Peter Hartlaub

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For 562 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 7.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Hartlaub's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Anvil! The Story of Anvil
Lowest review score: 0 Show Dogs
Score distribution:
562 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It’s mostly delightful; a fun movie that successfully hits the reset button for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    A strikingly immersive movie, a slow burn filled with subtleties and nuance, with its message nestled in the details as much as the greater story. While other filmmakers have effectively captured San Francisco’s landmarks and topography, story co-writers Fails and Talbot seem to be filming San Francisco’s streets with a microscope.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It’s like combining the anything-can-happen excitement of playing a slot machine, with the grace of a ballet, and the prolonged and escalating violence of a good gladiator battle. Reeves has sustained his career through consistently trying 20 percent harder than most of his contemporaries.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    An unexpected pleasure that’s heartfelt at times and humorous throughout. Yes, the plot is ridiculous and often coarse. Yes, the story is predictable. Yes, a condom stuck to a women’s jacket is played for laughs. But it’s a very steep uphill climb from there.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Does nothing to elevate the form — and yet it doesn’t disappoint.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    Besides the huge smiles on your faces, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse offers mainstream moviegoers an overwhelming feeling of optimism. If this kind of risk-taking and artist-driven creativity can exist in Hollywood’s biggest money-making genre, then our superhero movie future is filled with hope.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    If “The Jungle Book” is like taking a trip to Disneyland, then “Mowgli” is a hike straight into unknown woods with nothing but some duct tape and a Bowie knife.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    As much as anything we’ve seen in recent years, the film is confirmation that artists, not paranoid executives, continue to make the big calls at Disney. And as long as that continues, a few glitches in the plot won’t ruin anyone’s good time.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Curtis makes an all-in return to the Strode character, and the filmmaking team builds a solid framework around her, in the propulsive and entertaining new Halloween.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Hartlaub
    Beyond some network television-quality production values, the sequel to the 2015 film is completely satisfactory family entertainment. It's hard to imagine anyone putting "Goosebumps 2" on their end-of-year worst movie list. And not just because it's hard to imagine anyone even remembering this film beyond next Tuesday.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    This is a quality movie, carefully disguised as a mediocre one. It’s a chore to get through the beginning, but builds a strong story, and leaves legitimate good feelings on the way out of the theater. Smallfoot is not a “The Lego Movie”-style surprise classic, but it’s better than most.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It’s scattered and messy and startling and electric and fun.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The end result is flawed, but also funny, heartfelt and inclusive movie making.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It’s charming and filled with wonderful performances, and has a nuanced story that will have adults walking out of the theater thinking about their own inner Pooh, and questioning why the hell they’re working so hard.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    One of the more thoughtful and valiant feature film directorial debuts in recent memory.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Upgrade is a movie by Leigh Whannell, who wrote “Saw,” “Insidious” and other memorable horror movies. But other than the occasional moment of stunningly gratuitous gore, it’s nothing like those films.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    This is a filmmaker who cares less about horror cinema as a theme park ride, and more about mood.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The film is charming throughout, literally from the beginning of time to the final goal.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Yes, the two-minute trailers were an atrocious affront. But it turns out the other 91 minutes include thoughtful characters and some clever humor in between the pratfalls.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The visuals themselves are inconsistent, but never boring. The sidekicks seem considerably less painstakingly rendered than the leads. A few of the merchants have the unnatural look and jerky movements of Pirates of the Caribbean animatronics.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    Coco is the best-looking Pixar movie since the tonally uneven “The Good Dinosaur.” The colorful afterlife is the centerpiece, but excellence is found in unexpected places.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Miles Teller as Brendan McDonough is a standout, beginning as a dead-eyed drug user, then gradually turning into a responsible adult.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    The fly-on-the-wall style is a slow build that leads to an immersive experience, and then an ultimate payoff as the change-minded department detours into another scandal. The Force is like watching a drug addict take a few meaningful steps toward recovery, only to relapse again.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Stronger always feels right in the moment, solidified by an outstanding central performance by Gyllenhaal, and some wonderful ensemble work, especially the actors just below the top billing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The locally sourced documentary is always engaging — lively and well-paced with an impressive list of interviewees from Hillary Clinton to Huerta herself.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    It
    It’s smart and funny and makes great effort to capture not just a time and place, but the specific feelings of being on the verge of adulthood and thinking the world is against you.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Crown Heights is a challenging film with long treks between uplifting moments. And there’s no question the film earns every moment of grace.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The result is an unconventional and layered portrait of a complicated talent.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The more an audience member sees the beauty left in the Buddhist leader’s wake, the more it becomes clear that his influence has the power to continue generations beyond his passing.

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