For 1,067 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 8.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nathan Rabin's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 51
Highest review score: 100 Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Lowest review score: 0 Virus
Score distribution:
1,067 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    The filmmakers throw everything at the audience, literally and metaphorically, and the results are exhilarating rather than exhausting.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    Wag The Dog is an oft-hilarious, witty, scathing satire that represents four gifted if uneven artists (De Niro, Hoffman, Levinson, and Mamet) at the top of their respective games.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    Funny and realistically romantic, but almost never at the same time.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    A vibrant, funny, fully realized slice of oft-overlooked cultural, show-business, and black history. It's better than the film whose genesis it chronicles, though inherently doomed to be nowhere near as important.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    Propelled by a fine Tomandandy score and a savvy assortment of seductive new-wave hits, Attraction is top-notch trash, a guilty pleasure designed for the decadent 14-year-old in everyone.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    The film's heart and soul belong to O'Hara and to Levy, whose folk-music burnout has the shell-shocked expression of someone who's been to hell and never quite made it back.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    As the team leader, Jackson finds exactly the right tone for the role: a sort of playful cockiness that comes from knowing just how good he is. He's clearly having fun, but he never winks at the audience too much or allows his performance to devolve into camp.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    Needs to be seen to be believed, and even then defies belief.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    Its protagonists' hearts aren't lawless so much as stuck in various states of quiet desperation, and the modest charms of this observant, affecting film fortunately bear little relation to the sensationalistic label.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    Joe
    Joe’s brilliance doesn’t lie in its destination, but in the gripping, intense, surprisingly joyous and funny journey it takes to get there.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    One of its great strengths lies in its surprising universality.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    A frenzied, sometimes overreaching biopic that paints in bold colors on a huge canvas, the film stars a never-better Leonardo DiCaprio--as perfectly cast here as he was miscast in "Gangs."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    One of the boldest, most audacious American movies of the last 25 years, a freewheeling cerebral carnival of energy and ideas, if not always coherence or cohesion.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    Sandler's best movie, a surprisingly touching and consistent comedy that finds him reaching out to new audiences without abandoning the transgressive meanness that has enlivened his best work.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    The film is an appropriately dour and intense indictment of a law-enforcement community that did not value the lives of some victims enough to devote anything but the slimmest of resources to tracking their killer down.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    It's a film hopelessly in thrall to the thrill of big-wave surfing, and for all its rambling shapelessness, it conveys that excitement in an infectious, conspiratorial manner.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    Often uproariously funny, even though much of its queasy power comes from its acknowledgment that some matters are too horrifying to be washed away with cheap laughter, or packaged into soundbites.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    The most consistently funny studio sequel in some time, and the rare blockbuster that actually delivers on what it promises.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    Rounders is such a smart, tough little film that its strengths override its fairly serious weaknesses.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    Burton rebounds in a big way with Big Fish, a Daniel Wallace adaptation and visual feast that recaptures the fairy-tale simplicity and wrenching emotional power of "Edward Scissorhands."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    A nearly unparalleled actor's showcase, the film boasts performances of impressive quality and quantity...Their complexity matches the film's.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    It's an unflinchingly raw and honest look at a family splitting apart, and it seldom strikes an unconvincing or inauthentic note. Though it surveys rocky adolescent emotional terrain from the safe distance of adulthood, The Squid And The Whale still resonates with the sting of a fresh wound.

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