Peter Hartlaub

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For 510 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Hartlaub's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 I Love You, Man
Lowest review score: 0 The Spirit
Score distribution:
510 movie reviews
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    This movie isn't horrible, but it seems like a waste for Zombie to keep revisiting someone else's world.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Watching this movie is like eating a hot fudge sundae and lasagna in alternating bites.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Forgettably mediocre, but it's not atrocious.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The film often stumbles in translation, trying to define too many characters in too little time.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Think “Lord of the Flies,” without all the jerks.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a so-so film with jarring tone changes and a plot that sputters before a predictable ending. But there are moments of inspiration and authenticity.
    • 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.
    • 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
    There are fun distractions, but it's easy to focus on the flaws.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Not only less than horrible, but actually occasionally enjoyable.
    • 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
    If Insidious 2 exists solely because Insidious 1 made a ton of money, then at least credit Wan for making quality control a priority.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    A strange film, because it seems designed specifically for extremely old moviegoers to see with their great-great-grandchildren.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Cheadle the actor is nearly perfect in the role.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Although the film’s content falls squarely within the PG rating, it provides about 20 percent more visual terror than you’re probably expecting. Plus, the presence of a scary clown should automatically trigger a special MPAA rating. (PG-C?) Take your 5-year-old knowing that he may be visiting your bed every night between now and Halloween.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Go in with low expectations and you might be pleasantly surprised.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Less a story than a series of complicated slapstick bits.
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The dialogue is so earnest that its lack of humor becomes a source of humor in itself. The acting is so primal that you’ll swear a porn sequence is about to break out.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    A solid piece of in-the-moment entertainment that fails in its attempt to be something more.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It’s summer, weed is legal in California now and laughs are a scarce resource. You could do worse than Rough Night.

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