Peter Hartlaub

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For 483 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 6.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Hartlaub's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 The LEGO Movie
Lowest review score: 0 Redline
Score distribution:
483 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The documentary isn't particularly thrilling, or even very informative, but it's almost certain to lower your blood pressure for 83 minutes.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    A decent-looking and harmless computer animated film that is notable mostly because it doesn't appear to contain a single original idea.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Too lackluster to be praised highly, yet too benign to be excoriated, “Rock Dog” is the perfect family film for a rainy day with no other options. It does not deserve mention in any animation history book; and yet it’s completely satisfactory in the moment.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    A ridiculous teen horror movie that piles on more than enough dry humor and freshly moistened gore to satisfy its lowbrow audience.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The film is so harmless, and the young actors try so hard, that it's difficult not to have some fun.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The Shallows is a very earnest woman-versus-shark film. It delivers the requisite thrills, including a surprisingly satisfying resolution. The heroine is capable; and the writers, who trap her on a rock for half the film, find ways to make her situation seem interesting. But the most important parts, the ones involving the shark, don’t feel genuine.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The makers of Man Push Cart seem so dedicated to making a film that defies Hollywood conventions that the finished product lacks enough entertainment value to justify price of admission.
    • 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).
    • 66 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
    • 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.

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