For 2,041 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 6.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Rainer's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Treeless Mountain
Lowest review score: 0 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
Score distribution:
2,041 movie reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    What reveals Pontecorvo as an artist, and not simply a propagandist of genius, is the sorrow he tries to stifle but that comes flooding through anyway--the sense that ALL sides in this conflict have lost their souls, and that all men are carrion.
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    • 90 Peter Rainer
    It’s a magical little movie about a most unmagical subject.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    A flashy, nasty triumph
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    Kim exalts nature--life’s passage--without stooping to sentimentality. He sees the tooth and claw, and he sees the transcendence. Whether this is a Buddhist attribute, I cannot say, but the impression this movie leaves is profound: Here is an artist who sees things whole.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    Spellbindingly original -- Like the wild orchid, Adaptation is a marvel of adaptation, entwined with its hothouse environment and yet stunningly unique.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    As a piece of inspirationalism about human stamina, Touching the Void is peerless, but what it doesn't--perhaps can't--explain is why people place themselves in such peril.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    Coppola both wrote and directed, and there’s a pleasing shapelessness to her scenes. She accomplishes the difficult feat of showing people being bored out of their skulls in such a way that we are never bored watching them.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    Polanski’s strongest and most personally felt movie.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    Sean Penn is so frighteningly good in this movie that he outdoes even the best of his earlier work.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    A first-rate zombie movie. The best tribute I can offer is that it makes you want to go out directly afterward and down some expensive single-malt scotch.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    Linklater, whose previous movies include "Slacker," "Before Sunrise," and "Waking Life," may be the most versatile director of his generation. School of Rock is his most unabashedly mainstream movie by far, and yet it’s commercial in the best way.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    Most of the time we are with Cruise and Foxx, and their interplay is never less than galvanizing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    What it's really about is the euphoria that talent can bring to those who are possessed by it. That euphoria lights up the screen.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    The documentary is, in essence, not much more than a record of what happened in Zaire, but it has been assembled with a real feeling for the historical moment. It's literally a blast from the past.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    Wiseman lets the material breathe in a manner unique to the subject.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    The Pinochet Case is a searing album of remembrance from those who, having survived, suffered most.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    If I never felt entirely transported by Avatar, it's probably because the story thudded just as often as the imagery soared. But Pandora is still a good place to park yourself for three hours.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Melissa Leo is startlingly good...You feel like you're watching a life, not a performance.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Has its pleasures, foremost being its look – a sophisticated puppet primitivism backdropped by near-psychedelic colorations.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    It melodramatizes everything and yet its overall effect is something more than melodrama.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The ad campaign for the sci-fi thriller District 9, with mysterious billboards touting aliens among us, is highly creative and amusing. So, in patches, is the movie, which is a thinking man's, or man-boy's, "Transformers."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    There are some great, rapturous moments in Where the Wild Things Are. Jonze is humbled before the wonders of a child's imagination, and so are we.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Captures the fear factor in the lives of these men without turning them into the usual home front head cases.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The sheer sensuousness of all these bric-a-brac memories is sustaining.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Up
    As a piece of poetic compression, it ranks with the opening of Orson Welles's "The Magnificent Ambersons."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Sheen is startlingly good here, and so is Timothy Spall as Clough's trusted and much abused lieutenant.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Damon is an agile comic performer, and Soderbergh knows how to serve him up without losing sight of the ultimate seriousness behind it all.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    This intermittently terrific cerebral thriller does, indeed, hinge on the proper use of dictionary definitions, but the film is really about the oppressive blahness of small-town, postcommunist Romania. In such surroundings, parsing definitions can almost stand for high drama.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Assayas conveys with great understatement an entire constellation of emotions in Summer Hours. I wouldn't have minded a little bit of overstatement.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    For a movie so sensuously mounted, it's remarkably grounded.