For 2,018 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Rainer's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Waking Life
Lowest review score: 0 Gulliver's Travels
Score distribution:
2,018 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    One of the sharpest and funniest movies about the music business ever made.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    No other concert film has ever expressed so fervently the erotic root of rock. Seeing it is the opposite of taking a trip down memory lane; it's more like a plunge into the belly of the beast.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    So intimate and sensual and funny and psychologically self-revealing that it makes most of what passes for sex in the movies look like cheap hysterics.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A hushed, small-scale masterpiece that moves into the shadowlands of tragedy.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Jackson has a genuine epic gift: Few filmmakers have ever given gross-outs such resplendence.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    An astounding, one-of-a-kind movie.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A rare example of first-rate filmed opera.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    You've seen the rest; now see the best.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A love affair between performer and filmmaker. The director shows off his ardor by eliciting from his actors aspects of their gifts that they themselves may not have known they had.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    The most visceral and cumulatively powerful account of civil war since Gillo Pontecorvo's "The Battle of Algiers."
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    The most deeply and mysteriously satisfying animated feature to come along in ages.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    It has what the most heartfelt Disney animated features used to have: rapturous imagery matched with real wit.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    The most joyously cinematic movie I've seen this year. Chomet's astonishing imagination conjures images you could swear you've seen in your dreams.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Jackson is rare among the makers of epic movies in that he knows how to do the small stuff, too. The Return of the King has “heart”--how else could it pump out all that blood?
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    The most powerfully entrancing children's film in years. Of course, a true kid's classic is just as magical for adults.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Sweetest, funniest, most humane movie I've seen all year.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Altogether remarkable, a near-masterpiece.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    On the personal betrayals that accompany Capote's ache for literary transcendence. The betrayals were necessary to create "In Cold Blood." This is why Capote is such an unsettlingly ambiguous experience.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    The film's final seven-minute shot is one of the great denouements in film history.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    In the end, the finest achievement of Wright's movie is that it fully captures what Martin Amis, writing on Pride and Prejudice, said of Austen: "Money is a vital substance in her world; the moment you enter it you feel the frank horror of moneylessness, as intense as the tacit horror of spinsterhood." All that, and a great love story, too.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A first-rate crime thriller from 1960.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Brokeback Mountain is a tragedy because these men have found something that many people, of whatever sexual persuasion, never find - true love. And they can't do anything about it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Marvelously enjoyable.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    This is a Holocaust movie that is so relentlessly observed and so aware of woe that it never feels like it belongs to a genre.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    What United 93 demonstrates, as if we needed proof, is that it is too soon - it may always be too soon - to sort out the feelings from that day.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A heartbreakingly powerful masterpiece.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Helen Mirren gives the mostly subtly expressive performance based on a living historical figure that I've ever seen.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Most powerfully, Berg also films a number of O'Grady's victims as they recount their trauma and, in some cases, loss of faith.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    I hate to sound blurby, but Borat is the funniest comedy I've seen since I don't know when.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    For Your Consideration is, except for "Borat," the funniest film of the year. Or, it's the funniest film that you don't have to watch through parted fingers.