For 1,048 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 7.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nathan Rabin's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 Eyes Wide Shut
Lowest review score: 0 Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2
Score distribution:
1,048 movie reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Nathan Rabin
    It's good to have Seinfeld back, even in this watered-down form.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Nathan Rabin
    "Christmas" won't wow anyone with its audacity or originality, but it's bound to make plenty of people happy with its slick, crowd-pleasing familiarity.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Nathan Rabin
    Nichols succeeds in spinning an entertaining yarn, but the cautionary aspects feel fatally undernourished.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 67 Nathan Rabin
    It's a measure of the film's infectious goofiness that Cage seems altogether more interested in clearing the name of a long-dead ancestor than in finding a city of gold.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Nathan Rabin
    City Of Men has its share of problems, but being too entertaining isn't one of them.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 67 Nathan Rabin
    It's a sweet, human movie, if not an entirely successful one.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 67 Nathan Rabin
    It's amusing but facile, reasonably clever but hopelessly glib.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 67 Nathan Rabin
    Dragon Emperor succeeds largely through sheer excess: It's doubtful that any idea was thrown out for being too implausible.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Nathan Rabin
    Like its lead characters, Lucky is wounded, lost, and impractical, but it has a messy, winning humanity and an agreeably leisurely pace that almost redeems it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Nathan Rabin
    It's a huge improvement over the Attenborough film; given the film’s non-fiction roots, it seems poetically apt that a documentary take is much more satisfying and engaging than the Hollywood treatment.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 67 Nathan Rabin
    Tyson can be brutal with himself, but Toback's fawning documentary lets him off easy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Nathan Rabin
    If ever a film needed a double shot of espresso and a swift kick in the caboose, it's this one. At best, the film is hypnotic; at worst, it challenges--no, dares--audiences not to fall asleep.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Nathan Rabin
    Love looks and sounds great, but in depicting N’Dour as a lofty symbol for music’s power to bridge worlds and inspire, it sometimes loses sight of the man.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Nathan Rabin
    Throughout its first two acts, Bandslam is charming, sweet, and funny enough to merit inclusion in the upper echelon of teen comedies. Then comes a third act weighed down with arbitrary romantic conflicts, leaden melodrama, and a tiresome subplot.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Nathan Rabin
    The film is essentially a skillful advertising-industry infomercial that speaks its subject’s slick aesthetic language.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Nathan Rabin
    A fascinating, frustrating documentary.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Nathan Rabin
    Paris flits from story to story and character to character without doing justice to any of them.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Nathan Rabin
    With Bad, Perry is savvy enough to let riveting musical numbers by ringers like Gladys Knight and Mary J. Blige--along with Henson’s deeply empathetic performance--carry the film’s feverish emotions more than his characteristically ham-fisted screenplay.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Nathan Rabin
    It’s a fascinating story, it doesn’t always make for a fascinating documentary.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Nathan Rabin
    Arteta’s well-intentioned film version feels simultaneously overstuffed and undercooked.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Nathan Rabin
    Though The Eclipse travels a sleepy route to a shrug of anticlimax, it’s refreshing to see a film acknowledge that life and love don’t end at 50, even in the outsized shadow of a soulmate’s death.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Nathan Rabin
    There’s something genuine and more than a little sad at the core of Levy’s poorly staged, modestly amusing comedy, but it isn’t the part that involves flash drives, blackmail, and glowering, gun-toting bad guys.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Nathan Rabin
    The Cartel frequently veers into the realm of black comedy, as Bowdon uncovers instances of nightmarish teacher behavior, but the dark comic elements would be better served by deadpan detachment.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 67 Nathan Rabin
    Really, the whole series would be unthinkable without the films of George Romero. In that respect, Anderson has taken another page from the Corman playbook for his superior B-movie: If you're going to steal, at least steal well.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Nathan Rabin
    Galifianakis' magnetic performance suggests murky psychological depths the film doesn't have the substance to plumb.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 67 Nathan Rabin
    Burlesque is a terrible film that will delight nearly everyone who sees it, whether they're 12-year-old Christina Aguilera fans or bad-movie buffs angling for a guilty pleasure.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Nathan Rabin
    Heartless gets progressively better as it goes along, and benefits from a poignant late cameo from Timothy Spall as Sturgess' beloved father, but it never recovers from a dull first hour.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 67 Nathan Rabin
    Red State is gloriously unencumbered by fidelity to genre conventions, which lends it a thrilling element of unpredictability even when the action frequently grows shrill and heavy-handed.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Nathan Rabin
    Brewer's Footloose has sex, swagger, and even an edge of danger, but in the end, he's hamstrung by the project's innate ridiculousness.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Nathan Rabin
    By the time everyone in Carnage has revealed themselves, we're left not with flawed human beings, but with monsters of banality whose company represents a brutal form of punishment in itself.

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