For 2,123 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 6.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Rainer's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Late Marriage
Lowest review score: 0 She Hate Me
Score distribution:
2,123 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    Laggies itself isn’t exactly slow – its pace is pleasantly meandering – and it’s far from aimless, although what it’s aiming for isn’t always clear.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    A more contrived and tenuous premise you would be hard-pressed to find, although, since this is a romantic comedy, suspension of disbelief comes with the territory.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    There is nothing surprising about the way this overlong movie, written and directed by David Dobkin, plays itself out.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    A movie with ambitions as high-flying as its superhero but a success rate decidedly lower to the ground.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    The film is best when it focuses on Barnabas's culture shocks in this brave new world. Depp has fun with the character's bafflements without camping it up. What's missing overall is the sense of fun Burton once evinced in films like "Beetlejuice."
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    I suppose it's a good thing that this movie has so many crisscrossing subplots. If one gaggle of whiners gets on your nerves, rest assured the scenery will soon change and another will take center stage.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    Schmaltz this thick requires a director who can at least make us feel that our tears are not being shamelessly jerked. But St. Vincent is too clunky to hide its tear-slicked tracks. Maybe that’s a good thing. At least that’s more endearing than being worked over by a smooth operator who knows exactly which buttons to press.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    Framed as a cautionary thriller about the perils of high-stakes terrorism, but I took away a different message from it: Don't forget your briefcase at the airport.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    A sloggy, heartfelt piece of quasi-magical realist storytelling.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    Reilly is a good foil for Ferrell, but too many of their scenes together have the effect of improv night at the comedy club.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    My favorite moment in the movie: Astrophysicist Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) insisting on wearing only his underwear because he says he thinks better that way. Hey, whatever works.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    If you are not already familiar with Williams’s best plays and film adaptations, this musty magnolia of a movie won’t encourage you to seek them out.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    I'd be more inclined to call this French dysfunctional family epic gabby and preeningly self-indulgent – in a word, annoying.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    Some of the fairy tale effects are marvelous; but the odyssey from darkness to light is unduly long and sloggy, and Stewart, with her contemporary edge, seems to be acting in the wrong era.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    The Bhutto family is often referred to as the "Pakistani Kennedys." After seeing this film, that designation doesn't sound so glib anymore.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    If this film turns out to be a big success, malls everywhere may want to hire more security.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    McCarthy is so careful not to take a political stand that his film seems neutered by good intentions. In the spirit of squishy humanism, he soft-pedals a hard-hitting topic.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    It’s not really such a great achievement to have women cops in the movies acting as boorish and rowdy as their male counterparts, especially since the movie seems designed for a sequel. But then again, what movie these days – or at least this summer – isn’t?
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    Tatum muscles his way through the role with panache, while Foxx never gets a chance to break loose.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    Director Robert Stromberg, making his debut as a director after supervising the visual effects for movies like “Alice in Wonderland” and “Avatar,” lacks the transcendent touch.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    Crowe is deft at keeping the various plots spinning, but there are too many of them, and they don’t intersect pleasingly.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    Blomkamp overdoes even his best effects. (I would have welcomed more vistas of Elysium to break up the grungefest.) If Elysium is an example of how recession-era Hollywood intends to dramatize the rift between the haves and the have-nots, let’s hope the studios don’t also bring back Smell-O-Rama.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    Nolan tries to pair the cosmic esoterica with this father-daughter tussle, but the mix doesn't jell. Visionary movies require a bigger vision.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    The movie is a decidedly mixed bag, in part, because of the equally pronounced disparities between Burton and Carroll – and between Burton and Disney, for that matter.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    So why is everything so thuddingly fun-free?
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    It's the kind of cutesy idea that doesn't ring remotely true.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    At times, Pride and Glory seems to be about a war between actors, not cops. Nobody comes off well.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    By showing scenes of torture without taking any kind of moral (as opposed to tactical) stand on what we are seeing, Bigelow has made an amoral movie – which is, I would argue, an unconscionable approach to this material.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    As Disney animated features go, Tangled is middling.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    It's enough that these two castaways are friends, but I guess friendship doesn't cut it when you're trying to create a star-driven hit. It should, though. Better a believable friendship than an unbelievable love affair.

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