Peter Hartlaub
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For 417 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 The Other Dream Team
Lowest review score: 0 Silent Hill
Score distribution:
417 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    A movie that doesn't quite have enough romance, thriller or revenge-fantasy elements to qualify for any of those genres. More than anything, it's a celebration of uncomfortable silences. The awkward moments in this movie far outweigh the joyful or tragic ones.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Devoid of thrills, and with nothing even vaguely frightening to distract moviegoers, it becomes clear that the story wasn't worth telling in the first place.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The self-consciousness that made the director's "Love Actually" a love-it-or-hate-it film is dialed way down. About Time is more of a love-it-or-like-it proposition.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Comic gold for anyone who is currently stoned, has been stoned in the past or spends a lot of time around stoned people.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The result is an interesting but often frustrating effort by the director of "The Sea Inside," who proves that ambition and talent aren't enough to ensure a compelling drama.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Considering the fact that a young girl is picking her nose on the movie poster, The Croods is surprisingly evolved.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Screenwriters Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith may not have any original ideas, but they write some good lines and have a great actress to deliver them.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    When You're Strange is a remedial Doors class, taught by a professor who sounds as if he's doing voiceovers for car commercials.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The uneven result is definitely not for prudish moviegoers, definitely funny for everyone else, and even approaches poignancy in one or two scenes.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Difficult to recommend, without first knowing the sobriety of the viewer.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Has a few charming moments and a scene or two with legitimate hilarity, but mostly it's just mediocre.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    May not be a classic, but it still has a lot of class.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The script is weak, but everyone on the technical side of "Soul Surfer" is a pro. The scenes in the water flow together nicely, and the action is always coherent. Robb's scenes without an arm look seamless throughout the movie.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    A well-paced and entertaining horror debut.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Starts out OK, but then almost seems to be intentionally going for humor.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    A tough internal struggle must take place before one can come forward and admit enjoying The Devil's Rejects, a movie so fundamentally horrible that even its creator has to admit he's basically made a 101-minute snuff film.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    May not be a very enjoyable movie, but at least the badness is in good taste.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Doesn't accomplish its objective.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    As the film meanders, the powerful moments barely outnumber the ridiculous. And another excellent performance from McAdams isn't quite good enough to mask the distractions.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Legend of the Guardians sounds as if it were scripted by a team of 11-year-old boys, with too much plot for its 91-minute running time, a script that steals liberally from "Star Wars" and some occasionally eye-roll-worthy weirdness.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Much of the honest dialogue has the same feel as John Hughes' and Cameron Crowe's movies during their best years, while there's a half-serious hipness that recalls the first eight episodes of "The O.C."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    LUV
    The strength is in the performances and visual detail. The flaws are mostly in the script, which asks the youngest cast member to pull off a near-impossible transformation.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Gridiron Gang gives you a lot more to think about during the ride home.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    If studios insist on remaking classic horror films, this is definitely the way to do it.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Sporadic on-field violence is only a tiny reason that Gracie disappoints, but it's indicative of the film's greater problem. Producers Elisabeth and Andrew Shue seem so intent on creating a hero out of the main character and villains out of almost everyone else, that they've completely distorted reality.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Even if it means blowing more than half the budget on animal wranglers, any movie that profiles Saddam Hussein's eldest son and Iraqi psychopath Uday Hussein is incomplete without the presence of his personal zoo. It's like filming a Michael Jackson biopic and leaving out the chimp, Ferris wheel and kid who played "Webster."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Writer-director Michael Tully simultaneously pays tribute to his own 1980s childhood and the cliched movies he grew up watching, and the result is one of the most honestly dishonest movies you'll ever watch.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a disappointment to see the teen pop star hop in a tour bus. This is a boy who should be traveling across rainbows on the back of a unicorn.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Well-polished and well-intentioned, this human-among-the-fairies adventure is filled with plenty of rousing action for short attention spans. But the beautiful visuals are paired with a mediocre script. The pacing is off and scenes become repetitive. While Epic has broad appeal, it's hard to imagine this will be anyone's favorite movie in 5 or 10 or 20 years.
    • San Francisco Chronicle