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

Peter Hartlaub's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 The Other Dream Team
Lowest review score: 0 Venom
Score distribution:
418 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a disappointment to see the teen pop star hop in a tour bus. This is a boy who should be traveling across rainbows on the back of a unicorn.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    To enjoy it you almost have to be stoned on marijuana.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The humor is lowbrow, but the screenwriters and performers have a sense of pride that makes them strive for stupid jokes that haven't been done before.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Many of the individual scenes are compelling, with a gritty tension that recalls "The Wire" and other good television. But too many of the attempts at "The Sopranos"-style comic drama fail.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    An enjoyable movie not because of any special gifts by the filmmakers or emotional resonance in the script. It was more like destiny. Once someone jotted down the concept on a cocktail napkin and hired B-Boys who could actually dance, the movie pretty much had to turn out OK.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    By the time the sex actually starts, any sense of tension or anticipation is gone. It's the rare orgy that feels like an anticlimax.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Starts out OK, but then almost seems to be intentionally going for humor.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Disappointingly mediocre.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's Valentine's Day! Unrealistic romantic expectations are in the air! And Safe Haven does the unrealistic romance thing pretty well.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Despite some solid acting, the film is lacking in surprises. For all the suffering that these characters endure, there's very little payoff.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Zellweger takes an otherwise passable mainstream comedy and all but ruins it with her lack of effort.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Difficult to recommend, without first knowing the sobriety of the viewer.

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