Peter Hartlaub

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For 454 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 The Other Dream Team
Lowest review score: 0 Redline
Score distribution:
454 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The film often stumbles in translation, trying to define too many characters in too little time.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a stoner movie all the way, with much deep thought but little active conflict.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a homemade protein-and-steroids smoothie of a plot, combining elements of gore, self-parody, 1990s nostalgia overload and an attempt to say something -- while actually saying absolutely nothing -- about the American dream.
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 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
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    There are plenty of bad films to get riled up about in the summer. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters isn't one of them. This is harmless tween-centric fun.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Airplane buffs are going to have a particularly good time; each of the planes seems to have an obscure real-life counterpart. And pop-culture junkies will appreciate a few sly nods as well.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The result isn't a great film, but it's true to the original brutal vision.
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    If Insidious 2 exists solely because Insidious 1 made a ton of money, then at least credit Wan for making quality control a priority.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    An enjoyable movie not because of any special gifts by the filmmakers or emotional resonance in the script. It was more like destiny. Once someone jotted down the concept on a cocktail napkin and hired B-Boys who could actually dance, the movie pretty much had to turn out OK.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    As much as Machete Kills is a reunion and continued revival, it also represents a sort of gentrification of the exploitation genre. It's probably time to move on and let a new generation of kids take a crack at making bad films.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Grudge Match at its core is an affront to the cinema gods, an attempt to capitalize off two iconic films for a few cheap laughs.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Forgettably mediocre, but it's not atrocious.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The film does thoroughly succeed in one important regard: offering a coherent, viewer-friendly account of the life of Jesus Christ.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Although most of the actors beyond Bell aren't big film stars, Jamie Lee Curtis gets a few minutes of screen time, and James Franco makes a spectacularly self-deprecating cameo. Whatever they contributed to the Kickstarter campaign, it was worth every cent.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Transcendence looks and sounds like a Christopher Nolan film that got attacked by malware.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The new Disneynature film lacks the fortuitous plot turns found in previous Disney documentaries, resulting in some awkward (and possibly deceptive) editing. But the movie has a strong protagonist and impressive footage, and the educational core is unsullied.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    An occasionally rousing but mostly just adequate sequel to last year's "Planes."
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Think “Lord of the Flies,” without all the jerks.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The script highlights an annoying lack of self-preservation on behalf of the protagonists. But the movie tries to be more than just a creepy doll freakout, and delivers the requisite scares.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The makers of We Are Your Friends got halfway there, and then lost the beat.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    So this film feels less like an easy paycheck and more like semi-retirement. Whatever wisdom is coming out of Redford’s mouth as Bryson, it always seems 100 percent clear he pursued the role because the shoot would be beautiful and he could pal around with an old friend.
    • 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.

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