Peter Hartlaub

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For 435 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 Anvil! The Story of Anvil
Lowest review score: 0 Redline
Score distribution:
435 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    While it's riveting throughout, The Mist is a bit bloated.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Trouble With the Curve has a problem tipping its pitches.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Less a story than a series of complicated slapstick bits.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    When Danny takes off his collar for the last time, Besson's plan becomes clear: You may have paid for an hour and a half of escapist entertainment, but he just provided something much better.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Deserves plenty of credit for exploring racial issues story in more realistic terms.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    A workmanlike effort -- a precision piece of filmmaking that provides education for children and a refresher course that adults can benefit from as well.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    There’s still plenty of laughs left over for the audience, and the aggressive randomness of the script fuels some genuinely inventive comic moments. Although the writers of this R-rated cinematic binge frequently lose their focus, they never lose their sense of humor.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    If you can get past a few swear words, the film's simplicity makes Glory Road a good starting point to get young kids to talk about racism.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Although intriguing to look at, Renaissance -- the latest animated film geared to adult audiences -- is undone by a plot that is ridiculously hard to follow and hackneyed.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Hawke is half-assed throughout, showing passion only when he's screaming like a little girl when something scary happens. The visuals have a dingy, unfocused quality, especially in the muddy visual-effects-enhanced backdrops. And some of the plot turns are awful. The vampire "cure" is so stupid, you'll want to walk out of the theater, even if you normally like this kind of movie.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    There are some nice moments and beautiful scenery, but the film is often slow and the dialogue is overwrought.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The performances are the best part of this uneven film.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Funny, very clever and still packs some cover-your-face bloody thrills that top any "Saw" or "Hostel" movie.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Feels a bit too much like six hours of movie packed into 113 minutes - imagine if New Line had made Peter Jackson cram the entirety of "Lord of the Rings" into one film.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The stunning and mostly uncompromising visuals more than compensate for the frequent corny turns of phrase.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Innocence and joy are threatened by the Boogeyman, and from there the plot comes pretty close to mirroring this summer's "The Avengers" movie. Mostly in a good way.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The soul of the film is the relationship between mountain-obsessed Mallory and his wife, Ruth, who corresponded in beautifully written letters brought to life by Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Unfortunately, the writing has become so bad that it becomes impossible to keep your head in the game - even as your toes continue to tap to the beat.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    An enjoyable way to start the Oscar season.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Even with its thrifty set pieces and smaller ambitions, this attempt to reboot the series based on Tom Clancy characters does the most important thing right: It almost always feels like a Jack Ryan movie.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Twilight has a few gory plot turns - mostly offscreen - and one near-sex scene that may offend a few Amish people, but the rest is maybe 33 percent less wholesome than "High School Musical." It's almost certainly less risque than what you were watching when you were 14. (Cue the soundtrack to "Risky Business.")
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    While the songs are recycled, Across the Universe stands out just by existing.

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