Peter Hartlaub
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For 418 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 5.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Hartlaub's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Ratatouille
Lowest review score: 0 Venom
Score distribution:
418 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The story is painfully simplistic, and it becomes quickly apparent that the narrative is a crude cement to hold together the carnage.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Although most of the actors beyond Bell aren't big film stars, Jamie Lee Curtis gets a few minutes of screen time, and James Franco makes a spectacularly self-deprecating cameo. Whatever they contributed to the Kickstarter campaign, it was worth every cent.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    There's nothing too small about Nolte's performance. He's the perfect companion for a rookie feature film director looking to make a good first impression.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The film is so harmless, and the young actors try so hard, that it's difficult not to have some fun.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    As the camera follows four campers in a Portland, Ore., rock school for girls, the result is less a journey than a collage of random thoughts, circumstances and events. There's plenty of telling, but not enough showing.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    At its best, the movie is a collection of entertaining memories from a group of gutsy women.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a weighty and visually interesting movie that unfortunately doesn't have a strong message beyond its overwhelming bleakness.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    André Øvredal's dry horror-comedy Trollhunter is successful on multiple levels, with a brisk pace, excellent location work and a strong lead performance by Norwegian comedian Otto Jespersen.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Frenetically paced but mostly pointless computer-animated film that will satisfy children but may give parents a headache.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Anyone can make a bad movie. But it takes a unique set of circumstances to make a movie so horrible that people are celebrating its badness two decades later.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Has beautiful scenery and some enjoyable moments but leaves the viewer feeling the need to find the book to get the rest of the story.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Yet it's very funny, a disappointment only to those who expect to see something bold and new.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    There are more over-the-top moments, but they never last long. And after every groan-inducing piece of footage, a spectacular near-crash or daring motorcycle chase comes along to leave the movie's shortcomings in a cloud of dust.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    A nice surprise, surpassing the quality of the first film.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Children in the audience may not be thrilled at the highbrow humor and lack of pointless action, but tough luck. Life is more than "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked" and "The Smurfs" sequels.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    A funny and twisted movie from beginning to end, closing with an emotional payoff.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    In a genre where too many films are all brawn and no brain, Fighting is a contender.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Even more ridiculous than it sounds.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Enemy is what might happen if someone let Terrence Malick make a "Twilight Zone" episode, with a quick rewrite by David Cronenberg.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    9
    Taking your very small child to this movie is only a slightly better idea than a trip to "The Final Destination." With that warning out of the way, this action adventure is a big treat for more mature animation and science-fiction fans and a triumph for the young director.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The biggest strength of the movie is the chemistry between Cumming and Isaac Leyva, a first-time feature film actor with Down syndrome, who does as much to make these scenes work as the experienced actors he's sharing scenes with.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The songs and a couple of strong performances are only good enough to make the film watchable, not exceptional.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    A humorous yet unfocused romp, so unwilling to settle on a single theme that hyperactivity medication should be handed out with the 3-D glasses.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    You might need the assistance of a time machine to find a child who is clamoring for a Mr. Peabody & Sherman feature film remake.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    For such a torment-filled story, the ending is surprisingly satisfying, with an important message that a lesser filmmaker might have telegraphed too much.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Funny and honest.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    While the sequel to "Night Watch" is an imperfect film, it's always interesting.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The final message is a strong one: Even when the starting forward is one of the best high school players ever, basketball is still a team sport.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The themes are also dated. There are times when Dredd 3D feels like an escapist companion piece to "The Day After." But there we go again, thinking too much. No sense in ruining such a fine piece of cheap entertainment.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a strain to poke fun at Dolphin Tale 2. Even more than the very solid first film, this is cynicism-free cinema; a place where snark goes to die. But while the wholesomeness, PG-rating positivity and conservation goals remain a strong selling point, the story simply isn't as good as the first one.

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