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 Your Friends & Neighbors
Lowest review score: 0 Simply Irresistible
Score distribution:
996 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    Like its fellow crowd-depressor "Blue Valentine," Beautiful Boy offers the antithesis of escapism: a claustrophobic, punishingly intense, beautifully measured exploration of the depths of human despair.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    Tarantino simply isn't a good enough performer for his presence to be anything but a distraction in a rip-roaring crowd-pleaser this consistently great.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    It might just be the most poignant, moving film ever made about one man's surprisingly noble efforts to get laid.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    Though unabashedly manipulative in its storytelling and structure, Searching For Sugar Man ultimately earns its happy ending and buzzy, crowd-pleasing populist appeal by alchemizing trembling inner-city pain into transcendent international beauty.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    Director Peter Nicks puts faces, names, and heartbreakingly relatable stories to a social problem that can all too often feel abstract and academic.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    Murray and Jarmusch, two modern masters of minimalism, triumphantly join forces in Broken Flowers, a bittersweet tour de force about a wealthy, deeply depressed lothario.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    This material could easily have devolved into soap opera or romantic melodrama, but Wilkinson and Watson's superb, subtle performances lend it tremendous depth and gravity.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    As a film composed entirely of nine continuous long takes, Nine Lives certainly qualifies as unique. But what makes it rarer and more auspicious is that it offers such a rich bounty of great roles for middle-aged women.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    In Amandla!, history doesn't just come alive--it sings, dances, and issues a passionate plea for justice and equality. The film joyously celebrates music as both a means to an end and an end unto itself.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    With their third film, the Polish brothers find their authorial voice, resulting in a lyrical work whose free-floating Lynchian weirdness coalesces into an unexpectedly touching movie.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    So much fun that its considerable worth as history and sociology seems almost incidental.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    Driven by Dominique's personal magnetism, The Agronomist is a haunting, inspirational valentine to free speech and human resilience.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    It's a measure of the film's brilliance that it strips away the trappings of superstardom and allows audiences to see these men as flawed human beings first, musicians second, and rock gods a distant third.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    Carnahan alternates gritty neo-realism with bursts of extreme stylization -- most notably in a breathless opening chase filmed with handheld cameras -- but thankfully, his stylistic flourishes are in the service of the film's story, not the other way around.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    Smashing family entertainment: The whole thing is quick-witted, fast-paced, and loaded with clever sight gags and colorful, engaging supporting characters.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    Harsh, unsparing, unsentimental, and uniformly well-acted, The Mother bravely and intelligently tackles subject matter widely ignored in cinema--the sexuality of a plain-looking woman edging toward the twilight of a life of quiet desperation.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    Gorgeously shot by Lance Acord, who makes Toyko a gaudy dreamscape that's both seductive and frightening, Lost In Translation washes away memories of "Godfather III," establishing Coppola as a major filmmaker in her own right, and reconfirming Johansson and Murray as actors of startling depth and power.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    The film's absolute conviction keeps it from feeling formulaic.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    Shockingly, he's (Jonathan Demme) pulled it off, replicating the original's tricky feat of investing a paranoid plot with timeliness, psychological complexity, sociopolitical acumen, and almost frightening conviction.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    The glacially beautiful new documentary March Of The Penguins confirms that no computer-animated or hand-drawn penguin could ever match the curious majesty of the genuine article.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Crazy Heart could use more rough edges, but while it’s a little too sentimental and tidy, Bridges’ humane, deeply empathetic lead performance makes it easy to root for one man’s redemption.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    The four protagonists aren’t about to let something as minor as the complete breakdown of society get in the way of having a good time, and their fun proves infectious.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    The film loses some of its grimy verisimilitude toward the end, but it’s nevertheless a surprisingly effective low-budget shocker with a sensibility as current as the latest viral videos, yet rooted in the suggestive, less-is-more atmospherics of Val Lewton.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Sometimes feels like an all-time classic short film stretched to feature length, but it’s blissfully short, and it peaks at the end with a groovy cartoon during the closing credits.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Like many social issue documentaries, Food, Inc. is better at addressing problems than offering solutions: its endorsement of organic food in particular feels a little flimsy. Nevertheless, it’s entertaining and fast-moving enough to make audiences intermittently forget they’re consuming cinematic health food.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    With Dad and his last writer-director effort, "Sleeping Dogs Lie," Goldthwait has accomplished the formidable feat of making wry, tender, fundamentally sweet comedies about the human condition that just happen to center on acts of autoerotic asphyxiation and bestiality, respectively. That isn't easy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Iron Man is the rare comic-book movie that makes the prospect of a sequel seem like a promise instead of a threat.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    A funny, boozy, ramshackle party.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    The film accomplishes a remarkable feat of creative alchemy by breathing life and depth into characters that, in lesser hands, could easily have come across as grating caricatures.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Instead of hitting all the usual beats, Sugar just moseys in a mostly delightful way.