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 5.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Hartlaub's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 The Conjuring
Lowest review score: 0 Venom
Score distribution:
418 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Leong is a San Francisco native, and the documentary has a strong local feel. Lin's high school basketball coach Peter Diepenbrock and his shooting coach Doc Scheppler are interviewed extensively, as are both parents and Lin's brothers.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Ultimately, that's all Highwater offers - barely explored concepts and short profiles.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Succeeds as both education and amusement.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The multiple-story-line family drama is too cliche-ridden to be considered a great movie. But it's still a very good one, filled with excellent performances, entertaining writing and a final few scenes that are quite moving - even if you can see most of them coming at the end of the first act.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    By the end, I was adding my own internal "Deadwood"-style profanities to McShane's clean dialogue. "For the sake of the (God-@#$%) kingdom, cut it (the @#$%) down!" Movies about mile-high beanstalks shouldn't require additional audience imagination.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Many of the individual scenes are compelling, with a gritty tension that recalls "The Wire" and other good television. But too many of the attempts at "The Sopranos"-style comic drama fail.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    A strange film, because it seems designed specifically for extremely old moviegoers to see with their great-great-grandchildren.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The fight scenes are lackluster and the plot is needlessly complicated. If you're making an action film that centers on fast cars and fast women, it's usually best to keep the rest of the story simple.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    A funny comedy, and sometimes an even better drama.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Isn't quite as boring as it sounds, thanks to writer/director Steve Conrad's strong script and decent performances by John C. Reilly and Seann William Scott.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Has a made-for-television style.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The film Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away highlights both the strains of the franchise and the willingness to promote the brand at any cost - including a coherent narrative. It's a big promo reel, and not a carefully disguised one.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Pretty much everything shot by Shepard and co-director David Palmer looks as if it was done in one take. Hit & Run is closest in tone to the Tarantino-penned "True Romance," but it lacks that movie's menace.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Will satisfy its young fan base and is bound to make a ton of money. At this point, though, the series is no longer an artistic pursuit; it's a business deal.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Lottery Ticket is likable, and that goes a long way.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The 3-D 1D movie is aimless, seemingly deceptive and spreads a poor message: that it's OK to act extremely immature, as long as you have millions of blind followers who think it's cute.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's an imperfect facsimile, guilty of borrowing too many ideas from the earlier film, and then executing them with differing results.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The movie is too lethargic for its own good, and many of the events and minor characters don't quite ring true.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    More action directors should include scenes such as the Mercers' extended Thanksgiving dinner, which fleshes out the bond between the brothers without using too many words.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The result isn't a great film, but it's true to the original brutal vision.
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The filmmaking is unremarkable, but the obsessiveness of the lead character is infectious enough to make this drama passable entertainment.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    This is the animated children's film equivalent of "Another 48 Hours."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a bright and fun movie, but also repetitive and overloaded with plot. A nice enough diversion, but not a necessary one.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    While "Saw" and "Saw II" were pretty good splatter films hampered by spectacularly unbelievable endings, Saw III is annoying for almost the duration of the movie.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    An occasionally rousing but mostly just adequate sequel to last year's "Planes."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    As cluttered as the movie gets before the ending, it's funny throughout, with some 1970s and '80s music thrown in to keep adults happy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    If there was ever a human being who needed a visit from the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, this is the guy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Retro escapist fun.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Helm gets huge bonus points for noticing everything that's annoying about modern children's films and including none of those things in his movie.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    A welcome throwback to family-friendly PG moviemaking.