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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 54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) "There's not a lot of nuance or sense in the third "Purge" movie. But it still manages to coast on a combination of self-awareness, crowd-pleasing carnage and a plot that ties perfectly into current events. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 29, 2016
1/4 32% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) "By the time the big battle happens at the end, CGI has rendered the Earth bleak and unrecognizable; like it's not worth saving. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 24, 2016
2/4 75% The Shallows (2016) "The most important parts, the ones involving the shark, don't feel genuine. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 23, 2016
4/4 95% Finding Dory (2016) "It rises above its crowded narrative with an intense emotional core, taking a protagonist whose affliction had been played mostly for comedy, and exploring the emptiness and loneliness of her plight. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 15, 2016
3/4 79% The Conjuring 2 (2016) "This isn't just a good horror film. It's a good film, which just happens to fall in the horror genre. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 9, 2016
2/4 30% Warcraft (2016) "If "Lord of the Rings" and "Battlefield Earth" had a baby, it would look like the plot of "Warcraft." " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 9, 2016
1/4 38% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) "Your 11-year-old is going to love this film. Then he'll grow up and wonder what he was thinking. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 2, 2016
3/4 96% Almost Holy (Crocodile Gennadiy) (2016) "This documentary isn't about heroes and villains, or determining right and wrong. It's about hope in the face of hopelessness, and what drives a man to keep trying to change the seemingly unchangeable. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 25, 2016
1/4 43% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) "The game "Angry Birds," at its core, is a destination for switching off your brain. And movies, even throw-away summer animated kid films, should aim for something more. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 19, 2016
2/4 26% Being Charlie (2016) "Even as enlightenment occurs, Charlie is still mostly a guy you want to punch in the face. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 12, 2016
1/4 17% Ratchet & Clank (2016) "My 8-year-old loved it. But he would eat dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets for every meal if I let him, so let's not consider his opinion. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 29, 2016
3/4 77% Keanu (2016) "It's effective both as a thank-you to loyal supporters after their five-season television partnership ended last year, and a love letter to the makers of New Jack City and 48 Hrs. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 28, 2016
3/4 91% Green Room (2016) "Even when the movie is a challenge to follow, the plot is propulsive, and the tone is right. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 21, 2016
4/4 94% The Jungle Book (2016) "It's amazing to think that throughout this nearly two-hour film, there is just one flesh-and-blood character who spends more than a few seconds on screen, and he's arguably among the least defined. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 14, 2016
3/4 97% The Dark Horse (2016) "There are heroes to root for in "The Dark Horse," and you'll feel mostly good about humanity walking out the door. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 7, 2016
2/4 73% Miles Ahead (2016) "Cheadle the director doesn't just depict Davis as larger than life - he portrays the musician as larger than larger than life, to the detriment of the production. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 7, 2016
3/4 90% City Of Gold (2016) "It's a pleasing and informative ride-along with a subject whose passions have coincided with the truth. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 23, 2016
2/4 68% Touched With Fire (2016) ""Touched With Fire" raises multiple topics of discussion, then avoids eye contact when it's time for the actual conversation. " ‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 18, 2016
2/4 86% 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 10% 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 16% 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 91% 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 66% 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
76% 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
73% 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 64% 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 45% 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 40% 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 42% 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 87% 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 34% 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 58% 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 37% 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
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