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Peter Hartlaub

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 44% Rock Dog (2017) Too lackluster to be praised highly, yet too benign to be excoriated, "Rock Dog" is the perfect family film for a rainy day with no other options.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
1/4 39% A Cure For Wellness (2017) There's a decent "Crimson Peak"-style gothic thriller in here somewhere, with a better lead character and about 50 minutes shaved out of the middle.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
3/4 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) The Lego Batman Movie is less awesome than its predecessor, but it's a clever, well-paced, self-aware and completely satisfying kind of less awesome.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
1/4 34% A Dog's Purpose (2017) If you have the kind of kid who cries hard when Old Yeller dies, you're sending him into a "The Wild Bunch"-style ambush.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
3/4 75% Split (2017) "Split" is always watchable, and occasionally great. And that's probably more than even the most forgiving former Shyamalan fan ever thought they'd see again.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
3/4 87% A Monster Calls (2017) Bayona remains a director whose work should be anticipated, and "A Monster Calls" is a solid fantasy drama.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
2/4 73% Sing (2016) The rousing and touching moments line up in orderly fashion, like planes on the runway during the holiday rush.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
2/4 41% Office Christmas Party (2016) It benefits from an excellent cast, who seem to be all in. And whenever there's a stretch of extended mediocrity, it's almost always saved by an unexpected moment of politically incorrect inspiration.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
3/4 95% Moana (2016) Walt Disney Animation Studios, which arguably hasn't had a dud since "Meet the Robinsons" in 2007, continues its roll.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
3/4 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) The movie feels like cramming for an examination from the coolest textbook, guided by the most engaging professor at the school.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
4/4 94% Arrival (2016) The revelation here is Villeneuve, who expands on the symphonic pacing showcased last year in the drug war drama Sicario. Even though the concept of Arrival is far-out fiction, Villeneuve treats it with no less detail or urgency.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
3/4 74% Trolls (2016) Just when you're getting tempted to check your watch and Google "Trolls movie running time," Timberlake breaks into song, and everything is all right again.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
2/4 76% Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016) Most fans will leave the theater happy. But it's hard to imagine anyone quoting this special next month, much less in 30 years.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
2/4 58% Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (2016) It's a so-so film with jarring tone changes and a plot that sputters before a predictable ending. But there are moments of inspiration and authenticity.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
2/4 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) It's a well-composed and stylish but also confounding film, with sinister edges and a bloated plot to match the marquee-filler of a title.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2016
3/4 63% Storks (2016) Whoever is running Warner Animation Group appears to be allowing the lunatics to run the asylum. And that is a wonderful thing.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
2/4 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) As solid as he is crafting the look of a good Western, Fuqua fails to build much momentum, or engagement with the characters.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
4/4 61% Snowden (2016) Moviegoers will love or hate Oliver Stone and his politics until the end of time. With well-made movies such as "Snowden," though, his skill as a filmmaker becomes much harder for the detractors to debate.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
2/4 35% Blair Witch (2016) Even if there were no witches in the world, these idiots would probably get taken out crossing a busy street.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
3/4 85% Sully (2016) In the end, "Sully" is a broadly crowd-pleasing movie, at a time when we could use the straight-forward entertainment.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
3/4 59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) Eliminate the dialogue, and this would still be a captivating film.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
2/4 40% Morgan (2016) Scott's pacing, building an early foundation of uneasiness, starts to collapse as the script resorts to illogical actions in service of the plot.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
2/4 45% Hands of Stone (2016) A film that can't decide whether it wants to be "Raging Bull" or "Remember the Titans." In the end, it's a little too much of both.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
2/4 60% War Dogs (2016) Like "The Hangover," this film seems to seek an audience of mostly men, high-fiving across the aisle.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
3/4 87% Pete's Dragon (2016) There should be more American family movies like "Pete's Dragon." Since there aren't, we should get behind this one.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2016
3/4 99% Don't Think Twice (2016) There are many moments that don't ring true from a narrative standpoint, but they don't detract from the message: Improv is beautiful, difficult, delicate and fleeting, and its practitioners suffer for their art.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet For the Coyotes (2015) Documentarian Eric Daniel Metzgar joins forces with veteran Bay Area stage actors Josh Schell and James Carpenter, and they use their respective assets to the fullest, creating an intimate drama that blends their talents.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
1/4 15% Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) The good news: "Ice Age: Collision Course" is no worse than the fourth entry, "Ice Age: Continental Drift."‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
3/4 94% Life, Animated (2016) As time passes, more people are understanding autism. And "Life, Animated" is definitely part of the solution.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2016
74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) Laughs are laughs, whether you know some of the punch lines ahead of time or not. And "The Secret Life of Pets" has plenty of laughs.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2016
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
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
1/4 31% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
2/4 78% The Shallows (2016) The most important parts, the ones involving the shark, don't feel genuine.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
4/4 94% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2016
3/4 80% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
2/4 28% Warcraft (2016) If "Lord of the Rings" and "Battlefield Earth" had a baby, it would look like the plot of "Warcraft."‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
3/4 98% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
2/4 24% Being Charlie (2016) Even as enlightenment occurs, Charlie is still mostly a guy you want to punch in the face.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2016
3/4 76% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2016
3/4 90% Green Room (2016) Even when the movie is a challenge to follow, the plot is propulsive, and the tone is right.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
4/4 95% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
3/4 91% 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
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2016
2/4 70% 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
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
2/4 87% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2015