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 Soul Men
Score distribution:
996 movie reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Cohen no longer has freshness and novelty on his side, but he’s retained the power to shock, offend, provoke, unsettle, and most importantly, entertain a jaded, desensitized public.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Block Party is largely a giant love-fest, which is fitting given the staggering amount of simpatico musical and comic talent on display, though some conflict surfaces nevertheless.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Altman and Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion is fittingly both a celebration and a winning example of the joys of collaboration.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Like the best independent films, The Motel realizes that life is made up of minor pleasures and tiny epiphanies, not sweeping character arcs or big dramatic moments.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    In choosing cheap gags over incisive cultural commentary, Borat scores more as scatology than satire, but it's easy to overlook its ramshackle nature in light of the explosive laughter.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    A beautifully observed coming-of-age story.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Begins by living up to its fans' rabid expectations, and ends by justifying skeptics' doubts. In between lie roughly equivalent levels of tedium and hilarity.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Though the filmmaking is pedestrian, The Camden 28's timeless truths come through with resounding power.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Though it never regains the inspiration or comic density of its brilliant first 20 minutes, The Simpsons Movie keeps the laughs coming from start to finish, a feat as rare and wonderful in film as it has been through 18 years of television.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    In a heartbreaking, scene-stealing performance, Wilkinson plays his bipolar character's manic delirium as a heightened form of awareness, a life-affirming source of moral clarity in a cloudy and corrupt world.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    It's a relentlessly downbeat, well-acted melodrama that's easy to admire, but intentionally impossible to enjoy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Like few of his filmmaking peers, McCarthy understands and respects the power of quiet, and how a whisper can be as explosive as a shout.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Ron Perlman returns as the film's loveable title character, a demon gone good who's tough on the outside but tender underneath, with a soft spot for kittens, candy, and babies.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Funny excuses an awful lot, and at its best, Hamlet 2 is nothing short of hilarious.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Audience reaction to Outrage will depend heavily on how people feel about outing. Dick’s film probably won’t persuade anyone who finds the practice to be a loathsome and intrusive invasion of privacy, but after a relatively dry beginning, the film builds in passion and intensity until attaining a stirring cumulative power.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    O’Horten feels like a waking dream. It's a film of subtle, insinuating charm, a character study about an eminently sane, reasonable man unsteadily navigating an increasingly insane, unreasonable world.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    James Brown, B.B. King, and a dazzling array of top African, Afro-Cuban, and African-American talent finally gets its own solo spotlight in Soul Power.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Is it possible to talk about the fascinating and complex universe of black hair without dealing with race and identity? That’s the question posed by Good Hair.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Workingman's Death's primary pleasures are aesthetic. Glawogger is an extraordinarily elegant filmmaker with a photographer's eye for striking compositions.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Lottery Ticket gets far on the strength of its star's charisma and a likeable tone.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Superman argues convincingly that everyone should have the right to a good education, not just folks lucky enough to score winning numbers: It should be a birthright, not a matter of chance.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    From an emotional standpoint, it's enormously satisfying, even cathartic to watch Ferguson "nail" some of the rogues behind the economic crisis with the unseemly zeal of Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Chris Morris' corrosive black comedy Four Lions explores the lighter side of jihad. It's a ballsy romp through one of the least lighthearted subjects imaginable.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    The film tells such a compelling, expansive story that its unwillingness to plumb its subject's psychological depths feels forgivable, though regrettable.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Arthur Christmas gets a little sappy toward the end - it is a Christmas movie, after all - but it otherwise strikes just the right combination of naughty and nice, reverent and irrelevant, holiday-sweet and Aardman dry.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    The filmmakers throw everything at the audience, literally and metaphorically, and the results are exhilarating rather than exhausting.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    The film emerges as a powerful, even shattering look as music's power to unite where it once divided.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Everything here is pitched relentlessly toward uplift, but at least that uplift is genuine, the product of one visionary's indomitable will and a musical universe he brought into existence through vision, dedication, and plenty of stubborn hard work.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    A lovely, sweet, funny, romantic, and supremely worthwhile endeavor that unfortunately takes longer to wrap up than it should.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Attack The Block turns its modest budget into a virtue by focusing on character, especially the surprisingly charged, complicated dynamic between enemies-turned-allies Whittaker and Boyega.