For 1,036 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 53% 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:
1,036 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    Winnie The Pooh is a storybook brought to life with intelligence, wit, and palpable affection; where so many kids' films try desperately to come off as hip and timely that they often feel tacky and instantly dated, Winnie The Pooh is bravely quiet, old-fashioned, and wry.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    Though unabashedly manipulative in its storytelling and structure, Searching For Sugar Man ultimately earns its happy ending and buzzy, crowd-pleasing populist appeal by alchemizing trembling inner-city pain into transcendent international beauty.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    Director Peter Nicks puts faces, names, and heartbreakingly relatable stories to a social problem that can all too often feel abstract and academic.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    It might just be the most poignant, moving film ever made about one man's surprisingly noble efforts to get laid.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    Tarantino simply isn't a good enough performer for his presence to be anything but a distraction in a rip-roaring crowd-pleaser this consistently great.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    So much fun that its considerable worth as history and sociology seems almost incidental.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    Carnahan alternates gritty neo-realism with bursts of extreme stylization -- most notably in a breathless opening chase filmed with handheld cameras -- but thankfully, his stylistic flourishes are in the service of the film's story, not the other way around.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    The film's absolute conviction keeps it from feeling formulaic.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    In Amandla!, history doesn't just come alive--it sings, dances, and issues a passionate plea for justice and equality. The film joyously celebrates music as both a means to an end and an end unto itself.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    With their third film, the Polish brothers find their authorial voice, resulting in a lyrical work whose free-floating Lynchian weirdness coalesces into an unexpectedly touching movie.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    Gorgeously shot by Lance Acord, who makes Toyko a gaudy dreamscape that's both seductive and frightening, Lost In Translation washes away memories of "Godfather III," establishing Coppola as a major filmmaker in her own right, and reconfirming Johansson and Murray as actors of startling depth and power.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    Smashing family entertainment: The whole thing is quick-witted, fast-paced, and loaded with clever sight gags and colorful, engaging supporting characters.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    Driven by Dominique's personal magnetism, The Agronomist is a haunting, inspirational valentine to free speech and human resilience.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    Harsh, unsparing, unsentimental, and uniformly well-acted, The Mother bravely and intelligently tackles subject matter widely ignored in cinema--the sexuality of a plain-looking woman edging toward the twilight of a life of quiet desperation.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    It's a measure of the film's brilliance that it strips away the trappings of superstardom and allows audiences to see these men as flawed human beings first, musicians second, and rock gods a distant third.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    Shockingly, he's (Jonathan Demme) pulled it off, replicating the original's tricky feat of investing a paranoid plot with timeliness, psychological complexity, sociopolitical acumen, and almost frightening conviction.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    The glacially beautiful new documentary March Of The Penguins confirms that no computer-animated or hand-drawn penguin could ever match the curious majesty of the genuine article.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    Murray and Jarmusch, two modern masters of minimalism, triumphantly join forces in Broken Flowers, a bittersweet tour de force about a wealthy, deeply depressed lothario.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    This material could easily have devolved into soap opera or romantic melodrama, but Wilkinson and Watson's superb, subtle performances lend it tremendous depth and gravity.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    As a film composed entirely of nine continuous long takes, Nine Lives certainly qualifies as unique. But what makes it rarer and more auspicious is that it offers such a rich bounty of great roles for middle-aged women.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Workingman's Death's primary pleasures are aesthetic. Glawogger is an extraordinarily elegant filmmaker with a photographer's eye for striking compositions.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Block Party is largely a giant love-fest, which is fitting given the staggering amount of simpatico musical and comic talent on display, though some conflict surfaces nevertheless.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Altman and Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion is fittingly both a celebration and a winning example of the joys of collaboration.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Like the best independent films, The Motel realizes that life is made up of minor pleasures and tiny epiphanies, not sweeping character arcs or big dramatic moments.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    The film accomplishes a remarkable feat of creative alchemy by breathing life and depth into characters that, in lesser hands, could easily have come across as grating caricatures.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    In choosing cheap gags over incisive cultural commentary, Borat scores more as scatology than satire, but it's easy to overlook its ramshackle nature in light of the explosive laughter.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    A beautifully observed coming-of-age story.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Begins by living up to its fans' rabid expectations, and ends by justifying skeptics' doubts. In between lie roughly equivalent levels of tedium and hilarity.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Though the filmmaking is pedestrian, The Camden 28's timeless truths come through with resounding power.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Though it never regains the inspiration or comic density of its brilliant first 20 minutes, The Simpsons Movie keeps the laughs coming from start to finish, a feat as rare and wonderful in film as it has been through 18 years of television.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    A funny, boozy, ramshackle party.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    In a heartbreaking, scene-stealing performance, Wilkinson plays his bipolar character's manic delirium as a heightened form of awareness, a life-affirming source of moral clarity in a cloudy and corrupt world.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    It's a relentlessly downbeat, well-acted melodrama that's easy to admire, but intentionally impossible to enjoy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Like few of his filmmaking peers, McCarthy understands and respects the power of quiet, and how a whisper can be as explosive as a shout.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Iron Man is the rare comic-book movie that makes the prospect of a sequel seem like a promise instead of a threat.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Ron Perlman returns as the film's loveable title character, a demon gone good who's tough on the outside but tender underneath, with a soft spot for kittens, candy, and babies.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Funny excuses an awful lot, and at its best, Hamlet 2 is nothing short of hilarious.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Instead of hitting all the usual beats, Sugar just moseys in a mostly delightful way.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Audience reaction to Outrage will depend heavily on how people feel about outing. Dick’s film probably won’t persuade anyone who finds the practice to be a loathsome and intrusive invasion of privacy, but after a relatively dry beginning, the film builds in passion and intensity until attaining a stirring cumulative power.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    O’Horten feels like a waking dream. It's a film of subtle, insinuating charm, a character study about an eminently sane, reasonable man unsteadily navigating an increasingly insane, unreasonable world.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Like many social issue documentaries, Food, Inc. is better at addressing problems than offering solutions: its endorsement of organic food in particular feels a little flimsy. Nevertheless, it’s entertaining and fast-moving enough to make audiences intermittently forget they’re consuming cinematic health food.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Cohen no longer has freshness and novelty on his side, but he’s retained the power to shock, offend, provoke, unsettle, and most importantly, entertain a jaded, desensitized public.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    James Brown, B.B. King, and a dazzling array of top African, Afro-Cuban, and African-American talent finally gets its own solo spotlight in Soul Power.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    The four protagonists aren’t about to let something as minor as the complete breakdown of society get in the way of having a good time, and their fun proves infectious.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    With Dad and his last writer-director effort, "Sleeping Dogs Lie," Goldthwait has accomplished the formidable feat of making wry, tender, fundamentally sweet comedies about the human condition that just happen to center on acts of autoerotic asphyxiation and bestiality, respectively. That isn't easy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Sometimes feels like an all-time classic short film stretched to feature length, but it’s blissfully short, and it peaks at the end with a groovy cartoon during the closing credits.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    The film loses some of its grimy verisimilitude toward the end, but it’s nevertheless a surprisingly effective low-budget shocker with a sensibility as current as the latest viral videos, yet rooted in the suggestive, less-is-more atmospherics of Val Lewton.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Is it possible to talk about the fascinating and complex universe of black hair without dealing with race and identity? That’s the question posed by Good Hair.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Crazy Heart could use more rough edges, but while it’s a little too sentimental and tidy, Bridges’ humane, deeply empathetic lead performance makes it easy to root for one man’s redemption.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Lottery Ticket gets far on the strength of its star's charisma and a likeable tone.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Superman argues convincingly that everyone should have the right to a good education, not just folks lucky enough to score winning numbers: It should be a birthright, not a matter of chance.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    From an emotional standpoint, it's enormously satisfying, even cathartic to watch Ferguson "nail" some of the rogues behind the economic crisis with the unseemly zeal of Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Chris Morris' corrosive black comedy Four Lions explores the lighter side of jihad. It's a ballsy romp through one of the least lighthearted subjects imaginable.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    The film tells such a compelling, expansive story that its unwillingness to plumb its subject's psychological depths feels forgivable, though regrettable.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    The film emerges as a powerful, even shattering look as music's power to unite where it once divided.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Attack The Block turns its modest budget into a virtue by focusing on character, especially the surprisingly charged, complicated dynamic between enemies-turned-allies Whittaker and Boyega.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Everything here is pitched relentlessly toward uplift, but at least that uplift is genuine, the product of one visionary's indomitable will and a musical universe he brought into existence through vision, dedication, and plenty of stubborn hard work.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    The filmmakers throw everything at the audience, literally and metaphorically, and the results are exhilarating rather than exhausting.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Arthur Christmas gets a little sappy toward the end - it is a Christmas movie, after all - but it otherwise strikes just the right combination of naughty and nice, reverent and irrelevant, holiday-sweet and Aardman dry.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    In a timid comic world, Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie feels genuinely dangerous and transgressive: it makes a virtue of going way too far because other comedies don't go far enough.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Boy
    In its third act, this funny, bittersweet, tonally assured coming-of-age story grows unexpectedly poignant as Rolleston comes to realize he doesn't need a super-cool buddy or co-conspirator in his misadventures. He needs a father, and Waititi's stunted man-child is fatally unsuited and unqualified for that role.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    For all its low-key charms, the coming-of-age story risks being too Christian for secular audiences and too secular and colorful for Christian audiences: Like its spiritual seeker of a protagonist, it's caught between worlds.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    A lovely, sweet, funny, romantic, and supremely worthwhile endeavor that unfortunately takes longer to wrap up than it should.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    The subject matter is unrelentingly sordid yet the storytelling is so deadpan and understated that it's difficult, if not impossible, to dismiss it as exploitation or sexist provocation.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    In spite of the out-of-place pregnancy subplot, Smashed is a film of pummeling intensity and bruised emotions.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Like "Upstream Color," Sun Don’t Shine owes a sizable debt to the philosophical lyricism of Terrence Malick. Working wonders on a tight budget, Seimetz uses handheld cameras and tight compositions to create an air of claustrophobic intensity interspersed with moments of ragged beauty.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    Rounders is such a smart, tough little film that its strengths override its fairly serious weaknesses.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    Loaded with smart sight gags and endearing secondary characters, it effectively mixes slapstick splatter and deadpan satire...Pretty damned irresistible.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    A triumph of craft and narrative economy, the darkly funny Undisputed is as lean, mean, and skillful as its competing heavyweights.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    Needs to be seen to be believed, and even then defies belief.