For 1,041 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 The Lost Boys
Lowest review score: 0 Chapter 27
Score distribution:
1,041 movie reviews
    • 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
    As charming as it is winningly modest, but it's so incredibly slight a stiff wind would knock it into a different hemisphere.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    The Man With The Iron Fists has the same advantages of many musical debuts. It's the product of a man who has been storing up ideas, setpieces, characters, and gags for a lifetime, in preparation for the magic moment when he'd be able to unleash his full vision on the big screen.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Starlet is an unusually subtle, quiet character study - especially given the potentially salacious subject matter - that builds to a quietly powerful climax.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    It's a mess, but its best moments are exhilarating, getting hopelessly lost in Pargin's surreal, completely disorienting world.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    The Bitter Buddha closes with Pepitone pondering whether he’s wasted his life by focusing on comedy rather than family, but everything that’s come before suggests that decision has led to a life that’s a triumph rather than a tragedy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Admission ultimately can’t quite figure out what kind of a film it wants to be, so like a lot of promising but unfocused contenders, it never quite lives up to its potential. But there’s value to be found in its meandering.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Few actors are as riveting doing absolutely nothing, and The Place Beyond The Pines perfectly typecasts Gosling as a noir staple: the decent but rudderless drifter driven to violent and desperate action.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    It’s A Disaster is lively and assured before a third-act twist takes the film in an even more bracingly bleak direction. The twist is one tonal shift too many, but the film otherwise manages to find the levity, as well as the pathos, in the prospect of total annihilation.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    The film never even attempts to peer behind the curtain of Jay’s colorful existence; it’s content that the show in front of it is spectacle enough. But Deceptive Practices would be a richer, deeper experience if the filmmakers had penetrated Jay’s fierce boundaries even a little.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    A good cast, terrific soundtrack, and genial spirit all help the film go down smoothly.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    There's a tight, urgent, and timely film hidden inside Shot In The Heart, but it's not always worth forging through all the gratuitous bells and whistles to find it.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    Fine lowbrow entertainment, a fast, funny pastiche of science-fiction, horror, and teen-movie archetypes that is, aside from the original Scream, perhaps the most entertaining, fully realized film of the current postmodern horror/sci-fi cycle.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    Everything "Blade" should have been but wasn't: stylish, fast-paced, and comfortable with its own ridiculousness.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    The story told by e-dreams is inherently compelling, full of dark humor drawn from a deep well of hubris and historical irony, but the film would be a lot sharper had the filmmakers not fallen under Park's charismatic cyber-spell.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    Jeepers Creepers aimed for the archetypal primal spookiness of a scary campfire tale, and halfway succeeded. Here, Salva makes it work virtually every step of the way.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    Sharply drawn and well-acted.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    Ice Cube serves as the film's solid moral center, with a dizzying variety of supporting characters in his orbit. A refreshingly class-conscious comedy-drama that refuses to talk down to its audience, Barbershop tackles serious issues.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    Brody's Oscar victory and newfound star power might have secured Love The Hard Way its theatrical release, but his depth and charisma are what make the film haunting and surprisingly resonant.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    Faithfully recreates a bygone era of larger-than-life filmmakers and stars.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    Like the rest of the film, Beckham's climax is surprisingly satisfying, however, in large part because director Gurinder Chadha films the competing big game and big fat Indian wedding of Nagra's sister with equivalently bursting levels of color, panache, and verve.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    For neophyte cinephiles, A Decade Under The Influence should serve as a lively primer on a seminal film era, but its reverent tone is antithetical to the rule-breaking spirit it celebrates.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    T3, while far from a classic, is an overachieving, mercenary sequel that's short on thrills, but surprisingly long on laughs and surprises.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    A terrific cast, stylish direction, and elegantly choreographed mayhem help make it far better than it might have been -- Though ultimately silly, Equilibrium's shopworn but stylish synthesis of ammo and ideas is surprisingly engrossing.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    Combining raunchiness and sweetness in a slapdash but generally effective manner.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    The Coens engineer a funny, entertaining battle of the sexes here, but the preponderance of indelible male characters and less memorable female roles render it something of a mismatch.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    An unforgettable tribute to a remarkable life, Sister Helen is inspirational in a way a film about a more conventionally pious religious figure could never be. Travis seems to be the antithesis of a cardboard saint.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    Roth's novel was at heart a howl of rage against a corrupt, hypocritical, judgmental world, but Benton's austere adaptation--stunningly shot by the late Jean-Yves Escoffier--speaks largely in muted tones.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    Hokey and convoluted, but as a sticky-hearted fable of redemption, it's surprisingly seductive.