Peter Hartlaub
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For 415 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 5.3 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:
415 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Jackass 3D has its moments, but it lacks the ingenuity and hilarity of the previous films - no doubt in large part because of the aging process.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    If you can get past the impossibilities it is a fun time at the movies.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Peralta uses the creative liberties of fiction to focus on the one thing he couldn't convey in his historical record -- the sense of tribalism among skateboarders, who live by a code that most law-abiding citizens misunderstand for hooliganism.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The writing is funny during individual moments, but the cumulative result is a bit depressing, with a surprising amount of negativity.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a pleasant and well-intentioned end of summer diversion that doesn't possess the imagination-stoking qualities of a premier children's movie.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The mockumentary-style delivery of a serious subject proves to be an unworkable mash-up.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    If you can get past the ridiculousness of the setup - easy to do, because the posters make it clear this isn't a Woody Allen movie - it's pretty much impossible not to have fun.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The result is a well-intentioned mess -- a dishonest fantasy that begins with promise and gets more frustrating with every scene.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Along with the awkward romantic exchanges that always seem to find their way into Smith's movies, there's also a sweetness that you don't often see in films that average multiple f-words per minute.