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

Peter Hartlaub's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 The Raid 2
Lowest review score: 0 Venom
Score distribution:
418 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The Nutcracker in 3D will be barely recognizable to fans of the beloved holiday classic. Imagine watching Tchaikovsky's ballet after taking a handful of peyote - on a day when all of the dancers call in sick and the orchestra decides to play a different set of the composer's works.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The need for a sequel was zero - proved by the fact that the characters end the movie pretty much exactly where they started it.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Dragons may have seemed less out of place three decades ago, but it would have been a bad movie then as well. It's filled with clumsy transitions and erratic performances, and tied together by an awkward framing device.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Don't invest too much in the word "Golf" at the beginning of the title. Golf in the Kingdom is arguably less of a sports movie than the first "Harry Potter." (At least someone won that game of quidditch ...)
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    It's an uninspired and instantly forgettable film. But it completely succeeds by its own standards: an 87-minute rainy-day distraction that will probably make a zillion dollars.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Way too serious for its own good. The best vampire movies are some combination of sexy, scary or campy. This one is 100 percent earnest, and the hazy mysteries taken from Rachel Klein's book aren't strong enough to keep the audience engaged.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Bornedal invests so much time in the characters - Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick play the split parents of the girls - that there are times you will forget this is a horror movie. It's Kramer vs. Kramer vs. Lucifer.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Every moviegoer will have his own breaking point, when The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones surpasses the mundane and enters the ridiculous.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    You've probably seen this movie before, watching a child play with his toy Hot Wheels cars after eating multiple bowls of sugary breakfast cereal.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    In execution, the film is all sidekicks and sight gags, with little story cohesion or purpose.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Nowhere near the worst film of 2013, but it is definitely the most exhausting.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The update is a different kind of failure, too much endless and not enough love.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    All the brains, heart and courage in the world can't save a movie that doesn't have a third act.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Imagine if instead of creating new music, a recording artist kept putting out the exact same album, just playing the songs a little louder each time. That's what it feels like watching Transformers: Age of Extinction.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    At best, it will be remembered as "that exorcism movie with Eric Bana." More likely, "that exorcism movie where everyone has a bad New York accent."
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The narrative is a mess, and the overly long action sequences are easily forgotten.
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is still a visual buffet, but adding 102 more minutes of double crosses, slow torture and hookers with hearts of gold just exposes the tediousness of the exercise.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Often frustrating and at times incomprehensible, the Bourne/Bond clone keeps the pulse racing but ultimately fails to satisfy.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    “Avoiding unhappiness is not the road to happiness,” Hector writes in his book. But avoiding this movie might be a good start.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 0 Peter Hartlaub
    You'll feel so much better just sending your $9.50 to the Red Cross then catching "I Know What You Did Last Summer" one more time on television.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 0 Peter Hartlaub
    Silent Hill has plenty of bad acting, bad dialogue and a confusing plot -- all of which become exponentially more painful when the movie goes on forever.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 0 Peter Hartlaub
    This movie is so horrible that it actually spends some time in "so bad it's good" territory, before getting significantly worse.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 0 Peter Hartlaub
    Throwing your $10.25 down a storm drain is a better idea; at least that way you won't feel the added self-loathing of wasting more than an hour and a half of your life watching Eva Mendes in the worst acting job of her career.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 0 Peter Hartlaub
    There's so much torture and suffering in this movie, it starts to feel like "Zero Dark Smurfy."

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