For 2,025 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 6.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Rainer's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Lowest review score: 0 She Hate Me
Score distribution:
2,025 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    It's reminiscent of David Lynch, who is a master at mixing the ghastly and the risible. Brick would be better with a bit more Lynch in its soul, but Johnson is his own man, and I look forward to what he comes up with next.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Chronicles the eerie and oddly inspiring story of Johnston's ongoing battles to survive - both as artist and human being.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Hartnett has been stuck in the young-adult heartthrob mode for some time now, but this comic thriller may launch him into meatier fare.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    It's an expertly engineered popcorn movie - hold the butter substitute - but it also tries (and fails) to be a love story for the ages.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Beyond being a showplace for crash-and-burn effects, Poseidon seems to be stumping for togetherness.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    This enjoyable Dreamworks animated comedy is well timed.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Streep and Tomlin are so attuned to each other that it's as if they had worked together all of their lives. In fact, it's their first time. Streep has become a wonderfully soulful comedian; Tomlin always was one.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    It's all something of a stunt - "Speed" on a shoestring - but very well done.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    This film is apolitical in the best sense - it bears witness to a time and a place.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    At times the film resembles a promo for Shortz and the Times, and the celebrity puzzlers, who include filmmaker Ken Burns, Bill Clinton, and the Indigo Girls, have an unfortunate tendency to bloviate. Not so Jon Stewart, who seems to regard each Times puzzle as an opportunity to go mano a mano with Shortz.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    A prime example of a dysfunctional-family comedy that also doubles as a road movie. Even the vehicle of transport is dysfunctional.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Right away in Miami Vice you know you're waist-deep in movieland.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    At its best it shares with Stone's finest work a feeling for the imminence of death and salvation.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Despite much of the turmoil depicted, there is a sweetness to parts of this film that is reminiscent of the 1961 British movie "A Taste of Honey."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Best where it counts the most - in its recognition of how difficult it will be for Dan and Drey to turn their lives around.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Montenegro, the star of "Central Station," and her daughter make a remarkable pair. They hold your attention even when the emptily portentous story does not.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Very difficult to characterize and that's why I like it. The best I can do is to call it a sunny tragedy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Whitaker is terrifying in a way that we recognize not from old movies but from life.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The passage of time has rarely been more forcefully conveyed in a movie, as we see clips of the interviewees not only from today but also at seven-year intervals from the past.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The movie confirms what most of us have known all along: Electability is all about staying on message.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Destined to become this year's love-it-or-hate-it movie. Is it OK to say I merely liked it a lot?
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Eastwood has made an honorable movie about honor, but the naivete of the conception - which some will call purity - keeps "Flags" at arm's length from greatness.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Philip Noyce's anti-apartheid drama is tense and thoughtful, if somewhat marred by Hollywood-style thrills.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    This computer-animated feature is consistently inventive, if a bit busy and overlong.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    I have always felt that Almod├│var was at his best as an artist when he was at his most playful. Volver is about deadly serious matters of the heart, but it often has a screwball spirit. The darker things are, the funnier.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Craig makes you aware of something that the Bond series, in its pursuit of steamy sex and cartoon action, quickly lost sight of: 007 is a killer. That's what he's licensed to do.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The director is fortunate to have cast actors who fully embody their roles. Muehe, who once played Josef Mengele in Costa-Gavras's "Amen," has the ability to let you see far beneath his masklike countenance. Koch, dashing and intense, is entirely believable as a man of the theater; Gedeck exudes a sensuousness that this covert society cannot abide.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    As strong as Blood Diamond is in its best moments, I wish it had been even harder-edged. DiCaprio is remarkable - his work is almost on par with his performance this year in "The Departed."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The screenplay is by Hanif Kureishi, who wrote "The Mother" for Michell and also scripted the classic "My Beautiful Laundrette." He has a feeling for outsiders.