Peter Hartlaub

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For 492 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Hartlaub's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 The Damned United
Lowest review score: 0 Redline
Score distribution:
492 movie reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The filmmaking is unremarkable, but the obsessiveness of the lead character is infectious enough to make this drama passable entertainment.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a bright and fun movie, but also repetitive and overloaded with plot. A nice enough diversion, but not a necessary one.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Too lackluster to be praised highly, yet too benign to be excoriated, “Rock Dog” is the perfect family film for a rainy day with no other options. It does not deserve mention in any animation history book; and yet it’s completely satisfactory in the moment.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    An occasionally rousing but mostly just adequate sequel to last year's "Planes."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The film tries to split the difference between thoughtful science fiction and action-driven horror, and blows the chance to truly succeed at either. Morgan is an enjoyable enough experience in the moment, but it never quite coalesces.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's difficult to ignore the fact that they've created a romantic comedy that has almost no romance and even less comedy.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Enjoy the film for its witty dialogue and fun performances, but know that there isn't a single good scare. An episode of "Murder, She Wrote" has more thrills.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Filmgoers looking for copious amounts of mindless violence won't be disappointed.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The humor is lowbrow, but the screenwriters and performers have a sense of pride that makes them strive for stupid jokes that haven't been done before.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    A decent-looking and harmless computer animated film that is notable mostly because it doesn't appear to contain a single original idea.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a kids' movie from a better time, with a few small concessions to modern audiences.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Disappointingly mediocre.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    This time, it seems as if there’s a little less magic in the woods.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    This film is too scary for very young children, while older fans are likely to focus on the film not faring well in comparison to the elder Miyazaki's recent work.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Despite some solid acting, the film is lacking in surprises. For all the suffering that these characters endure, there's very little payoff.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The makers of We Are Your Friends got halfway there, and then lost the beat.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Basically torture porn.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    To enjoy it you almost have to be stoned on marijuana.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a homemade protein-and-steroids smoothie of a plot, combining elements of gore, self-parody, 1990s nostalgia overload and an attempt to say something -- while actually saying absolutely nothing -- about the American dream.
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The makers of Into the Blue know what the audience wants. And they deliver a little bit more.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    By the time the sex actually starts, any sense of tension or anticipation is gone. It's the rare orgy that feels like an anticlimax.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The movie is not as good as his recent low-budget effort, "Diary of the Dead," but there are enough moments of satire and coolness - two Romero hallmarks - to merit recommendation.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The remake is a solidly crafted movie with a lot of good scares, but it also raises the question: Why even bother with an update?
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Poorly written, contains too much hero worship and profiles too many events - including one that combines the high jump with motorcycles. But the documentary generates a remarkable amount of goodwill with its stunning visuals, which look breathtaking in 3-D.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The Romantics can be charming, and Holmes tackles her meatiest role since the superb "Pieces of April." But the script fails to establish the likability of any of the main characters, which dulls the sense of urgency during the dramatic moments.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    If Stanley Kubrick filmed an orgy like the one in this film, "Eyes Wide Shut" might have been halfway tolerable.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Too many moments elicit a polite half chuckle, when the screenwriters are trying for uproarious laughter. But it benefits from an excellent cast, who seem to be all in. And whenever there’s a stretch of extended mediocrity, it’s almost always saved by an unexpected moment of politically incorrect inspiration.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    G
    Unpolished but entertaining.

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