For 2,063 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 6.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Rainer's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Lowest review score: 0 Identity Thief
Score distribution:
2,063 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    At times the film is so supercharged that it glosses over the story's thematic richness and turns into a very high-grade action picture. But if that's the worst thing you can say about a movie, you're doing all right. The best thing to be said about Children of Men is that it's a fully imagined vision of dystopia.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    In tone, Pan's Labyrinth resembles a cross between "Alice in Wonderland" and H.P. Lovecraft, with some Buñuel thrown in for good measure. It is a tribute to - as well as a prime example of - the disturbing power of imagination.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A lyrical, yet intensely rooted, tragic vision.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    This is a startlingly funny portrait of Gothic Americana.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Stunning.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A feel-good musical that, for a change, actually makes you feel good.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Perhaps the most cogent and straightforward dissection of the Bush Administration missteps leading up to the current Iraq nightmare.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Amir Bar-Lev's documentary is fascinating on all kinds of levels: as a movie about the nature of art, the lure and pitfalls of celebrity, and the complicated conundrums of parenting.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    The movie is true to its own fierce vision and it's the better for it. I haven't seen a stronger or better American movie all year.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Delivers more goose bumps than anything Hollywood has served up in years – which I hope does not mean that Bayona, a first-time feature director and music video whiz, will be enlisted to direct "Saw V."
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    The New Wave of Romanian cinema is the most exciting in the world right now. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days is its latest masterpiece.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A supremely cranky and lyrical feat.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A marvelous documentary that brings home the terror and heroism brought forth by the Katrina debacle.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    It's a giddy nightmare. Nothing is quite what it seems in I Served the King of England, and this is poetically appropriate. The world it depicts is too dangerous and too lovely to classify.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    The personal triumphs in Happy-Go-Lucky may be small-scale but its embrace is all-encompassing. It's a wonderfully humane movie.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    And yet the great conundrum of the Holocaust is that it was perpetrated by human beings, not monsters. Few movies have rendered this puzzle so powerfully.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Improbably, it's one of the most affecting films of the year, which once again demonstrates that all you need to make a good movie is talent.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Wherever you were schooled, in public schools or private, in the slums or in the suburbs, you will recognize yourself in this film and laugh and beam and cower.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Waltz With Bashir is a supremely courageous act, not only as a piece of filmmaking, but much more so as a moral testament.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    There's plenty for us to feast on in Under the Sea 3D without drawing a single drop of blood. If you have small children, you'd be crazy not to take them to this film.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Troell, at 78, continues to turn out films that will last for as long as there are movies. No wonder he feels such a deep connection to Maria in Everlasting Moments. The film is one hero's salute to another.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    As the film plays out its melancholy story, we realize that what we are watching is far rarer than the usual sports flick.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    In the end, this melancholy, inspiriting movie achieves a breathtaking emotional harmoniousness.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    The scene is so emotionally ravishing that it breaks you apart. The peacefulness that finally descends on Séraphine in the film's final moments is more than a balm. It's a benediction.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Plenty of terrible movies know how to work your tear ducts. Here's a weepie that, in Pfeiffer's performance, touches you on the highest levels.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A marvel.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Hands down the funniest movie I've seen all year and also the smartest.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Toy Story 3, has more emotional power than either of its predecessors. Come to think of it, it also has more emotional power than most of the live-action movies out there.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    It's a strange, one-of-a-kind film that was to be Benacarraf's only full-length feature.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    One of the sweetest and most heartfelt movies ever made about a life in the theater.

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