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 Brokeback Mountain
Lowest review score: 0 License to Wed
Score distribution:
1,417 movie reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The film pays off in the end when, almost imperceptibly, the rush of emotions it stirs in us rises to a soft crescendo.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    I wish Fontaine would follow up with a sequel: "Coco After Chanel." Tautou's performance cries out for a second act.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Has its pleasures, foremost being its look – a sophisticated puppet primitivism backdropped by near-psychedelic colorations.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    You could argue, I suppose, that this film, a Sundance hit, is essentially a funny sketch padded out to feature length. And what of it, my man?
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    It all seems like a stunt, especially since Beaven has also written a just-published book about his experiences, but he and Conlin are an engaging pair who don't let zealotry get in the way of humor.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    For a movie so sensuously mounted, it's remarkably grounded.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    As fiercely unsentimental as Disgrace is, it offers by the end a measure of hope, and because that hope is so hard-won, it has the ring of truth.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Bong's style is comically tart even in the film's most noirish moments.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Ellsberg, his full-scale personal trajectory laid bare, emerges as a more complex man than both the right and the left have generally given him credit for.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Sheen is startlingly good here, and so is Timothy Spall as Clough's trusted and much abused lieutenant.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Shulman was around so long that he even got to weigh in on Frank Gehry's Disney Hall. He was skeptical once but came to love it.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The best of it has the comradely, free-swinging bawdiness of Robert Altman's "M*A*S*H."
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    When Kandel revisits his childhood neighborhoods in Vienna and Brooklyn and ruminates in his sprightly way on the past, the full measure of his humanity comes through.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The Ghost Writer is minor Polanski but it’s one of the rare thrillers these days that plays up to you instead of down.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    I can agree that the power brokers in this scenario, who effectively broke Barnes's will, have far more interest in tourism than in masterpieces. But casting this story as a battle between the elites and the philistines mischaracterizes the situation.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Although it’s refreshing to see a movie that stands up for charter schools and takes on teachers unions for their hammerlock on educational oversight, Bowdon overcorrects. His home state of New Jersey may not be an isolated case but neither, with its high level of corruption, should it be seen as altogether representative of all countrywide educational ills.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    It has a sweetness all its own.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    A celebration of the gloriously mundane.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Ultimately, the blight is so overwhelming that the film collapses from corruption overload.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The best part is that, amid all the hubbub, Jeunet, improbably and inevitably, draws out a love story between Bazil and Elastic Girl. Without it, Micmacs would have imploded. The romance, which is funny and sexy at the same time, anchors the shenanigans.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    There's an original comic temperament at work here, and that's rare.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Not only Duvall shines. Murray, in case anybody still doubted it, is one of the finest character actors in America.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Made-up horror movies have nothing on Countdown to Zero, a documentary about nuclear security that won't make you sleep better at night.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Positioned somewhere between sitcom and piercing human drama, The Kids Are All Right, is both overtly familiar and cutting edge.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    "Money Never Sleeps" doesn't get inside the sociopathology of the money culture. In a sense, it is a product, an expression, of that culture. Maybe that's why it's so disagreeably agreeable.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The problem is, the geek in question, at least as Jesse Eisenberg plays him, doesn't have the emotional expansiveness to fill out a movie. Perhaps sensing this, the filmmakers play out the story line from multiple points of view and crowd the stage with a pageant of voluble supporting characters.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Erotic comedies are often attempted but rarely realized. Tamara Drewe is proof that sexy and funny need not be mutually exclusive.