For 1,417 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 37% 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 Sugar
Lowest review score: 0 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
Score distribution:
1,417 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The cast is something of an indie movie hall of fame that includes Giovanni Ribisi, Mary Steenburgen, Brittany Murphy, and Toni Collette. Marcia Gay Harden is particularly fine as the murdered girl's mother.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Burton is extraordinary in one of his rare good movie roles and O'Toole is regally madcap and larger than life. No doubt his Oscar-nominated appearance in "Venus" has prompted this rerelease of Becket. They make a fascinating then-and-now combination.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Without Cooper's performance, Breach would have been a good, workmanlike thriller. His presence lifts it to a whole new level.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Color Me Kubrick is a far more modest movie, but in some ways is more successful than "The Hoax" in conveying how deeply people want to believe something is true against all evidence.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Nobody can play stupid better than Daniels – think "Dumb and Dumber" – and, as it turns out, few can play smarter. He's a sharp asset in a sharp movie.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    In all, it's a fun exercise in nostalgia but a three-hour homage to grade Z movies is a long sit. Grunge overload sets in early.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Given the subject, the movie is too romanticized, and Christie's eyes remain too sharp here to convincingly convey someone whose memory is fast slipping away. Much of it is powerful anyway.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The best episodes have the emotional resonance of full-length features, and yet I didn't want them to be a moment longer than they are.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The ending is a set-up for yet another sequel: Can "28 Months Later" be very far away?
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Kazi is a bundle of energy, and the film touches on an important and often-overlooked issue: The commercial pressure that is often brought to bear on rappers to be scurrilous and offensive. This project, which was produced by Bruce Willis and Queen Latifah, shows that there is another way.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The film drags a bit and Irglova's inexperience as an actor sometimes leaves her costars in the lurch. But it's a sweet little film just the same.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Sweep aside the gross-outs and you've got the family values comedy of the year.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Barring a middle-class revolt, it's extremely unlikely that, whatever its virtues, universal healthcare could ever take hold in America. Still, I'm glad Moore made his film.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    As was also true of Pixar's last movie, "Cars," Ratatouille is better at pleasing the eye than the other senses.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The back-and-forth between the performers is tensely choreographed, and Buscemi does a good job opening up the action, which mostly takes place in a Manhattan loft.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Danes doesn't quite fit into the mindscape – she's too bland for a human star – but Cox comes of age quite convincingly, De Niro is a hoot, as is Ricky Gervais as a slimy tradesman. Pfeiffer has a field day.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    What Alfred Hitchcock once said about thrillers also applies to Westerns: The stronger the bad guy, the better the film. By that measure, 3:10 to Yuma is excellent.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    I wish this movie wasn't so purposefully elegiac and attenuated – at times it's like a middling Terrence Malick fantasia – but it's well worth sitting through.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    It's awfully difficult at this point in film history to come up with a car chase that's startlingly new, but Gray pulls it off. It's the best of its kind since "The French Connection."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The filmmaking style is annoyingly slick, but the testimonies of these children are excruciatingly moving.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    It may sound like faint praise to say that Enchanted is the movie of the year for smart and spirited 11-year-old girls. But a movie that genuinely respects that audience is not to be belittled.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Director Andrew Wagner, adapting a novel by Brian Morton, is sometimes understated to a fault, but his work with the actors, who also include Lili Taylor as Leonard's daughter, is impeccable.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    At its best, the movie makes you feel like a kindred spirit.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    While this may seem like an apologia for randy older men, it doesn't come off that way, and Cruz gives her best performance to date.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Vanessa Redgrave, as the adult Briony, appears at the very end in a monologue that rounds out the film with heartbreaking force.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Nanking, directed by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman, does justice to this tragedy even though it makes the mistake of mixing the testimony of actual participants with staged readings from actors subbing for real people.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    A considerable achievement even if, on balance, it's more of a Tim Burton phantasmagoria than a Sondheim fantasia.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Based on the 1938 novel by Winifred Watson, it's a deluxe romance that most of the time plays like farce.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Too much of this film is attenuated and vague, but it has moments of deep melancholy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Shine A Light is essentially just an expertly made concert film. But what a concert! (And what a camera team.)