Peter Hartlaub

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For 518 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Hartlaub's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 The Force
Lowest review score: 0 Silent Hill
Score distribution:
518 movie reviews
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    It's surprising how dated some of the humor is.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    At best, it will be remembered as "that exorcism movie with Eric Bana." More likely, "that exorcism movie where everyone has a bad New York accent."
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    About five times as funny as "Scary Movie 3."
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Smurfs: The Lost Village has the look of a film that was rushed, and made on a tight budget. At best, it’s an adequate cinematic babysitter.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    If Insidious 2 exists solely because Insidious 1 made a ton of money, then at least credit Wan for making quality control a priority.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    There are isolated moments of humor, and even charm. The visual effects are at times outstanding. But these positives are overwhelmed by the uninspired whole.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    And then there’s the real problem with Pitch Perfect 3: The best thing about the first movie — the singing — feels like an afterthought.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Basically, this is a really good movie until the last part, where director and co-writer Darren Lynn Bousman ruins so much so fast that you'll wonder if his actions are deliberate -- or if the studio interfered.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    How can this movie not be fun?
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Some people clearly had a good time making this film. Whether you have a good time watching it depends almost entirely on your Pony love walking in.
    • 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
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The filmmakers offer very few clues, just more aqua filters and low-contrast visuals. And with each new jarring edit, the viewer cares less and less, until the 100 minutes seem to stretch on forever.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series has been, at its core, “Alvin and the Chipmunks” without the rodents.
    • 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
    Often frustrating and at times incomprehensible, the Bourne/Bond clone keeps the pulse racing but ultimately fails to satisfy.
    • 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
    The script highlights an annoying lack of self-preservation on behalf of the protagonists. But the movie tries to be more than just a creepy doll freakout, and delivers the requisite scares.
    • 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
    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.

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