endless and not enough love.