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 Ratatouille
Lowest review score: 0 Venom
Score distribution:
418 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Even if it means blowing more than half the budget on animal wranglers, any movie that profiles Saddam Hussein's eldest son and Iraqi psychopath Uday Hussein is incomplete without the presence of his personal zoo. It's like filming a Michael Jackson biopic and leaving out the chimp, Ferris wheel and kid who played "Webster."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The story is painfully simplistic, and it becomes quickly apparent that the narrative is a crude cement to hold together the carnage.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Watching this movie is like eating a hot fudge sundae and lasagna in alternating bites.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The core fan base of this English sword battle drama will pay for the boundary-pushing blood and gore. Why bore them with things like plot and context and production values?
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    You might need the assistance of a time machine to find a child who is clamoring for a Mr. Peabody & Sherman feature film remake.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Well-polished and well-intentioned, this human-among-the-fairies adventure is filled with plenty of rousing action for short attention spans. But the beautiful visuals are paired with a mediocre script. The pacing is off and scenes become repetitive. While Epic has broad appeal, it's hard to imagine this will be anyone's favorite movie in 5 or 10 or 20 years.
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    There are plenty of bad films to get riled up about in the summer. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters isn't one of them. This is harmless tween-centric fun.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Trouble With the Curve has a problem tipping its pitches.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The high school comedy/drama morphs into a slasher movie, then morphs into a time-traveling/body-switching/world's-about-to-end science fiction story. Everyone on the set must have been chugging Mountain Dew between takes. I suspect that the editor was hooked up to an IV of the beverage.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Well written but weakly executed, it's hard to imagine anyone is going to cherish the film, if they even remember it in three months' time.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    A humorous yet unfocused romp, so unwilling to settle on a single theme that hyperactivity medication should be handed out with the 3-D glasses.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Pretty much everything shot by Shepard and co-director David Palmer looks as if it was done in one take. Hit & Run is closest in tone to the Tarantino-penned "True Romance," but it lacks that movie's menace.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    LUV
    The strength is in the performances and visual detail. The flaws are mostly in the script, which asks the youngest cast member to pull off a near-impossible transformation.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a bright and fun movie, but also repetitive and overloaded with plot. A nice enough diversion, but not a necessary one.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a homemade protein-and-steroids smoothie of a plot, combining elements of gore, self-parody, 1990s nostalgia overload and an attempt to say something -- while actually saying absolutely nothing -- about the American dream.
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The new Disneynature film lacks the fortuitous plot turns found in previous Disney documentaries, resulting in some awkward (and possibly deceptive) editing. But the movie has a strong protagonist and impressive footage, and the educational core is unsullied.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    As much as Machete Kills is a reunion and continued revival, it also represents a sort of gentrification of the exploitation genre. It's probably time to move on and let a new generation of kids take a crack at making bad films.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a stoner movie all the way, with much deep thought but little active conflict.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The film often stumbles in translation, trying to define too many characters in too little time.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Think “Lord of the Flies,” without all the jerks.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Airplane buffs are going to have a particularly good time; each of the planes seems to have an obscure real-life counterpart. And pop-culture junkies will appreciate a few sly nods as well.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Transcendence looks and sounds like a Christopher Nolan film that got attacked by malware.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    If Insidious 2 exists solely because Insidious 1 made a ton of money, then at least credit Wan for making quality control a priority.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The result isn't a great film, but it's true to the original brutal vision.
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 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.

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