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 Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest
Lowest review score: 0 Soul Men
Score distribution:
1,045 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Above all, the film is an extended love letter to the EV1, a sleek GM electric marvel that, by Paine's reckoning, marks the single greatest innovation in human technology since the wheel.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    As a moody drama, it falls short, but as lightweight escapism, it sets off sporadic but irresistible explosions of pure cinematic delight.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Quinceañera sketches its characters and conflicts with warmth and empathy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    In a medium generally about action and momentum, Factotum is largely concerned with inaction and inertia.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Quietly heartbreaking.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Foulkrod's film covers little new ground, but some painful truths are worth repeating.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    In the wrenching final scene, the concept of "dying with dignity" becomes much more than just a catchphrase used to justify a controversial practice.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Maines' big mouth and winning candor got her into trouble, but Shut Up & Sing suffers from filmmakers who are intent on playing it safe.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Writer-director Davaa allows the drama to emerge organically out of the characters, the beautifully captured setting, and the conflict between the past and the present.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Though the film seldom strays from formula, there's something strangely moving about Swank's conviction that, in spite of everything, people are really good at heart.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Decomposition bears powerful, uncompromising witness to man's inhumanity to man, which is one of the most important things any documentary can do, though, it's also one of the most grueling.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Reno 911's anti-heroes are doomed, deluded losers, but they engender a strange sympathy all the same.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Unlike its subject, Amazing Grace won't change the world, but its quasi-religious sense of conviction proves rousing. Apted's unexpected crowd-pleaser is inspirational, but also surprisingly entertaining.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Like "Hustle & Flow," Moan succeeds on languid atmosphere and the conviction of its leads. But it'd be nice if the execution matched the startling audacity of its premise.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Maxed Out sacrifices depth for breadth and like a lot of low-budget documentaries, it's done no favors by its grimy, no-fi aesthetic. But the film's scattered ruminations on credit card mania add up to a powerful indictment of a culture of mindless consumption spinning out of control.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    If Mimzy serves as a gateway drug that gets "Shrek" fans into classic science fiction, then it'll have performed an invaluable cultural service.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    It isn't gangsta, but it's winning all the same.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    As befits a heartfelt ode to working-class values, Diggers puts in lots of hard, honest work that finally pays off in a wholly predictable yet unexpectedly moving conclusion.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Project provides an unmistakably one-sided view of rap as God's gift to the poor, angry, black, and young, but given the beating rap has taken in the press lately (please Oprah, don't hurt 'em!), the film's pro-rap cheerleading couldn't be more timely or necessary.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Chalk pays homage to the kind of teachers students never forget, which makes it all the more perverse that it's so stubbornly, albeit affably, forgettable.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Bug
    Friedkin's latest rivals his Druid horror flick "The Guardian" for sheer lunacy--Bug remains disconcerting, real, and raw. It poignantly suggests that some lost souls would rather be crazy and doomed than alone.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    The Interview is mannered, implausible, and stagy, but queasily compelling all the same.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    The early, explosively funny skits and a loose, engagingly adventurous spirit are enough to ensure this uneven but often delightful project the cult fame that accompanies pretty much everything associated with Stella mainstay Wain.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    The gimmicky yet strangely moving new fright flick The Signal distinguishes itself not through originality, but by smartly integrating just about every popular trend afflicting contemporary horror films.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Though it grows silly and sentimental, Funeral scores enough big laughs to make its shortcomings eminently forgivable.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Entertaining, casually satirical crowd-pleaser.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Where "Crash" relentlessly pushed every conflict to a fever pitch, Elah takes its cues from Tommy Lee Jones' low-simmering lead performance.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Bible doesn't take itself too seriously, and boasts a disarming undercurrent of gleeful prankishness.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    If Barnes ultimately emerges as a heartless, duplicitous villain, he's nevertheless got the devil's slippery, seductive charm.

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