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Peter Hartlaub

Peter Hartlaub

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Peter Hartlaub's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Hearst Newspapers, Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 80% Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) ""Kung Fu Panda 3" has a moment or two for everyone, but no chance develop any character beyond a single dimension. The next scene has often arrived before the viewer can process the last one. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 28, 2016
1/4 9% Point Break (2015) "This "Point Break" removes almost everything that was special about the 1991 original, and replaces it with a Mountain Dew commercial. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 26, 2015
1/4 20% Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015) "The life expectancy of a chipmunk maxes out at 10 years in captivity. So biologically, we must be coming toward the end of this franchise. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 17, 2015
3/4 93% Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015) "This is a meticulously researched film that makes good use of its incredible access. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 3, 2015
3/4 77% The Good Dinosaur (2015) ""The Good Dinosaur" has an original concept, disarming emotional heft and features the most impressive visuals in animated cinema to date. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 24, 2015
3/4 67% The Night Before (2015) "Beyond all the pop culture references, dumb behavior and the easily distracted "A Christmas Carol" plotline, the movie doesn't offer much to get audiences invested. You will only notice this deficiency when you're not laughing. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 19, 2015
1/4 33% My All American (2015) "There's a point where a movie is so predictably manipulative that it starts to stifle the potential of the actors and deny audiences the opportunity to think on their own. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 12, 2015
3/4 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) ""Peanuts" is not a perfect film, but it remains almost completely true to its original values. It's a snowflake slowly falling to the melancholy notes of Vince Guaraldi. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 5, 2015
74% Goosebumps (2015) "Happily, the filmmakers build a reservoir of goodwill in the first hour. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 14, 2015
1/4 54% Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) ""Hotel Transylvania 2" is an unfortunate throwback to about 20 years ago, when animated movies were more widely accepted as cinematic babysitters. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 30, 2015
3/4 75% Black Mass (2015) ""Black Mass" is a solid piece of filmmaking, from subtle beginning to the excessive end. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 17, 2015
72% Everest (2015) "Kormakur never quite latches on to the dramatic momentum. The pacing problems are compounded by some confusion in terms of mistakes that were made, and a difficulty identifying actors through the blizzard. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 17, 2015
2/4 63% The Visit (2015) "Much like Shyamalan's flawed/interesting films "Signs" and "The Village," the filmmaker promises more than he can deliver. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 10, 2015
2.5/4 46% A Walk In The Woods (2015) "The finished product isn't a great movie. But every good actor, and that actor's most loyal fans, deserve their Walk in the Woods. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 2, 2015
2/4 41% We Are Your Friends (2015) "When it sticks to the music, which is about 50 percent of the time, "We Are Your Friends" is a success. And when it strays to matters of love, friendship and loss, the film is predictable, slow and jarringly contrived. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 27, 2015
3/4 43% American Ultra (2015) "It's all quite fun to watch, thanks in large part to the script by Max Landis, whose ability to find humor in the middle of a crisis meshes well with Nourizadeh's kinetic directing style. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/4 88% Straight Outta Compton (2015) "Policemen, journalists who dislike rap and Suge Knight will find little to enjoy in this movie - all are portrayed as villains with zero subtlety. But the film as a whole is critical of its heroes' mistakes. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 13, 2015
4/4 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) "The movie is a wonderful surprise, cleverly written and executed brick by brick with a visual panache. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 3, 2015
2/4 29% Annabelle (2014) "The movie tries to be more than just a creepy doll freakout, and delivers the requisite scares. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 2, 2014
2/4 64% The Maze Runner (2014) "The writers seem to have been reared in the "Lost" school of storytelling, happy to pile on three more questions for every answer. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 18, 2014
2/4 67% Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) "It's kind of sad to see Rufus the Pelican getting way more screen time and plot significance than characters played by Kris Kristofferson and Ashley Judd. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 11, 2014
3/4 89% The Drop (2014) "Hardy gets the vast majority of screen time, and he handles the heavy lifting like a pro. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 11, 2014
1/4 35% The November Man (2014) "Often frustrating and at times incomprehensible, the Bourne/Bond clone keeps the pulse racing but ultimately fails to satisfy. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 26, 2014
1/4 43% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) "It is, in almost every way, inferior to its predecessor. It's poorly paced and repetitive. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3/4 17% When The Game Stands Tall (2014) "The greater narrative always remains on track, often leading to unexpected places. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3/4 90% The Kill Team (2014) "The scope of the film can be frustratingly narrow. But even this limited view into the events of the Maywand District murders is gripping cinema. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2/4 44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) "It's not a poor movie. But it's definitely a better movie for the kids. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 17, 2014
1/4 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) "Imagine if instead of creating new music, a recording artist kept putting out the exact same album, just playing the songs a little louder each time. That's what it feels like watching "Transformers: Age of Extinction." " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 26, 2014
2/4 57% Ping Pong Summer (2014) "The stakes are low throughout the film - even the bullies are mostly bluster - making the big finish an anticlimax. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3/4 91% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) "DeBlois, who also wrote the script, successfully juggles the multiple story lines, shifting allegiances and uncharted lands. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2/4 36% God's Pocket (2014) "Too many of the attempts at "The Sopranos"-style comic drama fail. Maybe the comedy beats are a little off. Or maybe these people are just too gloomy to generate much hilarity. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 15, 2014
1/4 16% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) "Mostly, the film reaffirms how hard it is to make a movie as unforgettable and enduring as "The Wizard of Oz." Good chance you'll forget this one on the way home from the theater. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 8, 2014
2/4 19% Transcendence (2014) "The directorial debut for ace cinematographer Wally Pfister is always watchable, but the narrative flaws and logical leaps sabotage sustained enjoyment. "Transcendence" looks and sounds like a Christopher Nolan film that got attacked by malware. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 18, 2014
3/4 66% The Railway Man (2014) "Firth and Kidman are both up for the challenge, complementing the compelling story with measured and memorable performances. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 18, 2014
89% Bears (2014) "Bonus points for all but eliminating the easy scatological humor. Does a bear (poop) in the woods? You won't find out watching "Bears." " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 18, 2014
2/4 48% Rio 2 (2014) "It's like the last "Hobbit" movie - so much time passes between side plots that you have to jog the memory when a minor character appears again. Who's that toucan again? Is he a bad guy? " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 10, 2014
4/4 79% The Raid 2 (2014) "Crystal clear, vibrant and brutally violent. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/4 97% Ernest & CĂ©lestine (2014) "The message is simple, the ending earthshaking and a few scenes border on overly precious. But as the stakes are raised for the pair, a surprising depth of character emerges. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/4 74% Enemy (2014) ""Enemy" is what might happen if someone let Terrence Malick make a "Twilight Zone" episode, with a quick rewrite by David Cronenberg. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/4 78% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) "It just feels like something the original Muppet creators might have done. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2/4 78% Veronica Mars (2014) "Newcomers will be less pleased, discovering a product that looks and feels like a scaled-up television show. The inside jokes and receiving line of nudge-wink cameos only adds to the small-screen feel. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2/4 79% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) "Needing to fill an extra 85 minutes, the filmmakers clumsily explore the characters' therapeutic needs. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 6, 2014
2/4 21% Son Of God (2014) "Never again will a Sunday school student get lower than a C-minus on this material. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 27, 2014
3/4 89% The Wind Rises (2014) "Miyazaki is arguably at the Kubrick/Polanski level, where his lesser films still yield great rewards. Even during the moments that don't soar, "The Wind Rises" continues tosatisfy. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 20, 2014
1/4 15% Endless Love (2014) "The real victim in all of this is Spencer, who is still writing books and must watch his tragic novel about dangerous obsession and true heartbreak get mangled anew every two generations. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 13, 2014
2/4 61% Oscar Nominated Live Action Short Films 2014 (2014) "The live-action shorts include some strong filmmaking but are the least satisfying of the programs. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 30, 2014
3/4 100% Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films 2014 (2014) "The animated shorts program has two clear standouts - both visually stunning and emotionally satisfying. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 30, 2014
4/4 100% Oscar Nominated Documentary Short Films 2014 (2014) "The documentary shorts are the most consistent in their excellence, and conveniently fall into a unifying theme of humanity prevailing through suffering and struggle. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 30, 2014
2/4 10% The Nut Job (2014) "Someone spent a lot of time making the architecture and production design match the era. Grandparents getting dragged to "The Nut Job" will be appreciative. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 16, 2014
3/4 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) "Under taut direction from Kenneth Branagh (who also plays the Russian heavy), Pine is convincing as a character who is pushing papers one day, and dodging assassins in Moscow the next. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 16, 2014
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