For 2,111 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 Seymour: An Introduction
Lowest review score: 0 Mixed Nuts
Score distribution:
2,111 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The innocence of the townspeople is weirdly uplifting. They love their Bernie so much that they seem even more blinkered than he is.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    A cross between "Godzilla" and "Jaws," it manages to be both truly scary and truly funny – sometimes all at once.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    By the film’s end, the main protagonists have become more philosophical, if no less ardent, about the future of Egypt. “We are not looking for a leader,” Hassan declares. “We are looking for a conscience.” He has only to look in the mirror.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    What we do see, among much else that is damning, are archival NYPD videotapes of the boys being interrogated by detectives who press them to implicate one another in exchange for a leniency that never materialized.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Particle Fever doesn’t prompt us to say: “Gee, these superbrains are just like us, except for the brains.” The film allows for our awe. It also demonstrates that science is the most human of activities, with all that that implies.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    His (Lindholm) steadfast, unvarying gaze has its own authenticity. He’s made a thriller that thrills while also respecting our intelligence.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Probably the most faithful to the writer's tortured spirit. It's the kind of movie that gets under your skin - and stays there.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Bracingly perceptive about the human comedy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The riders who appear in Buck seem almost uniformly exalted by their contact with Brannaman and his methods.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    At just over two hours, Stranded is nonstop harrowing. It has cumulative power.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    I wish Rowley didn’t so often dabble in standard movie-thriller-style stylistics, but his film is an exposé of practices that need – demand – exposing.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    It leaves us with a question that may be unanswerable: How does one extinguish terrorism when its causes are myriad?
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    It's a sweet and disquieting excursion made by filmmakers whose eyes and ears and imaginations are in marvelous sync.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Ballard filmed across hundreds of miles of South African desert, and there are times when the whole throbbing universe seems to resound for him.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Baumbach captures the ways in which children takes sides in a war they can't even begin to comprehend.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Factotum is so sly and low-key hilarious that anybody can be in on the joke.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    In a film that overwhelmingly avoids happy-faced pronouncements, this one sticks out.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The pessimism pervading this film is summed up by Shalom, who says, speaking of the decades of occupation: "The future is very dark."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The visuals are irrepressibly witty and so is the script, which morphs from the classic fable into a spoof on "War of the Worlds." I prefer this version to Spielberg's.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    It appears to have been made from the inside, not only of the characters but of the historical situation in which they struggle.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    In Zodiac, working from a script by James Vanderbilt, Fincher has decidedly toned down his act. His straight-ahead, methodical direction isn't as flagrantly unsettling as much of his previous work, but it's more psychologically layered. In this film, for the first time, we feel for his characters when they bleed.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Petit, by the way, is still very much alive and spry. I saw him at a screening of the film at the Sundance Film Festival where he spoke to the audience afterwards. On his way up to the podium, he tripped.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    With scrupulous fairness, Ferguson meticulously lays out for us the whole sordid mess.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    He is the least intrusive of great directors, and Boxing Gym, which is about a gym in Austin, Texas, is so offhandedly observant that, for a while, you may wonder if much of anything is really going on.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The Namesake takes in a lot of territory, and at times is too diffuse, too attenuated. But the actors are so expressive that they provide their own continuity. They transport us to a realm of pure feeling.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Since music is so much more than music between these two, their filmed sessions resemble not so much rehearsals as communions.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    His (Hamer) new film, 1001 Grams, is almost as good as “Kitchen Stories,” with a story equally unpromising – but only in theory.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    It seems to me that too often in this country, and especially now, science has become politicized to the detriment of those who could be helped by it. Just because truths are inconvenient is no reason to suppose they are not real.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    A young adult romantic comedy with a sweetness and delicacy that lifts it out of its genre.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Above all, literally, are the kites. When a character says, "You fly these kites and feel the joy," we know just what he means.

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