Peter Hartlaub

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For 568 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 7.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Hartlaub's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Snowden
Lowest review score: 0 The Smurfs 2
Score distribution:
568 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    Abominable delivers all the notes you expect from family-friendly animation these days. And, thankfully, a little bit more.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    It Chapter Two is a messier production that barely seems coherent even with the first film as a primer.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It’s a good sign for the intelligence of your science fiction movie, when it’s easy to imagine the story working as a stage play with just two actors.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It’s mostly delightful; a fun movie that successfully hits the reset button for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
    • 83 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Reynolds often seems lost for material, whether it’s the restrictions of the PG rating, or deficiencies created by the four screenwriters. By the halfway mark Pikachu might as well be in an “Alvin and the Chipmunks” sequel, resorting to bodily function jokes.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    This Hellboy has story problems, with too much exposition and not enough character development. “Stranger Things” actor David Harbour, seemingly a perfect choice for his ability to project melancholy and a luggish humor, isn’t given enough time to do either of those things.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The “Happy Death Day” franchise isn’t going to revolutionize filmmaking. But the uplifting vibes — and occasionally absent slasher — haven’t come close to overstaying their welcome.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    By the time we reach the unsatisfying cliffhanger ending, there’s little to look forward to.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    This film is the equivalent of your third or fourth favorite present on any given holiday. It will entertain a few children in the moment, satisfy a few adults who are barely paying attention, then quickly be forgotten.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    By the end, the 105-minute movie feels another third as long. You’ll probably respect the effort. But you’ll be more than happy to leave The House With a Clock in Its Walls.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Hartlaub
    It’s scattered and messy and startling and electric and fun.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    Through a stellar effort by Jennifer Garner and some well-executed revenge sequences, Peppermint just feels good to watch.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Hartlaub
    The Bookshop isn’t an especially good film, but there’s no shortage of good in it.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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