For 2,108 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 Where Are You Taking Me?
Lowest review score: 0 The Green Hornet
Score distribution:
2,108 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A rare example of first-rate filmed opera.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A lousy title for a marvelous movie.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A lyrical, yet intensely rooted, tragic vision.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Helen Mirren gives the mostly subtly expressive performance based on a living historical figure that I've ever seen.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A quintessential Mike Leigh performance. It deepens as it goes along until, in the end, in its final close-up, it overwhelms.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    On the personal betrayals that accompany Capote's ache for literary transcendence. The betrayals were necessary to create "In Cold Blood." This is why Capote is such an unsettlingly ambiguous experience.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A marvelous documentary that brings home the terror and heroism brought forth by the Katrina debacle.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Before Midnight is the fullest and richest and saddest of the three movies in the trilogy. Make it a quartet, I say.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    It's a transcendently uplifting tragedy.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A Separation is not the work of a constrained artist. It's a great movie in which the full range of human interaction seems to play itself out before our eyes.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    I have rarely seen a movie that better expressed the revivifying nature of music. (Many of the women, not surprisingly, grew up singing gospel in church choirs and had preachers for parents.)
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    This is a startlingly funny portrait of Gothic Americana.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    The most powerfully entrancing children's film in years. Of course, a true kid's classic is just as magical for adults.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    The most deeply and mysteriously satisfying animated feature to come along in ages.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Perhaps the most cogent and straightforward dissection of the Bush Administration missteps leading up to the current Iraq nightmare.
    • 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.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    It’s the ultimate time-travel movie into the future, a “flowing time sculpture,” in Linklater’s own words.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Jackson has a genuine epic gift: Few filmmakers have ever given gross-outs such resplendence.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    There is no need for Murmelstein to break down here. In The Last of the Unjust, it’s as if the whole world is weeping.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Fan's camera moves sinuously through these people's lives and gives a human face to a national panorama.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A first-rate crime thriller from 1960.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Leviathan is, in the widest sense, a horror film.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Says Lauro: "This is about as close as you can get to the way it sounded during slavery days." Lauro and McGlynn understand, too, that these clips must be experienced whole. They let the music unfold in real time, not snippets.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Brokeback Mountain is a tragedy because these men have found something that many people, of whatever sexual persuasion, never find - true love. And they can't do anything about it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    A feel-good musical that, for a change, actually makes you feel good.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    The enchanting French-Belgian animated feature Ernest & Celestine is so liltingly sweet and graceful that, a day or two after I saw it, it seemed almost as if I had dreamed it.

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