For 2,249 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 5.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Rainer's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Best of Enemies
Lowest review score: 0 Enough
Score distribution:
2249 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    It's a truly prodigious piece of work, resembling a career summation far more than a maiden voyage.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    What reveals Pontecorvo as an artist, and not simply a propagandist of genius, is the sorrow he tries to stifle but that comes flooding through anyway--the sense that ALL sides in this conflict have lost their souls, and that all men are carrion.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    The jamboree is beautifully shot and directed, by Chris Menges and David Leland respectively, and there is a haunting touch: the presence of George’s son, Dhani, on guitar, looking near-identical to his dad in his twenties.
    • 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.
    • 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
    While making his new film, he (McElwee) imagines that his boy is looking back at his screen image from some distant point in the future, when McElwee himself is gone. No child of a moviemaker could ask for a more beautiful bequest.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    As a piece of inspirationalism about human stamina, Touching the Void is peerless, but what it doesn't--perhaps can't--explain is why people place themselves in such peril.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Rainer
    Sean Penn is so frighteningly good in this movie that he outdoes even the best of his earlier work.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Rhys-Meyers and Johansson work well together - they both know how to project glossiness and guile.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    A winning movie about losing. I didn’t always warm to its coy quirkiness, but it’s the rare American movie about contemporary teenagers that rings more true than false.
    • 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
    As inspirational academic stories go, it doesn't get much better than this.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Although stylistically and conceptually it never lifts itself entirely out of the realm of a made-for-television drama – don't expect "My Left Foot" – The Sessions is bracing. It's also one of the few movies to recognize that people with severe physical disabilities have sexual lives, too.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The ad campaign for the sci-fi thriller District 9, with mysterious billboards touting aliens among us, is highly creative and amusing. So, in patches, is the movie, which is a thinking man's, or man-boy's, "Transformers."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    It may be subtitled, and the faces may be unfamiliar, but District B13 is the best buddy action movie around.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Timeliness is certainly on the side of Mira Nair’s uneven but fascinating The Reluctant Fundamentalist.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Plowright's performance as a genteel widow in Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont is a small-scale gem, deeply felt without being in the least bit showy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The film stands quite well on its own. The directors have made the right, essential decision to make the movie almost entirely from Maisie’s point of view.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is an ersatz experience, a commingling of forced uplift and exotica, but it's moving anyway.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The film has a transcendent spookiness.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Wilson is pretty much the whole show. With nobody else around to steal from, he ends up stealing scenes from himself.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The film pays off in the end when, almost imperceptibly, the rush of emotions it stirs in us rises to a soft crescendo.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    I wish the directors had emphasized more of the players' personal lives apart from the football field. But, in the end, this is a documentary about Courtney and the transformative powers of caring. He works wonders on his players and they reciprocate.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    There's an original comic temperament at work here, and that's rare.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Goldfinger happened upon a story far larger than he must have anticipated. The Flat is about the persistence of denial, and of hope.

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