For 1,067 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 8.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nathan Rabin's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 51
Highest review score: 100 Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Lowest review score: 0 Virus
Score distribution:
1,067 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Starlet is an unusually subtle, quiet character study - especially given the potentially salacious subject matter - that builds to a quietly powerful climax.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Kwapis fills small roles with great character actors like Stephen Root, Andrew Daly, Kathy Baker, Tim Blake Nelson, John Michael Higgins, Rob Riggle, and James LeGros, all skilled at making a lot out of a little.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    The Bitter Buddha closes with Pepitone pondering whether he’s wasted his life by focusing on comedy rather than family, but everything that’s come before suggests that decision has led to a life that’s a triumph rather than a tragedy.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Bennett never lets us forget that his character is in profound pain, even while attempting to perform oral sex on a transsexual blow-up doll. It's a daring, sweet performance that almost single-handedly elevates The Virginity Hit from a standard Superbad knock-off into a film that feels raw, painful, and real.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    In its loose, ramshackle, gleefully profane first half, Role Models suggests "School Of Rock" with Tourette's, or the original "Bad News Bears" without the baseball.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    As with "Black Dynamite," many of Casa De Mi Padre's sharpest, most inspired gags riff on the source material's ingratiatingly amateurish production values and exuberantly incompetent stylistic choices.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Jeff begins with its protagonist discussing a Hollywood movie and ends by embracing the worst excesses of commercial American filmmaking, but there are enough moments of magic and wonder in the interim to make it worthwhile.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Bible doesn't take itself too seriously, and boasts a disarming undercurrent of gleeful prankishness.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    What begins as a scathing but loving satire of materialism loses its way once it turns into a warmhearted after-school special about a nice young Jewish boy discovering the true meaning of the bar mitzvah.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Hatchet II is distinguished both by a funky, frisky sense of humor, and gore of great quality and quantity.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    The Interview is mannered, implausible, and stagy, but queasily compelling all the same.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    As usual, Corben's style is caffeinated and a little rough around the edges, but he's a tenacious journalist, and his yen for sensationalism gives Limelight an irresistible tabloid pop.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Ffor all its clumsiness, Sir! No Sir! movingly captures the raw excitement of grunts discovering their power and their voices in their ability to resist.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Though it grows silly and sentimental, Funeral scores enough big laughs to make its shortcomings eminently forgivable.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    "May" uses the quirks and well-worn traditions of horse racing as a vehicle to quietly explore idiosyncrasies of the human condition.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    It's a mess, but its best moments are exhilarating, getting hopelessly lost in Pargin's surreal, completely disorienting world.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Wah-Wah can't sustain the mastery of its superior first hour, but it maintains a core of truth that sets it apart from less-convincing depictions of boys becoming men.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Without its mesmerizing lead performance, Traitor easily could have devolved into direct-to-DVD fodder.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    The new Burke & Hare offers many pleasures, chief among them the return of the Landis of old.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    In a medium generally about action and momentum, Factotum is largely concerned with inaction and inertia.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Nathan Rabin
    Entertaining, casually satirical crowd-pleaser.

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