For 2,100 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 6.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Rainer's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Seymour: An Introduction
Lowest review score: 0 Mixed Nuts
Score distribution:
2,100 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Although von Trotta seems to regard von Bingen – played with a cool ferocity by Barbara Sukowa – as some sort of medieval feminist precursor, there are enough fault lines in the portrayal to subvert hagiography.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Part 1 of the final installment, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,' is another scrupulous adaptation of J.K Rowling's books.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Tries mightily to make the case that Spitzer was brought down by his political enemies.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Despite his street cred, Muniz comes across as way too effete for these laborerers, many of whom have harrowing life stories to tell. But his intention to have them re-create photographic images of themselves out of garbage, while it may not pass muster as high art, has the effect of raising their spirits.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The real star here is the big, unmanned freight train sparking through Pennsylvania at 70 m.p.h. while carrying hazardous cargo. Best of all, the train doesn't have any dialogue.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Almost a textbook example of how to do more with less. It's about aimless people who suddenly find their aim.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    A great way to go on a safari without ever leaving the multiplex.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    If the head of the bureau is God, then why is he played by Terence Stamp and not Morgan Freeman?
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Despite the film's coy artiness and a lassitude that sometimes passes for soulfulness, Certified Copy is strangely haunting.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The openness of these people is often astonishing – and a sign of hope.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Rosen­thal serves up a hilarious documentary of his travails developing "The Voroniny," or, as it was known in development, "Everybody Loves Kostya."

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