For 401 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 4.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Hartlaub's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 The Other Dream Team
Lowest review score: 0 The Spirit
Score distribution:
401 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Fright Night isn't quite a classic vampire movie, but it's refreshingly straightforward and self-deprecating.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Produced by "Lost" and "Alias" mastermind J.J. Abrams, Cloverfield has been one of the more interesting experiments in large-scale guerrilla filmmaking.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The entertaining new film from Sony Pictures Animation is a nice surprise, and the rare mainstream American kid film.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It's an achingly beautiful movie and a triumph of location scouting, with more cosmopolitan spectacle than the past three Indiana Jones and James Bond movies combined.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a funny, mostly harmless and entertaining film with a bad case of dry mouth.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Most of the time, the movie is appropriately gritty and plenty engaging.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Unfortunately, the inspired concept is coupled with weak screenwriting, and the movie turns out to be much more fun to think about than it is to watch.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Robots never stays in the same gear for long, and the abrupt shifts in tone kill the movie's chances of becoming a classic.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The similarity between the children is the most striking part of the movie.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    A clever, heart-pounding thriller, and a welcome return to form for the director.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Satan is optional in The Last Exorcism. This is the rare horror film that would have been entertaining even if nothing scary happened.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It's the kind of fun and quirky film that you don't see very often in art houses this time of year.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The female actors, particularly Hudgens and Ashley Benson, are game for the ride. And Franco is indispensable, bringing humor and pathos to one of the more repulsive cinematic creations in recent memory.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    The result is a comedy that's low budget in all the right ways - so hilarious, testosterone-charged and yet cringe-inducing to watch that the result is almost exhausting.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The picture eventually collapses under the weight of its own gimmickry, but it's still an entertaining distraction for cerebral horror fans who want an appetizer before the B-horror feast that is "Diary of the Dead."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Definitely worth your time, if not your $9.50. In other words, wait a few months and definitely check it out as a rental.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Never very frightening, but it's clever and fun, with a memorable amount of humor and gore.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The film has a little too much of the "new adventures" feel, but it's still fun.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The story is painfully simplistic, and it becomes quickly apparent that the narrative is a crude cement to hold together the carnage.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Although most of the actors beyond Bell aren't big film stars, Jamie Lee Curtis gets a few minutes of screen time, and James Franco makes a spectacularly self-deprecating cameo. Whatever they contributed to the Kickstarter campaign, it was worth every cent.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    There's nothing too small about Nolte's performance. He's the perfect companion for a rookie feature film director looking to make a good first impression.