For 2,193 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Rainer's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Rejoice and Shout
Lowest review score: 0 She Hate Me
Score distribution:
2193 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    As Disney animated features go, Tangled is middling.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    However you slice it, The Eagle is hokum, but modern-day Scots may get a kick out of the film's depiction of their ancestors as mud-caked hellions. Modern-day Romans will have to settle for less.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    When the military brass warns that "we're about to be colonized," you wonder if they mean to shut down the borders. It's probably not coincidental that the film is replete with Latino actors, or that one of the prime subplots involves a Hispanic father trapped behind enemy lines with his young son.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    The latest cinematic adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's novel, is like "Masterpiece Theater" without the masterpiece.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    I prefer the goofier approach, which is why, even though Hemsworth isn't going to be cast in "King Lear" anytime soon, he's the best thing about Thor.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    Even the "surprise" appearance of Keith Richards, as the scurvy father of Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow, has already been hyped to death in the advance press.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    If Abrams had stuck with the kids and cut way back on all the sci-fi hoo-ha, his film might have stood a fighting chance of being charming. Big is not always better, even when it comes to fantasies.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    Too much of The Names of Love is a joke book posing as a movie.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    One thought that occurred to me while pacing myself through Flypaper: With the economy being what it is, will there be a rash of bank robbery movies?
    • 74 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    One of the few open-minded Hollywood movies about Christian fundamentalism, but the mind isn't sufficiently exploratory.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    Despite its arty veneer and its ostensibly political edge, Circumstance seems more interested in titillation than revelation.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    See the film, if you must, for Mara, who will be starring in the upcoming Hollywood remake of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." She's a sharp, vigilant actress whose career bears watching.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    De Niro, in what amounts to an extended cameo, is radically miscast. That's still no excuse for his nonperformance, which is beyond lackluster.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    Even though none of these guys is ready to kick the bucket, The Big Year has an unmistakable affinity with "The Bucket List."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    If this film turns out to be a big success, malls everywhere may want to hire more security.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    Adam Sandler plays a dual role in Jack and Jill, and he's a lot better as Jill than as Jack.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    The Iron Lady is too bland to be controversial, too antiquated to speak to the present.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    When a great movie subject results in a middling movie, the loss is double.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    The bad guys, who specialize in funny beards, funny accents, and shaved heads, would feel right at home in an "Austin Powers" movie.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    Even the humor is played too broadly – another notch and we'd be in "Monty Python" territory, though not half as witty.
    • 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
    Polley has a sometimes graceful understanding of emotional temperate zones and Williams, when she isn't being zombielike, is touching. But Margot comes across as such an elusive and unsympathetic twit that you wonder why we should care about her.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    Were it not for Anne Hathaway's Catwoman-ish Selina Kyle, there wouldn't be a single character in "Rises" who cracks a smile. I'm not arguing that "Rises" should be "Singin' in the Rain." But its Wagnerian ambitions are not matched by its material. It hasn't earned its darkness.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Peter Rainer
    Needless to say, everybody comes equipped with their very own overweight baggage; old grudges are revived, new ones are invented; and big personal revelations – most of which you can see coming a mile away – arrive on cue.

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