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 Eighth Grade
Lowest review score: 0 The Spirit
Score distribution:
562 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The self-consciousness that made the director's "Love Actually" a love-it-or-hate-it film is dialed way down. About Time is more of a love-it-or-like-it proposition.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The uneven result is definitely not for prudish moviegoers, definitely funny for everyone else, and even approaches poignancy in one or two scenes.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Leong is a San Francisco native, and the documentary has a strong local feel. Lin's high school basketball coach Peter Diepenbrock and his shooting coach Doc Scheppler are interviewed extensively, as are both parents and Lin's brothers.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The ego trips and sexuality and driving are all filmed with equal intensity, to the point where the emotions and flesh and crunched metal seem to blend together. The movie's only major problem is that the tension sometimes overwhelms.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It's difficult to remember a recent movie that soared so high, before plummeting with a series of bad story choices. But the end result is still a strong piece of cinema, a failure only if you dwell on what might have been.
    • 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
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The 3-D 1D movie is aimless, seemingly deceptive and spreads a poor message: that it's OK to act extremely immature, as long as you have millions of blind followers who think it's cute.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    You've probably seen this movie before, watching a child play with his toy Hot Wheels cars after eating multiple bowls of sugary breakfast cereal.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Every moviegoer will have his own breaking point, when The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones surpasses the mundane and enters the ridiculous.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 0 Peter Hartlaub
    There's so much torture and suffering in this movie, it starts to feel like "Zero Dark Smurfy."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    I'd be shocked if we see a better horror film in 2013.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    What Sweetgrass lacks in context it makes up for in voyeuristic camera work that reveals a gritty beauty in the landscape, along with the human and livestock characters.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The ending takes an unfortunate detour that stretches the running time, but this is still quality Pixar work.
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    There are flaws, but also some fun surprises. Much closer to Hitchcock than "Hostel," this is what can happen when a pile of trash falls into the hands of a talented and resourceful director (James DeMonaco).
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 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
    • 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
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Considering the fact that a young girl is picking her nose on the movie poster, The Croods is surprisingly evolved.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The female actors, particularly Hudgens and Ashley Benson, are game for the ride. And Franco is indispensable, bringing humor and pathos to one of the more repulsive cinematic creations in recent memory.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's a stoner movie all the way, with much deep thought but little active conflict.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    As entertainment, this approach might be questionable. As a service, it would be valuable.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    By the end, I was adding my own internal "Deadwood"-style profanities to McShane's clean dialogue. "For the sake of the (God-@#$%) kingdom, cut it (the @#$%) down!" Movies about mile-high beanstalks shouldn't require additional audience imagination.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Writer-directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore find a nice balance between the over-the-top high jinks and an emotional core, which unexpectedly crystallizes relatively late in the movie.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The film often stumbles in translation, trying to define too many characters in too little time.
    • 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.

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