Peter Hartlaub

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For 435 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 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 Silent Hill
Score distribution:
435 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's difficult to ignore the fact that they've created a romantic comedy that has almost no romance and even less comedy.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Obvious, but at least it's clean.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The Invisible is, at its core, a character study, albeit one with a Patrick Swayze-in-"Ghost" paranormal edge. But it's definitely not mindless trash. If anything, the movie is too introspective, to the point that it doesn't build enough conflict or tension.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Difficult to watch, and the film is sabotaged by an impossibly naive lead character and the repetitive auditions that become gratuitously depressing.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Has a made-for-television style.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    If you can get past the impossibilities it is a fun time at the movies.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Poorly written, contains too much hero worship and profiles too many events - including one that combines the high jump with motorcycles. But the documentary generates a remarkable amount of goodwill with its stunning visuals, which look breathtaking in 3-D.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Although the finished product isn't great, it's more akin to a bad Steve Martin movie from the 1980s than bad Pauly Shore from the 1990s. We mean that as a compliment (sort of).
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Kung Fu Panda 3 has a moment or two for everyone, but no chance develop any character beyond a single dimension.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Difficult to recommend, without first knowing the sobriety of the viewer.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    An often amusing but also an aimless and forgettable animated comedy that is noteworthy mostly for its random musical numbers and surprising amounts of violence.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Ultimately, that's all Highwater offers - barely explored concepts and short profiles.
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's not fun to watch.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Enjoy the film for its witty dialogue and fun performances, but know that there isn't a single good scare. An episode of "Murder, She Wrote" has more thrills.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The Romantics can be charming, and Holmes tackles her meatiest role since the superb "Pieces of April." But the script fails to establish the likability of any of the main characters, which dulls the sense of urgency during the dramatic moments.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    To cover the Abramoff scandal is to follow tangent after tangent, until it seems as if prison was in the lobbyist's plans from the beginning.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Unfortunately, the inspired concept is coupled with weak screenwriting, and the movie turns out to be much more fun to think about than it is to watch.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Children will enjoy the physical humor, but discerning adults are advised to pawn their sons and daughters off on some other unsuspecting chaperone -- preferably one who doesn't read movie reviews.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The mockumentary-style delivery of a serious subject proves to be an unworkable mash-up.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    It's surprising how dated some of the humor is.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    At the heart of The Return is a murder that even the most bumbling homicide investigator could have solved in about 12 seconds.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Not since "An American Werewolf in London" in 1981 reset the standard for man-to-wolf transformations has anyone tried to get away with special effects as pitiful as the ones in this movie.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    There's no attempt at humor in Dead Silence, but the biggest sin in the film is the lack of scares.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    In execution, the film is all sidekicks and sight gags, with little story cohesion or purpose.

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