For 1,091 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 10.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nathan Rabin's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 Your Friends & Neighbors
Lowest review score: 0 Mansome
Score distribution:
1091 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Nathan Rabin
    Fury lives up to its title with its great ferocity, but at a certain point, it begins to feel like a macho fantasy.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Nathan Rabin
    Entrapment is ostensibly some sort of action film, but perhaps out of deference to its sleepwalking star, it moves slowly and contains very little actual action.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Nathan Rabin
    The Best Man Holiday alternates smoothly between raucous comedy and soap opera for a solid hour... Yet the balance begins to tip toward leaden melodrama in the crazily overloaded third act, which speeds past the line separating crowd-pleasing from crowd-pandering.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Nathan Rabin
    Johnny English's international popularity may or may not translate here, but in a sequel-glutted summer, even a mildly amusing time-waster can't help but stand out.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Nathan Rabin
    A glossy, attractive, ultimately empty soap opera that -- despite being based on a true story -- never seems remotely plausible.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Nathan Rabin
    A non-movie that seems to wash over audiences without making any kind of impression. Except for those it does impress.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Nathan Rabin
    Ushpizin's effortlessly authentic depiction of Jewish orthodoxy--and the palpable, almost ecstatic sense of joy its characters take in it--ultimately tips the film's hand.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Nathan Rabin
    Makes a terrific case for the group's historical importance, even though its performances seem more fun to discuss than watch.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Nathan Rabin
    Thankfully, State Of The Union's pulpy, adrenalized blaxploitation spin on the secret-agent genre provides the dumb fun its predecessor should have dished out.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Nathan Rabin
    All The Light In The Sky is a refreshingly grown-up exploration of a woman at a personal and professional crossroads that’s stronger for never pushing its narrative or its finely wrought lead character in the direction of big moments or bullshit epiphanies. It’s casual, but also quietly moving.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Nathan Rabin
    Aided by cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, Friedkin works economically, lending the film the mark of a master craftsman, albeit of the coldly efficient variety. The terseness and surplus of technical skill make The Hunted surprisingly engaging.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Nathan Rabin
    At heart it's a randy, oversexed soap opera in period garb.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Nathan Rabin
    It's no surprise that when it ultimately tries to pluck at the heartstrings, it rings hollow. The film lives and dies by speed.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Nathan Rabin
    In a star-making performance, Evan Rachel Wood stars as essentially a younger version of Nicole Kidman's media-age femme fatale from "To Die For," an aspiring 15-year-old actress who hides a sharp, calculating mind behind a façade of vapid, chattering self-absorption.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Nathan Rabin
    Doesn't pretend to be objective, and the film derives much of its power from the way it invites audiences to look at the rapper's life and times through his own soulful, animated eyes. It doesn't always succeed, and there are times when it feels terribly strained.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Nathan Rabin
    Without a unifying authorial voice to tie it together, the film often feels shapeless and rambling, brought together by little more than free-ranging contempt for capitalism's excesses.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Nathan Rabin
    It's as notable for what it isn't as for what it is, but in a field full of loud, obnoxious fare, its easygoing affability qualifies as a welcome change of pace.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Nathan Rabin
    Mortensen nicely underplays his role, offhandedly tossing off one-liners and making the script's sometimes purple dialogue sound a little less cheesy, but the rest of the film often lurches into hammy overdrive.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Nathan Rabin
    As a period production, Belle is gorgeous, dazzling spectacle, replete with ornate costumes, lovely sets, and in Mbatha-Raw, a striking, charismatic lead. But the film never finds a way to invest its narrative with a sense of urgency.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Nathan Rabin
    Interior. Leather Bar.’s intriguing curiosity provides ample food for thought, in part because it’s the rare film that devotes much of its running time to its own principals discussing what, if anything, the film ultimately means.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Nathan Rabin
    I Spy confirms Wilson's ability to turn mediocre, mercenary endeavors into fun crowd-pleasers. Of course, Wilson starring in I Spy is like Phil Jackson coaching a junior-high basketball team, but as long as the results are this entertaining, it's doubtful audiences will care.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Nathan Rabin
    It's glossy, dumb fun that is diverting enough but forgotten 20 minutes after it's over.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Nathan Rabin
    It’s a slick crowd-pleaser, but it’s perversely unrevealing about anything other than Manganiello’s affection for a the stripper experience.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Nathan Rabin
    Embracing ugliness, lousy production values, and borderline hysteria as virtues, A Dirty Shame is one for the cultists, a proud retreat back into the sandbox of sexual juvenilia, a potty-mouthed manifesto from an elder statesman of shock.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Nathan Rabin
    Regrettably, Bate uses many of the tools of tabloid television in making his case, including heavy-handed reenactments, an ominous, sinister score, and overly dramatic narration delivered in a voice shaking with outrage.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Nathan Rabin
    A mess, but for the most part it's a fascinating mess. It helps that it boasts great acting all around--not just from Cusack, Thornton, and Jolie, but also from Cate Blanchett
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Nathan Rabin
    Simultaneously a contrived piece of hokum and an absorbing, old-fashioned mystery.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Nathan Rabin
    This is time-worn, overly familiar material, indifferently directed by journeyman Tim Story, but Hart’s manic comic invention and textured persona elevates it somewhere beyond the level of pleasing mediocrity onto the slightly more distinguished realm of the agreeable-enough time waster.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Nathan Rabin
    The heroic struggle of its subject is clearly meant to inspire, but it also seems destined to shame weak-willed viewers who'd crumble under much less formidable obstacles.

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