Peter Hartlaub

Peter Hartlaub

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
Hearst Newspapers , Houston Chronicle , San Francisco Chronicle
Total Reviews:
467

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 47% 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 80% 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 79% 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 77% 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 78% 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 22% 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 88% 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 11% 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
2/4 30% Grudge Match (2013) " "Grudge Match" at its core is an affront to the cinema gods, an attempt to capitalize off two iconic films for a few cheap laughs." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 26, 2013
3/4 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " It's clear that the people who created the first "Anchorman" wanted to hang out on a set again together. That's better than getting back together just to make money." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 17, 2013
4/4 89% Frozen (2013) " The music consistently entertains. The writing in particular is smart, with nuanced characters and a premium on clever wordplay over cheap laughs and deprecating humor." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 26, 2013
1/4 38% Delivery Man (2013) " "Delivery Man" is nowhere near the worst film of 2013, but it is definitely the most exhausting." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 21, 2013
3/4 83% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " None of the athlete's words really answer Gibney's central question. Perhaps we're just supposed to see it in his eyes." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Nov 14, 2013
3/4 69% About Time (2013) " For moviegoers who can't fathom any situation worth $10.50 to witness everlasting love, steer clear of "About Time." But the drama offers something for almost everyone else ..." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 31, 2013
1/4 18% Free Birds (2013) " All sidekicks and sight gags, with little story cohesion or purpose." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 31, 2013
2/4 60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) " Some of the pranks are masterfully executed; the beauty pageant and a disastrous funeral near the beginning stand out. But on the whole, "Bad Grandpa" can't locate a consistent groove." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 24, 2013
2/4 29% Machete Kills (2013) " "Machete Kills" is exploitation cinema, in the same way that a teen who pays $28 at the mall for a Sex Pistols T-shirt is a punk rocker." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 10, 2013
2/4 61% Linsanity (2013) " You may have watched Lin's rise to national prominence the first time, but it's still easy to get caught up in the moment." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Oct 3, 2013
2/4 70% Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) " A humorous yet unfocused romp, so unwilling to settle on a single theme that hyperactivity medication should be handed out with the 3-D glasses." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 27, 2013
3/4 89% Rush (2013) " Howard proves that directing action is one of his underrated strengths. The racing scenes are dynamic and easy to follow, with a sheen that brings the 1970s into sharp relief." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 26, 2013
2/4 6% Battle of the Year (2013) " The story is a derivative quilt, patching together cliches from every sports movie since 1976." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 19, 2013
3/4 82% Prisoners (2013) " Even when audiences start to question the logical leaps, the performances and visuals remain first-rate. The movie doesn't feel bloated. And the final scenes are anything but a cop-out." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 19, 2013
2.5/4 38% Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) " If Insidious 2 exists solely because Insidious 1 made a ton of money, then at least credit Wan for making quality control a priority." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 12, 2013
1/4 2% Getaway (2013) " You've probably seen this movie before, watching a child play with his toy Hot Wheels cars after eating multiple bowls of sugary breakfast cereal." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 29, 2013
1/4 12% The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) " Every moviegoer will have his own breaking point, when "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" surpasses the mundane and enters the ridiculous." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 22, 2013
2.5/4 26% Planes (2013) " Many will enter theaters thinking this is a Pixar film, with the raised expectations that accompany that mistake. But even cynical animation fans will see there's quality here. After a little turbulence, "Planes" comes in for a nice landing." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 8, 2013
3/4 41% Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) " There are plenty of bad films to get riled up about in the summer. "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" isn't one of them. This is harmless tween-centric fun." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 7, 2013
0/4 14% The Smurfs 2 (2013) " There's a dark and gratuitously negative vibe to "The Smurfs 2" that makes it unfit even for the undiscriminating young moviegoers that made the first one a hit." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 31, 2013
86% The Conjuring (2013) " The horror movie is artfully crafted from the first scares to the closing credits, with a bold retro vibe." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 22, 2013
67% Turbo (2013) " After the originality of the hero, the filmmakers borrow too heavily from other movies; the similarities to "Ratatouille" and "Cars" are almost distracting. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 22, 2013
3/4 74% Despicable Me 2 (2013) " It's a credit that the writing can be so funny in the moment, that it takes time to realize there's no cohesive story, zero dramatic tension and nary a practical lesson for either the characters in the film or the people watching in the theater." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 2, 2013
3/4 99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) " This film festival favorite is a genuine crowd pleaser, meant to right a few wrongs in the music industry, offer a window into the lives of some hard-charging entertainers, and above all make audiences leave the theater humming a song." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 27, 2013
3/4 78% Monsters University (2013) " Animation, monsters and the Socratic method? Scanlon and the crew make it work." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 20, 2013
2/4 38% The Purge (2013) " The blunt instrument plot allows for a few sneaky moments of satire and social commentary lite." — Hearst Newspapers
Posted Jun 7, 2013
2/4 71% Wish You Were Here (2013) " Wish You Were Here is an excellent idea for a State Department video, to remind travelers the obvious things not to do when visiting an unfamiliar country. As a drama, it feels a little empty." — Hearst Newspapers
Posted Jun 7, 2013
2/4 28% G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) " The filmmakers appear to have handed a dozen or so G.I. Joe dolls to a 9-year-old, watched him play for 110 minutes, and then shot a scene-for-scene remake." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 29, 2013
3/4 65% Spring Breakers (2013) " What should be infuriating makes sense in the context of the director's twisted cinematic rulebook." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 21, 2013
3/4 70% The Croods (2013) " Considering the fact that a young girl is picking her nose on the movie poster, "The Croods" is surprisingly evolved." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 21, 2013
2/4 30% Reincarnated (2013) " Snoop's involvement as a producer does a disservice to the film. Was there anyone behind the scenes with veto power?" — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 14, 2013
3/4 86% Harvest of Empire (2012) " Getzels and Lopez take a refreshing approach in this age of punditry and choir-preaching." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 7, 2013
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