For 410 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 5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Hartlaub's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 The Host
Lowest review score: 0 Venom
Score distribution:
410 movie reviews
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    How can this movie not be fun?
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    There are plenty of bad films to get riled up about in the summer. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters isn't one of them. This is harmless tween-centric fun.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Much of the action onscreen doesn't ring true. Seasoned independent film director Henry Jaglom doesn't just explore the subject - he smothers the audience with it.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    A movie that features a cartoon rodent eating his brother's feces, and do you really need to know more about this update of Ross Bagdasarian's iconic musical creation?
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The action sequences are just as ridiculous as the romance parts, but at least James seems comfortable with the pratfalls and gross-out scenarios.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Besson is a pro when it comes to action movies, but this part live, part animation effort is a mess, highlighted by creepy animation, derivative plot points and a child star who speaks way too fast.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Has a solid story, which keeps things interesting during the quiet moments when nobody is getting kicked in the head.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Eragon may not be a big Oscar contender, but in a movie season filled with blood diamonds, fascist soldiers and Idi Amin, it provides a much-needed afternoon of PG-rated family-friendly adventure.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    This is the type of movie that you should be getting for free on television.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    In execution, the film is all sidekicks and sight gags, with little story cohesion or purpose.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Way too serious for its own good. The best vampire movies are some combination of sexy, scary or campy. This one is 100 percent earnest, and the hazy mysteries taken from Rachel Klein's book aren't strong enough to keep the audience engaged.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    At the heart of The Return is a murder that even the most bumbling homicide investigator could have solved in about 12 seconds.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Despite the fact that the movie covers some new cinematic territory, much of the humor feels recycled, mostly from the "Seinfeld" episodes "The Boyfriend" (the one where Jerry has a man crush on Keith Hernandez) and "The Outing."
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Forgettably mediocre, but it's not atrocious.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Well written but weakly executed, it's hard to imagine anyone is going to cherish the film, if they even remember it in three months' time.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Children will enjoy the physical humor, but discerning adults are advised to pawn their sons and daughters off on some other unsuspecting chaperone -- preferably one who doesn't read movie reviews.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Watching this movie is like eating a hot fudge sundae and lasagna in alternating bites.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    War
    If you want to see Li and Statham in an underwhelming martial arts film, rent "The One" instead. Li talks considerably more in that movie, but at least he punches a lot of people out.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Obvious, but at least it's clean.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Humorless, confusing and not very fun to watch.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Perhaps anticipating an older audience, most of the lessons are one-sided, with the old-timers seemingly harming the children while actually saving them.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    A relatively harmless movie that becomes killing-a-mockingbird sinful for what it does to its leads.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The sexual tension is thick between the woodland creatures in Alpha and Omega, an animated children's film with a plot that has more in common with "The Blue Lagoon" than "Bambi."
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Who wants to spend a minute on the Strip with the chance that there might be people as annoying as the characters played by Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher walking around?
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The Invisible is, at its core, a character study, albeit one with a Patrick Swayze-in-"Ghost" paranormal edge. But it's definitely not mindless trash. If anything, the movie is too introspective, to the point that it doesn't build enough conflict or tension.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    One more small thing: Every other scene in Saw IV starts and ends with a potential victim pressing "play" on a tape recorder, to the point where it's almost funny.