For 1,029 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 7.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nathan Rabin's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 Once
Lowest review score: 0 Flipped
Score distribution:
1,029 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    Remarkable and timely film.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    Snake Eyes can't sustain its masterful first hour, but it's better than just about any action movie this year.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    Dyslexic, talkative, and permanently tethered to a video camera that documents his solitary life and vivid fantasy world, Peck, in a stunning performance, resonates as both monster and victim, predator and prey.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    While the characters, situations, and gags are all familiar, Shall We Dance?'s gentle humanity and quiet exuberance are contagious.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    When Lightning In A Bottle steps back and simply lets the old-timers ply their trade, the result is consistently riveting.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    Enduring Love's plot inevitably drifts into “Fatal Attraction” territory, but its wholesale immersion in Craig's deteriorating condition render it a wrenching, uncompromising study of the human mind in freefall.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    Downfall's overstuffed melodrama juggles countless subplots and a small army of characters who manage to make an impression in spite of limited screen time.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    In the wonderful new rockumentary The Fearless Freaks, Flaming Lips fans describe the band's live performances in almost spiritual terms, and for once, their fervor seems wholly justified.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    A quirkily funny, startlingly assured comedy-drama.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    Afterglow gets off to a weak start—and it's occasionally hampered by stilted dialogue and cutesy conceits; Nolte's character is named Lucky Mann—but it is nevertheless a strong, frequently touching film that benefits from a pair of brilliant performances by Nolte and Christie.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    Funny and realistically romantic, but almost never at the same time.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    Capote begins as a sprawling, vivacious comedy-drama in which Hoffman's Capote is only one of a number of fascinating characters, including Chris Cooper's upstanding, ramrod-straight lawman and Keener's tough, blunt assistant/sidekick/foil/author.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    It’s a soul-stirring tribute to a man whose vision was too bold and revolutionary for his lifetime, or the convention-bound ways of the music industry, but was ultimately too powerful to be denied.
    • 73 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    Swanberg isn’t doing anything new with Happy Christmas, but sticking to the same non-formula formula this time around yields unprecedentedly inspired results.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Rosner works for famed Democratic strategist James Carville, who stops just short of dry-humping the camera lens in his hunger for the spotlight here. Our Brand Is Crisis is full of strangely resonant parallels to American politics.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Take My Eyes might look and sound like an earnest message movie, but its bone-deep understanding of the tricky psychology of abuse feels effortlessly authentic.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Alternately hypnotic and headache-inducing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Ffor all its clumsiness, Sir! No Sir! movingly captures the raw excitement of grunts discovering their power and their voices in their ability to resist.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    What begins as a scathing but loving satire of materialism loses its way once it turns into a warmhearted after-school special about a nice young Jewish boy discovering the true meaning of the bar mitzvah.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Wah-Wah can't sustain the mastery of its superior first hour, but it maintains a core of truth that sets it apart from less-convincing depictions of boys becoming men.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    The film's subjects are almost uniformly likable, self-deprecating, funny, and hyper-verbal, and their peculiar passion for crosswords and the sense of genial camaraderie among buffs proves surprisingly infectious.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Lives and dies on the strength of individual gags, most of which are clever, but none of which quite make up for the absence of a strong narrative drive. Sometimes being funny isn't enough.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Above all, the film is an extended love letter to the EV1, a sleek GM electric marvel that, by Paine's reckoning, marks the single greatest innovation in human technology since the wheel.