For 1,048 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nathan Rabin's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 Eyes Wide Shut
Lowest review score: 0 Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2
Score distribution:
1,048 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Nathan Rabin
    Part of Spielberg's skill as a filmmaker comes in choosing the right collaborators. Janusz Kaminski's gorgeous cinematography, Michael Kahn's graceful editing, Jeff Nathanson's clever script, and John Williams' score all work well in unison, but the film's masterstroke is the casting of Walken as DiCaprio's utterly decent father.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Nathan Rabin
    Above all a masterpiece of sustained tone, a tightrope act that pays off in rich and unexpected ways.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Nathan Rabin
    Savagely funny black comedy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Nathan Rabin
    The film succeeds by expertly melding the two stages of Tarantino's career. The rambling Tarantino of "Jackie Brown" and "Pulp Fiction" is evident in every lovingly crafted and delivered monologue, each leisurely paced scene and long take. The more action-oriented, fight-intensive Tarantino reappears in the viscerally exciting bursts of ultra-violence that punctuate the stretches of dialogue.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Nathan Rabin
    The filmmakers smartly counter heavy drama with goofy comedy, mining a rich vein of humor in the juxtaposition of the mundane and the superheroic. Maguire and Molina excel at opposite ends of the moral spectrum, but the film is stolen once again by J.K. Simmons.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Nathan Rabin
    In its own subdued, mellow way, Once is just about perfect.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Nathan Rabin
    Corey Haim plus Corey Feldman plus Joel Schumacher doesn't seem like a foolproof formula for a good movie, but when the three oft-maligned figures united for 1987's horror-comedy The Lost Boys, the result was briskly entertaining.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Nathan Rabin
    Anderson's uncompromising masterpiece will continue to resonate as a harrowing cautionary warning to a country with oil pumping through its veins, clouding its judgment and coarsening its soul.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Nathan Rabin
    It's an emotionally claustrophobic drama, played with frayed nerves and raw emotions, and it serves as an unrelenting glimpse into relationship hell. It could easily have devolved into sweaty, pretentious melodrama or ersatz John Cassavetes if Cianfrance and his actors didn't maintain perfect control over the material.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Nathan Rabin
    Poignant and powerful, complex and melancholy, the film ends with rehearsals for yet another money-grubbing comeback tour.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    Like "The Aristocrats," Looking succeeds smashingly both as a comedy and as a savvy deconstruction of comedy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    Holofcener possesses a genius for creating exquisitely realized characters who seem to have led full, rich, complicated lives before the film's first scene takes place, and will go on living complex, idiosyncratic existences long after they disappear from the screen. Of course, it doesn't hurt that she has four of the best actresses in Hollywood as the leads, especially Keener.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    There's a good chance that Judge's smartly lowbrow Idiocracy will be mistaken for what it's satirizing, but good satire always runs the risk -- of being misunderestimated.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    Hartnett and co-star Scarlett Johansson--that most fatale of current filmic femmes--are naturals for this kind of noir-hued material, but the pairing of Ellroy and De Palma proves a marriage made in hardboiled heaven.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    History Boys boasts a dazzling verbal cleverness--the gleeful rat-a-tat of snappy banter expertly executed--that doesn't keep it from also being deeply, exquisitely sad.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    The film begins like a Frank Capra movie--pure-hearted idealist takes on corporate fat cats against impossible odds and triumphs--but ends like a Shakespearean tragedy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    White's gently perceptive film is a funny, poignant, emotionally honest minor-key character study.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    Everything an action-comedy should be. It achieves through parody what most films in the genre can't accomplish straight.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    Stop-Loss is a human story first and foremost, and Peirce and her stellar young cast ensure that the message never gets in the way of the storytelling.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    Trumbo sexes up Trumbo's already dramatic story with a massive infusion of star power.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    In a masterful performance, Langella highlights Nixon's oily charm and guile.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    Jesse Eisenberg stars as a kinder, gentler version of the insufferable faux intellectual he played in "The Squid And The Whale."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    An Education shares with Hornby’s best work trenchant insight into the way smart, hyper-verbal young people let the music, films, books, and art they love define themselves as they figure out who they are and what they want to be.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    It’s a film of stunning beauty and deep underlying sadness, a self-financed labor of love filled with impossibly gorgeous, oft-unclothed men and dazzling eye candy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    Bittersweet and beautifully realized, harsh but humane, Greenberg is a self-consciously small film that nevertheless leaves an indelible mark.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    A Piece of Work is the antithesis of Jerry Seinfeld's engaging but superficial 2002 documentary "Comedian": where the innately private Seinfeld holds nearly everything back, Rivers loudly broadcasts the kind of fears, anxieties, and ambitions most people would do anything to hide.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    It's ultimately a tale of heroism in the face of fearsome, powerful opposition, but as stubborn pride masquerading as ideological purity proves Wilson's Achilles heel, the film's heroes reveal themselves as flawed to an almost fatal extent, and messily, fascinatingly human.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    It does justice to a subject who made his life and death works of art.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    Like its fellow crowd-depressor "Blue Valentine," Beautiful Boy offers the antithesis of escapism: a claustrophobic, punishingly intense, beautifully measured exploration of the depths of human despair.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    Submarine is the film "Youth In Revolt" should have been, an achingly sad yet ribald account of a hyper-verbal oddball's ascent/descent into manhood.

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