For 2,246 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 5.7 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 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
Score distribution:
2246 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Rams confirms what I have long maintained: Often the best films come from the unlikeliest places.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    As one of Booker's supporters notes, it's a sad day when academic success is used to denigrate an African-American.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Easily the best in the series since the first one.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Heartbreaking, exhilarating, baffling. In other words, it expresses the performer's persona in its purest form.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Clint Eastwood's Letters From Iwo Jima is his companion piece to "Flags of Our Fathers" and in almost every way is superior.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The accounting of his life story, as it unfolds in the film, is grounded in the brutal realities of corporate skulduggery. I’m a big fan of Balzac’s maxim that “behind every great fortune is a great crime,” and if nothing in Jobs’s history qualifies as a great crime, there is certainly a long trail of extreme misdeeds.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The film is laced with lovely moments, from the leads and from Shelly as a waitress friend.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Most of the photographs on view in The Salt of the Earth bear witness to great suffering, and what they exalt is not the photographer’s eye but the fearful humanity that binds us all.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Blossoms of Fire fulfills the first criterion of any good ethnographic study: It's about an inherently interesting subject.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Sprawling yet cramped, There Will Be Blood may not be the best movie of the year, but it's certainly the strangest. It evokes passing comparisons to everything from "Giant" to "Citizen Kane" but it's impossible to pigeonhole.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    It's a marvelous performance in a marvelous movie, one that sneaks up on you while you're watching it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Despite everything, many of us still think of animation as a kid's genre. $9.99, based on stories by Etgar Keret who also co-wrote the script with the director, is an attempt to use the animation medium to express an entirely adult sensibility.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    If the literacy of The History Boys is deemed uncinematic, then give me uncinema anytime.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Sissako, a Muslim, frames his story as a cry against religious intolerance. One of the characters, speaking of jihadism, says, “Where is piety? Where is God in all this?” It is the central question of this movie – and of much more now than this movie.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    After seeing this film, try reading Norman Mailer's "Of A Fire on the Moon," its perfect companion piece.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The result is doubly satisfying: We get not only a trenchant political drama but a bang-up concert film as well.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The movie is an idyllic view of life as it ought to be, rather than the way it is.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Interviewed in the film, Juárez journalist Sandra Rodriguez offers up this grim summation: “That these people represent the ideal of success, impunity, and limitless power is symptomatic of how defeated we are as a society.”
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The Last Station isn’t all that it should be, but whenever these two actors are onscreen, it’s like a great night at the theater.

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