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 The Lost Boys
Lowest review score: 0 Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas
Score distribution:
1,048 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    Uses the serial killer's life as the starting point for a hypnotic examination of the farthest reaches of loneliness and alienation.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    Tightly plotted and well-acted, the film litters its brisk run time with darkly funny and haunting setpieces.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    Ledger is a charismatic, conflicted hero who internalizes his character's shame and anguish to powerful effect. Wes Bentley is similarly strong as Ledger's best friend turned romantic rival, and Kapur makes the most of Africa's breathtaking desert, crafting a gorgeous spectacle that's at once stately and hyper-real.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    The rare popcorn movie that delivers. High-spirited and kinetic, it's the most endearingly goofy low comedy since "How High."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    Coasts heavily on Chan and Wilson's charm, which would be a big problem if those prodigiously gifted stars weren't taking on roles that fit like two pairs of comfortable slippers.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    One of its great strengths lies in its surprising universality.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    It's a good movie infused with moments of greatness.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    Schnack's sprightly, engaging documentary Gigantic takes a leisurely stroll through TMBG's career, mixing energetic live performances with smartly chosen clips, a few quirky detours, and compelling interviews with the likes of Dave Eggers, Sarah Vowell, and Ira Glass.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    In her feature-film debut, writer-director Patty Jenkins combines the gritty, claustrophobic neo-realism of "Dahmer" with the unlikely gutter romanticism of "Boys Don't Cry," creating a haunting portrait of how a person can feel so desperate and hopeless that murdering for a few crumpled bills and maybe a beat-up car can begin to seem like a reasonable option.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    A sweet, raucously funny, comic Western that corrects a glaring historical injustice by finally surveying the Old West through the eyes of cows rather than cowboys.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    Spurlock's film proves yet again that the phrase "crowd-pleasing documentary" doesn't have to be an oxymoron.

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