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 Searching for Sugar Man
Lowest review score: 0 The Spirit
Score distribution:
454 movie reviews
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    War
    If you want to see Li and Statham in an underwhelming martial arts film, rent "The One" instead. Li talks considerably more in that movie, but at least he punches a lot of people out.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Had a lot of promise, but ultimately isn't very funny.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    That closing-credits sequence is by far the funniest thing in the disappointing movie,
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    One more small thing: Every other scene in Saw IV starts and ends with a potential victim pressing "play" on a tape recorder, to the point where it's almost funny.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    A movie that features a cartoon rodent eating his brother's feces, and do you really need to know more about this update of Ross Bagdasarian's iconic musical creation?
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The movie's onslaught of psychobabble is the annoyance most likely to ruin your evening. Imagine getting stuck on a ski lift with Dr. Phil for nearly two hours.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Seriously lacks both romance and comedy.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Completely ridiculous, but fun to look at.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    There are a few laughs and some touching moments, but nothing you couldn't get by watching episodes of "Good Times" and "Little House on the Prairie" back to back.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    A film so self-centered that even the director's most dedicated stalkers might find it a bit too narcissistic.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Who wants to spend a minute on the Strip with the chance that there might be people as annoying as the characters played by Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher walking around?
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    An ill-advised and severely wussified remake.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The fight scenes are lackluster and the plot is needlessly complicated. If you're making an action film that centers on fast cars and fast women, it's usually best to keep the rest of the story simple.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    How can this movie not be fun?
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The action sequences are just as ridiculous as the romance parts, but at least James seems comfortable with the pratfalls and gross-out scenarios.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The reboot of the "Friday the 13th" series is a pretty big mess - not particularly scary or interesting or even gory by 21st century movie standards.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    It's surprising how dated some of the humor is.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    If you see only one bad movie this year, definitely make it Knowing. The first major disappointment from director Alex Proyas is a disaster movie, a horror picture, a "Da Vinci Code"-style thriller and an end-of-days religious film all at once.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Contains so many insults to the audience's intelligence.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    If you're no longer old enough to carry a Hannah Montana lunch box, this movie will feel like punishment.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    This movie could really use an Avon Barksdale, but even actor Wood Harris, who played drug kingpin Barksdale in "The Wire," seems a bit lost.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    If only the projectionist could be persuaded to play the first 10 minutes over and over for two hours, this might be a satisfying movie. Unfortunately, the middle and the end feature a weak lead character, choppy fight choreography, humorless dialogue and computer-generated effects that look as if they came from the "Ghostbusters II" era.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Nowhere near as bad as "Coneheads," but still isn't worth your time.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The movie is occasionally clever, but still inferior to last year's "Twilight" film, mostly because the story is so muddled.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Has all kinds of good intentions, but the comedy is too broad and the pacing is clumsy. And then there's the Andy Griffith sex scene.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Much of the action onscreen doesn't ring true. Seasoned independent film director Henry Jaglom doesn't just explore the subject - he smothers the audience with it.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    First, and perhaps most important, it should be disclosed that my 4-year-old laughed pretty much nonstop throughout Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. This was his "Citizen Kane."
    • 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.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    That Vampires Suck is a step above god-awful is something of a miracle.
    • 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.

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