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 The Spirit
Score distribution:
418 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Fright Night isn't quite a classic vampire movie, but it's refreshingly straightforward and self-deprecating.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Yet it's very funny, a disappointment only to those who expect to see something bold and new.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Hardy's performance takes a little bit of the sting away from seeing Gandolfini perform on a big screen for the last time. As irreplaceable as Gandolfini may be, it's invigorating to see a young actor elevating to similar heights right before your eyes.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Funny, very clever and still packs some cover-your-face bloody thrills that top any "Saw" or "Hostel" movie.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Satan is optional in The Last Exorcism. This is the rare horror film that would have been entertaining even if nothing scary happened.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    A clever, heart-pounding thriller, and a welcome return to form for the director.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It's an entertaining, depressing and ultimately hopeful movie about the times we live in.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    If studios insist on remaking classic horror films, this is definitely the way to do it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The female actors, particularly Hudgens and Ashley Benson, are game for the ride. And Franco is indispensable, bringing humor and pathos to one of the more repulsive cinematic creations in recent memory.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The movie's shockingly tasteless setup is also its secret weapon. Despite many scenes in The Ringer that could individually be viewed as politically incorrect, audiences will be laughing with the athletes most of the time.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Lots of people will leave screenings of this movie in disgust -- and laughter is the last thing they will hear on the way out.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The movie turns from good to great as the layers are peeled away and director Hahn provides an insider's look at the creative epicenter of the studio.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Considering the fact that a young girl is picking her nose on the movie poster, The Croods is surprisingly evolved.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The themes are also dated. There are times when Dredd 3D feels like an escapist companion piece to "The Day After." But there we go again, thinking too much. No sense in ruining such a fine piece of cheap entertainment.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It's funny, clever and marginally educational.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Captures an artist who has decided not to burn out, but to fade away with dignity.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The biggest strength of the movie is the chemistry between Cumming and Isaac Leyva, a first-time feature film actor with Down syndrome, who does as much to make these scenes work as the experienced actors he's sharing scenes with.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Succeeds in its modest goals of building tension slowly and generating a handful of legitimate scares. A few people in the audience were laughing during the first half of the film. No one was laughing during the long walk out of the theater.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    This has to be the first children's film to weave a Grand Theft Auto joke into the script -- and like most things in the movie, it's pretty amusing.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Perhaps anticipating an older audience, most of the lessons are one-sided, with the old-timers seemingly harming the children while actually saving them.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a stoner movie all the way, with much deep thought but little active conflict.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    There's little illumination.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    There are some nice moments and beautiful scenery, but the film is often slow and the dialogue is overwrought.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The filmmaking is unremarkable, but the obsessiveness of the lead character is infectious enough to make this drama passable entertainment.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    If you like gore, this is the movie for you.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    As the camera follows four campers in a Portland, Ore., rock school for girls, the result is less a journey than a collage of random thoughts, circumstances and events. There's plenty of telling, but not enough showing.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The sexual tension is thick between the woodland creatures in Alpha and Omega, an animated children's film with a plot that has more in common with "The Blue Lagoon" than "Bambi."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The Providence Effect" is flawed, but it's still a moving film.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Basically, this is a really good movie until the last part, where director and co-writer Darren Lynn Bousman ruins so much so fast that you'll wonder if his actions are deliberate -- or if the studio interfered.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The result is an interesting but often frustrating effort by the director of "The Sea Inside," who proves that ambition and talent aren't enough to ensure a compelling drama.

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