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 Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story
Lowest review score: 0 The Smurfs 2
Score distribution:
408 movie reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    Ratatouille is a classic.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Very imaginative and can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    One of Miyazaki's most kid-accessible movies, but still an unnerving film.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Ernest & Celestine builds a delicate and charming animated world, but you wouldn't want to live there.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    A great piece of filmmaking and a legitimate science-fiction/horror classic.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    A return to rowdy form for Chappelle.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Miyazaki is arguably at the Kubrick/Polanski level, where his lesser films still yield great rewards. Even during the moments that don't soar, The Wind Rises continues to satisfy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Captures an artist who has decided not to burn out, but to fade away with dignity.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    Anvil lives somewhere in that thoroughly entertaining gray area between self-parody and the triumph of human spirit.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    The movie is a wonderful surprise, cleverly written and executed brick by brick with a visual panache.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Plays like two films in one, and succeeds on both levels.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The result is a warm and extremely thoughtful journey, with a deliberately bare-bones narrative.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Mainstream audiences will probably be confounded by Drive, while lovers of gritty filmmaking will defend every exaggerated shotgun wound as art. Know which camp you're in before you enter the theater.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    There's little illumination.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The talented fantasy filmmaker and heir to the "Lord of the Rings" throne gets the tone right throughout Hellboy 2, and the hip retro charm alone is enough to merit recommendation.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Tribe superfan Rapaport doesn't fawn, but he juggles too much, and the ending feels pat. It's still an outstanding effort, and one of the more honest band biopics in recent years.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It's all very foul, and completely entertaining.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It is by far the sharpest-looking DreamWorks Animation film to date.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Very entertaining.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    A documentary that is often told in adages, riddles and poetry.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The ego trips and sexuality and driving are all filmed with equal intensity, to the point where the emotions and flesh and crunched metal seem to blend together. The movie's only major problem is that the tension sometimes overwhelms.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    The studio made a great film.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The end result is an interesting documentary that is as unpolished and gutsy as the championship-caliber high school hoop stars at the other end of his camera.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It's clear by the end that one Ruth Gruber is worth more than 100 pundits fighting about partisan politics.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Rocket Science has the makings of either a tragedy or a crowd-pleasing underdog story, but writer-director Jeffrey Blitz instead takes the movie on a different, and ultimately more rewarding, direction.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It's funny, clever and marginally educational.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    If you were ever wondering what "Die Hard" would have been like if Neil LaBute directed it as an art film, prepare to enjoy Lovers of Hate.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Presents an almost fawning portrait of the doctor-turned-surfer.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Undefeated is filled with wonderful narratives, which impressed academy voters enough to garner an Academy Award this week. It's a credit to directors Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Daniels that the personal stories of the kids and coaches resonate more than the wins and losses.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Compelling and frequently entertaining.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    The movie is laugh-until-your-stomach-hurts hilarious.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Patterson's verite style is bettered by the work of cinematographer Eric Koretz, who surrounds the bleak characters with beauty and color.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Marshall takes a modest budget and a concept that isn't all that original and produces a frightening, intelligent and sexy thriller.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a hilarious comedy made even more successful because so much of the satire seems fresh.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The movie turns from good to great as the layers are peeled away and director Hahn provides an insider's look at the creative epicenter of the studio.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Fans of this film will some day wear out their DVDs and Blu-rays playing that fantastic battle scene again and again.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    At times hilarious and occasionally very sad, it's a cautionary tale about the lure of instant fame.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    This film is even better if you come in with no spoilers and low expectations.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    I'd be shocked if we see a better horror film in 2013.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It's an entertaining, depressing and ultimately hopeful movie about the times we live in.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Succeeds in its modest goals of building tension slowly and generating a handful of legitimate scares. A few people in the audience were laughing during the first half of the film. No one was laughing during the long walk out of the theater.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Ponderous, repetitive and lacking a single rousing action sequence.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    This has to be the first children's film to weave a Grand Theft Auto joke into the script -- and like most things in the movie, it's pretty amusing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    While the documentary isn't as compelling as its source material, Abbas tells an interesting story about his incarceration.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Occasionally thoughtful and very entertaining.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    With apologies to George A. Romero and the impending zombie apocalypse, The Eclipse may be the most realistic film where something dead comes to life and tries to feast on human flesh. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/04/15/MVST1CTGJ4.DTL#ixzz0lDuetYGS
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Instructive as a portrait of activism.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The visuals are excellent, featuring a refreshingly small dose of forced cuteness, and plenty of the animals' natural movements.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Most audience members will probably want more.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It's one of the least scary films that he's made - but still entertaining, and very, very gory.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    This is the "Godfather II" of tasteless prank films.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    As entertainment, this approach might be questionable. As a service, it would be valuable.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    Bursts with action, ideas and interesting characters.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The film often stumbles in translation, trying to define too many characters in too little time.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The Providence Effect" is flawed, but it's still a moving film.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The ending takes an unfortunate detour that stretches the running time, but this is still quality Pixar work.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Entertaining and compelling.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Dawson turns out to be a necessary ingredient, propelling the emotional core of the film forward, while somehow convincing the audience that a smart, attractive woman could find a schlub like Dante desirable.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    An honest, fair and quite voyeuristic look into avatars and the real-life humans who control them in Second Life.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Even with the conflict overkill, most of the small moments ring true. Dolphin Tale has more in common with "The Swiss Family Robinson" than most modern live-action family movies, where slapstick and cheap laughs feed short attention spans.
    • 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.
    • 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.