For 1,461 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Rainer's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Another Year
Lowest review score: 0 Gulliver's Travels
Score distribution:
1,461 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    With scrupulous fairness, Ferguson meticulously lays out for us the whole sordid mess.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The best of Rango is a lot like the best of the first "Pirates" movie – crazily funny and rambunctious.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    It's a deliciously perverse melodrama.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    A very good thrill ride and Cruise is better than he's been in a long time.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The innocence of the townspeople is weirdly uplifting. They love their Bernie so much that they seem even more blinkered than he is.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    He's 9Mendes) discovered his stride here, a blend of thrills and sabotage and deep-dish emotionalism. The powerful performances by Craig and Dench surely owe a great deal to his indulgences.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    In Michael Winterbottom's Trishna, Thomas Hardy's Victorian romantic tragedy "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" proves surprisingly adaptable to contemporary India.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    In top form, Joel and Ethan Coen offer up feel-bad experiences that, like fine blues medleys, make you feel good (although with an acidulous aftertaste). Inside Llewyn Davis is one of their best. So many movies are emblazoned with happy faces; this one wears its sadness, and its snarl, proudly.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    It gives ample play to all sides of the argument. Herzog allows us to think things through on our own.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Pianomania is the thoroughly apt title for a thoroughly enjoyable documentary.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Despite never having made a movie before, and utilizing comparatively primitive camera and recording equipment, Kurt and his son Ian crafted a movie unlike any other in the rock-doc genre.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    I've become weary of documentaries about winning prizes, but this one is special because the kids are.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The sometimes agonizingly powerful documentary Under Fire: Journalists in Combat is built around some staggering statistics: Only two journalists were killed in World War I. Sixty-three lost their lives in World War II. And in the past two decades, almost one journalist per week has been killed.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The result is doubly satisfying: We get not only a trenchant political drama but a bang-up concert film as well.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    It's a sweet and disquieting excursion made by filmmakers whose eyes and ears and imaginations are in marvelous sync.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Above all, literally, are the kites. When a character says, "You fly these kites and feel the joy," we know just what he means.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    It's really about the ways in which Chinese westernization clashes with the traditionalism of Confucian teachings. It's about competition versus piety.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    A feast for Neil Young lovers and initiates alike.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    This may sound like a dry subject, but, as presented here, it's anything but – especially if you have more than a passing interest in the art and science of what gets projected onto our movie screens these days.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    What we do see, among much else that is damning, are archival NYPD videotapes of the boys being interrogated by detectives who press them to implicate one another in exchange for a leniency that never materialized.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    The pessimism pervading this film is summed up by Shalom, who says, speaking of the decades of occupation: "The future is very dark."
    • 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.