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 Serenity
Lowest review score: 0 Show Dogs
Score distribution:
562 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    The film Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away highlights both the strains of the franchise and the willingness to promote the brand at any cost - including a coherent narrative. It's a big promo reel, and not a carefully disguised one.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The biggest strength of the movie is the chemistry between Cumming and Isaac Leyva, a first-time feature film actor with Down syndrome, who does as much to make these scenes work as the experienced actors he's sharing scenes with.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Innocence and joy are threatened by the Boogeyman, and from there the plot comes pretty close to mirroring this summer's "The Avengers" movie. Mostly in a good way.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    It would have been enough for The Other Dream Team to simply pay tribute to the tie-dyed underdogs, but the filmmakers strived for more. Adding detailed historical context, the quirky feel-good story becomes a tragedy and a lesson. And that makes the victories resonate even more.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The themes are also dated. There are times when Dredd 3D feels like an escapist companion piece to "The Day After." But there we go again, thinking too much. No sense in ruining such a fine piece of cheap entertainment.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Trouble With the Curve has a problem tipping its pitches.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Bornedal invests so much time in the characters - Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick play the split parents of the girls - that there are times you will forget this is a horror movie. It's Kramer vs. Kramer vs. Lucifer.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Way too serious for its own good. The best vampire movies are some combination of sexy, scary or campy. This one is 100 percent earnest, and the hazy mysteries taken from Rachel Klein's book aren't strong enough to keep the audience engaged.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    "Searching" has emotional valleys and zeniths, and gasp-inducing turns, as old friends, fans and Rodriguez's grown daughters are interviewed.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The filmmakers investigate, but can't answer every tough question. There are so many people who could be potentially taking advantage of these players, it's hard to sort out the wrongdoers.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Half of one song is performed with a speck of saliva on the camera. More casual fans will twist in their chairs uncomfortably, wishing that a roadie would walk up and wipe it off. Neil Young die-hards will cherish the spittle.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    The stunning and mostly uncompromising visuals more than compensate for the frequent corny turns of phrase.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Hartlaub
    By the time the ride is over, director Drew Goddard and co-writers Goddard and Joss Whedon will change course three or four times, nodding and winking but never losing momentum.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Kill List has a slow build, but don't be lulled into complacency. This is one of the most violent and disturbing films you'll see in an art house.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    This film is even better if you come in with no spoilers and low expectations.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Undefeated is filled with wonderful narratives, which impressed academy voters enough to garner an Academy Award this week. It's a credit to directors Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Daniels that the personal stories of the kids and coaches resonate more than the wins and losses.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    It's an uninspired and instantly forgettable film. But it completely succeeds by its own standards: an 87-minute rainy-day distraction that will probably make a zillion dollars.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Hartlaub
    Don't invest too much in the word "Golf" at the beginning of the title. Golf in the Kingdom is arguably less of a sports movie than the first "Harry Potter." (At least someone won that game of quidditch ...)
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Patterson's verite style is bettered by the work of cinematographer Eric Koretz, who surrounds the bleak characters with beauty and color.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It's an imperfect facsimile, guilty of borrowing too many ideas from the earlier film, and then executing them with differing results.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Watching this movie is like eating a hot fudge sundae and lasagna in alternating bites.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    If you can get past the ridiculousness of the setup - easy to do, because the posters make it clear this isn't a Woody Allen movie - it's pretty much impossible not to have fun.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    There's no greater meaning to any of this, and the slapstick turns won't seem particularly ambitious to anyone who grew up on Bugs Bunny cartoons.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Even with the conflict overkill, most of the small moments ring true. Dolphin Tale has more in common with "The Swiss Family Robinson" than most modern live-action family movies, where slapstick and cheap laughs feed short attention spans.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Naysayers have been claiming for years that the "Moneyball" book wouldn't work as a movie. But ultimately, it's the cinematic touches that keep this film version from becoming something exceptional.

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