John Hartl

John Hartl

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
Film.com , MSNBC , Newsweek , Seattle Times
Total Reviews:
816

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 64% 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 74% 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 74% 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 No Score Yet 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 69% 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
3/4 86% The Trip To Italy (2014) " If you laughed at Coogan and Brydon's (sometimes astonishing) mimicry in "The Trip," you'll smile again. If not, you probably won't go out of your way to find the sequel. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 28, 2014
2.5/4 76% The Congress (2014) " "The Congress" becomes as frustrating and expensive-looking as "Cloud Atlas." Try to follow it and you may feel abandoned in a maze. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 28, 2014
3/4 No Score Yet Song Of The New Earth " A heavy dose of mysticism drives this stimulating new documentary ... " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 28, 2014
4/4 69% Jacob's Ladder (1990) " For hours and days after you've seen it, you'll still be putting it together in your head. While all of it is gripping, it doesn't come together until the final scene, which is jolting, transcendent, unexpected yet inevitable. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 23, 2014
1.5/4 71% The Strange Little Cat (2014) " Nothing much happens. A cat makes a move and purrs. Someone is reprimanded for not tucking in his shirt. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3.5/4 90% To Be Takei (2014) " Much more than a "Star Trek" footnote or a standard coming-out story. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3/4 No Score Yet Double Play: James Benning And Richard Linklater " Above all else, "Double Play" is an invitation to stare - usually at an object that's worthy of prolonged attention. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2.5/4 47% About Alex (2014) " Only Plaza's performance as the troubled Sarah comes close to creating a three-dimensional character. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2/4 21% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993) " Less amateurish than the 1990 original, less embarrassing than the 1991 sequel (with its mind-boggling Vanilla Ice ninja-rap number), this may be the easiest installment in the series for parents to sit through. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 6, 2014
1/4 9% Mom and Dad Save the World (1992) " Mom and Dad Save the World is an insult to the idea of children's entertainment. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 25, 2014
4/4 99% Boyhood (2014) " The year's most captivating narrative experiment, and possibly the most engrossing coming-of-age movie in the history of the genre. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2.5/4 91% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " A movie that tries to cover many facets of the post-9/11 period, though it doesn't quite make up for the fact that a great cast is sometimes wasted. " ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 24, 2014
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 59% 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 56% 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 95% 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 60% 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
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