John Hartl

John Hartl

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

John Hartl's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 65% Digging For Fire (2015) "While you're watching it, "Digging for Fire" may feel slight or tentative, but its cumulative impact is entrancing. Few films about a marital rift make so much of what seems so little. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 27, 2015
1.5/4 8% Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) "On the surface - and that's all there is - it seems as pointless and gassy as a "Matrix" sequel. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/4 76% Tom at the Farm (2015) "As a director of actors, Dolan is especially strong at capturing ambiguous menace and sharing the screen. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3/4 99% Phoenix (2015) "You may not buy all the story twists, but perhaps the script is not meant to be taken literally. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 13, 2015
3.5/4 77% Jimmy's Hall (2015) "Loach is clearly on Gralton's side, but he's remarkably evenhanded about it. Norton is a formidable villain, while Ward is just vulnerable enough to make the showdown dramatically persuasive. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 6, 2015
2/4 50% Boulevard (2015) "Unfortunately, the movie plods; you can always see where it's going or trying to go. It also feels incomplete. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 30, 2015
2.5/4 64% That Sugar Film (2015) "Peppy and eager to please, this relentless Australian documentary takes a strange approach to early death and unnatural appetites. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 30, 2015
2.5/4 82% Do I Sound Gay? (2015) "This is an intelligent (if too short) exploration of gender confusion, speech therapy and the perils of coming out. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 23, 2015
3/4 94% Cartel Land (2015) "This raw and compelling (if necessarily incomplete) documentary focuses on the recent battles between drug cartels and vigilantes along the Arizona-Mexico border. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 16, 2015
10% Elektra (2005) "Even the action scenes flirt with tedium. " ‐ MSNBC
Posted Jul 14, 2015
3/4 80% Batkid Begins (2015) "The seams occasionally show, especially whenever the shy, overwhelmed Miles grows tired or reluctant - or whenever the easily defeated villains start to look like so many overstuffed dolls - but it's impossible to say "no" to this project. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3/4 76% The Suicide Theory (2015) "It sounds preposterous, and much of the movie is over the top, but the energy of the actors carries it for long stretches. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3/4 49% Manglehorn (2015) "Pacino easily captures the character's longtime frustration, though it's Holly Hunter who supplies the story's heartbreak. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3.5/4 82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "Mann is simply perfect for the role, and Cooke and Cyler bring a weight to their characters that lends a necessary balance to the movie's tone. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3/4 94% I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) "[Danner is] clearly having a ball with this character. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 7, 2015
2.5/4 No Score Yet Living in the Age of Airplanes (2015) "As a sunny depiction of what to expect and what's been accomplished, the movie is nearly seamless, but is that all there is? " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 28, 2015
2.5/4 52% 5 Flights Up (2015) "The movie ends just as you expected it to end, and there are almost no surprises along the way. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 7, 2015
2.5/4 18% Little Boy (2015) "It takes no genius to guess where this story is going, but whatever dramatic validity the movie had is lost in the have-your-cake-and-eat-it finale. It's a jaw-dropper. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
2.5/4 81% Jungle Fever (1991) "It's all too much for Lee to handle. Jungle Fever is overlong, yet he hasn't found the screen time to give each of these people his or her reasons, and even the Snipes and Sciorra characters slip away from him. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 21, 2015
3/4 89% Fresh (1994) "Sean Nelson is a quiet revelation as the title character, a child who actively participates in what he regards as the only game in town, yet consistently demonstrates more caution and smarts than his friends or relatives. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 21, 2015
2.5/4 90% Jauja (2015) "If you applauded the genre-tweaking twists of Gus Van Sant's "Gerry" and Kelly Reichardt's "Meek's Cutoff," you may have a good time (or at least an interesting one) at acclaimed Argentine director Lisandro Alonso's latest puzzler, "Jauja." " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 17, 2015
3/4 96% The Salt of the Earth (2015) "The authenticity and artistry of the images in "The Salt of the Earth" cannot be denied. In any context, they'd be unforgettable. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 17, 2015
3/4 100% GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2015) "It's tough and unsparing, but the grimness is never gratuitous. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3.5/4 69% Die Hard 2 (1990) "The summer's best sequel and most satisfying blockbuster has finally arrived. Die Hard 2 is a blast. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 3, 2015
2.5/4 53% Like Sunday, Like Rain (2015) "Whaley has made a provocative, well-acted movie about infatuations that turn awkward, but he struggles with the ending. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 27, 2015
3/4 83% Orlando (1992) "Reminiscent of the low-budget lushness of the early films of Peter Greenaway and Ken Russell, Orlando could turn out to be the art-house smash of the summer. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 23, 2015
3.5/4 92% Hype! (1996) "The first-time director, Doug Pray, doesn't linger long on anything, but the movie is so crisply and intelligently edited that you never feel you're being rushed through it. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 18, 2015
3.5/4 97% '71 (2015) "This isn't a story about religious differences. It's a thriller - gripping, almost abstract and carefully assembled by filmmakers who appear to know more about creating tension than explaining it. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
2.5/4 84% Wild Canaries (2015) "Cute or presumptuous? It's your call where "Wild Canaries" is concerned. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 5, 2015
2/4 62% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) "The storyline of the sequel ends up tying itself in knots, and the addition of a splashy, expensive-looking Bollywood musical number just underlines the lack of perspective. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 5, 2015
3/4 88% Naked (1993) "Thanks to David Thewlis' performance, which has been collecting prizes since last spring's Cannes Film Festival, Johnny's energy and ferocious wit outweigh his brutishness. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 4, 2015
2/4 No Score Yet Big In Japan (2015) "What's missing is something to hold it all together: a sense of style, a consistent comic perspective, a leading man with charisma. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 19, 2015
3/4 79% McFarland USA (2015) "Based on the lives of several cross-country runners whose success story began in 1987, the script is crowded with scenes that ring true and rarely stray into conventional exposition. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 19, 2015
3.5/4 99% Leviathan (2014) "At times the movie suggests a Cheech and Chong comedy with cannabis replaced by vodka. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 12, 2015
3/4 86% The Hunt for Red October (1990) "An exciting techno-suspense thriller with a hollow center. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 11, 2015
2.5/4 25% The Devil's Violinist (2015) "Garrett, making his acting debut, isn't a strong enough presence to carry the nonmusical sequences. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 29, 2015
3.5/4 74% Amira & Sam (2015) "Under writer-director Sean Mullin, everything clicks. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 28, 2015
2.5/4 36% Song One (2015) "It seems thin despite its first-rate cast, which includes two Academy Award winners. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
3/4 94% The Search For General Tso (2015) "Cheney (who worked on the unforgettable "King Corn"), obviously had a good time collecting their testimony, though he tends to side with the idea that the only authenticity is deliciousness. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 20, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet My Last Year With The Nuns "Much more than a photographed one-man play, Bret Fetzer's film makes spare but clever use of Seattle locations that represent the churches, schools and playgrounds where Smith's adventures took place. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 8, 2015
2.5/4 30% Elsa & Fred (2014) "Unlike so many American remakes of foreign films, this reboot improves on the original, mostly because it takes full advantage of the star power of its English-speaking cast. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 18, 2014
4/4 74% Eyes Wide Shut (1999) "It's as rich and strange and riveting as any journey he's taken us on, yet it's also familiar in a disquieting way. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 13, 2014
3/4 93% My Neighbor Totoro (1988) "Miyazaki's appreciation of miraculous possibilities and childhood visions is what drives Totoro. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 8, 2014
2.5/4 61% Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2014) "This is sound-bite cinema, revealing at times, but also frustratingly basic stuff. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 20, 2014
2.5/4 43% The Better Angels (2014) "Narrators tell us what to feel, but there's something hollow at the center. The tone of the picture seems perversely oblique. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 13, 2014
2.5/4 47% Mr. Pip (2014) "It's a weak-tea imitation at best. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 6, 2014
2/4 40% Missionary (2014) "A Southern Gothic thriller that begins on a high note but fails to deliver. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 30, 2014
3.5/4 85% Bugsy (1991) "What finally distinguishes Bugsy from other mob movies is its ever-present sense of the absurd. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 29, 2014
3.5/4 91% Dear White People (2014) "As a first-time director, Simien sometimes lets his script flirt with talkiness, but with dialogue this sharp and unpredictable, who's complaining? " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 23, 2014
2.5/4 62% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) "The movie is so over-the-top that it makes little narrative sense, but it's often successful in its naked pursuit of belly laughs. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 9, 2014
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