Peter Hartlaub

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For 569 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 8.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Hartlaub's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 The LEGO Movie
Lowest review score: 0 Silent Hill
Score distribution:
569 movie reviews
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The fifth entry in the John Rambo series is called Rambo: Last Blood, and we can only hope that’s a promise.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Watching The Goldfinch is like reading a novel where someone ripped out every third page from front to back. You can tell there’s a good story, with compelling characters, and maybe a strong mystery. But the connective tissue is missing to the point of constant distraction.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Aquaman continues to revel in the outdated 1970s superhero ideal that mankind is unquestionably worth saving. Add to that some awkward dialogue, a poorly conceived visual effects palette, and a soul-crushing and bladder-crushing 139-minute run time, and you have another disappointing entry in the DC Comics cinematic universe.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Unfortunately, it’s not much of a movie. The best thing “Happytime” has going for it is shock value, and that wears away after about 10 minutes. It doesn’t have an interesting story, and the jokes fall flat.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 0 Peter Hartlaub
    Show Dogs is really bad, even for a talking-dog movie.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The new version is a weak facsimile of an already mediocre film.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    A film that looks way more fun to make than it is to watch. There’s a stubbornness to the comedic approach, mostly in its unwillingness to age since the first “Super Troopers.”
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Mostly it serves as a comprehensive manual of bad places to hide from a masked killer.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Although it isn’t a top-flight horror movie — too slow for thrill-chasers, too ridiculously fictionalized for historians — the film serves as a proper 99-minute commercial for that San Jose tourist spot.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    It’s a poorly made film, with rough edits, distracting staging and plot contrivances that can be predicted to the moment.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    And then there’s the real problem with Pitch Perfect 3: The best thing about the first movie — the singing — feels like an afterthought.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Daddy’s Home 2 is an excessively negative, strained and predictable comedy.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Some people clearly had a good time making this film. Whether you have a good time watching it depends almost entirely on your Pony love walking in.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The filmmakers offer very few clues, just more aqua filters and low-contrast visuals. And with each new jarring edit, the viewer cares less and less, until the 100 minutes seem to stretch on forever.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The Nut Job 2 isn’t maddening like “Smurfs 2,” where you continue to hate yourself years later for spending the money. It’s an adequate babysitter that completely fails to inspire.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Captain Underpants is a very popular book series that doesn’t seamlessly translate to the big screen, and the filmmakers can’t solve this problem. The result is a cinematic wedgie: a little too dark, a little too nihilistic, a little too empty.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Smurfs: The Lost Village has the look of a film that was rushed, and made on a tight budget. At best, it’s an adequate cinematic babysitter.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    We get a lot of hapless victims in an expensive endeavor that is surprisingly lifeless.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The Shack is unshakable in its religious message, and that’s admirable in a cynical world. But viewed objectively as cinema, it’s just not a very good film.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The film is a plodding 2 ½ hours long, with an abundance of livestock gore, endless dental trauma and a violent sex scene.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    A Dog’s Purpose is peril porn; the animal grows old or faces tragedy and expires over and over, reincarnating into a new dog with the same brain.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The Bye Bye Man is the kind of mess that happened by committee.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The Ice Age screenwriters seem to be making up the rules as they go along, distracted by tired side plots to give the other characters a reason to exist in the film.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The sequel is even more silly, and much less fun.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    There are isolated moments of humor, and even charm. The visual effects are at times outstanding. But these positives are overwhelmed by the uninspired whole.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The makers were clearly paying attention to the smaller details. But somehow, they missed all the big things that made the first Point Break a memorable escapist film of its time.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Yes, the life expectancy of a chipmunk maxes out at 10 years in captivity. So biologically, we must be coming toward the end of this franchise. That’s not the type of thing a critic looks up when filmmakers make more of an effort.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Every key plot turn is telegraphed at least twice, just in case you missed it the first time. Every emotional moment in the movie is foreshadowed a few beats in advance by the manipulative musical score.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Belongs in a less ambitious category of sequels, alongside the creatively lacking “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “Ice Age” movies.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    “Avoiding unhappiness is not the road to happiness,” Hector writes in his book. But avoiding this movie might be a good start.

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