For 1,045 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 7.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nathan Rabin's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 Catch Me If You Can
Lowest review score: 0 Soul Men
Score distribution:
1,045 movie reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Nathan Rabin
    Anderson's uncompromising masterpiece will continue to resonate as a harrowing cautionary warning to a country with oil pumping through its veins, clouding its judgment and coarsening its soul.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    Thankfully, Big Men doesn’t have heroes or villains. It’s a deep dive into an endless pool of moral and political ambiguity in which very little is clear-cut, except that the desire for wealth and power.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Nathan Rabin
    In its own subdued, mellow way, Once is just about perfect.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    Capote begins as a sprawling, vivacious comedy-drama in which Hoffman's Capote is only one of a number of fascinating characters, including Chris Cooper's upstanding, ramrod-straight lawman and Keener's tough, blunt assistant/sidekick/foil/author.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    The film’s aversion toward clichés and hitting expected beats lends it a rare, welcome edge of danger.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    Grim but never gratuitous.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Nathan Rabin
    It’s a cinematic love song, pure and simple, and Weber isn’t about to let ugly facts get in the way of a parade of gorgeous images and intoxicating ideas.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    An Education shares with Hornby’s best work trenchant insight into the way smart, hyper-verbal young people let the music, films, books, and art they love define themselves as they figure out who they are and what they want to be.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Nathan Rabin
    The filmmakers smartly counter heavy drama with goofy comedy, mining a rich vein of humor in the juxtaposition of the mundane and the superheroic. Maguire and Molina excel at opposite ends of the moral spectrum, but the film is stolen once again by J.K. Simmons.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Nathan Rabin
    The film succeeds by expertly melding the two stages of Tarantino's career. The rambling Tarantino of "Jackie Brown" and "Pulp Fiction" is evident in every lovingly crafted and delivered monologue, each leisurely paced scene and long take. The more action-oriented, fight-intensive Tarantino reappears in the viscerally exciting bursts of ultra-violence that punctuate the stretches of dialogue.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 67 Nathan Rabin
    Tyson can be brutal with himself, but Toback's fawning documentary lets him off easy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Nathan Rabin
    Instead of hitting all the usual beats, Sugar just moseys in a mostly delightful way.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    It's an unflinchingly raw and honest look at a family splitting apart, and it seldom strikes an unconvincing or inauthentic note. Though it surveys rocky adolescent emotional terrain from the safe distance of adulthood, The Squid And The Whale still resonates with the sting of a fresh wound.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    Downfall's overstuffed melodrama juggles countless subplots and a small army of characters who manage to make an impression in spite of limited screen time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Nathan Rabin
    Driven by Dominique's personal magnetism, The Agronomist is a haunting, inspirational valentine to free speech and human resilience.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Days Of Glory isn't subtle in its exploration of the racial politics of warfare, but its grim, cynical portrayal of young men considered worthy enough to die for a foreign country, yet unworthy of being treated as equals, proves bluntly powerful.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Nathan Rabin
    The film's heart and soul belong to O'Hara and to Levy, whose folk-music burnout has the shell-shocked expression of someone who's been to hell and never quite made it back.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Nathan Rabin
    It's an emotionally claustrophobic drama, played with frayed nerves and raw emotions, and it serves as an unrelenting glimpse into relationship hell. It could easily have devolved into sweaty, pretentious melodrama or ersatz John Cassavetes if Cianfrance and his actors didn't maintain perfect control over the material.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Nathan Rabin
    Everything an action-comedy should be. It achieves through parody what most films in the genre can't accomplish straight.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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