For 2,345 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Rainer's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Finding Vivian Maier
Lowest review score: 0 License to Wed
Score distribution:
2345 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The Istanbul interviewees believe it is their responsibility to look after the cats but not confine them as indoor pets. This responsibility is a matter of almost spiritual deference.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Starts slowly and ominously and gradually accelerates into a frenzy.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    What makes Get Out more than just a slam-bang scarefest is that, in its own darkly satiric way, it is also a movie about racial paranoia that captures the zeitgeist in ways that many more “prestigious” movies don’t.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    This is the second documentary he has made about tragic jazz artists who died young – the first was “My Name Is Albert Ayler” – and he clearly has an abiding fascination with them. But what draws him most of all is the music, and that’s as it should be.
    • 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.

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