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 In Darkness
Lowest review score: 0 Mixed Nuts
Score distribution:
2,063 movie reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    Frederick Wiseman’s documentary National Gallery is for art lovers, movie lovers – basically for anybody. Ostensibly a film about London’s famous museum, it’s really about the experience of art in all its manifestations.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Rainer
    This delicate, hand-drawn marvel is lyrical and heartbreaking in ways that most live-action movies never approach.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Bridges draws us deeply inside Blake’s moment-to-moment heartbreaks. He makes us root for him as we would root for a dear friend. Ultimately, his triumphs become our own.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    This is a movie about, among other things, pain, and it's made by someone who understands its expression.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Bracingly perceptive about the human comedy.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Renner gives a full-bore performance of great individuality and industriousness, but essentially his character is as glamorized as any classic Westerner.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The marvel of Cage's performance is that, somehow, it's all of a piece. That's the marvel of the movie, too. This is one fever dream you'll remember whole.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Heartbreaking, exhilarating, baffling. In other words, it expresses the performer's persona in its purest form.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    A young adult romantic comedy with a sweetness and delicacy that lifts it out of its genre.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    DiCaprio's performance is a revelation only for those who have underestimated him. In Scorsese's previous films, "The Gangs of New York" and "The Aviator," he seemed callow and miscast, but here he has the presence of a full-bodied adult. He's grown into his emotions.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    In a film that overwhelmingly avoids happy-faced pronouncements, this one sticks out.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Petit, by the way, is still very much alive and spry. I saw him at a screening of the film at the Sundance Film Festival where he spoke to the audience afterwards. On his way up to the podium, he tripped.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    At its best, Juno is about the messy things in life that are not so easily summarized.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    In Zodiac, working from a script by James Vanderbilt, Fincher has decidedly toned down his act. His straight-ahead, methodical direction isn't as flagrantly unsettling as much of his previous work, but it's more psychologically layered. In this film, for the first time, we feel for his characters when they bleed.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    This is the loopiest star vehicle in ages.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    A cross between "Godzilla" and "Jaws," it manages to be both truly scary and truly funny – sometimes all at once.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Ballard filmed across hundreds of miles of South African desert, and there are times when the whole throbbing universe seems to resound for him.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Essentially two movies for the price of one. But those halves add up to more than most movies right now.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Baumbach captures the ways in which children takes sides in a war they can't even begin to comprehend.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The visuals are irrepressibly witty and so is the script, which morphs from the classic fable into a spoof on "War of the Worlds." I prefer this version to Spielberg's.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    There's ample reason to stay with this series. When Harry says "I love magic," you believe it.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Spiritual redemption is a big theme of Narnia, but on a purely entertainment level, the movie also goes a long way in redeeming the current sad state of children's fantasy filmmaking.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Blossoms of Fire fulfills the first criterion of any good ethnographic study: It's about an inherently interesting subject.
    • 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.

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