For 322 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John Hartl's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Wonder Boys
Lowest review score: 10 Digimon: Digital Monsters
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 49 out of 322
322 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 John Hartl
    As playfully time-oriented as its title, Becoming Who I Was makes reincarnation a central part of its story about a journey through more than one life.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 John Hartl
    Most of Alison Chernick’s sweetly reverential new documentary, Itzhak, suggests a contemporary day in the life of a world-famous musician.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 John Hartl
    In the end, The Final Year can offer only the perspective of time and history as a consolation.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 63 John Hartl
    Helms and Wilson are sometimes a stretch as brothers, especially in the more emotional scenes. But Close is majestic as the mother, a supporting role that feels bigger than it is.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 John Hartl
    Suggesting a matchup between Archie Bunker and Gracie Allen, Ethel & Ernest is a sweet British memoir/cartoon about an ordinary couple who survive the Blitz along with their growing son.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 John Hartl
    [Martin Campbell's] a master at rejuvenating tired warhorses, and he pulls it off again with this one.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 John Hartl
    Whose Streets? marks the filmmaking debut of Folayan and Davis, and it’s charged by its personal touch.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 John Hartl
    An irresistible NASA instant classic about the conquest of space — via the Voyager missions.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 John Hartl
    The protests that lead to the overthrow of a president carry hard-to-avoid echoes of recent demonstrations in the U.S.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 John Hartl
    For a brilliant approximation of the man himself, watch Downey in this film. This is a performance created out of equal parts talent, hard work and love. It's uncanny. [08 Jan 1993, p.3]
    • The Seattle Times
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 John Hartl
    The only trouble with all these parodies is that Hot Shots begins to seem chaotic rather than clever. Too many of the send-ups turn out to be unnecessary detours. [31 July 1991, p.E5]
    • The Seattle Times
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 John Hartl
    An all-star farce about backstage melodramatics at a long-running daytime soap opera, Soapdish has some hysterically funny moments. Unfortunately, its creators don't always sustain the big laughs, or make the most of such supporting players as Whoopi Goldberg and Robert Downey Jr., whose proven comic gifts are mostly hidden this time. [31 May 1991, p.25]
    • The Seattle Times
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 John Hartl
    The variety of inspirations (not to mention the visual quality of the film clips) is astonishing.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    The plot tries too hard to incorporate elements that drift toward melodrama.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 John Hartl
    Zandvliet is a relatively young and inexperienced director, but his spare use of music and widescreen images is assured and even inspired.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 John Hartl
    What’s most memorable about Kedi are the individual, self-contained moments.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 63 John Hartl
    Entertaining but almost too ambitious for its own sake.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 John Hartl
    A powerful new documentary.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 John Hartl
    I.F. Stone, an underground journalist who died in1989, left a rich legacy that is celebrated in a timely new documentary, All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception and the Spirit of I.F. Stone.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 38 John Hartl
    Cute and daffy enough to make your molars ache, Bakery in Brooklyn is the kind of romantic comedy that lacks all conviction.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 John Hartl
    For all its rough edges and gruesome touches, Patriots Day is a heartfelt and ambitious attempt to turn mayhem into something that’s emotionally valid.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 John Hartl
    If The Eagle Huntress sounds familiar, that’s because the outline of a modern feminist epic is always there in the background. What’s surprising is how fresh and charming the movie manages to be.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    The script’s weaknesses are difficult to ignore.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 John Hartl
    Franco makes the most of his showy scenes, and Garrett Clayton (known for “Teen Beach Movie” and other shows from the Disney Channel) is a convincing hunk. But only Christian Slater’s lonely voyeur suggests what “King Cobra” might have been.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 John Hartl
    The ingenious cinematographer, Bobby Shore, uses the Newfoundland locations to achieve some of his most striking effects. The result is sort of a horror film, but not really. It’s too funny to be categorized that way.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 John Hartl
    The pace is swift, archival clips are well-chosen and conspiracy theories pile up in a way that seems intentionally funny.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 John Hartl
    The finale to this uneven movie makes the most of Hart’s gift for physical comedy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 John Hartl
    A Man Called Ove has some tear-jerking moments, but the film is so carefully designed — with long, circular takes that seem to surround the main characters at crucial fateful points — that technique often triumphs over sentimentality.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 John Hartl
    Ingeniously using his low budget to address his ambitions, Johnson has directed, co-written (and starred in) a unique science-fiction film.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 63 John Hartl
    Fascinating at certain moments, especially when Lewis is exploring his character’s grief and bitterness, it still feels like a work in progress.

Top Trailers