John Hartl

John Hartl

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
Film.com , MSNBC , Newsweek , Seattle Times
Total Reviews:
791

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/4 26% Gordy (1995) " Alas, Gordy is no Charlotte's Web. It's not even a threat to Mr. Ed." — Seattle Times
Posted Jul 23, 2014
2/4 6% Son of the Pink Panther (1993) " That there are any laughs at all is due almost entirely to Benigni. He's not remotely like Sellers, but he's a creative physical comedian." — Seattle Times
Posted Jul 23, 2014
1/4 6% A Smile Like Yours (1997) " This may not be the worst romantic comedy of the year, but surely it's the flattest. The thing has no energy. It just lies there, waiting to be kicked." — Seattle Times
Posted Jul 22, 2014
2% The In Crowd (2000) " Brittany is so obviously wicked, from the first glimpse we get of her, that there's nowhere for Ward to take her, except over the top." — Seattle Times
Posted Jul 18, 2014
1/4 7% Man Trouble (1992) " A jaw-dropping Hollywood disaster of Hudson Hawk proportions." — Seattle Times
Posted Jul 18, 2014
1.5/4 17% Mannequin 2: On the Move (2008) " Unfortunately, the recycled plot is still the driving force here, and the movie becomes increasingly frantic trying to accommodate it. In the end, Raffill can't bring this dummy to life, but he does try." — Seattle Times
Posted Jul 15, 2014
1.5/4 19% Navy Seals (1990) " Unfortunately, [Teague is] working from a cliche-choked, insensitive script." — Seattle Times
Posted Jul 14, 2014
2.5/4 51% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) " Like many a lengthy novel, it might have worked better as a television series." — Seattle Times
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3.5/4 91% Venus in Fur (2014) " Never underestimate Roman Polanski." — Seattle Times
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/4 60% Hellion (2014) " The hellion of "Hellion" is Jacob Wilson, a 13-year-old Texas rebel with a cause. As played by a real teenager, Josh Wiggins, he's a force of nature." — Seattle Times
Posted Jul 3, 2014
2/4 11% Batman & Robin (1997) " Fourth time's not the charm in this rambling sequel, which gets off to a roaring start, then quite literally crashes." — Seattle Times
Posted Jun 18, 2014
2/4 20% I Love Trouble (1994) " Generic as its title, I Love Trouble is like a Xerox of a copy of a facsimile." — Seattle Times
Posted Jun 17, 2014
3.5/4 54% The Doors (1991) " Insidiously funny and remarkably truthful about the psychedelic rock scene in the late 1960." — Seattle Times
Posted Jun 17, 2014
1/4 29% 3 Ninjas (1992) " The movie is saddled with a junky visual style, haphazard editing and occasional out-of-focus shots." — Seattle Times
Posted Jun 16, 2014
2.5/4 55% The Signal (2014) " It's fun while it lasts, though it feels less like a completed movie than a demonstration of director William Eubank's spooky ability to shift gears and string genres together." — Seattle Times
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3.5/4 94% Ida (2014) " As the heroine who bounces back from one potential catastrophe after another, Trzebuchowska always suggests resilience. She's got a lot on her mind, but we know she'll survive." — Seattle Times
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3.5/4 63% The Grand Seduction (2014) " So intricately plotted and unlikely that it verges on the exotic, "The Grand Seduction" is nevertheless a hoot." — Seattle Times
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2.5/4 73% Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) " When a group of actors this gifted and lively tries so good-naturedly to deliver such an obvious message, the audience is left in the position of trying to stop a tidal wave. You may hate yourself for responding, but you're smothered before you know it." — Seattle Times
Posted Jun 2, 2014
3.5/4 96% La Maman et la putain (The Mother and the Whore) (1973) " Leaud brings a brutal emotional honesty to the role of Alexandre." — Seattle Times
Posted May 22, 2014
3/4 88% Nun va Goldoon (A Moment of Innocence) (Bread and Flower) (1999) " This comedy of mixed motives and recently freshened memories becomes increasingly passionate." — Seattle Times
Posted May 20, 2014
1.5/4 39% Days of Thunder (1990) " The original script must have been truly atrocious if Towne's contributions can be considered an improvement." — Seattle Times
Posted May 20, 2014
3.5/4 80% Singles (1992) " This is one happy-ending romance that doesn't feel forced. You can't help getting into the spirit of it." — Seattle Times
Posted May 19, 2014
3/4 54% Fading Gigolo (2014) " The chemistry is just right between Allen and Turturro, who immediately register as best friends for life, and between Stone and Turturro, whose mutual awkwardness gives way to a goofy form of passion." — Seattle Times
Posted May 8, 2014
2.5/4 64% Cobb (1994) " Unfortunately, the movie just makes Stump look like a self-important jerk, possibly a bigger jerk than Cobb, and Wuhl's affable, weightless performance doesn't help." — Seattle Times
Posted May 6, 2014
2/4 5% 'Til There Was You (1997) " Alas, first-time director Scott Winant and screenwriter Winnie Holzman rarely get beyond the cuteness of the story's structure." — Seattle Times
Posted May 5, 2014
2/4 9% Drop Dead Fred (1991) " It tries too hard to mimic Beetlejuice, especially in British comic Rik Mayall's frantic performance as the title character -- Mayall is no Michael Keaton -- but it has a whimsical comic energy." — Seattle Times
Posted May 5, 2014
2.5/4 23% A Stranger Among Us (1992) " Although it's enjoyable as a bittersweet, fish-out-of-water love story, Sidney Lumet's A Stranger Among Us is less effective when it transforms itself into an exotic whodunit." — Seattle Times
Posted May 3, 2014
1/4 13% Carpool (1996) " Watching a Tom Arnold movie is like getting trapped in a room with a barking dog for 90 minutes." — Seattle Times
Posted May 2, 2014
3.5/4 80% Watermark (2014) " They've found a way of serving up these images without seeming callous or exploitative or preachy." — Seattle Times
Posted May 1, 2014
3.5/4 86% Heat (1995) " Heat becomes consistently more interesting as it forges on toward the 180-minute mark." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 29, 2014
3/4 50% Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) " The fight sequences are explosive, the physical production is impressive, and the supporting performances are full of juice." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 25, 2014
2.5/4 84% Last Passenger (2014) " It (almost literally) runs off the rails with a series of twists that ultimately invite more laughs than tension." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 24, 2014
3/4 91% The Final Member (2014) " The subject of an eccentric new documentary, the Icelandic Phallological Museum is devoted to preserving the male genitalia of mammals." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3/4 91% Bears (2014) " It may be rated G, but for the most part this is serious stuff, as potentially traumatic for younger viewers as the death of Bambi's mother." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2/4 40% Antboy (2014) " You gotta love a movie that calls itself "Antboy." Unless, alas, you also have to sit through this Danish, dubbed-in-English kiddie movie." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 15, 2014
3/4 100% Ilo Ilo (2014) " Characters who may seem hopeless begin to suggest a vulnerable side, and none truly deserve the situations that afflict them." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2.5/4 62% Draft Day (2014) " Costner, naturally, carries the movie and gives it drive and focus." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 81% Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014) " There's a startling stillness about the film, especially the opening scenes, that becomes a character in itself and helps to avoid softness." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/4 99% The Missing Picture (2014) " A uniquely subjective account of the Cambodian genocide of the 1970s, "The Missing Picture" is the work of Rithy Panh, a Cambodian native who left his homeland when he was an adolescent." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 3, 2014
2/4 56% Legends of the Fall (1994) " The actors fit their roles exceptionally well, but Zwick rarely allows them the kinds of crucial, intimate moments that establish how the characters feel about each other." — Seattle Times
Posted Apr 2, 2014
2/4 79% Seven (Se7en) (1995) " Were it not for the gravity and thoughtfulness of Morgan Freeman's performance as a retiring policeman, and the third-act appearance of its bizarre villain, Seven would be unendurable." — Seattle Times
Posted Mar 25, 2014
2.5/4 58% Blast from the Past (1999) " Fraser is the sweet, goofy engine that drives this movie. The script doesn't do enough with his reactions to a world that bears little relation to the Cold War planet Adam has been told about, but Fraser still manages to suggest volumes." — Seattle Times
Posted Mar 21, 2014
3/4 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " Most of the laughs come courtesy of Tina Fey, in the role of a Siberian prison guard who can't/won't stop dancing." — Seattle Times
Posted Mar 20, 2014
4/4 89% Rushmore (1998) " There's an unshakable confidence about this coming-of-age fable that matches that of its central character, Max Fischer." — Seattle Times
Posted Mar 17, 2014
3.5/4 94% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " Carefully and often brilliantly creates its own Eden-like universe." — Seattle Times
Posted Mar 6, 2014
3.5/4 94% Dark Days (2000) " Some of these hardy souls have lived this way for years, decades even, and they've lived not just to tell the tale but to suggest that they've created a viable alternative existence. At times, Dark Days almost makes you envious. But only almost." — Seattle Times
Posted Mar 3, 2014
3.5/4 94% In the Name of the Father (1993) " At every point, Day-Lewis is at the center of the story, and he carries the film with an impassioned performance. It helps that it's a great part." — Seattle Times
Posted Feb 28, 2014
2.5/4 47% Stalingrad (2014) " [Bondarchuk's] hand tends to feel heavy, especially when he's celebrating young love in wartime (shades of - ugh - "Pearl Harbor"), but the actors sometimes work wonders." — Seattle Times
Posted Feb 27, 2014
3/4 91% Omar (2014) " Abu-Assad has created a convincingly noirish hell that feeds on distrust and vengeance." — Seattle Times
Posted Feb 27, 2014
3/4 21% Son Of God (2014) " What a pleasant surprise: a biblical film that doesn't turn into a gory freak show or a speculation about the marital status of Jesus and Mary Magdalene." — Seattle Times
Posted Feb 27, 2014
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