Peter Hartlaub Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 93% Escapes (2017) A half-dozen true Hollywood stories are presented in "Escapes," all offered in a matter-of-fact style that seems detached from typical celebrity brand-building and false humility.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
3/4 51% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is a movie for science fiction fans who wish every minute of Star Wars was the cantina scene.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
2/4 18% Wish Upon (2017) It's a summer movie that delivers a lowest-common-denominator good time, and mostly succeeds.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
3/4 88% The Last Dalai Lama? (2017) The more an audience member sees the beauty left in the Buddhist leader's wake, the more it become clear that his influence has the power to continue generations beyond his passing.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
3/4 89% Raising Bertie (2017) Byrne provides no voice-over and very few titles, trusting the viewer to make their own political and social interpretations.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
2/4 48% Rough Night (2017) Whenever the story goes off the rails, there's always someone funny there to will it back into a humorous place.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3/4 92% Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017) The lack of action is made up for by the gumption of the accused banking family, whose respect for each other is apparent even as they bicker and interrupt each other over trial strategy, press releases and the catered lunch.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
1/4 86% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) In the end, it's impossible to ignore the fact that this feature is devoid of even the simplest positive morals or takeaways. And it's not quite funny or wry enough to forgive its weaknesses.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
2/4 20% Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017) In the end ... it's all mostly harmless fun.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
3/4 79% Chuck (2017) Schreiber continues to sell each moment ... through the entire movie. The Chuck Wepner story is a compelling one - and the performances ensure its place as a sports movie contender.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
3/4 69% The Wall (2017) A mostly satisfying genre soufflé, guided by a skilled director who seems to be all in on this minimalist filmmaking opportunity.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
3/4 100% The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) (2017) This is a very small film, with a big heart.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
2/4 68% Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (2017) Washington is a wonderful voice, but his readings of Coltrane's words don't match seeing the artist in motion. The constant stream of still photos, with a recognizable actor's voice, has a distancing effect.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
3/4 88% Their Finest (2017) "Their Finest" is a charming and thoughtful movie, about people making a charming and thoughtful movie.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3/4 46% Going in Style (2017) I didn't double over with laughter watching "Going in Style," or laugh out loud that much at all. But when getting up to leave, I realized my face physically hurt from grinning throughout the movie.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
1/4 37% Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) At best, it's an adequate cinematic babysitter. That said, few parents will have any residual anger for spending the money.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
2/4 51% The Boss Baby (2017) There are distracting side plots - and side plots to the side plots - that sabotage much of what's enjoyable about the movie. In infant care terms, this is a colicky film.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
1/4 67% Life (2017) "Life" is like watching a "Rocky" movie, if Mr. T just kept beating Sylvester Stallone up a little more with each fight.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
3/4 90% Raw (2017) You probably won't want to see "Raw" again anytime soon, but Ducournau's next cinematic smorgasbord can't come soon enough.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
4/4 93% Logan (2017) The film celebrates the medium by taking itself seriously, with an added hint of apology for the genre's earlier sins. Best of all, there's an element of risk.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
1/4 21% The Shack (2017) "The Shack" is unshakable in its religious message, and that's admirable in a cynical world. But viewed objectively as cinema, it's just not a very good film.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
2/4 45% 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 42% 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 90% 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 30% 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 74% 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 88% 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 96% 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 63% 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 64% 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 59% 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