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 Host
Lowest review score: 0 Venom
Score distribution:
418 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The self-consciousness that made the director's "Love Actually" a love-it-or-hate-it film is dialed way down. About Time is more of a love-it-or-like-it proposition.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Even with its thrifty set pieces and smaller ambitions, this attempt to reboot the series based on Tom Clancy characters does the most important thing right: It almost always feels like a Jack Ryan movie.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    As entertainment, this approach might be questionable. As a service, it would be valuable.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It's difficult to remember a recent movie that soared so high, before plummeting with a series of bad story choices. But the end result is still a strong piece of cinema, a failure only if you dwell on what might have been.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    There are flaws, but also some fun surprises. Much closer to Hitchcock than "Hostel," this is what can happen when a pile of trash falls into the hands of a talented and resourceful director (James DeMonaco).
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Yet it's very funny, a disappointment only to those who expect to see something bold and new.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Children in the audience may not be thrilled at the highbrow humor and lack of pointless action, but tough luck. Life is more than "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked" and "The Smurfs" sequels.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    What Sweetgrass lacks in context it makes up for in voyeuristic camera work that reveals a gritty beauty in the landscape, along with the human and livestock characters.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    More in the tone of the big screen "Friday Night Lights" than "Rudy" or "The Blind Side," it succeeds as mainstream entertainment without relying on a conventional storybook framework.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Miyazaki is arguably at the Kubrick/Polanski level, where his lesser films still yield great rewards. Even during the moments that don't soar, The Wind Rises continues to satisfy.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    For such a torment-filled story, the ending is surprisingly satisfying, with an important message that a lesser filmmaker might have telegraphed too much.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Enemy is what might happen if someone let Terrence Malick make a "Twilight Zone" episode, with a quick rewrite by David Cronenberg.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Armstrong acted like a demon, but it becomes clear there were very, very few angels associated with the sport in the 1990s and early 2000s.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Ernest & Celestine builds a delicate and charming animated world, but you wouldn't want to live there.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The scope of the film can be frustratingly narrow. But even this limited view into the events of the Maywand District murders is gripping cinema.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Hawke is half-assed throughout, showing passion only when he's screaming like a little girl when something scary happens. The visuals have a dingy, unfocused quality, especially in the muddy visual-effects-enhanced backdrops. And some of the plot turns are awful. The vampire "cure" is so stupid, you'll want to walk out of the theater, even if you normally like this kind of movie.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Delivers all the pain, melodrama and redemption that fans of the genre demand.
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's hard to deny that the first two-thirds of G.I. Joe is an enjoyable film, especially when graded on the curve of lowered expectations. Compared to other big-budget movies out this summer, it's pretty mediocre.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    At its best, the movie is a collection of entertaining memories from a group of gutsy women.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Disappointingly mediocre.
    • 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
    It's a kids' movie from a better time, with a few small concessions to modern audiences.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    More action directors should include scenes such as the Mercers' extended Thanksgiving dinner, which fleshes out the bond between the brothers without using too many words.

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