Peter Hartlaub

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For 489 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Hartlaub's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Anvil! The Story of Anvil
Lowest review score: 0 Venom
Score distribution:
489 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    An enjoyable way to start the Oscar season.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    A solid piece of in-the-moment entertainment that fails in its attempt to be something more.
    • 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
    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
    Like Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s stellar “The Lego Movie,” the filmmakers work with the confidence that if a joke fails, the one that follows a few seconds later will redeem the scene.
    • 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
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Timberlake is the secret weapon, making the crankiest troll also the most appealing.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    There’s not a lot of nuance or sense in the third “Purge” movie. But it still manages to coast on a combination of self-awareness, crowd-pleasing carnage and a plot that ties perfectly into current events.
    • 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
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Shyamalan doesn’t reach “The Sixth Sense” or “Unbreakable” heights, but his scriptwriting is livelier than we’ve seen in years, and there’s a sense of humor that was missing in even his best work. At times, he seems to be poking good-natured fun at his own reputation.
    • 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
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    We get a lot of hapless victims in an expensive endeavor that is surprisingly lifeless.
    • 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
    A film that can’t decide whether it wants to be “Raging Bull” or “Remember the Titans.” In the end, it’s a little too much of both.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Difficult to recommend, without first knowing the sobriety of the viewer.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Go in with low expectations and you might be pleasantly surprised.

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