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 Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
Score distribution:
1,048 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    If Barnes ultimately emerges as a heartless, duplicitous villain, he's nevertheless got the devil's slippery, seductive charm.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    At its best, Caramel boasts a quietly engaging slice-of-slice casualness.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Unsubtle but gripping.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    While the film's social-satire elements are flat and overly familiar, its dry absurdity is unmistakably Lynchian.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Without its mesmerizing lead performance, Traitor easily could have devolved into direct-to-DVD fodder.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Though the filmmaking is playful at times, the film is essentially 90 percent message, 10 percent movie.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Skips right past depressing on its way to apocalyptic.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    In its loose, ramshackle, gleefully profane first half, Role Models suggests "School Of Rock" with Tourette's, or the original "Bad News Bears" without the baseball.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    The new Burke & Hare offers many pleasures, chief among them the return of the Landis of old.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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