For 398 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 4.7 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:
398 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a hilarious comedy made even more successful because so much of the satire seems fresh.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The movie turns from good to great as the layers are peeled away and director Hahn provides an insider's look at the creative epicenter of the studio.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Fans of this film will some day wear out their DVDs and Blu-rays playing that fantastic battle scene again and again.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The movie is an enjoyable but flawed attempt at an epic story, with too much of the best action concentrated in the beginning.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It's that constant weirdness, coupled with Nicolas Cage's best performance in pretty much forever, that makes this depraved, sexually charged, over-the-top drama so much fun to watch.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    At times hilarious and occasionally very sad, it's a cautionary tale about the lure of instant fame.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It's all very melodramatic, but the Jouberts accompany this story with incredible visuals, with an exceptional level of access. Considering how close they get to the animals, it's a wonder none of the filmmakers got mauled.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    It would have been enough for The Other Dream Team to simply pay tribute to the tie-dyed underdogs, but the filmmakers strived for more. Adding detailed historical context, the quirky feel-good story becomes a tragedy and a lesson. And that makes the victories resonate even more.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    This film is even better if you come in with no spoilers and low expectations.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    To cover the Abramoff scandal is to follow tangent after tangent, until it seems as if prison was in the lobbyist's plans from the beginning.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    I'd be shocked if we see a better horror film in 2013.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It's an entertaining, depressing and ultimately hopeful movie about the times we live in.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Succeeds in its modest goals of building tension slowly and generating a handful of legitimate scares. A few people in the audience were laughing during the first half of the film. No one was laughing during the long walk out of the theater.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Ponderous, repetitive and lacking a single rousing action sequence.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Armstrong acted like a demon, but it becomes clear there were very, very few angels associated with the sport in the 1990s and early 2000s.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    This has to be the first children's film to weave a Grand Theft Auto joke into the script -- and like most things in the movie, it's pretty amusing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    While the documentary isn't as compelling as its source material, Abbas tells an interesting story about his incarceration.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Occasionally thoughtful and very entertaining.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    With apologies to George A. Romero and the impending zombie apocalypse, The Eclipse may be the most realistic film where something dead comes to life and tries to feast on human flesh. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/04/15/MVST1CTGJ4.DTL#ixzz0lDuetYGS
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Kill List has a slow build, but don't be lulled into complacency. This is one of the most violent and disturbing films you'll see in an art house.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Instructive as a portrait of activism.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The visuals are excellent, featuring a refreshingly small dose of forced cuteness, and plenty of the animals' natural movements.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Most audience members will probably want more.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It's one of the least scary films that he's made - but still entertaining, and very, very gory.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    This is the "Godfather II" of tasteless prank films.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    As entertainment, this approach might be questionable. As a service, it would be valuable.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    Bursts with action, ideas and interesting characters.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The best part about the movie is the way it shifts focus, starting as an observation of the animal and then subtly morphing to the point of view of Nénette, who passively experiences a jumble of voices that start to run together.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The film often stumbles in translation, trying to define too many characters in too little time.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The Providence Effect" is flawed, but it's still a moving film.