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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
3/4 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) "Ralph Breaks the Internet" is almost always inspired in the moment. The story team has a good idea that worked in the first film and gives us more of that, in a much bigger playing field.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2.5/4 40% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) By the time we reach the unsatisfying cliffhanger ending, there's little to look forward to.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
2/4 56% The Grinch (2018) This film is the equivalent of your third or fourth favorite present on any given holiday. It will entertain a few children in the moment, satisfy a few adults who are barely paying attention, then quickly be forgotten.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/4 79% Halloween (2018) Curtis makes an all-in return to the Strode character, and the filmmaking team builds a solid framework around her, in the propulsive and entertaining new "Halloween."‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
2.5/4 48% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) Go with modest expectations and a kid who can't wait to see the film and you'll have a pretty good time.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
3/4 76% Smallfoot (2018) It's a chore to get through the beginning, but builds a strong story, and leaves legitimate good feelings on the way out of the theater.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
2/4 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Technically it's a very solid movie, but tonally it has problems, which build with each similarly dark and unsettling scene.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
3/4 33% The Predator (2018) Best of all, Black understands the geography of an action sequence, and the advantage of an R rating.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
2/4 10% Peppermint (2018) It's all very satisfying, in a visceral way, like the feeling you get after finding the housefly that's been buzzing around your head since three in the morning and crushing it with a rolled-up Sporting Green.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
2/4 55% The Bookshop (2018) "The Bookshop" isn't an especially good film, but there's no shortage of good in it.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
1/4 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) Although "The Happytime Murders" isn't much fun to watch, it was clearly a blast to make.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/4 92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) "Crazy Rich Asians" isn't just a good Hollywood movie for the Asian American population, and one that is overdue by about 24 years. It's a good movie, period.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
3/4 71% Christopher Robin (2018) Movies like Christopher Robin don't come around that often any more, and they're good for the soul.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
4/4 99% Eighth Grade (2018) "Eighth Grade" is a beautiful and uncompromising piece of art, from a distinctive new talent.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
2/4 58% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) Tartakovsky is a talented visual filmmaker, and "Hotel Transylvania 3" showcases some of the best work of his career.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
2/4 49% Superfly (2018) In the end, it feels as if both Superfly and the audience got their money's worth.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
2/4 68% Ocean's 8 (2018) While the individual moments work, the whole of the movie feels a bit too procedural, and not personal enough.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
3/4 86% Upgrade (2018) Whannell is clearly enjoying writing and directing his own project, and it shows in the finished product.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
2/4 72% Personal Best (1982) [Robert] Towne's direction can be frustrating - at one point Donnelly and Hemingway run up a sand dune for what seems like five minutes - but the result is 50 percent more realistic than the average sports film.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
0/4 17% Show Dogs (2018) Make a stand to Hollywood and vote with your wallet: We all deserve a better live-action talking-dog movie than this.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
33% Fahrenheit 451 (2018) Fahrenheit 451 rarely feels imminent, even as it aims for a modern truth. Thankfully, the movie is always watchable.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
1/4 24% Overboard (2018) As more ethical lines are crossed, and the felonies being committed during the ruse multiply, "Overboard" seems more twisted than funny.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
3/4 81% Ghost Stories (2018) The filmmakers trust the audience, and benefit from a trio of excellent performances by the subjects of each story.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
2/4 21% Midnight Sun (2018) With modest production values throughout, "Midnight Sun" feels like four or five episodes of a pretty good drama on the WB network in 1997. In other words, something you used to get for free.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
1/4 40% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) The actions of the family in Prey at Night rarely acknowledge logic, and often seem to be deliberately mocking common sense.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
3/4 82% Early Man (2018) There's a sense of innocence and ingenuity and a central wholesomeness that remains throughout the film. "Early Man" is escapist fun.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
3/4 64% Peter Rabbit (2018) When the last stick of dynamite goes off, and the last human is electrocuted, it's hard not to walk away thinking "that movie was so much better than I expected."‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
1/4 14% Winchester (2018) Even the scares, too infrequent for this type of film, have a consistent misdirection that becomes tired and predictable. The ending tries to be thoughtful, but there's not enough investment in these characters to care.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
3/4 53% Bilal: A New Breed of Hero (2018) "Bilal: A Brand New Breed of Hero" took forever to get here, and probably will be missed by the masses. It deserved a better fate.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
1/4 26% Forever My Girl (2018) It all feels a little bit off, as if every third scene was cut out randomly, and every camera angle came down to a fourth choice.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
1/4 31% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) These are presumably independent young adults - most of the lead actresses are in their 30s now - continuing to wrestle with 18-year-old problems. And when they finally take the stage, it's hard to care.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
4/4 97% Coco (2017) What a joy to watch "Coco," filmmaking that actively sandbags the viewer, with the emotions of a starving artist and the mind of a pool hustler.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
1/4 19% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) By any standard, every person in the world of Daddy's Home 2 would be scarred for life by the events in the film. The real happy ending is that no one in the audience has to go home with these people.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
2/4 30% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) "A Bad Moms Christmas" is predictable and ridiculous and lame, but here we are, cracking up at the moms twerking with a department store Santa Claus again.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
2/4 76% Thank You for Your Service (2017) As a piece of cinema, "Thank You" is flawed, with a structure and pacing that dull the viewing experience, even as the message drives through. It's a great discussion starter, but not a great finished product.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
3/4 87% Only the Brave (2017) Only the Brave weaves together wholesome plot threads that will please mainstream crowds. But it is also boldly staged, with an inventive and informative approach to action filmmaking.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
3/4 92% Stronger (2017) "Stronger" always feels right in the moment, solidified by an outstanding central performance by Gyllenhaal, and some wonderful ensemble work, especially the actors just below the top billing.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
2/4 56% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) "Lego Ninjago" has three directors, with eight credited writers. An honest effort is still being made, but the committee approach is felt on screen.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
4/4 89% The Force (2017) Nicks doesn't deal in heroes and villains - the police and the community activists all get nuanced portrayals. But when mistakes are made, no one gets off the hook either.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
4/4 85% It (2017) Muschietti understands the Spielberg-ian rule, that creating a recognizable and convincing backdrop makes the supernatural thing in the foreground feel tangible and believable.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
3/4 98% Dolores (2017) Bratt and his collaborators clearly admire their subject, while recognizing that the struggles and some possible contradictions don't make her a weaker leader.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
3/4 76% Crown Heights (2017) "Crown Heights" has some narrative shortcomings. But the filmmakers respect the subject matter too much to ever take the easy way out.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
2/4 40% Leap! (2017) Even the moments of grace are eventually stained by the bodily functions humor and flurry of pratfalls that are always around the corner.‐ San Francisco Chronicle
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
3/4 89% 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 48% 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 90% 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 90% 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 45% 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 94% 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