For 2,038 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 Like Crazy
Lowest review score: 0 Couples Retreat
Score distribution:
2,038 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Whatever the case, the film resounds with hyperbolic passion. Hot bubbling currents flow through this film’s constricted veins.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Since music is so much more than music between these two, their filmed sessions resemble not so much rehearsals as communions.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Since we all know that Paris wasn’t blown to smithereens, the tension here is not in the outcome but in how it was achieved. The meeting between these two men is largely fictional, but the stakes could not have been more real.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Peter Rainer
    Edet Belzberg’s documentary Watchers of the Sky, which was a decade in the making, reclaims the reputation of Raphael Lemkin, a Polish Holocaust refugee who not only coined the term “genocide” but also invented the concept of categorizing mass murder as an international crime.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    What's remarkable is how often the photographer's subjects allow themselves to be caught on film; it's as if they understood implicitly that Nachtwey was there not only to agitate for reform but to memorialize their agony. He does both.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    I've never seen another movie that so clearly expresses the sensual sustenance that great folk culture provides its practitioners.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    It's an elliptical tragedy in which the fate of its characters takes on a larger significance while never losing its intimacy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    Michel Bouquet's performance makes Anne Fontaine's How I Killed My Father required viewing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    The lifelong friends in Fred Schepisi's marvelous Last Orders actually seem like lifelong friends.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    Wiseman lets the material breathe in a manner unique to the subject.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    It's a truly prodigious piece of work, resembling a career summation far more than a maiden voyage.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    It would be a mistake to regard American Splendor as an anthem for the common man. It is the UNCOMMON that is being celebrated here.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    A comedy in the best sense--it draws its life from the pitch-perfect authenticity of its characters.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    A mesmerizing documentary.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    Polanski’s strongest and most personally felt movie.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    Moodysson captures exactly the preening narcissism and gumption of these frazzled would-be revolutionaries trying to wriggle out of their bourgeois straitjackets.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    Linklater must have recognized a kindred spirit when he read Belber's play. He's given us a reality-fantasy game, a psychodrama, a harangue, and a detective story all rolled into one.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    The funniest and most emotionally charged erotic road movie since Bertrand Blier's "Going Places."
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    The Pinochet Case is a searing album of remembrance from those who, having survived, suffered most.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    A movie that really zips along; it offers some of the same pleasures as the silent slapstick comedies, particularly the Keaton films, with their sense of how sheer velocity carries its own wit.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    A flashy, nasty triumph
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    Sophisticated and nuanced, and every character is bursting with emotional contradictions.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    Belzberg doesn't intervene during the moments of violence, believing that the film can force social change only by showing the worst. If she is correct, then this film should move mountains.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    At its best, the film compares favorably to its obvious antecedents, "Rififi" (which Melville once hoped to direct) and "The Asphalt Jungle."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    What it's really about is the euphoria that talent can bring to those who are possessed by it. That euphoria lights up the screen.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    Beautifully directed by Phillip Noyce, the film -- is a full experience, a love story and a murder mystery that expands into a meditation on the deep deceptions of innocence.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    The script, instead of being what we tolerate in order to savor the visuals, is a delight all by itself.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    A first-rate zombie movie. The best tribute I can offer is that it makes you want to go out directly afterward and down some expensive single-malt scotch.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    Spellbindingly original -- Like the wild orchid, Adaptation is a marvel of adaptation, entwined with its hothouse environment and yet stunningly unique.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    Achingly funny movie...Guest has cultivated a stock company of players whose work together is so intuitively sharp that it seems to redefine the boundaries of acting.