Peter Hartlaub
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For 418 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Hartlaub's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Ratatouille
Lowest review score: 0 Venom
Score distribution:
418 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The mockumentary-style delivery of a serious subject proves to be an unworkable mash-up.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    May not be a very enjoyable movie, but at least the badness is in good taste.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Doesn't accomplish its objective.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    This is the animated children's film equivalent of "Another 48 Hours."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is still a visual buffet, but adding 102 more minutes of double crosses, slow torture and hookers with hearts of gold just exposes the tediousness of the exercise.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    It isn't smart or even very scary.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Nowhere near the worst film of 2013, but it is definitely the most exhausting.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Perhaps worst of all, the movie is painfully long.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    An ill-advised and severely wussified remake.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Kind of a bore.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Nowhere near as bad as "Coneheads," but still isn't worth your time.

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