For 2,373 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 4.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Rainer's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Foxcatcher
Lowest review score: 0 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
Score distribution:
2373 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    In "Birders," by contrast, nature is one big entrancing show; a world of tweets without "tweets."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    You may not feel like dancing after watching Pina – unless you have a thing for earth in your shoes – but you'll certainly know you've seen something.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Huppert never loses sight of the fact that Nathalie’s wounded heart often overrules her steel-trap mind.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    His movie is visually as beautiful as anything he’s ever done. Conceptually, it’s muddled. The collision between poetic fancifulness and grim reality, between peace and war, never falls into focus. Miyazaki has seized on a great theme only to soft-pedal it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Many of the interviews in the film – conducted with everyone from family members to Christopher Hitchens and Tom Hayden – look to be 10, even 20, years old. Together they concoct a complex portrait of an ultimately unknowable man.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Directed by James Ponsoldt from a script by Donald Margulies, the film gets at the wariness and competitiveness inside the journalist-interviewee dynamic and, in Segel’s performance, captures the quandary of an immensely gifted and immensely troubled writer who disdained the celebrity he also, without fully fessing up to it, sought.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Rothemund's use of the recorded testimony, while it gives his film a startling veracity, also limits his imagination. It prevents him from delving too deeply into the psychology of these activists.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Brad Pitt gives one of his best performances as Sgt. Don “Wardaddy” Collier, a tank commander with a passion for killing Nazis.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    This film is apolitical in the best sense - it bears witness to a time and a place.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    For most of its two hours it’s brainy, high-speed entertainment, but the filmmakers are not quite as smart as they think they are. For all its flash and hypertalk, Steve Jobs is an old-school movie in new-style camouflage.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The dialogue is sharp and so are the performances. Andrew Dominik directed this neo-noir in a low-key comic style that's alternately gritty and fancy. The gritty stuff is best.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    It radiates intelligence. Of how many historical epics can that be said these days?
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    It has a sweetness all its own.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The openness of these people is often astonishing – and a sign of hope.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    As this film demonstrates in so many ways, the intractability of the Arab-Israeli political situation is, to put it mildly, not easily resolved, least of all onscreen.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    This rousing documentary directed by Kevin Tancharoen and shot during two live concerts in New Jersey, is a nonstop campy celebration of youthful pizazz.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Based on the 1938 novel by Winifred Watson, it's a deluxe romance that most of the time plays like farce.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Make no mistake: The Michelsons have a lot more going for them than their marital longevity. As the documentary makes clear, both Harold and Lillian made integral contributions to some of the most iconic movies in Hollywood history.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Solid and uplifting, but it doesn’t extend Spielberg’s range. Perhaps one day he will make a movie about a historical character whose complexities are not quite so untainted.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Whitaker is terrifying in a way that we recognize not from old movies but from life.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    This is a real-life fairy tale with a remarkably happy ending.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    A solid achievement, but those in the press who have been trumpeting its greatness may be going in for a bit of self-congratulation. The movie plays very well to the choir.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The title captures the man. He makes no apologies.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Farhadi’s new film, The Salesman, isn’t his best, or even second best, but it offers up glints of what, at times, makes him one of the best directors around.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
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    As a piece of poetic compression, it ranks with the opening of Orson Welles's "The Magnificent Ambersons."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    It's awfully difficult at this point in film history to come up with a car chase that's startlingly new, but Gray pulls it off. It's the best of its kind since "The French Connection."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    It all achieves a loony unity by the end, even though what is being unified is not altogether palatable.

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