Peter Hartlaub

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For 454 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 6.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Hartlaub's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Tropic Thunder
Lowest review score: 0 Redline
Score distribution:
454 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Rough around the edges, but once you get used to the laconic pace, the plot grooves along nicely.
    • 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
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Just funny enough.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    An ill-advised and severely wussified remake.
    • 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
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Kind of a bore.
    • 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
    G
    Unpolished but entertaining.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Transcendence looks and sounds like a Christopher Nolan film that got attacked by malware.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The core fan base of this English sword battle drama will pay for the boundary-pushing blood and gore. Why bore them with things like plot and context and production values?
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a stoner movie all the way, with much deep thought but little active conflict.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    A movie for people who value heart and earnestness over technical filmmaking skill, and consider unpredictable plot turns a betrayal.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Nowhere near as bad as "Coneheads," but still isn't worth your time.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The remake of The Last House on the Left breaks the template, taking the 1972 original into an interesting new direction, with bold camera angles, good actors and a script that heaps on just as much character development as carnage.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    An often amusing but also an aimless and forgettable animated comedy that is noteworthy mostly for its random musical numbers and surprising amounts of violence.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    While it's filled with quality actors, this James Bond tale for tweens feels like something you should be getting for free on television.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    If you see only one bad movie this year, definitely make it Knowing. The first major disappointment from director Alex Proyas is a disaster movie, a horror picture, a "Da Vinci Code"-style thriller and an end-of-days religious film all at once.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    As much as Machete Kills is a reunion and continued revival, it also represents a sort of gentrification of the exploitation genre. It's probably time to move on and let a new generation of kids take a crack at making bad films.
    • 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
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    First, and perhaps most important, it should be disclosed that my 4-year-old laughed pretty much nonstop throughout Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. This was his "Citizen Kane."
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The second half of the film is much funnier and warmer than the first, but the movie is still difficult to recommend.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    More in the tone of the big screen "Friday Night Lights" than "Rudy" or "The Blind Side," it succeeds as mainstream entertainment without relying on a conventional storybook framework.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    A ridiculous teen horror movie that piles on more than enough dry humor and freshly moistened gore to satisfy its lowbrow audience.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    In style and tone, Igor seems more like a short from the adult-oriented "Spike & Mike's Festival of Animation."
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    It's surprising how dated some of the humor is.

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