For 1,417 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Rainer's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 This Is Not a Film
Lowest review score: 0 Wild Hogs
Score distribution:
1,417 movie reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    The New Wave of Romanian cinema is the most exciting in the world right now. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days is its latest masterpiece.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A lyrical, yet intensely rooted, tragic vision.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    In tone, Pan's Labyrinth resembles a cross between "Alice in Wonderland" and H.P. Lovecraft, with some Buñuel thrown in for good measure. It is a tribute to - as well as a prime example of - the disturbing power of imagination.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A marvel.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Hands down the funniest movie I've seen all year and also the smartest.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Wherever you were schooled, in public schools or private, in the slums or in the suburbs, you will recognize yourself in this film and laugh and beam and cower.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    One of the sweetest and most heartfelt movies ever made about a life in the theater.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    The movie is true to its own fierce vision and it's the better for it. I haven't seen a stronger or better American movie all year.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Perhaps the most cogent and straightforward dissection of the Bush Administration missteps leading up to the current Iraq nightmare.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    The scene is so emotionally ravishing that it breaks you apart. The peacefulness that finally descends on Séraphine in the film's final moments is more than a balm. It's a benediction.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    At times the film is so supercharged that it glosses over the story's thematic richness and turns into a very high-grade action picture. But if that's the worst thing you can say about a movie, you're doing all right. The best thing to be said about Children of Men is that it's a fully imagined vision of dystopia.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Waltz With Bashir is a supremely courageous act, not only as a piece of filmmaking, but much more so as a moral testament.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Helen Mirren gives the mostly subtly expressive performance based on a living historical figure that I've ever seen.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    As the film plays out its melancholy story, we realize that what we are watching is far rarer than the usual sports flick.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Altogether remarkable, a near-masterpiece.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    The film's final seven-minute shot is one of the great denouements in film history.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A first-rate crime thriller from 1960.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A heartbreakingly powerful masterpiece.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    This is a startlingly funny portrait of Gothic Americana.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Stunning.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A feel-good musical that, for a change, actually makes you feel good.