For 2,111 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 Seymour: An Introduction
Lowest review score: 0 Mixed Nuts
Score distribution:
2,111 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Because the war in Afghanistan is so much in the news now – it should always have been so – a movie like Restrepo is both a bracing document and, in a larger sense, a disappointment.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Bridges draws us deeply inside Blake’s moment-to-moment heartbreaks. He makes us root for him as we would root for a dear friend. Ultimately, his triumphs become our own.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The film may be subtitled "Shut Up & Sing," but you can't sing with your mouth closed.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    It's a sideways view of a national trauma. The large cast includes standout performances from such unlikelies as Demi Moore, playing an alcoholic crooner, and Estevez himself, as her long-suffering husband. Everyone in this film is powerful.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The best of Rango is a lot like the best of the first "Pirates" movie – crazily funny and rambunctious.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    In Moving Midway, Cheshire chronicles not only the history of the move but also of the family members, past and present, who occupied the place, and, most pointedly, the slaves who worked its fields, some of whom turn out to be related.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    As an anatomy not only of Polanski's psyche but also of the legal system he confronted, it's as baroquely compelling as "The Dark Knight."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The sometimes agonizingly powerful documentary Under Fire: Journalists in Combat is built around some staggering statistics: Only two journalists were killed in World War I. Sixty-three lost their lives in World War II. And in the past two decades, almost one journalist per week has been killed.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    In Gyllenhaal's all-out performance, it reminded me most of Judy Davis in "High Tide," another movie directed by a woman (Gillian Armstrong) about a misfit mother and her daughter. It has the same fierce honesty.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The viciously anti-Semitic 1940 German movie “Jew Süss” is one of the most notorious films ever made...Today it is one of the few Nazi-era films that still cannot legally be shown.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Considerably less slick than "An Inconvenient Truth," and no less urgent.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    I don't wish to give offense here, but it certainly doesn't hurt that Mary Lou is voiced by that famously small bundle of energy Isla Fisher. (She's 5-foot-2.)
    • 57 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    In Michael Winterbottom's Trishna, Thomas Hardy's Victorian romantic tragedy "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" proves surprisingly adaptable to contemporary India.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    A feast for Neil Young lovers and initiates alike.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    This may sound like a dry subject, but, as presented here, it's anything but – especially if you have more than a passing interest in the art and science of what gets projected onto our movie screens these days.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Lena Dunham, the writer-director-star of the microbudget Tiny Furniture, has a distinctive comedic take on the world – a kind of haggard spiritedness.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Pianomania is the thoroughly apt title for a thoroughly enjoyable documentary.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Nathalie Baye is remarkable in Le Petit Lieutenant where she plays Caroline Vaudieu, a Parisian police inspector who returns to her post after a bout with alcoholism following her child's death.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The most enjoyable thing about the "Ocean's" movies is that nobody involved seems to take them seriously. The star wattage is immense but the stars themselves are refreshingly self-deprecating, almost satirically so.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Ida
    What comes through so powerfully in this movie is a portrait of an entire generation making its way from death throes to new beginnings.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The results are far more exciting than most Hollywood espionage thrillers.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The interaction between soldiers and captives becomes a microcosm for an entire culture. It's a wisp of a movie but it has stayed with me longer than much supposedly weightier fare.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Whatever it is, Exit Through the Gift Shop is an original.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    In top form, Joel and Ethan Coen offer up feel-bad experiences that, like fine blues medleys, make you feel good (although with an acidulous aftertaste). Inside Llewyn Davis is one of their best. So many movies are emblazoned with happy faces; this one wears its sadness, and its snarl, proudly.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    If this were a fictional Hollywood movie, it would be criticized for being too upbeat. But sometimes truth is not only stranger than fiction, it's also a whole lot better.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    What Tim’s Vermeer is really about is two geniuses, of very different sorts, communing across time and space.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    A very good thrill ride and Cruise is better than he's been in a long time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    At its best, Juno is about the messy things in life that are not so easily summarized.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    At this late date there is little that is factually revelatory about his film, but as a human document of what people are capable of in wartime, it's indispensable.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Pacino still gets a blast out of acting. His performance in this film about a blocked performer is gloriously unblocked – a valentine to vanity.

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