For 2,091 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 6.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Rainer's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Ponyo
Lowest review score: 0 Mixed Nuts
Score distribution:
2,091 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The film suffers at times from biopic-itis – the narrative unfolds with the requisite heartbreak carefully apportioned – but it's always eye-catching.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The Loneliest Planet is not a perfect work of art, but it gets at something powerful: the way that life can turn us around in a flash, without warning.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    I wish that the Mexican drug cartel subplot was not so overwrought and Oliver Stone-ish, and the decision to shoot much of the film "Cops"-style is also problematic. But the film puts you right inside an everyday inferno and, to its credit, doesn't turn down the heat.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    I am not a fan of food you need a microscope to see, but if your idea of fine dining is pumpkin meringue sandwiches, bone marrow tartare with oysters, tea shrimp with caviar anemones, and ice vinaigrette with tangerines and green olive, then by all means make haste to El Bulli.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The ending is a set-up for yet another sequel: Can "28 Months Later" be very far away?
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    The film's parallels between Mohmed's travails and the Iraq war are forced, but overall this is a fascinating odyssey that never plays out in ways you would expect.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Along with its disappointments and its narrowness of intellectual focus, Doubt offers up the crackling pleasures of performance and a narrative that snaps shut like a mousetrap. It's the movie equivalent of a rousing night at the theater.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Shulman was around so long that he even got to weigh in on Frank Gehry's Disney Hall. He was skeptical once but came to love it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    In some ways the movie might have been better if it had been about those two Hollywood guys with only occasional blips from the hostage crisis in Iran.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Levy-Hinte has said that a great deal more concert footage exists. I can't wait for the expanded version DVD.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Despite his street cred, Muniz comes across as way too effete for these laborerers, many of whom have harrowing life stories to tell. But his intention to have them re-create photographic images of themselves out of garbage, while it may not pass muster as high art, has the effect of raising their spirits.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    If I never felt entirely transported by Avatar, it's probably because the story thudded just as often as the imagery soared. But Pandora is still a good place to park yourself for three hours.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    Philip Noyce's anti-apartheid drama is tense and thoughtful, if somewhat marred by Hollywood-style thrills.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Peter Rainer
    If there is a single image that we take away from Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman," it is of Willy Loman weighted down to his very soul by his suitcases. The image that holds in this modern-day salesman's serenade is Nick the salesman reduced to selling off his own life.

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