For 2,101 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 6.4 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:
2,101 movie reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    I hate to sound blurby, but Borat is the funniest comedy I've seen since I don't know when.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    These paintings speak to us; they both compress and elongate time. In Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Herzog is reaching for ways to comprehend what he imagines to be the emblems of the birth of the modern soul.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    So intimate and sensual and funny and psychologically self-revealing that it makes most of what passes for sex in the movies look like cheap hysterics.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    In a series of deft vignettes, the Dardennes offer up a microcosm of an entire working-class contingent, and each vignette is a universe all to itself.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Her film is closer to Truffaut's "The 400 Blows" in the way it gets inside the gumption and desperation of childhood lived on the edge. It's a terrific, bracingly sad movie.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Kenan never loses sight of the wonderment that children (and adults) experience when the inanimate becomes animate. Anthropomorphism is basic to the art of animation. So is a good story, and Kenan has that, too.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The plot may be a bit too busy, but a great wash of transcendent imagery floods the screen. If I had to recommend the best children’s film out there for all ages, this one, and “The Tale of Princess Kaguya,” would easily top the charts.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Leon has a marvelous and rare eye for blending staged dramatic sequences into documentary settings, from barrio bodegas to high-rise penthouses. He often films in extended, unbroken takes, and this gives the actors a chance to work up their own distinctive rhythms.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Implicit in this film is a simple truth: The sheer force of artistry has the power to convert outsiders into insiders. I left Fill the Void feeling privileged, however briefly, to have been brought into this world.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The rap music we hear, which is produced outside Cuba's state-run music industry, is politically audacious and charged with personal expression and uplift. The film was produced by Charlize Theron's socially conscious company, Denver and Delilah films.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The story line for WALL-E is probably too convoluted for small kids, and sometimes it suffers from techie overload, but it's more heartfelt than anything on the screens these days featuring humans.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    It's an inescapable fact that Gould's singular musical insights – the way he brought out in Bach a mesmeric unity of sound – could only have arisen from a singular personality.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    What gives the series its force is not just its universality but also its particularity. These grown-ups may be Everyman, but they are also singular.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The Japanese love affair with insects takes many forms, but most of them are, by Western standards, exotic. To Oreck's credit, she doesn't attempt to play down the exoticism by pretending to go native.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    I've become weary of documentaries about winning prizes, but this one is special because the kids are.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The movie is best when it just riffs on our compacted memories of the past 18 years of episodes. Fortunately, that's most of the time.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The staging of the physical comedy in The Pink Panther is not always adept - director Shawn Levy is no Blake Edwards - but Martin, who co-wrote the screenplay, keeps spinning in his own orbit anyway. And what an orbit it is.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    In addition to the marvelous lead cast, all sorts of funny performers show up in cameo roles, including Steve Coogan, Bill Nighy, and Timothy Dalton.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    This comic-book movie is more disturbing, and has more freakish power, than anything else I've seen all year.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The Ice Harvest isn't a subversive piece of work; it's not making some grand statement about the dark side of the holiday spirit. But what it IS saying in its grimly funny way is that we can't always control the timing of our disasters.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Begins frighteningly and gets progressively more so.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Whatever the case, the film resounds with hyperbolic passion. Hot bubbling currents flow through this film’s constricted veins.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Dan Klores's astonishing film is about a subject so bizarre it could only work as a documentary – as a drama, it would be dismissed as being too far-fetched.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Force Majeure is ultimately about something not often explored in film: the consequences of male weakness in a world in which men are expected to be strong at all times.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Smart and charming.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The larger point in Citizenfour is that dictatorships have always relied on the massive gathering of information in order to control their populations. In this brave new cyber world, it is all too easy for democracies to cross the line, too.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    On its own conventional terms, the film succeeds – maybe not as a "Coen Brothers" movie, but as a tall tale well told.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Director Mark Waters does a fine job meshing the fantastical with the quotidian.

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