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 50% 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 & Earl & 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 54% 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 92% 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 95% 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 41% 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
2.5/4 76% Kelly & Cal (2014) "The movie turns a little soapy as it tries to locate a satisfying ending, and there are too many self-conscious statements of life's little lessons, yet the passion remains. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 2, 2014
1.5/4 6% Halloween - The Curse of Michael Myers (Halloween 6) (1995) "Instead of sending up the current glut of serial-killer movies, the filmmakers trot out the old slasher tactics. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 29, 2014
3/4 75% The Boxtrolls (2014) "Visually the film is a feast, stuffed with little jokes and surprises and the kind of black humor that Alfred Hitchcock heartily enjoyed. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 25, 2014
3/4 80% Underground (1995) "A rich, vibrant, visually spectacular survey of the changes the place has gone through during the past 50 years. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 23, 2014
2.5/4 No Score Yet Great White Shark 3D "Many of the scenes shot near South Africa and New Zealand and underwater are breathtaking, but they're still snapshots of people who seem amazingly willing to swim with sharks. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 18, 2014
3.5/4 85% Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) "In a world in which eight nearly identical Friday the 13th movies offer the adventures of Jason the ax-murderer as entertainment for teen-agers, maybe we do need this sobering alternative. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 16, 2014
3/4 50% Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation (2014) "A sometimes pedantic, mostly fascinating documentary about Barcelona's towering cathedral, La Sagrada Familia, which was conceived by Antoni Gaudí in the late 19th century. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 11, 2014
2.5/4 68% God Help the Girl (2014) "At 90 minutes, this material might have sped through. Coming closer to two hours, it drags. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 11, 2014
3/4 80% Crows (1996) "the writer-director, Dorota Kedzierzawska, working with a gifted cinematographer (Arthur Reinhart), brings a light, fluid touch to Wrona's adventures (the beach scenes look especially magical). " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 9, 2014
3/4 100% Incident at Oglala (1992) "The emphasis on facts and talking heads pays off as the movie slowly builds a sense of outrage. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 6, 2014
1.5/4 10% On Deadly Ground (1994) "Unfortunately Seagal, who also makes his directing debut with this script, is no match for Caine. His on-screen personality is petulant and humorless, his voice so grating you want to reach for a mute button. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 5, 2014
2/4 7% The Identical (2014) "It's not very good, but it's certainly a curiosity. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 4, 2014
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