For 2,050 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 Late Marriage
Lowest review score: 0 Mixed Nuts
Score distribution:
2,050 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    A young adult romantic comedy with a sweetness and delicacy that lifts it out of its genre.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Despite everything, many of us still think of animation as a kid's genre. $9.99, based on stories by Etgar Keret who also co-wrote the script with the director, is an attempt to use the animation medium to express an entirely adult sensibility.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Judging from this film, a pop cultural resurgence in Afghanistan seems ultimately unstoppable, even with a resurgent Taliban, if for no other reason than that 60 percent of the population is under 21. Also, this is a country, as we see again and again, that loves to sing.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    It leaves us with a question that may be unanswerable: How does one extinguish terrorism when its causes are myriad?
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Heartbreaking, exhilarating, baffling. In other words, it expresses the performer's persona in its purest form.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The viciously anti-Semitic 1940 German movie “Jew Süss” is one of the most notorious films ever made...Today it is one of the few Nazi-era films that still cannot legally be shown.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Like all good noirs, it has an almost comic appreciation for how the best-laid plans can go horribly wrong. No matter how bad things get, they can always get worse. I watched the film in a state of rapt enjoyment.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Whatever it is, Exit Through the Gift Shop is an original.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Because the war in Afghanistan is so much in the news now – it should always have been so – a movie like Restrepo is both a bracing document and, in a larger sense, a disappointment.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    This movie is a one-of-a-kind experience – blarney carried to rhapsodic heights.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    With scrupulous fairness, Ferguson meticulously lays out for us the whole sordid mess.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    He is the least intrusive of great directors, and Boxing Gym, which is about a gym in Austin, Texas, is so offhandedly observant that, for a while, you may wonder if much of anything is really going on.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    It's a deliciously perverse melodrama.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The best of Rango is a lot like the best of the first "Pirates" movie – crazily funny and rambunctious.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The riders who appear in Buck seem almost uniformly exalted by their contact with Brannaman and his methods.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Begins frighteningly and gets progressively more so.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    In the end, the power poetry workshops, as the teachers are first to admit, are not about creating Shakespeares. They are about survival.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Pianomania is the thoroughly apt title for a thoroughly enjoyable documentary.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The action is swift and witty, and the 3-D effects are imaginative and not simply tacked on as with so many animated movies these days.

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