For 2,135 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Rainer's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Listen to Me Marlon
Lowest review score: 0 Mixed Nuts
Score distribution:
2,135 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    A prime example of a dysfunctional-family comedy that also doubles as a road movie. Even the vehicle of transport is dysfunctional.
    • 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
    Montenegro, the star of "Central Station," and her daughter make a remarkable pair. They hold your attention even when the emptily portentous story does not.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Craig makes you aware of something that the Bond series, in its pursuit of steamy sex and cartoon action, quickly lost sight of: 007 is a killer. That's what he's licensed to do.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The director is fortunate to have cast actors who fully embody their roles. Muehe, who once played Josef Mengele in Costa-Gavras's "Amen," has the ability to let you see far beneath his masklike countenance. Koch, dashing and intense, is entirely believable as a man of the theater; Gedeck exudes a sensuousness that this covert society cannot abide.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    As strong as Blood Diamond is in its best moments, I wish it had been even harder-edged. DiCaprio is remarkable - his work is almost on par with his performance this year in "The Departed."
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    In all, it's a fun exercise in nostalgia but a three-hour homage to grade Z movies is a long sit. Grunge overload sets in early.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Given the subject, the movie is too romanticized, and Christie's eyes remain too sharp here to convincingly convey someone whose memory is fast slipping away. Much of it is powerful anyway.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The best episodes have the emotional resonance of full-length features, and yet I didn't want them to be a moment longer than they are.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The ending is a set-up for yet another sequel: Can "28 Months Later" be very far away?

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