For 2,023 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 The Master
Lowest review score: 0 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
Score distribution:
2,023 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Chronicles the eerie and oddly inspiring story of Johnston's ongoing battles to survive - both as artist and human being.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Hartnett has been stuck in the young-adult heartthrob mode for some time now, but this comic thriller may launch him into meatier fare.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    It's an expertly engineered popcorn movie - hold the butter substitute - but it also tries (and fails) to be a love story for the ages.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Beyond being a showplace for crash-and-burn effects, Poseidon seems to be stumping for togetherness.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    This enjoyable Dreamworks animated comedy is well timed.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Streep and Tomlin are so attuned to each other that it's as if they had worked together all of their lives. In fact, it's their first time. Streep has become a wonderfully soulful comedian; Tomlin always was one.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    It's all something of a stunt - "Speed" on a shoestring - but very well done.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    It may be subtitled, and the faces may be unfamiliar, but District B13 is the best buddy action movie around.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    This film is apolitical in the best sense - it bears witness to a time and a place.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    At times the film resembles a promo for Shortz and the Times, and the celebrity puzzlers, who include filmmaker Ken Burns, Bill Clinton, and the Indigo Girls, have an unfortunate tendency to bloviate. Not so Jon Stewart, who seems to regard each Times puzzle as an opportunity to go mano a mano with Shortz.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Right away in Miami Vice you know you're waist-deep in movieland.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    At its best it shares with Stone's finest work a feeling for the imminence of death and salvation.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Despite much of the turmoil depicted, there is a sweetness to parts of this film that is reminiscent of the 1961 British movie "A Taste of Honey."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Best where it counts the most - in its recognition of how difficult it will be for Dan and Drey to turn their lives around.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Very difficult to characterize and that's why I like it. The best I can do is to call it a sunny tragedy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Whitaker is terrifying in a way that we recognize not from old movies but from life.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The passage of time has rarely been more forcefully conveyed in a movie, as we see clips of the interviewees not only from today but also at seven-year intervals from the past.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The movie confirms what most of us have known all along: Electability is all about staying on message.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Destined to become this year's love-it-or-hate-it movie. Is it OK to say I merely liked it a lot?
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Eastwood has made an honorable movie about honor, but the naivete of the conception - which some will call purity - keeps "Flags" at arm's length from greatness.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Philip Noyce's anti-apartheid drama is tense and thoughtful, if somewhat marred by Hollywood-style thrills.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    This computer-animated feature is consistently inventive, if a bit busy and overlong.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    I have always felt that Almodóvar was at his best as an artist when he was at his most playful. Volver is about deadly serious matters of the heart, but it often has a screwball spirit. The darker things are, the funnier.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The screenplay is by Hanif Kureishi, who wrote "The Mother" for Michell and also scripted the classic "My Beautiful Laundrette." He has a feeling for outsiders.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    In addition to being a beloved author and illustrator, Beatrix is also presented as an early feminist and environmentalist who took control of her literary empire and saved vast acres of luscious farmland from greedy developers, eventually bequeathing property to Britain's National Trust.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The cast is something of an indie movie hall of fame that includes Giovanni Ribisi, Mary Steenburgen, Brittany Murphy, and Toni Collette. Marcia Gay Harden is particularly fine as the murdered girl's mother.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Burton is extraordinary in one of his rare good movie roles and O'Toole is regally madcap and larger than life. No doubt his Oscar-nominated appearance in "Venus" has prompted this rerelease of Becket. They make a fascinating then-and-now combination.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Without Cooper's performance, Breach would have been a good, workmanlike thriller. His presence lifts it to a whole new level.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Color Me Kubrick is a far more modest movie, but in some ways is more successful than "The Hoax" in conveying how deeply people want to believe something is true against all evidence.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Nobody can play stupid better than Daniels – think "Dumb and Dumber" – and, as it turns out, few can play smarter. He's a sharp asset in a sharp movie.