John Hartl

John Hartl

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
Film.com , MSNBC , Newsweek , Seattle Times
Total Reviews:
759

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 94% 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 88% 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 —— 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 80% 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 95% 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 48% 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 89% Omar (2014) " Abu-Assad has created a convincingly noirish hell that feeds on distrust and vengeance." — Seattle Times
Posted Feb 27, 2014
3/4 22% 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
3/4 78% Braveheart (1995) " Many movies deal with battlefield heroics. Few seriously attempt to define heroism." — Seattle Times
Posted Feb 24, 2014
3/4 60% Dream with the Fishes (1997) " A throwback to the independent-minded, anything-goes movies that followed in the wake of Easy Rider in the early 1970s." — Seattle Times
Posted Feb 13, 2014
3/4 92% Shakespeare in Love (1998) " A triumph of talent and style over silliness." — Seattle Times
Posted Feb 11, 2014
3/4 88% Chasing Amy (1997) " Even when its young, uncertain characters appear to be in danger of talking (and whining) themselves to death, there's something genuine and charmingly naive about their attempts to make sense of their feelings." — Seattle Times
Posted Feb 7, 2014
4/4 88% American Beauty (1999) " Alan Ball's script is a terrific piece of material, and Mendes responds directly to its subversive, provocative vision of a curdled American Dream." — Seattle Times
Posted Jan 28, 2014
2/4 32% Necessary Roughness (1991) " For every sharp one-liner about a pampered college football team that's "so corrupt it could use its yearbook photos as mug shots," there's a brain-numbing plot development that's straight out of a desperate sitcom." — Seattle Times
Posted Jan 24, 2014
3/4 100% Journey to the South Pacific (2013) " Images of dynamited fish and rising sea levels blend with a strong sense of native commitment to keeping the oceans clean." — Seattle Times
Posted Jan 23, 2014
3/4 75% Ransom (1996) " Mel Gibson and Rene Russo put an edgy 1990s spin on the roles originally played by Glenn Ford and Donna Reed." — Seattle Times
Posted Jan 22, 2014
0/4 —— Pig Death Machine " Despite the aggressive title, "Pig Death Machine" lacks shock value. Or any other kind of value." — Seattle Times
Posted Jan 9, 2014
3/4 72% Forrest Gump (1994) " Good as Wright and Sinise are in their roles as Forrest's near-suicidal soulmates, the movie always comes back to Hanks, and director Robert Zemeckis helps him to achieve some of his finest emotional moments." — Seattle Times
Posted Jan 7, 2014
3/4 94% The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) " Visually a macabre knockout, this 75-minute fantasy boasts some of the wittiest, most vigorous stop-motion animation effects in the history of the process." — Seattle Times
Posted Dec 3, 2013
3/4 91% The Great Beauty (2013) " At times it seems that every frame is a tribute to the Fellini classics of the early 1960s." — Seattle Times
Posted Nov 28, 2013
2/4 33% The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers (2013) " Sometimes so clunky, it suggests a return to the bad old days when nonfiction films could be mistaken for schoolroom torture devices." — Seattle Times
Posted Nov 28, 2013
3.5/4 93% Beauty and the Beast (2012) " It's exceptionally difficult to make an audience care for animated characters unless they're mermaids or anthropomorphized animals or insects, yet the Disney animators, with a big assist from the vocal talents of a superb cast, have pulled it off." — Seattle Times
Posted Nov 20, 2013
3.5/4 94% Aladdin (1992) " Disney's latest animated feature is a thoroughly satisfying musical-comedy romp." — Seattle Times
Posted Nov 19, 2013
3/4 94% I Am Divine (2013) " In "I Am Divine," bolstered by plentiful interviews with Waters and other collaborators, Schwarz effectively turns Milstead into the life of a party that didn't really end with his death in 1988." — Seattle Times
Posted Nov 14, 2013
2.5/4 67% How I Live Now (2013) " The title, "How I Live Now," suggests a certain distance, and that's rigorously maintained in the movie." — Seattle Times
Posted Nov 7, 2013
3.5/4 91% The Trials Of Muhammad Ali (2013) " If you have fond memories of David Susskind's talk shows from the golden age of 1960s television, prepare to have them blasted away by this revealing documentary." — Seattle Times
Posted Oct 31, 2013
3/4 78% I Used To Be Darker (2013) " The visual style of third-time director Matthew Porterfield ("Putty Hill," "Hamilton") is emphatically lyrical, beginning with a widescreen shot of a Maryland Ferris wheel that suggests a celebration of Americana." — Seattle Times
Posted Oct 24, 2013
45% Eden (1999) " It's distinguished by Going's haunting performance, the perceptive dramatization of growing student rebellion in a specific year and writer-director Howard Goldberg's refreshing avoidance of cliches about the period." — Seattle Times
Posted Oct 22, 2013
2/4 47% My Fellow Americans (1996) " It takes a special actor's grace to survive a script as lame as My Fellow Americans, and James Garner has it. Without appearing to break a sweat, Garner makes each grotesquely desperate attempt at humor look smooth and assured." — Seattle Times
Posted Oct 22, 2013
3/4 99% Wadjda (2013) " "Wadjda" earns extra points just for being what it is. Who knew that, in a country that famously frowns on women driving cars, some are even allowed to make movies?" — Seattle Times
Posted Oct 17, 2013
2.5/4 80% Scream (1996) " The picture is so full of cross-references, self-mockery and movies within movies (including a stalking that's recorded on video) that it can't help turning into a precious two-hour in-joke." — Seattle Times
Posted Oct 6, 2013
3/4 87% The Blair Witch Project (1999) " Using the most modest means, Sanchez and Myrick manage to tell a compelling story, create recognizable characters and hold our attention even when there's literally nothing on the screen." — Seattle Times
Posted Oct 5, 2013
3/4 92% Our Nixon (2013) " The result is maudlin beyond belief, especially Nixon's farewell to the aides he's in the process of firing, but other moments simply register as shockingly out of touch." — Seattle Times
Posted Sep 26, 2013
3/4 92% Inequality For All (2013) " This lively film takes a "greatest-hits" approach to Reich, who fears that we're headed for another financial debacle if we don't take a more serious approach to taxes and education." — Seattle Times
Posted Sep 26, 2013
2.5/4 53% The Muslims Are Coming (2013) " Some of the stand-up material is funny, but the interaction with audience members is priceless." — Seattle Times
Posted Sep 12, 2013
3/4 35% Touchy Feely (2013) " There's something fresh and new here, something that wasn't so dominant in [Shelton's] previous work." — Seattle Times
Posted Sep 12, 2013
2.5/4 99% Short Term 12 (2013) " "Short Term 12" is the kind of teen-oriented movie that's often dismissed as an "after-school special," but thanks to a nimble young cast it's frequently better than that." — Seattle Times
Posted Sep 5, 2013
3.5/4 94% Museum Hours (2013) " An enthralling and sometimes droll meditation on life, art and mortality, not to mention Internet porn and its influence on modern art." — Seattle Times
Posted Aug 29, 2013
3/4 72% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) " Even at its worst, it prefers to stimulate rather than launch another noisy parade of stereotypes." — Seattle Times
Posted Aug 15, 2013
3/4 27% Jobs (2013) " It's a daring performance that instantly undermines Kutcher's pretty-boy features and makes them seem ugly and brutally uncompromising." — Seattle Times
Posted Aug 15, 2013
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