For 996 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 7.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nathan Rabin's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 Blue Valentine
Lowest review score: 0 Monster-in-Law
Score distribution:
996 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Skips right past depressing on its way to apocalyptic.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Ember is seldom riveting, but it's consistently compelling, and its uncompromising literal and metaphorical darkness renders its climax enormously satisfying.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    In a stunning lead performance, Goldblum stars as a brilliant, apolitical jester.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    A very pleasant surprise, Next Day Air is the rare crime comedy that does justice to both sides of the equation.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Carlos Cuaron's otherwise terrific new comedy Rudo Y Cursi barely survives its third-act "Goodfellas" descent into seedy coke-and-crime drama.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    In the wrenching final scene, the concept of "dying with dignity" becomes much more than just a catchphrase used to justify a controversial practice.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Decomposition bears powerful, uncompromising witness to man's inhumanity to man, which is one of the most important things any documentary can do, though, it's also one of the most grueling.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    As befits a heartfelt ode to working-class values, Diggers puts in lots of hard, honest work that finally pays off in a wholly predictable yet unexpectedly moving conclusion.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    If Barnes ultimately emerges as a heartless, duplicitous villain, he's nevertheless got the devil's slippery, seductive charm.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    "May" uses the quirks and well-worn traditions of horse racing as a vehicle to quietly explore idiosyncrasies of the human condition.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Boogie Man doesn't delve too deep into its subject's private life, beyond some cheap psychology positing his brother's horrible early death as the root of his winner-takes-all philosophy. But then, Atwater's work was his life.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Delivers pretty much exactly what its audience wants and expects: big, dumb, campy fun so deliriously, comically macho, it's remarkable that no one in the cast died of testosterone poisoning.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    It's easily the most painful comedy of the year; in the sadomasochistic world of Knoxville and friends, that isn't criticism so much as high praise.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Madden's dark, moody, complex exploration of guilt and identity taps into a rich vein of moral ambiguity, but the filmmakers should know that in the face of unspeakable Nazi evil, the romantic problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Bennett never lets us forget that his character is in profound pain, even while attempting to perform oral sex on a transsexual blow-up doll. It's a daring, sweet performance that almost single-handedly elevates The Virginity Hit from a standard Superbad knock-off into a film that feels raw, painful, and real.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Hatchet II is distinguished both by a funky, frisky sense of humor, and gore of great quality and quantity.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Well-acted and artfully (though conventionally) made, The Way Back tells a compelling story, regardless of whether it's based on truth or a fabrication.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Paul is a little sloppy and a little sappy, but the filmmakers' passion for their subject matter carries it over the occasional rough spot.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Never as edgy as it imagines itself to be. Bangkok may swallow innocents whole, but director Todd Phillips has a lucrative franchise to protect, so the film's flirtation with the comic abyss gets compromised into something that looks more like a rock-solid mainstream comedy with a prominent dark side.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Teacher underutilizes a smartly cast-against-type Timberlake and the perpetually winning Segel, but Diaz ultimately earns a rooting interest in the unlikely redemption of her scheming opportunist.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    In the film's funniest scene, a coked-up Day rocks out to The Ting Tings' "That's Not My Name" in a car in a state of ecstatic frenzy.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Jeff begins with its protagonist discussing a Hollywood movie and ends by embracing the worst excesses of commercial American filmmaking, but there are enough moments of magic and wonder in the interim to make it worthwhile.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Kwapis fills small roles with great character actors like Stephen Root, Andrew Daly, Kathy Baker, Tim Blake Nelson, John Michael Higgins, Rob Riggle, and James LeGros, all skilled at making a lot out of a little.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    The film is largely redeemed by an unexpected emotional resonance befitting a Steven Spielberg production.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Ted
    Ted is never stronger than when Wahlberg and MacFarlane's Ted hang out, riff, and luxuriate in an easy friendship, but as it lurches to a conclusion, Ted unwisely devotes far too much of its time to a plot it would be better off ignoring.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Director Craig McCall approaches Cardiff with something approaching awe, though his subject views his accomplishments with the good-natured humility befitting a proper English gentleman.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    The Weird World Of Blowfly at times recalls "The Wrestler," only instead of schlepping his aging body from city to city to don outrageous costumes and wrestle, 69-year-old soul-music legend Clarence Reid schleps his hunched-over frame to gigs where he performs X-rated parodies and scatological ditties as incorrigible proto-hip-hopper Blowfly.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    The new Burke & Hare offers many pleasures, chief among them the return of the Landis of old.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    As usual, Corben's style is caffeinated and a little rough around the edges, but he's a tenacious journalist, and his yen for sensationalism gives Limelight an irresistible tabloid pop.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    As with "Black Dynamite," many of Casa De Mi Padre's sharpest, most inspired gags riff on the source material's ingratiatingly amateurish production values and exuberantly incompetent stylistic choices.