For 1,067 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 8.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nathan Rabin's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 51
Highest review score: 100 Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Lowest review score: 0 Virus
Score distribution:
1,067 movie reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    Gondry’s latest demands a high tolerance for whimsy, and will undoubtedly prove anathema to his skeptics. Yet for those willing to abandon logic, suspend disbelief, and give themselves over to Gondry’s crazy, deeply immersive world of play, the result is a wildly inventive head film that’s mood-altering and mind-expanding in its own right.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    Despite its numerous missteps and miscalculations, What Dreams May Come is often a powerful, affecting piece of filmmaking.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    It’s compelling throughout, and profoundly moving at times, even when it rings false, which is often. It’s a divisive, shadowy conversation-starter of a movie that’s as much fun to talk and think about as it is to watch.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    The film executes its bad-taste gags with such delicacy and unexpected emotional truth that they don’t even seem like jokes. This is attributable largely to Hollyman’s fearless, convincing lead performance, which grounds the movie in a believable reality, no matter how crazy things become.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    With "Super Troopers" and Club Dread, Broken Lizard has cranked out two genuinely funny movies in a row.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    Hopkins delivers such a warm, winning performance that it's hard not to be won over by his loopy charm and monomaniacal passion. The film is about a man whose need for speed takes on an existential and spiritual dimension, but it's precisely its rambling, meandering, unhurried affability that makes it such a low-key pleasure.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    With dialogue as spare as its harsh landscapes, the film is so tonally dry that it makes Aki Kaurismäki look like the Farrelly brothers--it begins at a snail's pace before speeding up to a turtle's drowsy crawl.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    Along with producer Laurie David (who was also behind Inconvenient Truth) and director Stephanie Soechtig, Couric has made an unabashed muckraking documentary that ends with a call to action that’s half inspirational, half grating. It’s propaganda, to be sure, but effective propaganda.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    Besson doesn't need dialogue to convey his worlds' nuances, because there are none, especially in Unleashed, which achieves such a sustained pitch of hysteria that it makes past masters of melodrama like Douglas Sirk, John Woo, and Sam Fuller look positively austere by comparison.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    A textbook example of how a remade '70s show can feel like an enjoyable lark rather than cultural recycling run amok.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    Combining raunchiness and sweetness in a slapdash but generally effective manner.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    Where "Quiz Show" elevated its story to the level of Shakespearean tragedy, Clooney's film is too lightweight to reach such tragic heights. In part, it's too short--at 90 minutes, including musical interludes and lengthy monologues taken whole-cloth from the historical record, Good Night breezes by effortlessly when it really needs time and space to build up to appropriately epic dimensions.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    Finds a winning formula: Chan provides the action, various exotic lands serve up props begging to be employed in Chan-style combat, Coogan brings the dry wit, a minor constellation of surprise guest stars provides razzle-dazzle, and a steady stream of mild chuckles helps the whole fandango fly by painlessly.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    Everything "Blade" should have been but wasn't: stylish, fast-paced, and comfortable with its own ridiculousness.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    The Yes Men's brilliant lies unlock explosive satirical truths, but the film runs out of steam a bit toward the end.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    It maintains a strong enough sense of squirmy humanity that its characters' epiphanies and emotional growth feel both hard-earned and richly deserved.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    Title aside, what distinguishes The Fluffy Movie from a standard stand-up special is its willingness, even eagerness, to dive into some seriously heavy shit. It’s funny, to be sure, but also unexpectedly substantive.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    Unexpectedly heartwarming documentary.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    A Most Wanted Man is a cold film that examines its characters from a clinical distance, but its iciness gives way to raw emotion in a powerful final sequence.
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    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    The filmmakers behind Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton benefit and suffer from an excess of fascinating subject material.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    Beneath all The Double’s cynicism, misanthropy, intense stylization, and distance lies a core of genuine tragedy, and that’s what gives the film an emotional resonance beyond its aesthetic achievements.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    Far better than you'd expect. Despite its intelligence-insulting premise, Mouse Hunt is a well-crafted, surprisingly smart film that benefits tremendously from the winning chemistry between Lane and talented newcomer Evans.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    Rize eventually gets a little preachy and sentimental, but a little sermonizing seems a small price to pay for such an industrial jolt of kinetic electricity.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    The always-dependable and chameleon-like Craig has the chops and substance for that kind of film, but Vaughn prefers to keep matters brisk and superficial.

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