For 2,517 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Rainer's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Gosford Park
Lowest review score: 0 Gulliver's Travels
Score distribution:
2517 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Although the role may not have been written with great depth, Hussain’s performance as Mirza is richly layered.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 67 Peter Rainer
    If we are being asked to regard BlacKkKlansman as more than a movie, this may be another way of admitting that, on some fundamental level, it falls down as anything but revue sketch agitprop.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Rainer
    It takes awhile to get going but, still, it’s rather sweet.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The documentary is an attempt, in the words of those behind the film, to “investigate the very nature of family itself.” That this attempt is overreaching and diffuse does not detract from the film’s sporadic power.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Dark Money should set off warning bells for even those who believe that the Citizens United decision, equating corporations with people and money with speech, was a First Amendment victory for free speech.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Burnham avoids most of the “Mean Girls”-style tropes in favor of a more gently humorous and nuanced approach.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Rainer
    As summer franchise movies go, Mission: Impossible – Fallout is near the top of the heap.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    What rescues the film from melodrama is that Legrand drew on extensive interviews with psychologists, emergency police personnel, female victims, and batterers. The bone-deep chill of real, observed experience cuts through this film and gives it a verity that at times reminded me of Frederick Wiseman’s harrowing documentary “Domestic Violence.”
    • 60 Metascore
    • 42 Peter Rainer
    The film cuts back and forth between the present and 1979, when Donna, blandly played as a young woman by Lily James, met her three beaus and went gaga for Greece. Scenery-wise, I can see why she did. I trust that everyone connected with this film had time to work on their tans.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Rainer
    It’s a rote piece of work that, oddly, also feels dated even at a time when the press and the White House have rarely been more at odds.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    It’s a perplexing, fascinating, maddening movie, not quite like any other film biography of a famous painter, most of which tend to be equal parts ho-hum and hokum.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 67 Peter Rainer
    Most of the film, which also has links to Spike Jonze’s "Being John Malkovich," plays like a variation on some of Spike Lee’s more scabrous racial fantasias like “Bamboozled.” It’s also very much in the vein of films like “Get Out,” which also mixed horror, racial comedy, and social consciousness, though here to far less effect.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    It brings the nature versus nurture debate into shattering focus.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Everybody connected to this movie appears to be operating on the same wavelength: They want to do justice to the lives of the people that we see. To a remarkable degree, they do.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    McKay is very good where it counts the most: He understands these immigrants from the inside out, and, against all odds, he allows us to rejoice in their hopes.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Zahs, a genial obsessive, is a lot of fun, and so is the movie.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 67 Peter Rainer
    It’s another one of those films, like “Book Club,” in which the cast far outshines the material.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Rainer
    The Catcher Was a Spy, directed by Ben Lewin and starring Paul Rudd as the Ivy-educated Berg, who was fluent in seven languages, is a much more pallid experience than this eminently juicy subject deserves.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    Pratt brings a wry derring-do to the mayhem, and the escape from Isla Nublar has its modicum of thrills.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Morgan Neville’s movie is more than just a chronicle of Rogers’s career. In some not-quite-definable way, the film itself is all of a piece with Rogers’s principled gentleness. It’s a love letter, but the sentiment and affection that pour through the film is honestly arrived at, even when, near the end, the film threatens to turn into the cinematic equivalent of a group hug.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Peter Rainer
    Debbie’s assemblage of her crack team has its sly amusements, especially when Cate Blanchett, as Debbie’s hypercynical best friend, and Rihanna, playing a master hacker, show up. But Rihanna, along with Mindy Kaling, who plays a jewelry expert, are vastly underused, as is Awkwafina as a world-class pickpocket. On the other hand, hammy Helena Bonham Carter, as a cash-strapped fashion designer, is overused. Her hats are funnier than her dialogue.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Rainer
    What is missing here is any real sense of what it must have been like for two great writers to be living together, especially in that era, with its push-pull of progressivism and parochialism. This is a movie about fireworks where nothing ignites.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Rainer
    It’s questionable whether this film needs narration at all, or at least whether it needs the faux biblical lyricisms served up here. The panoramas are so glorious that I didn’t ache to hear any highfalutin hoo-ha on the soundtrack.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Rainer
    Rodin, directed by Jacques Doillon and starring Vincent Lindon as the great Parisian sculptor, does not, to put it charitably, add to the very small roster of Great Artist movies (such as “Lust for Life” and “Vincent & Theo”).
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Peter Rainer
    Of all the Star Wars-themed movies, this one is the closest to a Saturday afternoon serial/western. Don’t expect more than that. But it could have been less.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 67 Peter Rainer
    Schrader’s chief influence here, as in many of his other films, is the great French director Robert Bresson, especially his “Diary of a Country Priest.” But Bresson’s spare stylistics achieved a sublimity while Schrader’s, though intermittently powerful, too often feel schematic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Rainer
    The film’s thesis is that the struggle to survive did not end with the camps. Each of the women profiled recounts, with varying degrees of intensity, the difficulties in creating a “normal” life in a world where the concept of “home” can no longer fully resonate.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Rainer
    RBG
    The film makes clear that the soft-spoken, diminutive Ginsburg fought early and hard for gender equality in the courts in her own steadfastly clearsighted way. She’s the opposite of a late bloomer.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Rainer
    The movie is all a bit more airy than it needs to be, but Isabelle’s startlements are like a double take that never lets up.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Peter Rainer
    A privileged sanctimony clings to this movie that is not fully recognized by its filmmakers: After all, not every distraught new mother can afford a self-help guru.

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