Peter Hartlaub

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For 508 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:
508 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The cinematography and direction are particularly compelling; the complicated sequences on the tight sets must have forced camera operators to play cinematic Twister in impossibly small corners.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Now in middle age, members of N.W.A. no longer believe all of the hype. They’re in an introspective space, to the great benefit of this film.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Deserves plenty of credit for exploring racial issues story in more realistic terms.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Like its lead characters, Going in Style just grooves along nicely, until the credits roll and you realize it was time well spent.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Succeeds as both education and amusement.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The screenplay is deceptively tight, even as the main characters seem to be buzzing aimlessly through the proceedings. Like the most successful films of the drug-hazed genre, this movie only appears to be going off the rails.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The locally sourced documentary is always engaging — lively and well-paced with an impressive list of interviewees from Hillary Clinton to Huerta herself.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Bayona remains a director whose work should be anticipated, and A Monster Calls is a solid fantasy drama.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    In the end, Sully is a broadly crowd-pleasing movie, at a time when we could use the straight-forward entertainment.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Stronger always feels right in the moment, solidified by an outstanding central performance by Gyllenhaal, and some wonderful ensemble work, especially the actors just below the top billing.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    As entertainment, this approach might be questionable. As a service, it would be valuable.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Children in the audience may not be thrilled at the highbrow humor and lack of pointless action, but tough luck. Life is more than "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked" and "The Smurfs" sequels.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    May not be a classic, but it still has a lot of class.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    As cluttered as the movie gets before the ending, it's funny throughout, with some 1970s and '80s music thrown in to keep adults happy.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    While the songs are recycled, Across the Universe stands out just by existing.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Won't make anyone forget "The Shining," but it's a nice throwback to the days when scary movies featured pretty good actors, a plot that holds together and a couple of creepy-looking ghost kids.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    An enjoyable way to start the Oscar season.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Funny and honest.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Occasionally thoughtful and very entertaining.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The ending takes an unfortunate detour that stretches the running time, but this is still quality Pixar work.
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The multiple-story-line family drama is too cliche-ridden to be considered a great movie. But it's still a very good one, filled with excellent performances, entertaining writing and a final few scenes that are quite moving - even if you can see most of them coming at the end of the first act.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The entertaining new film from Sony Pictures Animation is a nice surprise, and the rare mainstream American kid film.

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